S1 E173 — AI, EVs, MRIs, Me and Steves

Yesterday before changing the appointments for two, not just one MRI and then spending time at the Honda dealer and eventually at the RSM Toyota dealer, I had met Steve at Bagel and Brew.  

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 173 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 20th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I followed my game plan of establishing common ground — asking how long he’d lived in Mission Viejo and then sharing personal stories about me and Emma the Baroness.

How we lived in the Newport Beach neighborhoods known as Corona del Mar and Balboa Island before lucking out by “winning” three real estate lotteries from one in Irvine to two in Mission Viejo for Finisterra and Pinecrest.

He didn’t recall the name of one of original HR execs from his company (before his transfer from Texas) who contributed to the Orange County Development Round Table  (OCDRT), but said he leaned on corporate HR partners both in Houston and in California while progressing through sales. 

Now he said his son is in a corporate role of VMWare, which he had never heard of, and was experiencing the shifting sands of corporate life in sales management like he had.  

I told him about my trials and tribulations with WordPress (he hadn’t heard of it) and my 6 websites (he had someone else do his)  and self-publishing about where to live when we had considered our moves.

And about work — the results from the OCDRT collaboration project.

And, to leaving a legacy after talking about his last week’s visit to wrap up his mother’s estate, passing in her 90s.

“Yeah, we expected it, but you don’t really, right?”

It’s still a shock.  

Another HR guy from his work passed away too last week or so.

We got serious for a while describing my unexpected profound reactions to Italian history and art. 

And, he nodded in agreement with how you can’t miss the highlights if you’re vacationing in Italy — the Renaissance, Coliseum and Vatican in Florence, Venice and Rome.

I asked if he was Steven or Stephen.  Steven. 

Steven.

“What is it Dale Carnegy says, ‘A name is the most powerful … something,’” he volunteered in reaction to my segue to Thanksgiving with expectant Millennials and the absence of Steve on their list of names in consideration.

I drew blanks from him when I asked the do-you-know-many-Steves line of questioning.  

He didn’t really know where it came from or why his mother chose it. 

He remembered who the Steves were in the “Tao of Steve” film, but never saw the movie.  

His reaction conveyed how he might enjoy reading my books and signaled if I needed to follow up with him for input and stories for either “Volume Two Manuscript” or “Volume Three Manuscript” he’d enjoy it.

Returning to my office, I received phone call messages and texts about RAV 4 Hybrids from eager sales rookies.

So, I ended the afternoon getting my 4Runner ready for trade in.  

    • Simple Greened the white residue from cracked radiator on the rest of the engine. Waxed hood and roof above windshield.  
    • Washed floor mats. 
    • Used portable feature of vacuum cleaner for floors, seats and rear area.  
    • Used ArmorAll for all black trim.
    • Used Mothers as alternative to ArmorAll for four tires.

Evidence

So Zahn, is your TauBit of Wisdom for the day referring to my dearly departed and paid off, faithful “friend” of nearly 20 years and 178,000 miles or my problem of being overtaken by events? 

If it’s the 4 Runner, is it the way to better miles per gallon a functioning stereo system and an upgrade to Apple CarPlay?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You see the problem that is standing in your way but what you might not see is that this problem is the way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Don’t feel too bad Mr. Patron Saint, Steve remembered you, but not the independent movie about you — not the ones you were actually starring in — how cool all your moves were in the romantic sense. 

Since I’m no longer a leader in the world of work, I’m not ranking your TauBit as high as Zahn’s for today.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): None will question your ability to lead.  The thing is that you’re not yet sure about where, why and how you want them to go.” Aries

Smithy, my son, thank you for your Holiday Tau in tandem with Zahn’s.  I finally get the difference between EVs and hybrid vehicles and leasing options vs. buying options.  Fingers crossed.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Well, it certainly won’t be love, now will it!  And why is this your Holiday Tau instead of Winwood and Wonder’s? 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You think you know what enough love is, but you’re already loved so much more than that.  What will you get busy on, knowing that love is already covered?” Virgo

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept

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S1 E171 — When’s the Best Time to Air Dirty Laundry?

Too many questions. Is it about airing my dirty laundry? Is it about me? Yesterday I lost my way sketching out my Systematic-Professional story for the Volume Two Manuscript.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Often the answer isn’t to talk about things.  Brainstorm other ways to make a point.  If you find you still want to talk, your success depends on timing and framing.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 171 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 15th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Is it about lessons in mentoring and building a pool of executives from Right Management Consultants? 

