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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Unsung Heroes in Our Lives
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Making Money, Creating Wealth
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Classic Burma Shave Signs!


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1. The One-Minute TIP


This week, focus on the unsung heroes in your life. Thank
those who have paved the way and made your life possible.
And, consider the ways you can "pay it forward" by helping
someone else. Very few of us will have the impact or make a
difference the size of Joe Desch, but in our own ways and in
our own corner of this world, we have a role to play. Pass
it on.


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2. Welcome Notes


First thing, as I've often noted in the past, TIPS
subscribers are the best folks in the world! (And yes, I
know, for lots and lots of reasons!) Specifically, I loved
all the humorous and engaging replies to last week's article
on The Virtue of Good Vices! There were wonderful examples
of hobbies and passions from all over the world! People
secretly collect all manner of things and are working on all
sorts of books, inventions and business possibilities. One
woman wrote that "My grown children would die if they knew
their old mother has started doing comedy at a local club!
And what's more, I'm good at it!" Is that cool or what???

And yes, a couple people wrote to remind me that, in the
end, "vices are still vices." Be careful out there, ok? But
as long as you're not doing anything immoral or harmful,
and especially if you're having fun, growing, learning and
making the world a better place, I say Go for it! Be as
unique as you truly are!

And a two-part personal note -- I want to remind everyone
that I still have openings for new coaching clients. If it's
time for a personal coach to help you stay focused, be efficient,
get more done and hit your targets for the end of the year, send
me an email. Let's get to work! You want to end the year with
class and elegance, with clear, efficient action, and achievement!
And, of course, you want to be "toying" with the next steps as
you begin planning goals for the future. A personal coach can
make all the difference. If you'd like to talk about it, email
me at: Coach@philiphumbert.com

And, Part 2: I was struck by the interest in small-group
coaching teams. If you have any thoughts about or interest
in group coaching, write to me! Tell me about your interest
and preferences, any ideas or suggestions or questions you
have about coaching groups. And describe your experiences
(good, bad, neutral) from past groups. I've set up a special
mailbox at: Groups@philiphumbert.com 

I'm a huge believer in MasterMind groups and my own
experiences have been wonderful, but I'm interested in your
comments before deciding about offering groups this fall.
(You can check-out my book on MasterMinds at:
http://TheNewMasterMind.com )


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3: The Unsung Heroes in Our Lives


This week I read a book about America's code-breakers during
WW II. Most people know about Alan Turing and the heroes at
Bletchley Park who broke the German "Enigma" codes in
England during the war. And many know that our State
Department could read the Japanese diplomatic codes
("Purple") even before Pearl Harbor. But as far as I can
tell, very few people know the story of America's work on
the Enigma codes.

Based in Dayton, Ohio and with the support of the old
National Cash Register company, a man named Joe Desch
assembled a team of engineers and mathematicians who labored
day and night to build crude mechanical "computers" to break
the German codes. (See Jim De Brosse and Colin Burke: "The
Secret in Building 26".)

It's an amazing story of hundreds of people laboring in
total secrecy to do vital work to shorten the war. What they
achieved is astonishing, and laid the foundation for the
computer you use every day. After the war, Desch was honored
with the highest medal America can give a civilian, but the
ceremony was held in secret and even his daughter never knew
what the medal in her father's office signified or why he
received it.

Desch was an extreme example of a very common, everyday
reality: Our world is full of unsung heroes.

I've often noted that "we all stand on the shoulders of
those who went before us." We can read and write because
someone taught us. We drive cars we could never build on our
own. We take the internet and wireless communication for
granted, with no clue how they work or who invented them. We
have ambitions, values, skills and abilities because
someone, somewhere, taught us. They loved us enough to show
us how, and to release the potential they knew was in us.

How often do we thank them? Or even think of them?

We are surrounded by heroes who will never receive medals or
awards, or even a thank-you card from the individuals they
touched in profound ways.

I work with lots of talented, brilliant people who are
focused on doing and achieving and having "more." We look to
the future with great expectations. We are eager to get
there faster, easier and more dramatically. And, perhaps,
that is how it should be. The future is where we will spend
the rest of our lives and naturally we are eager to make the
most of it.

