S2 E37 — How Deep is the Chasm? What Do We Do?

When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? This TauBit of Wisdom may turn out to be the most profound expression of what it will take if things get much worse with the pandemic.

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

“5”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When we believe a thing, it seems like a fact, and when we disbelieve, we assume it’s a theory or an opinion. Your golden move today will be in being slow to decide what you believe. Let all the ideas entertain you.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 37 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this thirtieth day of April in the spring of 2020. 

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E36Turning Lemons into Margaritas; S2 E35Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?; S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Six days ago I asked a wide range of people the following set of questions:

    1. When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? 
    2. Given the rippling effects of interdependencies and supply chains, will anything in your life or industry or relationships with your clients or customers dramatically change as a result? 
    3. Do you envision a new normal?
    4. Or, will it be the same old, same old?

Dave, a former client and one of the executive mentors I recruited had this to say:

Steve, How quickly our world can change. When you sent me this email we all thought the world was normal. Today we long for that normalcy, but look through fog into a future that is most certainly uncertain.  I long for more than one-dimensional contact. Are you up for a Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype video chat? Let me know when would be a good time for you.

Evidence

“3” Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ll give of yourself, and your kindness will elevate anything you add it to. Add it to words to make confidence. Add it to moments to make profound memories.” Scorpio

This TauBit of Wisdom may turn out to be the most profound expression of what it will take if things get much worse with the pandemic.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There comes a point in every commitment when the newness has worn off and the grind begins. Stop and take a walk up the proverbial mountain so you can look down on this with the benefit of a sky-high perspective.  Aries 

I guess I included McQueen’s today for two different reasons.  

The first sentence does describe the lifecycle of love affairs and the early stage of startups.  I recall a serial entrepreneur telling me that the US is great at getting to one, but sucks at what it takes to go from 2 to a 1000.  In other words, the newness of the venture wears off as the company struggles to make its way in the marketplace and take on lots and lots of paying customers.  

The second reason is I use the metaphor of looking out over the ridge of a mountain to encourage strategic and scenario thinking.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “You’ve been through challenges that other people can relate to. You’ll notice a recurring theme here. You’ve dared to want more for yourself than was offered. Keep believing you can have that.”  Taurus

I’m guessing this might have been the underlining reason I reached out to my community and to tap into their collective wisdom.

“5”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When we believe a thing, it seems like a fact, and when we disbelieve, we assume it’s a theory or an opinion. Your golden move today will be in being slow to decide what you believe. Let all the ideas entertain you.” Leo

I want to believe this — haha.  It’s a serious reason I’ve undertaken this experiment, which unexpectedly extended into a pandemic version.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ve an unconventional approach to a very conventional activity. This will be a fun thing to share with others, and you could even become very well-known for it.” Libra

One can only plan for the worst and hope for the best, when it comes to surviving pandemics, right? Tracking TauBits of Wisdom is something even I scoffed at in the beginning.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Sometimes knowing the theory behind a thing can help you learn it more or less completely. But mostly, experience is the best teacher. It puts things not only into your mind but also into your being.” Sagittarius

Later on in his life, I read, Leonardo da Vinci reversed this TauBit of wisdom.  He famously experienced all he could before disciplines of knowledge began to segment what was experienced into subject.  Later in life he turned to theories to better understand all that he had experienced.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ll show up today in a way you can be proud of later when you’re telling the story. These are, after all, notable times. The way you play it will go down in the history books.”  Capricorn

Maybe the way a game show host plays it will go down in the history books or a documentary on Netflix, but not so much for me.  Notable times, now that’s an understatement, right?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no point to interacting on autopilot. Fresh topics, interesting questions and receptive, curious interactions will cause the spark that leads to exciting relationships.” Pisces

Especially when shut-in and trying to figure out how all of this plays out over time.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1735 to 1760.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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S2 E36 — Turning Lemons into Margaritas

Is this the popping of the stay-at-home-pimple expressed as frustration and anger? It’s easy to feel concern about thousands of us flocking to Orange County beach towns.

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Rebellion produces action, often erratic. Obedience produces action, often consistent. People obeying orders look reasonable and systematic, even while carrying out unreasonable orders.  Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 36 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this twenty-sixth day of April in the spring of 2020. 

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E35Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?; S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?; S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

From here on in I’m adding a disclaimer to my Patreon posts:

Grab some bucket list ideas for your deferred itineraries. Curated from stories about local towns stretching along the Pacific Coast Highway, in mountain resorts and on lakes, islands and in the great outdoors. 