      • Is it about shifting expectations any INTP 113 Systematic-Professional Idea Packager would have?  
      • Is it about encountering 2008 and 2009 graduates who felt they were sold a bill of goods?  
      • Or about how the requirements changed and I chafed at those requirements?  
      • Or is it about how my guidance provided insight into how plateaued professionals might advance once they better understood the lay of their land and how to propose value-adding strategies of overcome their type-casting weaknesses?  
      • Or, had my platform where I could test out my ideas and refine them in a curriculum that Tom said could replace what they’re teaching in the Executive MBA program glaringly stood apart from the cookie-cutter approach, binder-driven, same-old same-old service?

Patreon. 

      • Am I wrong in assuming my potential patrons are serial givers interested in the creative process and how creators do their work? 
      • What happens when they join Patreon by pushing that button?  Is my broad appeal now about giving back by supporting creatives?  
      • By promoting the Patreon brand, and by association my brand? And, by taking the first line about we … endangered long-form writers?
      • My updates should reveal my challenges and time to devote to mastering my craft of writing. 

My process of “What would Leo da V do” to 

      1. Imagine and Conceptualize; 
      2. Pre-Write;  
      3. Draft;
      4. Edit several times; and finally
      5. Publish. (Recall tips from TrainingSells about instructional design or following an outline, etc.) 

I have so many questions, what can I learn from the Tau of Steves?

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Often the answer isn’t to talk about things.  Brainstorm other ways to make a point.  If you find you still want to talk, your success depends on timing and framing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Nope.  My birthday is still eight and a half months away.  Did you guess when?  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll learn what most excites and interest you and take action on your self-discovery.  It will be as though your feelings are wired to an intensity-controlling dial that you can move for your benefit, adventure or comfort.  New friends contribute to your joy, as do people you help, especially through work.”

Haha And on Monday, what, rest?  Seriously, you’re probably cautioning me against airing dirty laundry in my Memoir, aka “Volume Three Manuscript”?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Raising the standard will help you make a change.  Bump it up a little today, maybe a bit more tomorrow.”  Taurus

Howey, I know your TauBit of Wisdom offers hope, I’m not feeling the virtuous spiral up when it comes to breaking in that bucking bronco of a platform named Patreon.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Though spirals generally go downward, they also can go upward.  You’re moving through an endeavor this way.”  Cancer

I don’t say it often enough.  Or maybe I always look towards an inventor and company founder plus two comedians to advocate for perspective.  So, back away from the chapters recalling the decade between 2009 and 2019? 

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Take a step back and a look around.  You’ll see a few better options that could make a world of difference for you.” Leo

Or, maybe I should combine an NBA coach with an inventor and company founder plus two comedians to recognize I’m stuck in the trees and may need to shift my scope to the hill overlooking the forest and then begin with one tree at a time.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Regarding the thing you’re trying for.  You can do this.  You’re strong and able.  It’s just that the scope may be a little off, at least for these early stages. Start easier.” Libra

I half expected another NBA star to pile on with an NBA coach with an inventor and company founder plus two comedians like they do when they win a championship.  Instead, I realize your Holiday Tau, Steve, is what I wait to occur when I’m in so many advisory and coaching sessions, especially between 2009 and 2019.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Before events occur, you’ll imagine them by running a film across the projector of your mind.  This happens  automatically, though adjusting your expectations will be a deliberate act.”  Aquarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 

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S3 E18 — My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!

Is this cheating?  It’s not like I’m not committing a crime already.  I mean let’s face it not that many TauBits of Wisdom I curate are legitimately mine. But at least of the ones I score each day, they hit the printed page on the day I note.  This, however, breaks that rule.  

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 18 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 27th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Which is the subject of Non Sequitur by Wiley, though not from today but from yesterday:

The first two scenes are at home.

“How was school Danae?  Anything fun happen?”

“Yes, thanks to you, Daddy!”

“Oh? How so?”

“I remembered what you said when you yelled at the TV about perpetuating a Big Lie.”

The scene shifts to school and a teacher. 

“…And even the President isn’t above the law.”

So Danae says, “Can you back that up with any President ever held liable of his crimes?”

In the last scene at home, “Um… How was that fun?”

“My teacher is sending you to detention.”

Since I’m on a crime spree, check out yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Patis:  

Pig climbs the side of the hill where a donkey sits on top. 

