“The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”
Welcome to TauBits for the Taking, the Pandemic Year Experiment on this Friday, 4/24/20.
Here’s the text of my group email I’m circulating with my former Proteges and Mentors after yesterday’s marathon “Working on the Business” session.
At our home we’ve earned our black belt in Zooming.
But, this morning after writing portions of a chapter about organizations and what it takes to move from decline to reinvention, I just had to get out of the house.
I walked about three miles around a lake.
Took a few video frames of a mallard duck family swimming across it’s surface in a mirrored reflection of fluffy clouds, local mountain peaks and lake-front homes.
I also listened to Stephen King being interviewed in a Fresh Air podcast.
He was asked about the pandemic (he wrote a book about one in the ‘90s, I think) and how did staying-in-place change his creative process, if he was in fact writing a new book now.
It did. He is.
He had to revisit chapters already written (a process I know all too well) and figure out changes to the original setting of his story.
He told Terry Gross it was supposed to take place on a cruise ship in 2020.
I know, right?
But, he said he’s accelerated his writing progress, because being stuck at home he’s running out of things that normally tempt him to procrastinate.
Temptations I know all too well.
And he said something else that now I’m wondering about.
When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined?
I’m wondering if, 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?
Do you envision a new normal?
Or, will it be the same old, same old?
I’d love to hear what your take is.
Stay safe and healthy.
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I’m looking forward to everyone’s responses, as long as, I can keep my momentum going while simultaneously publishing now on Patreon.
And, I’m wondering how well our collective Holiday Tau steps up to meet our novel coronavirus challenges.
So, Zahnny you realize how high the stakes are for your Holiday Tau on this start to the weekend, right? You don’t want to disappoint the Fonz or more importantly my partner in crime, Emma the Baroness and me. I sorta, kinda get it, but I’m not fully appreciating a strong “5”.
“4” Steve Zahn, 51:“It’s fortifying to spend time with people who appreciate you or to spend time doing the things that really make you appreciate yourself. The opposite is detrimental.” Scorpio:
Random ones that make me want change my sign.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for those of who weren’t born yesterday, but a day later. And, let’s check back in late August when things will be back to normal.
Today’s birthday: “Love is the star this year. You want a deep relationship and you’ll get it; you’re able to be vulnerable and open to enrichment. You’ll connect with the emotions of others because you take the time to understand your own emotions better. You’ll soar on the confidence of a personal or professional win in late August.”
So W&W I clearly see how this Holiday Tau fits you both, but I can only hope what I’m circulating in my group emails accomplishes any thing close to your standards.
“4” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “You’ll fill needs that people didn’t even realize they had. It’s also possible that you create need by providing something very interesting and getting people used to having it in their lives.” Taurus
Haha, you three had me with your opening premise about change, until you hit “if especially if the environment stays the same.” Really? Stays the same. Really?
“4” Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Trying to change too many habits at once almost always fails, especially if the environment stays the same. Your winning move involves taking on one behavioral change at a time.” Leo
Now we’re talking. And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day when we welcome Stephen King. So things are getting harder than they should be and they don’t seem to be getting easier any time soon (may be in August if Today is your Birthday), but I find your Holiday Tau timely.
“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo
We used to imitate Steve Jobs with a similar motto, “It’s better to seek forgiveness that to ask permission.” And, I like how you tweaked your Holiday ever so much with pointing out sometimes it’s far better to stray from the beaten path.
“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Don’t ask other people for green lights. Green lights don’t work that way. Usually, they are on timers. And often, when you hit one, you’ll start to hit them all. Or you can always take the backroads.” Libra
Now, don’t read this any other way than it is intended, Steve. Your TauBit of Wisdom is a core value of mine being in the helping and developing professions as I changed careers. But, today I’m just not convinced I should rate your contribution a “5”.
“3” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Your positive attitude is grounded in this: Everyone is capable of improving. So whether a person is innately talented or disadvantaged is really beside the point and certainly not worth dwelling on.” Pisces
The Tau of Steves
- “5” Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re not looking to be consoled by things that affirm what you already believe, at least not consciously. To stay aware and honest, keep questioning what you think is true.” Capricorn
- “5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo
What’s Next from the Labs
Headlines and Highlights
- 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.
Progress and Procrastination
- Progress — First hearing about his work in the Sam Harris podcast and then reading about him in Medium, I feel Matt Mullenweg’s take on the future of remote work as CEO of Automattic is now. And can be a strategy for others to follow if the pandemic worsens.
- “Volume Two — Work” manuscript: Role of intuition in both innies “I” and outies “E” — INTP and ENTP and my 16 Talent Profiles system for identifying the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.
Working on the Business
- My followers increase on Flipboard from 1628 to 1703
Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate
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