S4 E6 — Hey Listen Up. Is This What You Need to Succeed?

Now we witness what may lead to the Third World War as Putin acts on the old saying, “Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.”

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “The secret to success is… there is no secret. It’s the same thing everyone knows. Work and try. Improv. Try again. When your offer is what they need and want — success!” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 6th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 11th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E5New Season of Domestic and Global ChaosS4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?; S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All;

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?; S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment


Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” what it was like being on the call between Trump and Ukraine’s newly elected President Zelensky.

Veering completely away from the talking points Vindman had prepared the topic changed to Burisma,

Vindman writes, he “looked quickly around the table. Were others tracking this?”

By phone, Trump told Zelensky, 

So whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it.

He was extorting Ukraine to damage a political challenger at home and boost his own political fortunes.

Vindman couldn’t believe it at first.  

The duty to report is a critical component of U.S. Army values and of the oath I’d taken to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.

He had an obligation to report misconduct.

It was one thing to put up with the high frequency of lies, something that reminded himself of he and his twin brother’s upbringing — when they were three or four years old, he had his mouth washed out with soap for lying. 

The office alone makes him the most powerful individual in the world. This particular president is notorious for personal vindictiveness.

For anyone whom he deems loyal he’ll pardon them if they commit crimes.

But, he attacks those whom he considers disloyal with firing, vilification, lies, and every kind of illegitimate attempt at reprisal. 

As a little background, now which helps us understand Putin’s invasion of Ukraine here’s a little history.

Soviet Union was carrying on the ancient Russian domination of Ukraine.

Joseph Stalin carried out the Great Purge, killing and imprisoning millions in Ukraine and demolishing the world-class intelligentsia of the city of Kyiv. Germany, in a pact with the Soviet Union, invaded Poland, Ukraine’s neighbor to the West, launching the Second World War.”

Now we witness what may lead to the Third World Way as Putin acts on the old saying, 

Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.”


Holiday Theme for The Day:

In the early days of the word “sarcasm,” the term referred to a bitter, harsh mockery. In its modern usage, sarcasm is softened by a touch of irony, humor or both. Still, communicating in this way comes with risks to be aware of, especially with today’s climate of sensitivity. Avoid dry or ambiguous humor. Stick with warmth and authenticity.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42: “Some people listen; others just wait for the chance to talk again. You’re an attentive listener who deserves the same. Today it’s better to just avoid the known offenders who can’t or won’t connect.” Cancer

This TauBit of Wisdom got me wondering if we witness more people fitting this description because of the number of selfies taken.  It seems to be a one way street.  Most of my advice over the past decade for Executive MBA students came naturally from attentive listening.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “The potential for tedium is too high for your liking, so whatever you can do to keep things interesting is strongly favored. Elements of humor, mischief, creativity… even chaos… can help.” Virgo

If today was a couple of days ago I would have rated this a “5”, but I’ve worked through the tedious catchup and am down for more mischief …

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “People say it’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play them — not entirely true. Good cards win. Bad cards can win too, but only if you bluff. Today’s game will be tricky; perform and prevail.  Capricorn

Not so much for me, but applied to the chaos and threats let loose on Ukraine by Putin.  Is he getting away with murder, literally, because of his extraordinary bluffing?

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “The secret to success is… there is no secret. It’s the same thing everyone knows. Work and try. Improv. Try again. When your offer is what they need and want — success!” Aquarius

Hey listen up.  If this is what you need, you know where to find me.  On KnowWhere Atoll, haha.

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    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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