“Oh wise ass on the hill what great wisdom have you reached during the pandemic? That the future is uncertain? That loneliness can be crippling?  That life is fragile?” 

“That I can go five days without showering.”

At the base of the hill Pig turn to Rat, “This pandemic has been very enlightening.”

If you scanned my week for which talent projects I compulsively completed at the exclusion of everything else I was supposed to spend my time — like filing 2020 taxes — you’d see I composed seven days worth of the last month in my 1-year experiment.

Maybe not quite as bad as the wise ass on the hill, but just about as enlightening as great wisdom goes.

Evidence

And, that turns my attention to today’s Tau of Steves beginning with the only one for which I don’t have to break the law as a birthday impersonator.

Where is glory?  In Idaho somewhere?  I feel the weight-lifting strain without any glamour.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The building goes up one brick at a time and so does your success. There is no glamour in it today (each move looks and feels like a weight-lifting repetition), but eventually, you’ll dance in glory.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I feel less like a criminal ever since we declared Steve McQueen our Patron Saint.  His Holiday Tau for today, touches on Wiley’s Non Sequitur, but I can only wish for the punchline. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People are born with open mouths and minds. Many adults are better at closing their minds than they are at closing their mouths, but your disarming approach sparks imagination and brings people back to openness.” Aries

I felt so much better lifting WW&C’s TauBit because truth be told, I’m living in two different time zones.  Most of this week I’ve been stuck in pre-COVID 2020 February first through the second week the 15th.  Do you remember what life was like then? 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hmm.  Maybe I should combine your TauBit of Wisdom with Aoki since I’d circling around stories for my Memoir, a work-work-in-progress “Volume Two Manuscript.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “As for the rituals and beliefs you no longer participate in, it’s not because you lost them along the way, rather they got traded in the development of your soul. There’s no part of your story that doesn’t belong there.” Gemini

Does this count?  I left off at Day 171 of My 1-Year Experiment struggling with how to write about a decade for my memoir.  

Is it about encountering 2008 and 2009 graduates who felt they were sold a bill of goods?  Or about how the requirements changed and I chafed at those requirements?  

Or is it about how my guidance provided insight into how plateaued professionals might advance once they better understood the lay of their land and how to propose value-adding strategies of overcome their type-casting weaknesses?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “When you can’t figure out what you want, start with what you don’t want. When you X out the negative space, form emerges. You’re like a sculptor chipping away at anything that is not the masterpiece.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S2 E26 — Rethinking the N-Word

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up. Not quite awake, I found myself swimming in “introversion,” “thinkers,” “INTP” and idea packaging. But, mostly intuition, the “N-word” in INTP, not to be confused with the “I-word” meaning introverted.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 26 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 10th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere AtollS2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up.  

It was paper day, but maybe an hour before I could reasonably expect one to arrive, if at all, on this continuing COVID-19 day for the delivery guy to maneuver through the storm surge.

What I’d been writing about was how well my idea packaging description (113 SPIP) syncs with my Myers-Briggs Temperament, INTP.  

But, why should you care? 

If you know your MBTI type already — one of 16 — as my Executive MBA students do, then you translate it into my Talent Profile system — one of 16 — and can identify the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.

The MBTI is the theory of psychological type as originally developed by Carl Jung and “operationalized” by two American mother and daughters, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

A quick Google search finds:

“The INTP type describes a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).”

Add to Google with a quick Wikipedia inquiry and you find more about “P”.

Sensing and intuition are the information-gathering (perceiving) functions. Those who prefer intuition tend to trust information that is less dependent upon the senses, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. For them, the meaning is in the underlying theory and principles which are manifested in the data.

For most of my last career, I realized intuition and the process of visualizing something in advisory sessions helped me gain a perspective or framework for offering recommendations and original connections. 

Further, except for the I or the E, the NTP mirrored each other as did the other sets of 8 combinations I identified yesterday. 

According to a dictionary thinkers conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea. Somehow an idea enters your mind “… with or without deliberate consideration or reflection.” 

Ideas stimulate or challenge your intellect or mind.  If you’re thinking you have an idea, belief, or thought about something.

Intuition I believe is more influential.

The two combine for me when I hear enough in a 1-hour advisory session or in a Starbucks conversation over coffee or breakfast (remember those) to trigger a picture which frames my response and quickly captures a solution to a problem they bring.  

Or how in sitting and reflecting on trends and combinations until, like during this rain storm, a picture emerges and triggers an “aha” moment. 