But, here on the Atoll we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

See what you’ve been missing. 

Here are some of this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” brought to you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Evidence

I know I can’t speak for all of us Zahnny — the Fonz and Emma the Baroness, but yes, given the circumstances, our Holiday Tau feels good!

“5” Steve Zahn, 51: “It will be supremely satisfying to use your creativity. You’ll bring things into being that no one else could. They might be able to do something similar, but no one can do exactly what you can do.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Of course I wasn’t born yesterday or today.  But, under “house arrest” already, without really being caught for stealing your birthday doesn’t this place another spin on turning lemons into margaritas?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Your work ethic is stellar, and you are using your time better and better. You make sure to do what you love as much and as regularly as possible and this makes your life feel meaningful and wonderful. You’re able to be more tolerant of people’s quirks, so the days go smoothly and your horizons open to a large view.

As some of you already know, I’m skeptical when during zero dark thirty while sipping a cup of home brew in my dark blue mug I steal 50% of the Holiday Tau available.  

Let’s turn to our Patron Saint, shall we?  Never one to shy away from assuming an independent, in-your-face kind of role Steve, is your Holiday Tau a commentary on our current political climate? Erratic action, unreasonable orders?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Rebellion produces action, often erratic. Obedience produces action, often consistent. People obeying orders look reasonable and systematic, even while carrying out unreasonable orders.  Aries

Likewise, W&W, has your Holiday Tau shifted to political commentary too?  Blaming and shaming on Twitter?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: People like to have someone to blame. In fact, they need it. Otherwise, how is anyone to go on as though they know what they’re doing and haven’t made significant errors?  Taurus

Hey Smithy, I kinda get your Holiday Tau.  You’re not buying lifestyles defined by consumption or advertising or social media?  Because, you are more than one identity expressed through a more authentic self?  Is that close?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: You understand the world by understanding yourself. The creed you follow, the values you uphold and the products you use are indicators of an identity that still doesn’t even come close to representing the whole of you.” Gemini

Howey, your TauBit of Wisdom seems simple and true for me.  I’m guessing all of my writing, and journaling fits the description, right?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Having something to tell and not being able to tell it — that’s an agony! You won’t break anyone’s trust if you create a locked document or diary to spill your fascinating information into.” Cancer

Hmm.  Coach Kerr, I have to agree.  All the book reading is one thing.  Putting what you learn into action is quite another.  At the core of knowledge creation and innovation is the question asked around the legendary Xerox PARC R&D Paradoxy-Moron group — let’s invent something, then use it as customer,and see what it makes us become. Let’s see what this new technology changes for us, share it and build on it, try it out, see what it allows us to do better and innovate around those features and functions.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The problems you solve today will give you something you can use later. You’ll build on these solutions. They’ll become the rules by which you solve future problems.” Libra

Listen, this Holiday Tau fits the image I have of you well — have you ever shied away from a challenge?  One, by the way, that you framed in big audacious goals?  I hope that on a smaller scale I can claim some of your Holiday Tau.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’re not one to shy away from a challenge. You’ll dare to take on a difficult task and because of this, you’ll get a reward that is afforded to very few.” Pisces

Speaking of the common circumstances all of us find ourselves trapped in, does this count as a shift in the Holiday Tau as being different from last year’s natural experiment?

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

“… emphasizes concepts of power, force and authority, affording us the opportunity to reassess what we are able to do, who can help and why it’s important. 

It is often true that we place imaginary limits on ourselves or that others lead us to believe we must stay in the roles and positions that serve them best. We are like cattle that have been trained not to cross gratings in the road. Once our training has taken hold, the gratings can be replaced with painted lines that could be easily crossed were we not so afraid of illusory consequences… is a chance to rethink what’s got us so timid, find our points of leverage and see if there aren’t ways we can take back the power we wrongly or unnecessarily ceded. 

The second significant change … bodes well for getting business back on track….Our usual ways of doing business have been interrupted, and we’re having to get creative about how to move forward grit… and determination that helps us walk and work in hope.”

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1735 to 1760.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S1 E166 — Falling Down the Time Sucking Rabbit Hole

I  continued with my website makeovers after hunkering down while 40 to 50 mph Santa Ana winds wrecked havoc. Oh, and after I assessed damage, then swept up leaves, twigs and branches. 