But this week, I urge you to take a moment to think about
the heroes in your life. Who were the teachers who made all
the difference? Who gave you your first job, or encouraged
you in just the right way, at a critical moment? Think of
the parents, coaches, neighbors and even the strangers who
have been your role models. And, at the very least, say a
prayer of thanksgiving for them. If appropriate, perhaps you
can call them up or send a note to let them know that for
you, at some point in your life, they made all the
difference.

For me, one of those people was Miss Root. When I was a high
school sophomore, she was elderly, and was pretty much hated
and ridiculed by generations of students. She was what we
called an "old bitty" back then. Every Friday, she made us
write a 300 word essay on any topic of our choice! Imagine
the horror! She made us diagram sentences, read poetry, even
Shakespeare! She corrected spelling and punctuation--of all
the petty, mean-spirited things to do to a bunch of know-it-
all teenagers!

She taught us to write. She changed my life and opened doors
I've been exploring ever since. The skills she taught have
made me money, brought me friends, given me the chance for
education beyond my dreams. She changed my life and I never
thanked her.

Our lives are surrounded by people like Miss Root. They
sometimes annoy or frustrate us. They insist we can do
better when that's the last thing on our minds. They open
doors and change our lives. And we should find ways to thank
them.

I often wonder if I've passed on enough of what she did for
me. Have I encouraged or taught or supported anyone the way
she did me? I hope so.

This week, focus on the unsung heroes in your life. Thank
those who have paved the way and made your life possible.
And, consider the ways you can "pay it forward" by helping
someone else. Very few of us will have the impact or make a
difference the size of Joe Desch, but in our own ways and in
our own corner of this world, we have a role to play. Pass
it on.


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4. Quotes of the Week


"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your
strength lies."
-- Mother Teresa

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
-- Anne Frank

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind
is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors
the servant and has forgotten the gift."
-- Albert Einstein

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find
out how far one can go."
-- T. S. Eliot


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5. Strictly Business: Making Money, Creating Wealth


This week, I heard some interesting statistics on Public
Television. A few years ago Japan suffered through a deep
recession for almost 10 straight years, while America had
relative boom times. During those ten years, the following
occurred:

Japanese citizens saved 27% of their income; Americans saved
essentially nothing.

The average Japanese family has a net worth of $177,000; the
average American family has a net worth of less than $3000.

The average American family has almost $12,000 in consumer
debt -- in other words, many of us actually have a negative
net worth!

We make more money than any other nation on earth; and we
spend about 103% of what we make. This makes no sense!

The key to creating wealth is not simply in making more
money. The key is understanding how money works, saving a
bit every month, and using compound interest to your
advantage. This is not complicated. It is not very exciting
or difficult, but we seem unable (or unwilling) to do it.

Read a few good books on how money works. Find tools and
resources that can help you. Spend a bit less than you make
and invest the difference. You'll be glad you did!

I have a free book on my website called, “Making Money,
Creating Wealth”. It may not be the greatest book on
personal finance ever written, but it is free, it is
available, and it is a place to start. Take control of your
finances! Why not start today? Get your copy at:
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7. Humor: Classic Burma Shave Signs!


I assume most TIPS readers are too young to remember these
old signs along America’s country roads, but Bill Barrow’s
forwarded these to me and for those “of a certain age” they
bring back wonderful memories. And, they are good reminders
for you “young ones” as well. Enjoy!

Remember these? For those who never saw the Burma Shave
signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's
and '40's. Before the Interstates, when everyone drove the
old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all
over the countryside in farmers' fields. They were small red
signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart,
each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet......and the
obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular
shaving cream of the time.

Here are some of the actual signs:

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
Burma Shave

DROVE TOO LONG
DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING
Burma Shave

BROTHER SPEEDER
LET'S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER
GOOD MORNING, NURSE
Burma Shave

SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
BY MISTAKE
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
HER HUSBAND JAKE
Burma Shave

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER
HEMISPHERE
Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE
LICKETY-SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL CAR
WASN'T IT?
Burma Shave

SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS HOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT
Burma Shave

A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN'
HE'S JUST HOPIN'
Burma Shave

THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING
Burma Shave

And my all time favorite:

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
Burma Shave




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Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!



Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
Resources for Success!(tm)
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.


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