My brain unconsciously keeps chewing on the noise, data, information, knowledge and wisdom I’ve been exposed to — thinking — for a long time until the insight arrives.

    • Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge from direct access without the need for conscious reasoning, likely from an instinctive feeling. 
    • You know, like in those detective books, TV shows and the Harry Bosch Amazon Prime series — hunches and assumptions formed on the basis of past experience and cumulative knowledge. 
    • Intuitive hunches arrive wholly formed and quickly, without conscious awareness of the underlying mental process of information. 
    • Intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it, more like a direct perception of truth, fact, who a person really is, how a situation will play out, what the future has in store for us.

Evidence

So what does the immediate future have in store for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me?  Oh, great like all the tasks required for managing a self-publishing pipeline?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Whatever you accomplish, no matter how difficult or improbable it may be, it will be added to your regular duties. Consider the expectation you’ll be setting up and manage accordingly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

On intuition I grabbed this even though it’s not my birthday.  I don’t know why.  If it’s your birthday, enjoy.  Or just drink Red Bull, because it gives you wiings, eh?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A bird’s first flying lessons are really about how to get pushed out of a nest and fall without getting too hurt. You’ve had those. This is the year you’ll take to the sky. There will be no competition for what you want. You’ll be driven by a hunger for accomplishment and adventure. You’ll swoop up a new role.

Okay.  This is one lesson I need to cultivate, so thank you for your Holiday Tau.

“5” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s good to know where the natural endings are. Sense them and get out while the getting is good. You’ll avoid the ruin and waste that can come with overworking things.”   Aries

If only Smithy.  I’m not getting out that much these day and it’s not because of my introverted temperament.  So, sorry you receive a lower ranking for you Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll be socially adventurous and gain great benefits from mixing in different circles. New situations are a chance to try out roles you don’t normally get a chance to play.” Gemini

Hi Howey.  I get it.  Life life like an art form! I might include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report on the 1-year experiment.  Or, not.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:As you decide moment to moment how you’d like to live, you’re forming who you are. This process is so immersive that there’s no time, reason or room for worry.” Cancer

Again, this what I’m talking about.  And as usual, it takes two comedians and a founder to spell it out for me.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hey G&G, your Holiday Tau hooked me at “experiment” and “tools”.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:In light of the day’s attitudes, it’s important to remember that the version of yourself that is measured in likes is not the real you; it’s a clever projection, an experiment and, at best, a tool for learning about yourself.” Virgo

You know for a TV gameshow host, I learn a lot from your Holiday Tau, Steve.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You appreciate those who express themselves with great originality, and you strive to be such a person. It’s accomplished by listening to your thoughts and feelings and relaying them with specificity.  Capricorn

So, I’m piggy-backing your TauBit of Wisdom with your co-founder’s, the Woz!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’ll seek a sense of accomplishment and completion, as well as the confirmation of certain ideas and beliefs. What you won’t seek is happiness, which is a byproduct of a goal, not the goal itself.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”
    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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S1 E151 — Stepping onto the Pitch with a Lean MVP

Now I’m on Patreon  second guessing the level and pricing since Shaggy suggested I start with a lean — minimum viable product.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 151 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 11th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

Evidence  

That would mean to give up some features I’d probably need, like the integration with my websites, apps for a community, which I hope will give the capability of grouping Friends of Steves (FOSs) and Steves.  

As far as I can tell the difference in plans doesn’t cost more, it just means they take more out.

Chris Erskine’s column inspires me to use beach locations for Patreon pricing tiers.  

      • Like maybe the first half-hour of parking for $1 in the Laguna Beach public parking lot near the library a block off of Pacific Coast Highway. 
      • Or what it costs per person if you cross Newport Harbor between the island and the peninsula on the Balboa Ferry. 

Today, I jumped from 1001 to 1010 followers of “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.” Do those followers provide any promising naming clues?

How do my 36 magazines with 1012 followers rank by their followers? 

      • South Coast Region, 134; 
      • San Luis Obispo County; 128; 
      • Orange County Beach Towns, 112; 
      • North County, 110; 
      • Central Coast, 106; 
      • San Francisco Region, 102;

Haha.  After finding menus and double checking prices, will this work?

1st Tier: Balboa Ferry cost of $1, newsletter; 

2nd Tier: $3 for a chocolate shake or side of rings at the Main Street Grill in Cambria, newsletter and exclusive preview copy of the first of a 5-book series, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”; 

$5 for a cost of a Big Sur Golden ale at the Big Sur Tap House; newsletter, exclusive preview copies of 2nd in 5-book series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere” and access to my community of like-minded people willing share their stories, be interviewed for volume two book series.