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 166 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

It dawned on me I should figure out which published “Best of Essays” are for attracting potentials to Patreon and which are for the tier-paying Patrons behind the gate — like specific checklists and steps? 

Looked at each website’s blog archive for one or the other audience.

      1. The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.
      2. Western Skies and Island Currents: From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between.
      3. Best West Road Trips: Natural Beauty. Awesome Adventures.
      4. Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself
      5. Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives.
      6. Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty

Taking a deeper dive into Knowledge Banking I focused of 4 components of a system to guide future posts.

    1. To 4 ways of repurposing Knowledge Product offerings, illustrated by @knowlabs: Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.
      • Guided — This or That?
      • Experimental Trial & Error —Sort Through, Search Again
      • Repackaged Segment — Subscribe to Your Niche
      • Personalized — Tagged to Membership Profile
    1. One post should transition from your bucket list of best places to “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

3.  To Volume Two (Work) “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variation in your new employer by:

      • MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed
      • Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery
      • Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis
      • Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

4. To value creation stages

      • Commodities or Noise
      • Goods or Data
      • Services or Information
      • Experiences or Knowledge
      • Transformations or Wisdom

You know I concerned myself about falling down the rabbit hole into major time sucking morass before I limited my comparison process.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I get what wavelength your Holiday Tau resonates with, but for my tasks at hand, I’m not choosing yours for the Tau of the Day.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The right tune will enhance what you’ve got going on today, though the wrong one will help you appreciate the value of silence.” Virgo

Hey Coach Kerr, how competitive do you feel your Holiday Tau is today?  Guess what?  You bricked it like a Shaquille O’Neil free throw.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:If a compliment is like honey, criticism is like vinegar.  Taken the right way, both enhance what’s healthy.” Libra

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

    • Michael Connelly has become one of my favorites for his style of writing found in his Bosch series, including “Lost Light” for his turn of a phrase like, “At night when I try to sleep but can’t … It is when all the pathways seem to connect and I see the people I have loved.” Or, like, “Like trying to figure out Vietnam in 1967 by watching Walter Cronkite at night.” I view his writing as essential for my efforts at writing my Volume Three series about legacy.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • Volume Two (Work) — beginning to wrangle key concepts: MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed; Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery;  Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis;  Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

Banking and ATMs — 

    • So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon?

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  But it’s Shaggy’s birthday.  Emma the Baroness and I dutifully await the appropriate time to text fantastic birthday wishes on an early sleep-in morning-after Sunday. 

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

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st 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 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, I still have a lot of publishing to do. I’d be dishonest if I told you I mastered my new intention of publishing daily, especially after breaking up what I considered my source document.  

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  

In Know Laboratories:

      • “Research and Development”
      • “Artificial Intelligence”
      • “Innovation”
      • “Disruptions”
      • “Remote Work”
      • “Trends”
      • “Hacking”
      • “Brain” again
      • “Planet” again

In Best West Road Trips:

      • “South Coast Region” 
      • “Central Coast Region”
      • “Peninsula Region”
      • “San Francisco Region”
      • “North Bay Region”
      • “North Coast Region”

But, the number one question on my mind is if the ex will be able to serve out his time in Moscow del Lago or not, as Putin wants to debate Biden and Fox News bets on Putin.

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank you Steve.  Your Holiday Tau describes a core approach I’ve taken over the years.  Share what works as you create new knowledge and innovation so you can anticipate what’s next and make better choices.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While there’s nothing you can do to ensure tomorrow goes to plan, keeping track of what did and didn’t work in the past gives you greater control over the impactful elements.” Pisces

Wildcards.  Thanks Smith and Nicks for your TauBit of Wisdom.  If wildcards continually surprise you and stop you in your tracks, then try Jobs’ prescription for anticipation.

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Normally, I’d agree with McQueen’s Holiday Tau — diversity of opinions keeps Paradoxy-Moron organizations inventing and building their capacity for cutting edge innovations.  But, at the macro-political level, not so much.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just because nobody objects to an idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Controversy gives things heat, which makes things happen. You’ll thrive on the energy of diverse opinions and opposing points of view.”  Aries

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 E21 — Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance? It won’t be the last time, because it happens more frequently.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 21 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 2nd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

Overtaken by events once more, I’m urgently summarizing the last four critical chapters from my second book in The Knowledge Path series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses:  Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”.

Is it time for elevating these lessons to a higher priority for publishing on Patreon?

Disruption  (Surviving)

“Those of us who have been in transition (between jobs) can tell you that when you are blind-sided it’s not fun.” 