Are there any answers embedded in the Tau of Steves?

No, not the legitimate one it looks like.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is a rather powerful intimacy in conflict.  Consider carefully how you want to involve yourself in this way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Like last time, and the time before, and before that one today is still not my birthday, if it is yours you are way more entitled to benefit from this little bit of wisdom.  Help yourself, I did.

Wow, since you put it that way I’m really looking forward to how 2020 unfolds with a great travel adventure and accomplishing the passion project that means the most to me.  Who can resist swiping this one?  I can’t.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Never doubt your competence this year.  You’ve been in charge of taking care of yourself for several thousands of days, and you’ve done an amazing job, all things considered.  You’ll take that experience and turn it into a remarkable relationship, a travel adventure and progress with the project that means the most to you.”

By changing times, just what do you mean? Is your Holiday Tau a warning or an opportunity?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Changing times cause you to consider yourself a little more than usual and make decisions about who you want to be going forward.”   Aries

Am I too proud to ask for help?  Shaggy gave me good advice again, although in the not too recent past he alerted my tingly Spidey sense when he said I should advertise to find followers.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

I’m pretty sure your Holiday Tau, G&G applied to me when I offered consulting and advise more than now in this incarnation of my life.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Though you know just what another person needs without hearing it verbally expressed, taking action will be delicate and tricky.” Virgo

Good to know, Steve.  I feel I’m just not there yet.  I’ll check back again in the near future.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: You could pull out all the stops and show the full force and variance of your talent.  Diplomacy is showmanship. Hold back a little something.” Sagittarius

Better to know.  But, not necessarily the TauBit of Wisdom that will help me today.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Laughter is restorative as is the idea that you’re accepted for who you are, no pretense or cover necessary.”  Aquarius

Not quite as good to know, if you get my drift.  If not see Aoki and Nash.

“2”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your joy cannot be derailed.  You don’t even bother to turn your head toward anything that might detract from your happiness.” Pisces

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S1 E145 — Three Miles of Coincidental Dancing

Experienced an unexpected coincidence (aren’t they all)  while walking three miles around the lake, lost in my playlist and not really paying attention on New Year’s Day 

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 145 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 2nd day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life plays its own music.  You have little control over which song comes next and a lot of control over how you dance.  Cancer

Evidence  

I bumped into Tammy, a two-time co-worker and consultant with her daughter on the backside almost directly across from Bagel and Brew.  I’d helped her through her earlier thinking about a consulting website — “I want it to be more than brochureware.”  

She asked me what I’d been up to. I paraphrased my Patreon tag line to try it out — creating digital magazines, blogs and self-publishing a five-book series — and she wanted to see my blog and website.  “You’re on LinkedIn, right?” she asked as we continued on our way.

Today, after three days of updating email addresses and sending my holiday greeting in batches of 40 or 50 at a time, I tried to find Tammy’s email address, but couldn’t. Huh, that’s weird. 

Oh, well I’ll just let her initiate the contact I figured as an awareness and interest scheme. 

Was this coincidence attributable to our Holiday Tau? 

Probably not, but we’ll see where involving Tammy might go. So, I need to make it easy for everyone, even those outside of my 1849 1st degree network-audience to click only on one link which takes them to my Patreon page.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Dreams can be your wings, but only if you involve other people.  Otherwise, they’re like a virtual reality headset that keeps you isolated.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  I walked in a zone with its very intentional sound track.  Looking ahead I wanted to find not only TauBits of Wisdom, but love songs as I played one after another in alphabetical order.  If it moved me, I punched the title into my iPhone notes.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life plays its own music.  You have little control over which song comes next and a lot of control over how you dance.  Cancer

Sure, you could say I’m happy about a lot more time I now have which can be devoted to my passion projects like this one. Reconnecting by email with former clients, proteges, mentors and other advisors and consultants feels energizing  — if I can efficiently mount my email campaign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re happy about being able to do things you once couldn’t, both new items and ones that go way back.  Aries

Haha.  Tell me about it.  Like WTF.  Why doesn’t this work?  What do I now? But, seriously is there any hope?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Questions are like keys to you today and will require a similar finesse, so don’t be afraid to give them a giggle and a twist.” Leo

You guys been listening in, or something?  Your Holiday Tau may be just what I need today!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Sometimes the way to win is to play harder and smarter; sometimes the way to win is not to play at all.  Take a step back for the big strategy.” Virgo

Haha.  Does this count? I’m so close to getting Patreon initially functional and off the ground and have a strategy of sorts to engage 1800+ in my network so let the games begin.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: There’s something good in every day, but more things good about today.  You’ll want to keep track of this; take some time to write about it or snap a pic.” Sagittarius

I hear you Harvey.  In fact, right after this I ask, “What would Leo da V do?” a little more often.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Your heart is calm and you creativity is lit.  Being creative is essential to your well-being; you should visit as often as possible.  Capricorn

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S1 E143 — The Grand Prize Winner

Up against a deadline.  I hunkered down for eight and a half hours, first figuring out how to, and then merging lists of LinkedIn 1st degree people with a list of past clients and co-workers and acquaintances and finally lists of Executive MBA students I advised over the last decade and the list of Executive Mentors I recruited into the program.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 143 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Write about your daily life, including the small details.  You’ll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extend inward and outward.” Scorpio

Evidence

Here’s what I discovered:

Most of my LinkedIn network didn’t include emails, though I should have had access to them.  I’ll have to deal with that later in the next week or so.  I’ve got duplicates and old and new info on them.  I need to create groups.  I guess the name of the game is to get them to self-subscribe to MailChimp or Patreon-based updates.

OMG.  This Holiday Tau might be the grand prize winner.  I really can’t speak for Zahn, Winkler or Emma the Baroness, but I can speak for me. I’ve been journaling for decades as I mentioned earlier in the experiment.  It helped me transition from one career to the next.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Write about your daily life, including the small details.  You’ll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extend inward and outward.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sure, Steve on some level I probable think this, but I can’t say it’s the overt game I play.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can think of a challenge as an obstacle in your path or as a test to reveal how far you’ve come, how capable you are and where to focus your efforts toward mastery.  Aries

Now, not on the same level as a grand prize winner, but maybe second place goes to Winwood and Wonder’s Holiday Tau.  I’m living through this one all day today.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Creative people can get easily bored by circumstances that don’t inspire them.  But remarkably creative ideas are born by using through that boredom.  Taurus

Can I get a witness?  Who sang that song?  This may be why Emma the Baroness and I have grown in love and acceptance.  As long as we don’t become co-dependent upon each other, right?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: We’re always changing, just maybe not in the direction we want to.  That’s why everyone needs a witness for an outside perspective.” Leo

My colleague I.G. from my leadership training and consulting days used to query the managers about risk and success before revealing that calculated risk is the stuff of super managing.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Some shrink from danger.  Others seek it.  You do neither.  You meet life as it comes, assess your risk and at.  This is the cool-headed approach of confident living.” Virgo

Seriously, Nash are you going to let your Holiday Tau leave us in suspense? 

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Minute gestures convey deep and complicated emotions.  Attention flows to certain things and not to others; the trail of that attention is a journey and a story.  Aquarius

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S3 E6 — What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Isn’t incredible that so many  people do not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and my first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 6 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 6th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

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?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

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; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

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; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Evidence

I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today:

      1. History is an art, not a science.
      2. History is typically told by the war-winners, the power-players, the dominant forces on the scene. Therefore, history is never the truth; it’s only a truth.
      3. History changes and evolves with humanity.
      4. If you don’t take charge of your own history, someone else will. If you care about your story enough to shape it and tell it your way, then it will have a chance of living on in that manner. If not, your story is vulnerable to the whims of whoever tells it.
      5. History must be told again and again. No one remembers a story told to them once. Enduring history is told until it forms grooves in our individual and collective consciousness.
      6. Some believe that a person dies twice: once when they stop being alive and then again when they stop being remembered.
      7. To take up the cause of telling the story of the conquered, overlooked, oppressed and little-known is a noble cause.
      8. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana, philosopher.

Sobering, eh?  I’ve been having conversations kinda like those with my friend, Brook and with my self in an internal dialogue.  

But, today Emma the Baroness arranged for a pontoon boat excursion around our lake with SLO Girl and Shaggy to celebrate Delta Girl and Jazzy’s engagement — but the threat of Shaggy’s and Jazzy’s recent snowboarding expedition to Big Sky near White Fish Lake, Montana canceled it.  

With potential COVID contagion on airlines, in airports and ski lodges postponed the romantic event Jazzy and Shaggy advised against the risk.  