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.

Steps (6) Anticipate changing circumstances and economic cycles.

Anticipation (Thriving, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF))

“Give yourself and your loved ones more choices and options.”

Why anticipation acts like an advanced warning device: gain more control and thrive.

Step (19) Anticipate the growing shifts in life and business. Nobody wants to swim upstream if the current is moving everything in the opposite direction. Clue your fans in.

Translation  (Fans)

“What isn’t smart is to build the core of your business around something that can change in a heartbeat.”

How to take complex change and translate it into concrete action that lets other people survive the tsunami, you become one of the most valuable people society has to offer. 

Step (18) If your lesser fans have lost their way and you can offer solutions to thrive in bad and good times, then you have a solid opportunity to convert them into true fans for life.

Resilience  (Time Frames: 2003 to 2008; 2009 to 2014; 2015 to 2020)

“You see your peers not able to adapt, not able to grasp reality, and it’s really the death of a thousand cuts.”

What happens when you exceed your “absorption threshold” especially for longer periods of time – dysfunction, fatigue, emotional burnout, inefficiency, even sickness or drug abuse.

Step (17) Sketch out your trajectory in 5-year time frames.  Will we fall into another recession?  Absolutely.  Will you be ready this time with future-proofed strategies? 

Step (7) Persist and pivot to navigate external threats and opportunities.

Does history repeat itself?  

Was it really Mark Twain who said something along the lines that if it doesn’t it rhymes.  

The lessons from thriving during the Great Recession may require tweaking, but the rhythm and chorus feels about right.

Evidence

Let’s check in with our Holiday for today, shall we?

Unless or until this period in our lives becomes more dire, I’d say our legitimate TauBit of Wisdom rings true, just not that high on my list.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The best reason to improve?  For you, it’s to fulfill an idea you have about who you might be.” Scorpio 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I realize this is only the second Holiday Tau for 9 sets of Steves, but without considering the rest your’s hits home.  My research into Inner-Directed MBTI temperaments as a way of identifying their best fits in organization type and growth stage must be what you’re talking about.  I have to weigh this set of COVID-19 concerns to determine if the potential pandemic threat is a distraction or a new focus. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can’t afford to be pulled out of the flow of what you’re doing.  Sure, you can jump back in, but every distraction cost you something.”   Aries

So W&W I hear the tune you’re playing, but today’s not the day for me to sing along.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: There have been plenty of days when you didn’t want to do something, and you did it anyway because you’re a person who honors your commitments.  Today, you’ll be rewarded.”  Taurus

Okay.  Are you saying feelings of panic or the denial of procrastination or just plain distraction can work for me?  I’m not quite there yet, Smithy but if it comes to that, I’ll remember your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Stay fixed on your aim, and let whatever feelings show up organize themselves to help you.” Gemini

Howey, is your Holiday Tau about writer’s block?  Or, is this a complementary TauBit of Wisdom to share with Smithy?  Either way, I’m not feeling the need.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:There are plenty of reasons why you can’t do the thing, and writing them down is the first step in your plan.”  Cancer

Here’s how I’m interpreting your Holiday Tau guys, tell me if I’m wrong.  This loops back all the way to McQueen’s TauBit of Wisdom, right?  So, I need to reach out to my network of mentors, proteges and longtime associates and friends to check in on how they are coping?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your reputation is excellent, and you’ll like the feedback you get when you test that.” Leo

Firm believer here, Coach Kerr.  Your Holiday Tau might as well be preaching to the choir. Especially we introverts love to reflect and meditate, and if this COVID phenomenon is just a scare, I’ll be able to return to offering options when changing careers.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Can anyone tell you what to do with your life? Sure, and lots of people will be happy too. But moments of reflection and meditation will give you better intel.” Libra

Sometimes I mix you and Kerr up although you played a different style of basketball in the NBA.  You should become a coach.  Anyway, spaces.  Almost like that famous Wayne Gretzky quote about shooting the puck to where the scorer will be, not where he is now.  Your soccer probably contributed to how great you were at reading spaces and passing lanes in motion.  Am I right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:The space between things will convey more meaning than things themselves.  You’ll get good at reading spaces.” Aquarius

OMG.  Your Holiday Tau completely took a sharp turn from where I felt your were going.  I love where you left it — an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention — so you!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” 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 1,481 to 1525. 

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S4 E4 — Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Usually it began with, if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 4th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 6th 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 4 continues now within domestic uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection SeasonS4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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 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 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

Context

This morning another reminder that time flies more rapidly than you notice. Jazzy stopped by to pick up a check for settling wedding budget accounts that he and Delta Girl would hand deliver to Surf Doc and Jasmine.  

I toasted Jazzy and Delta Girl during the rehearsal lunch at The Privateer in Oceanside 30 days ago.  I don’t have to remind you about the wear and tear we suffered over the Pandemic Year and just when we felt certain COVID was past us another variant spread like the California wildfires in the Los Padre National Forest.  

Their destination wedding gave pause to and cancellations from grandparents who baby sat their little darlings and couldn’t risk infecting them with the Omicron strain. 

However comma the window of opportunity opened on that magical weekend — 70s temperature, no Santa Ana high velocity winds or rain nor any shutdown CDC recommendations.

Standing in the far corner from the door and opposite the long bar I told a more recent story about Jazzy who 365 days ago, on February 5th, 2021, schemed just how things would play out according to his plan:

Jazzy had been rehearsing in his head how he was going to trick Delta Girl into trudging through deep snow at Hot Springs the next day on their way up to Mammoth for a long weekend. 

If you’ve ever driven to Mammoth and gotten stuck behind semis and long lines of cars, then you might have not have noticed the dirt road exit from Highway 395

It’s usually when you’re speeding past it at 70 or 80 mph under normal conditions on the last leg of a 5 hour drive

So there was that, he’d have to come up with a reason …

As they both packed for their trip, he had to be asking himself, 

Does she already know?  

What am I going to tell her? 

 I better not forget the ring.  

She’ll say Yes won’t she?  

What if she doesn’t?

Or if I drop the ring in the snow?

It worked, she fell for it, she said yes and then “I do” a year later — according to her plan.

Oh, and Delta Girl is a great planner.  

Who would have known that their wedding day would take place 365 days from the day of their engagement and more importantly —between the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl — so no conflicts there.   

But now we find ourselves here, only 30 days later.  The pandemic fear window had closed as their magical wedding opened our feelings of joy and then … Putin’s invasion tosses our feelings of normalcy back up into the air for probable landing on hard ground.

Evidence

Any TauBits of Wisdom we can count on Steves?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Well, there’s Jazzy and Delta Girl’s magical moments in the late afternoon on a lush green lawn exchanging their vows before their honeymoon along California’s Central Coast in Big Sur and Santa Barbara.  And there’s this new beginning of Season Four while at the same time looking back at the past three years through so many disruptions that who can tell what’s normal anymore?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Charming and spontaneous, you’ll prove your mastery of the art of living in the moment. Your improvisations will make memories and sometimes money. Summer sees you serious about a goal and dropping the distractions that compete for your focus. You’ll step up as your own boss, call shots and claim rewards.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Solving new problems often takes a while as you fumble around to figure out what’s going to work. It’s not so today; you’ll get lucky early on with a good and graceful option.” Libra

Yours is a perfect description for what it was like over the first 4 episodes in Season 1 for getting the natural experiment off the ground headed for some sort of a destination.  I always like getting lucky …

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Ever since you went looking for your happiness and didn’t find it, you’ve been wondering if someone moved it, stole it, scared it off… or what? It’s waiting inside a job you can take on to help someone.” Sagittarius

Your Holiday Tau as far as TauBits of Wisdom go just isn’t relevant for me today.  I discovered happiness can’t be pursued as being out there, so I didn’t wonder if someone swiped it — like what is happening to your astrology signs today.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’re sly as a spy. You’re paying attention to more than you appear to be. Sights in your periphery will inform. You’ll learn something crucial as you pretend not to notice it at all.” Aquarius 

I’m well into my Will Robey novel character who as it turns out is a white hat assassin working for one of those three-letter secret agencies.  And this is exactly what he’s doing right now in the chapter I’m now going to finish after I finish this.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you knew it was impossible for you to lose anything that was essentially yours, how would you play it? Would you relax? Would you gain tremendous confidence? Would you take a risk?” Pisces

Over the length of one of my careers, I almost always asked a version of your Holiday Tau, Steve.  Usually it began with if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

Is it?  

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

The need to feel powerful is universal  … (Two) different paths to power. One involves taking on more, while the other involves cutting down. Whether you decide to grow and reach or simplify and shrink your environment to a more manageable size is a matter of individual choice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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. 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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S2 E19 — What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Are we a dying breed? On the endangered list? We long-form columnists, essayists, authors, freelancers, reporters, journalists, bloggers and self-publishers? Sustaining a lifestyle business takes time and persistence.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 19 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 28th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in 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? 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

Evidence

What would Leo da V do? Today he’s got me musing about endangered long-form writers ….

    • And, about the plight of bookstores and book publishing and why I’m learning as I go iterating with all the moveable parts building a knowledge bank  — taking concepts, putting them into practice and becoming more efficient at producing better practices towards self-publishing
    • A phrase from my way back and connected to Xerox PARC surfaces.  It’s what inspired me to create and share new knowledge. 
    • It’s how they described their research and development process — we experiment with each new tool (new prototype in the lab) to see what it makes us become, and then we innovate again and repeat the process.

And, of course Leo da V’s got me off wondering if it’s true that innovation like rust never sleeps?  

    • What lies in our imagination now?  
    • What’s percolating in our collective unconscious as we stretch and use limited resources in new and different and resourceful ways? 
    • As we improvise? 
    • As feelers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their hearts and souls in altruistic, unselfish ways.  
    • And thinkers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their minds and viewpoints to see new knowledge created and patterns that signal solutions never tried before to address complex challenges from a different angle. 
    • Take the why of curiosity to the what if of experimentation.

Turning to today’s Holiday Tau how strong is it, our legitimate one, for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Not much, I’m afraid.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51:“You don’t feel comfortable in every environment but you’re willing to try until you feel the level of comfort that helps you navigate it.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, this couldn’t be better if it really was my birthday, but it isn’t  If it’s yours I see good things coming your way, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You’ll meet the person who can help you launch your life in the direction of your dreams.  You’ll connect in different social circles in the next 10 weeks.  Next month places you in opportunity’s path, and you’ll turn an ordinary situation into an extraordinary moneymaker.  Friends and family will celebrate you.

Wow, Steve I now know why we appointed your our Patron Saint.  You couldn’t more on target for today.  And you’ve got me recalling my conversation with Brook when we wondered out loud if there was a half life of wisdom, like there is for engineers?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The world is changing fast.  What worked for you parents won’t work for you.  Past generations have much to offer you, and vice versa.” Aries

Hey G&G, while you might not be our Patron Saints, your TauBit of Wisdom fits for an innie Like me!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

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 1452 to 1461.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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S4 E2 — Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season

Emma the Baroness and I have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promote by followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines. 

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 2nd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 4th 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 4 continues now with domestic uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When up against unwieldy forces or currents too strong to fight, the only grace available is the act of surrender. You’ll give yourself over, but not completely. When the time is right, a dormant kernel will reactivate.” Leo

Evidence

Something was afoot in the beginning of Season Two, but we didn’t see coming.  

Oh sure, there were the five global risks:

  • failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • extreme weather events;
  • major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse;
  • food crises and
  • water crises stuff I’d been tracking already. 

Was the next season shaping up to be a repeat financial disaster? 

I’d learned my lesson as a rookie 401K and IRA investor. 

I never experienced a time when I lost so much money — well actually the value of shares in a mutual fund not the actual money unless you sell the shares — for such a long time in the last Great Recession.

You’re supposed to buy on the story — how promising a stock looks into the future at today’s price.  And, sell on the news — the best may be over for the next quarter so you take money off the table and squirrel away your profits

In the second episode of Season One a year earlier Steve Harvey’s TauBit of Wisdom triggered a memory.

All day we sat through hour long presentations from Trump University-like Real Estate promoters highlighting their expensive tips from their exclusive, guaranteed, limited seating “Flipping Real Estate Secrets” training programs.  

And, Donald Trump was the keynote speaker.  

During the growing recession, we did quick calculations multiplying the price for the training, the number of people willingly giving up their credit card information, and it didn’t take long to figure some made as much as $75,000 at the room’s back table — which is where the money was made. 

But it was this time last Season in one of my more relevant reads described in Long Form that threads fueled my suspicious mind.

“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.

Now I have to ask, wasn’t Trump following Putin’s playbook?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’re a relatable visionary. People easily connect to your train of thought and will be gladly pulled along wherever you want to take them. Hone your leadership qualities and you’ll shape the future. Financial horizons will broaden with plain ol’ good luck. New additions to your world will hasten the pace.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “‘Location, location, location,’ they say. They’re not wrong. The number of lucky happenings and significant events occurring today will be entirely dependent on where you go.” Aries

Emma the Baroness and I feel enormously fortunate to live in our little suburban neighborhood for so long that, while this generation of homebuyers struggle for down payments as we did, we lucked into a nest egg (well after three lotteries) but compared to what our parents paid for the homes we grew up in, you couldn’t buy a car for the same mortgage.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When up against unwieldy forces or currents too strong to fight, the only grace available is the act of surrender. You’ll give yourself over, but not completely. When the time is right, a dormant kernel will reactivate.” Leo

I highlighted your TauBit of Wisdom, more for the brave citizens of Ukraine, than for us here.

“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “In spite of your desire not to draw attention to yourself, your goals cannot be achieved unless certain people take notice. So how will you make your pitch? Chances are it will be subtle and bundled into a service you’ll offer.” Virgo

Okay Batman riddle me this — just how do I go about doing just that?  

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Life is not random; rather, it’s an intricate orchestration of mixed events, some random, others curated, some haphazardly tossed in, others painstakingly crafted according to your preference.” Libra

Wow, your TauBit of Wisdom may be just the one to revisit where I left off in my memoir.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Don’t be shy. The task at hand is too big for one person to handle alone. No one will know you need help until you ask for it. And when you do, you’ll find out that people really love to help you.” Aquarius

So first comes the pitch and then the ask.  Funny after completing 95% of the Report about my Natural Experiment — Phase One — I’ve been noodling how to roll out Phase Two.  Stay tuned.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

As we strive for security, we think a lot. Our minds race to predict what will happen next so we can respond with the right choices. But what if we knew there was no right choice? Instead of overthinking, it would be smarter to choose something convenient and make the most of it — which … describes the path to joy.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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?”

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S2 E18 — What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Today’s episode marks just under three weeks of running a new experiment, because the current COVID-19 pandemic surprised me.  Was it forecasted?  How long will it last?  What are the implications?  

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 18 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 27th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving 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 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What is truth?  You’ll grapple with this today, as there are many ways to account for what happened; some of those ways include feeling your way through.”  Aquarius

Evidence

While working on “Ask Me Anything” or AMA for my Patreon platform it dawned on me that my Knowledge Path series — the 5 books should be back in demand.  

Because it answers the question:  

    • How you can take advantage of working remotely if your employer sees the light.  
    • Pick the right place to live as an innie and a different community as an outie for happiness.

What was the spark that ignited the original “Best West Road Trips” the original digital magazine?  

    • What did you expect?  
    • As an introvert, what did you encounter? 

There’s a story about an Internet service giving free access to Santa Monica families with a photo of the empty pier and the iconic Route 66 sign. 

This can be the origin story for Fresh from the Labs. The Volume Three legacy story of the Howard family moving from the Carolinas to Tennessee to Missouri and then the story of road trips following Manifest Destiny wagon trains and the Mother Road to land at the Pacific Ocean and then following Pacific Coast Highway from Tip to Tip spawning 35 digital magazines along the way.

What are you writing about in the next book series? 

    • Answering the question is it possible to discover which type of organization is right for you? 
    • And, which stage of growth suits you better.  
    • And, of course the flip sides of the question — which organizations and growth stages to avoid like the plague and why?  I may reach out to you to solicit your experiences.

And, answering the question about wildcards.

    • Accounting unknown disrupters that trigger catastrophes and shock to well laid plans.  Ripple-effects illustrating the power of scenarios and avoiding the seductively short-sided planning as usual — the best, worst and middle path.
    • What ifs, a better understanding of, the domino effects of, why, reverse engineering, imagining, curious about, surfacing insight, emerging, gauging the probability of any lessons learned and, more importantly, applied. 
    • Monitoring the rippling-effects from the vantage point of an OK Boomer as dominoes and fear of dominoes falling while being stuck inside these four walls replicated throughout the extended family.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Pressure is one thing, but the fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding the early and conflicting news about COVID-19 is quite another.  And, so about your TauBit of Wisdom, oh Patron Saint, how do you go about creating tranquility illusions?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When was the last time you felt no pressure? It’s been a while.  Go where you can create the illusion of tranquility.”   Aries

Hey you two comedians and inventor, your Holiday Tau resonates with me, because I almost always never consider the value proposition.

“5” Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Many need to have a confident feeling they’ll be getting their money back.  Use this concept to your advantage.” Leo

Will something like integrating how to choose the best possible place for remote work — Volume One with Volume Two manuscript about work what Chief Reinvention Officers do emphasizing finding the silver lining and advancing organizations during disruptive times qualify as a that direction? 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:There will be something to cut out, things to organize several things to align.  The magic comes from focusing in a particular direction.” Virgo

Your Holiday Tau reminds me of Stephen Colbert’s degree of truthiness — and how hard the president makes it for his followers to decipher the truth about this pandemic.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What is truth?  You’ll grapple with this today, as there are many ways to account for what happened; some of those ways include feeling your way through.”  Aquarius

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 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

I’m shell shocked, not like those brave Ukrainians who literally lost everything to an evil, maybe unstable, or just ruthless Russian dictator.  Just figuratively yet I’m waking up in the middle of the night replaying images in my mind from earlier broadcasts on CNN.

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 1st Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 3rd day of March in the spring of 2022.

Today ends 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 4 begins now with domestic and global chaos.

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “One opportunity ends; another opens. Stay focused on the big picture and details will sort themselves out. Interesting matches will be made; new relationships will take form.” Cancer

Evidence

How tragic and ironic is it that while I was in the midst of transferring notes from the last three kindle books I read, into new documents, I remembered a passage from “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis about Dmitry Rybolovlev. 

In elaborate detail Lewis tied together Putin’s buddies, with money laundering through offshore art storage  like the last painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

“In 2013 Simon, Parish, and Adelson were tipped off that one of Russia’s richest oligarchs Rybolovlev no longer lived in Russia, nor did he run the fertilizer business. He was an art collector, resident in the tax haven of Monaco, and about to become the owner of the Salvator Mundi.”

Lewis says, in 1992 he went to Moscow to study economics, otherwise known as capitalism. 

“His timing was good: the post-Communist Russian state, following the advice of the World Bank, just beginning the massive crash program of privatization that would create the class of oligarchs the authoritarian kleptocracy that rule Russia today.”

Around 15,000 companies, amounting to 60 percent of the country’s GDP, were privatized, according to Lewis’ research.

“He benefited from the support of his business partner Yuri Trutnev, at the time the mayor of Perm, who later became a government minister and a senior adviser to Vladimir Putin.”

Rybo’s wife, Elena, filed for divorce in 2008.  She wanted $4 billion, half his fortune, to which Swiss law seemed to entitle her.

Her lawyers “claimed that Rybolovlev had a history of secreting and transferring assets in order to avoid his obligations.”

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

He dealt with Yves Bouvier,  a Swiss citizen, whose main business was in the logistics side of the art world, filling the increasing need for art storage.

“His company grew to become the primary renter of space at Geneva Freeport—more the Ports Francs et Entrepôts de Genève SA, a series of warehouses close to Geneva airport, officially in neither France nor Switzerland, meaning that tax and transparency laws do not apply to it.”

Making it a highly attractive location for the rich to store their art collections tax-free.

And, now you have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion?

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

… Focus on creating systems that get results — stark realizations, life-changing declarations and the sort of brilliant planning sessions that culminate with a shift of destiny.

If only I could for the stark realizations Ukrainians must now face under severe life-changing conditions.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Your comic instinct is hot today. You notice what’s funny and call it out. If you have a good audience, you’ll get the laugh. But if you don’t, save the story for later because your people will love it.” Scorpio

Not in the mood, although I might point out that Ukraine’s President Zelenska gave up a comedy career only to be shaken down by our former reality TV “star” and twice impeached President in a quid pro quo demand.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “One opportunity ends; another opens. Stay focused on the big picture and details will sort themselves out. Interesting matches will be made; new relationships will take form.” Cancer

Just a month ago we celebrated with Jazzy and Delta Girl’s closest friends and family in a magical setting for their wedding in Oceanside, California. Not unlike my and Emma the Baroness’ romantic story, Jazzy’s career came to an end at his company weeks before the wedding and just before his side gig was about to launch as a realtor.

“4” Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Happiness is… an open schedule. You’re already committed today, but you can give yourself a commitment-free day in the future with a little planning. Make no promises about the future. Plan to make no plans.” Leo

Plan to make no plans is like earning moments of time when you can be your Experiencing Self just enjoying your blissful moments.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “You’re willing to be inconvenienced for a task of significance. That this is above and beyond what anyone is expecting of you is precisely what makes it the best use of your time.” Sagittarius

I’m guessing you’re referring to what I committed to competing today instead of asking my muse, Leo da V, how I should free up my creative, intuitive, Experiencing Self.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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?”

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