Although Emma the Baroness’ love story literally jolted us with our electric shoulder bumps and has grown in different ways over the years, we definitely could have passed on Zahn’s Holiday Tau — it’s not all roses given and received, don’t you know.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Don’t let the mythologies around love color your own ideas too literally. For example, ‘love at first sight’ is only one version. It is every bit as exciting to build a friendship into something more electrifying.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

As internal consultants pushing a boulder uphill during an organizational transformation  used to say, “Suspend your critical thinking” as a way to get past the it-will-never-work-because-we-already-tried-it status quo dismissals of new ideas.  Now, should we be saying, “Suspend your belief about …” 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You cannot make a point with someone who won’t, can’t or just isn’t listening. The growth of your influence depends on picking the right audience, something you have a talent for now.” Aries

Isn’t unbelievable that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Insights.  That’s what I’m all about. What is the half life of wisdom? For engineers the half life of their knowledge, I believe,  is five years — that’s the measure of how far they have fallen behind in their profession if they haven’t taken classes, engaged in self-study or dedicated time each day, week and month to invest in themselves.  Otherwise they loose their value in the employment marketplace.  Given the pace of life how long is it until half of what passes for wisdom no longer works?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Insight into who you are and why you make certain choices is no small gain. It’s knowledge not usually acquired in school or imparted by experts. Insights into self are the gold of true seekers. You’re to be commended.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S1 E124 — No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 124 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

What’s been going on? Yes, it’s official I launched my  Patreon page  yesterday — at least navigated all the false starts, getting lost following set up instructions, finding my way back, getting lost again and submitting it for review after coming up with a tagline, patron support descriptions and background photo. 

Now comes the hard part. “Languaging” it as a branded theme.  So many drafts followed many more drafts.  But, here’s a working synthesis:

I’m an introverted procrastinator.  I collect zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays, but appropriating which predictions I want to believe lie ahead for me on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

As most hackers know, zip codes provide the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  They are harder to steal with a straight face.  

Now is the even harder part, finding a voice.  I’m inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” both by her simplicity and humor and by an early passage:

I was not abused, abandoned, or locked up as a child.  My parents were not alcoholics, nor were they ever divorced or dead.  We did not live in poverty, or in misery, or in an exotic country.  I am not a misunderstood genius, a former child celebrity, or the child of a celebrity.  I am not a drug addict, sex addict, food addict, or recovered anything.  If I indeed had a past life, I have no recollection of who I was. I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary.

I’m feeling a little time pressure now.  Emma the Baroness and I are hosting our family for Thanksgiving and while she prepares the feast and decorates I’ve got front yard and back patio chores to complete.  Those chores compete with completing my federal and state taxes.  Good luck, right?

You can tell I really don’t have a coherent description of my endeavor and how it’s possible to devote so much time and have so little to show for it, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

A Researcher’s Disclaimer:  This is neither Emma the Baroness’s nor my birthday.  

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

How you fit in with so many different types of people is a marvel you’ll repeat time and time again, matching moods, blending into cultures, taking on just the right attitude to gain approval and power.  You’ll live in a beautiful bubble for a while and create from that place, recalling it for months and years after.

Wow, Steve.  I’m definitely stealing yours.  I mean, “What would Leo da V do?”  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What are the others overlooking?  You get three times more creative just by asking yourself the question, and you feel five times more alive when you figure out the answer and then tend to it.”  Aries

Yo, musical icons I’m feeling your groove about obstacles.  And your Holiday Tau of alliterations — counteract current culture — but, its message strikes to the heard of my energy and frustration and avoidance experienced in 2017 when I launched WordPress websites.  Sometimes, I just had to walk away for days at a time.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Anticipate obstacles.  Decide how you will counteract the current culture of distraction, as this will be a necessary first step toward the completion of any other plan.” Taurus

Wait, just what are you talking about?  Do you have any idea Steve?  Scandal? Bitterness? I could use a minute of distraction.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sweets of flattery and the bitterness of scandal are unnecessary distractions you don’t need to taste today.  The only news worth spreading is news that can help.” Gemini

Do Jeffersonville, Indiana or Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lillehammer, Norway or Florence, Italy count?  No, just the attitude? Got it. 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you go, arrive as a tourist; it’s the heightened awareness that helps you see it differently.  From this observational mindset, everything appears new, interesting and delightful.”  Virgo

And finally we come to Mr. Aoki who just seems to receive a high volume of Holiday Tau.  What are you offering today? I’m sure you and others will find relevancy, but I’m going to skip it today.  But, thanks.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Those who are cloaked in the all-too-common disguise of ‘someone who has it all figured out’ are only hiding from their own development.  Learning requires exposure.” Sagittarius

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S1 E120 — Metamorphosis, Exhilaration and a Life of Crime

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

Day Fourteen of Scorpio Time

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 120 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

I really didn’t want to spend four more hours this Sunday afternoon tweaking my websites.  With my personality, once I’ve kicked in my obsessive side, it’s really hard to stop when I’m so close to finishing.  

This whole past week, while I struggled with WordPress’ TwentySeventeen Theme, I met my goal of dedicating 50% of my time “working on the business.”  

By 5 pm I finished the parallax functionality of the each of the 6 websites — 

I’ll still need to tune each, but they’re working marvelously.

With Scorpio Time winding down I so hoped for more boffo Holiday Tau, not so much for me, but for Zahn, Winkler and Emma the Baroness.  

But alas… 

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Other people can’t help but project onto you the person they most want and need you to be.  This is why knowing oneself always requires some amount of solitude.” Scorpio

It’s not my birthday (that was two and half weeks ago), but this looks promising and is still technically in Scorpio Time  — let’s check back in 2020!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

The turn of the year features some electrifying chemistry.  Being around certain people inspires you to let down your guard, alter your perspective and change your rules.  In 2020, your work becomes what you want it to be.  You’ll perpetuate different sorts of generosity as both the recipient and the benefactor.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. How perceptive you are, Mr. Nash.  I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

So turning to another former NBA player and championship coach is there anything I learned so far from box breaking that I should apply going forward?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:To finish a project, you will need designated time and a conducive environment that allows for undivided focus.” Libra

So McQueen’s Holiday Tau doesn’t sound healthy, wealthy nor wise.  It sounds more like constipation which I’m not eager to curate.  What should I do? Find another passion project that naturally ignites my creativity?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your talent is like a fire.  If you hide your light too long, it will be like a flame under a candle snuffer:  Suffocated and extinguished until you reignite.  Aries

So, do WW&C mean I shouldn’t pay attention to McQueen’s Holiday Tau? He’s long since been dead, so that doesn’t compute.  I’ll need to ponder this one searching for relevancy.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: People who tell you which experiences you should have may be steering you toward an agenda that benefits them.  Taurus

Listen, I’m not rating Smith’s so high for today, but for what I felt and sensed and was awe struck during the moment I gazed upon Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel when Emma the Baroness visited the Vatican nearly a year ago. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: There are plenty of sacred things that got that way by being so imbued with reverence that everyone around was able to feel the blessed energy of them.” Gemini

I wish — now obviously Michelangelo was the sculptor and we felt privileged walking past the display of his progress chiseling chunks away from blocks of stone on our way down the hall ending with the statue of his David in Florence, Italy.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re like a sculptor who sees a useful or beautiful shape inside a hunk of stone.”  Leo

Outside consultants briefed us earlier in my career as we internal consultants pitched in to transform a stodgy old-school corporation into a near state of the art engineering and construction company.  Being from USC, the university with so many legacy executives, the consultants made our uphill struggle less strenuous when they described how like a metamorphosis and organizational transformation unfolds the same way.  What you considered key success factors in the previous stage of development work against you in the next one on the other side — as Aoki’s message simply states.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your thought processes will be different when you get on the other side of this problem.  Keep that in mind while making decisions that will affect future you.” Sagittarius

Right on the money.  This is a lesson I learned the hard way as I bounced from one job to the next until it dawned on me that if you know what your talent profile is, you can choose the culture (at least your work friends and colleagues) that brings out the best in you.  And, for that matter which brings out the worst in you. Wait, on second thought Harvey’s Holiday Tau may literally be about literally choosing a community based on your own preferences and beliefs.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Owing to your versatile, tolerant and socially adventurous style, you don’t always agree with or have much in common with your friends. Seek out a community that resonates with your beliefs.” Capricorn

And, basically it was in these organization types and at the Mature growth stage that I finally found my blind spots. But, maybe more importantly Jobs’ Holiday Tau informs our current president’s penchant for demanding loyalty at all costs as surfaced in the House’s impeachment inquiry under way.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your blind spots are as dangerous as any totalitarian-type control that asks you to see things only one way.  Better the question you can’t answer than the answer you can’t question.” Pisces

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate