S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Why am I happiest working for companies in major decline? When employees are jettisoned. What’s like to be introverted?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Thursday again and welcome to the first Episode in the Second Season of ” My Next 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of February in the winter of 2020.  

All you need to know today is which are employers are best fit and worst fit options for you to consider in your career trajectory. 

After all why search and search to receive an offer you negotiate and find out working in a toxic environment is the worst decision of your life?

I spent most of my time continuing with what it’s like to be introverted (8 of 16 MBTI Temperaments) , but in the beginning of my Volume Two manuscript I had to convert Inspiration graphic files into four pdfs or else lose access to them when I update this MacBook Air’s operating system. 

I declined.

Here’s a taste:   113 SPIP:  What do you need to know to understand my Talent Profile?  

The 113 refers to one 16 Talent Profiles numbered 101 to 116.  The SP of SPIP refers to Systematic-Professionals (a type of employer) and IP means Idea Packager.  Within a Systematic-Professional organization you’d find three other talent profiles rounding it out. 

In my original research you would realize you too were an SPIP if you were drawn to positions which required a high degree of improvement efforts and medium degrees of mastery and embedded knowledge. 

Without getting more bogged down into the weeds, the best organization type for someone like me is “Systematic-Professional” and believe it or not, the best stage of growth is “Decline” which is a sad state of affairs brought about by an over extension of a prevailing business model or outdated systems.  

It would take a lot more time to explain why “Decline” wouldn’t be the worst growth stage for me, as you might expect.  

Any effort to head off  a “Decline”and choose a “Reinvention” path is met with the highest degree of resistance to change and ends in a “Red Tape Crisis”.  

But, we Idea Packagers shine because the Red Tape Crisis requires an injection of outside-the-system perspective.

Overview of my Volume Two Manuscript: 

    • If you already know your MBTI profile, you can find out what Organizational Type to find and which Stage of Organizational Growth to pursue.  Conversely, which ones to avoid.   If you are miserable now, then you probably work in one of the talent cultures your should have avoided, if only you knew better.
    • If you more readily identify with one of the 101 – 116 profiles based on high to medium degrees of disruptive innovation, independence, speed, new knowledge, affiliation, improvement, mastery you will understand which to pursue and avoid.
    • If you are a leader facing the unique challenge and crisis at a particular stage, you will have a better idea of the talent profiles that you’ll need to have on your team to succeed and which members you should help self-select to the organization type or stage that would be more fulfilling to them, but at another employer.

I’m feeling the Volume Two Manuscript requires some distinctions and definitions, but a lot of war stories I collected over the years I advised C-Suite Executives and Executive MBA Students aspiring to be come top level leaders. 

Will any of the Holiday Tau for today motivate, encourage or inspire me through the writing? 

I don’t think I need to tone down the drama, Zahn as your Holiday Tau suggests. Instead I need to weave in some stories — especially those up against the crises facing employees, managers and leaders at different stages.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Can we have a sing along to this TauBit of Wisdom?  Here’s the danger for me getting bogged down in the middle.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s just good marketing to tell people when the job is starting and when it’s finished.  People get very bored with middle bits.  Taurus

Hmm.  At first I dismissed your Holiday Tau, but rereading it, it illustrates something to highlight about what it takes to be successful at one stage of growth — say in a start-up — the opposite is required to be successful in the next stage.  If you continue as an organization you decline until what you offer is useless and dumb.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There are things you shouldn’t and won’t do because, while they might have served a purpose once, they are now useless and dumb.  Aries

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

Long-Form

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:

Related: S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S1 E89 — Because If You Don’t Someone Else Will. It’s Worth It!

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

Seeing none, let’s move on to a life of petty thievery.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “It may feel like you are working hard for something that is irrelevant to the bottom line of your worth.  Please know that you are loved in a way you don’t have to earn.” Virgo

Evidence 

Sixth on my list of interesting things to do today, on Saturday, before I devote the rest of it to completing chores left undone while we vacationed in Norway, was to Google “Steves” to frame a Patreon campaign description.

Welcome to Episode 89 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 21st day of September in the fall of 2019.

Discovered a sight that lists of Steves by horoscope! 

I’ve found Steve Howard’s on LinkedIn and Facebook.  I’ll probably want to have them react to the generic contributions from all Steve’s participating in the Patreon-supported Research Study as a “control” group kinda. Also a much broader searches of just “Steve” on Facebook and LinkedIn.

At this stage, I don’t want to interview, take notes, write and then edit contributions.  “For Research Purposes” I will only use submissions to standard questions I provide after they fill in a profile. My form letter should be simple, “Dear Steve.”

So given today was a chores day and a hazy strategy session, what about the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Seeing none, let’s move on to a life of petty thievery. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

First up, Mr. McQueen.  I’ve always loved your classic movies and black and white television shows.  But, I’m just not feeling you today.  Maybe tomorrow?

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Each has his or her own financial values.  Differences come to the fore, and mutual respect on the matter is necessary to prevent conflict.”Aries

So what’s this?  A reality check from WW&C?  Actually if you don’t mind I’ll swipe your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’ll realize that some things you spend time doing are well worth it and bring you much happiness, and some are quite the opposite.” Taurus

Wait, how about I swipe the Holiday Tau from this trio as well? We’re talking about this “Tau of Steves” project, right?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “It may feel like you are working hard for something that is irrelevant to the bottom line of your worth.  Please know that you are loved in a way you don’t have to earn.” Virgo

Let’s add the Holiday Tau for Harvey, and I just might combine all three into a more defined plan of action.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’ll probably need an outside eye to tell you when you’ve hit the point of diminishing returns.” Capricorn

So true.  However, I’m not in the market for your Holiday Tau this weekend.

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “Those who are busy convincing themselves that they are right are wrong.  The gray area demands navigation.” Cancer

I suppose so, but I’m not seeing much more than a vivid inner life here.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “A vivid inner life can cause great emotional charge in any direction, so direct it well.” Sagittarius

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E88 — Who’s Marc Maron and What’s da Vinci got to do with him?

Then for the next hour I recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?”

What about famous Steves?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

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

Welcome to Episode 88 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 20th day of September in the fall of 2019.

Evidence

Over three nights, whenever I needed to sleep, but couldn’t I’d play around with questions in my near sleep, “Do Steves have anything in common, like a common personality by virtue of their name — and, taking into account how others react to them and how they react to others?” 

Ahh, the second night home and asleep in my own bed. Wait, what’s this? 

On the bed stand next to my beautiful Norwegian, Emma the Baroness, lay a clock with a digital read out that seared my brain — “2:30” (AM) and then “3:30” and then a surrender to awareness.  

Got up at 5:30 am, watched TV images on mute, heard the LA Times splat on our driveway and read it for a half hour.  

Nothing of interest piqued my curiosity. 

Then for the next hour recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” 

He reminded me that I had laid awake in Oslo, Norway, listening to the rain and heavy breathing next to me, 2 am local time.  

That’s when it came to me.  

The Book of Steves. 

A Mark Maron-type of interview played out in my partial sleep night after night after night. And finally, I recalled the whimsy of a Patreon project with behind the wall research and ongoing comments funded by Steves and friends of Steves fed by LinkedIn and Facebook.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes I feel the need to hold myself back from reading too much into one of Steves Holiday Tau.  Back from a vacation, finding a little fun project might help me shake the low energy sleep deprivation off just enough to proceed, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Have fun finding your new motivation.  Expose yourself to possibly exciting prospects to see what works.” Capricorn

Maybe.  McQueen’s Holiday Tau could describe how I searched for a “Book of Steves” on Amazon and in Google.  Wow, I’m not seeing it, though.  As always if you can use Steve’s TauBit, feel free to take it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ll be answering questions of scale, figuring out what size of life feels comfortable and enlarging it just a bit from there.” Aries

Can you believe the Holiday Tau two musical icons and a comedian share?  Except for you, I haven’t shared this passion project to anyone else.  It fits, and I want it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

Thank you two Gs & a K.  So, you’re saying if I use my time wisely this Saturday, by Tuesday will return?  I’m all in!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “This is a fine time to start a good habit.  Things you do will have a cumulative effect.  Your energy three days from now will depend a lot on how you conduct yourself today.” Virgo

You know, I couldn’t agree with your Holiday Tau, Steve but I just not in the market for it after my second day of sleep deprivation. Except for the least resistance part.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “The struggle is real, but only as real as you want to make it.  Or go with the thing that offers no resistance.  Neither is better, they’re just different journeys and lessons.” Gemini

So, I have to say I misread the Holiday Tau for two comedians and a founder.  I read it as ‘when you find your way’, but it grabbed and held onto my interest just as I was about to down grade its wisdom.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “What used to be challenging becomes more palatable when you find your ‘why.’” Leo

I’m pretty sure what I need, both rest and inspiration, so I’m leaving your Holiday Tau alone for you to enjoy.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’re not sure what you need more — rest or inspiration, food or fasting, attention or the fire that builds from knowing you are on your own.  Life will give you just what you need.” Sagittarius

Give me some sleep, then wake me up on Tuesday and offer your Holiday Tau again.  Thanks, Steve.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t underestimate the power of your body to assist you.  Try new health methods and activities.” Pisces

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E87 — Pipe Bombs Destroy Vacation Bliss

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Yes, if you noticed we left a hole in our tracking of the Holiday Tau between 8/31/19 and today, September 19th.  Why?  

Evidence

We knew our vacation bliss had evaporated with the news of pipe bombs being planted at Donald Trump’s political enemies’ homes and offices played on the radio in the shuttle car on the 405 freeway.

Emma the Baroness and I with her brothers sampled the best of Norway mixed in with intimate time with her cousins and their children and in some case grandchildren.  

Our plane touched down at LAX on schedule yesterday at 5 pm Pacific Coast Time — which is, what, nine hours difference? 

We flew from Oslo to Heathrow and to LAX  and suffered reentry transition trauma to our sleep patterns. 

As much as I could mentally expend the energy, I realized I had become my mother writing everything down. She took short hand to type up later. I waited until after the experience — day-by-day in the evening after a days adventure,  while she wrote during vacations and missed witnessing the sights. Sis and I teased her on Hawaiian bus tour when she couldn’t match up her notes to the photographs we took for her vacation album. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hello again Steve.  Your Holiday Tau intrigues me — our plans had been interrupted and disrupted frequently in transit.  Airlines mostly. But, you learn to go with the flow except for a few times when a member of our party, who is easily angered, lost it several times.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Hi Steve, I get it and will look forward to experiencing it, but honestly I’m too tired and burned out to appreciate your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “Oddly enough, putting too much thought into a thing can make it less effective.  The slapdash version will contain the most honest information.” Cancer

Hi Steve, Steve and Steve.  I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau, but will need to come back to it sometime in the future.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Don’t aim your message to all.  Aim it from the most specific part of you toward something particular in another person.” Leo

First reaction?  Returning to both freeway traffic jams and pipe bomb news crushed my vacation bliss.  I’m too tired to react anyway but cynically today.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Some interpret news hopefully, and others defensively or cynically.  Optimism and pessimism are just different interpretations, though optimistic people are usually happier.” Capricorn

Nash’s Holiday Tau shimmered enough so I could glimpse it before my brain and entire body shut down as I contemplated where I had left off in each of my passion projects.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’ll be busy with many areas of life at once, but you’ll also have a sense of spiritual alignment that makes this easier than it sounds.”Aquarius

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E92 — Shh … Secrets Husbands Keep to Ourselves

Bam!! We rushed around in panic.  The deadline crashed into us before we were ready.  If we didn’t leave now we’d risk everything …

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re feeling pulled in different directions at once internally, and this makes it more challenging to decide how to spend your hours.” Cancer

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Friday again and welcome to Episode 92 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

We were down to minutes left before we had to hit the 405 and catch our flight to Norway, factoring in what could go wrong according to Murphy’s law.

There’s TSA security and traffic and customs delays, if any, at LAX international terminal.

I backed my 4 Runner up close to our garage to load it up.

A little too close.  OK way too close! Major damage close.

I dented at least two of the white horizontal patterns.  

It still opened ok, so as any husband would do I kept that information to myself and hoped Emma the Baroness wouldn’t notice since she had at least five or six things on her last minute mind about Norway.

Ah, a wonderful relaxing vacation.  

And then, like any good husband would do when driving back into our driveway I confessed.  So, this was the week when we discovered we had to replace the entire door — after considering AAA’s suggestion to claim it would raise our homeowner’s premium.

Gulp.

I know honey, but wasn’t it a wonderful vacation?  Wouldn’t you’ve worried about the cost, if you knew about it before I left?  I was only thinking about your happiness.

But, enough about me.  How about Donald J. Trump?  

Did it work? 

Can I remind you about 5 months of impeachment inquiry and the Mueller investigation and more recently a whistle blower complaint?  

I’m having a hard time wrapping my vacation re-entry mind around just what the hell is going on.

How can you put it all into perspective?

One article I read, pointed my pitiful brain to the slight-of-hand employed by magicians and how a bigly number of  people are so gullible.  

I didn’t want to be one of them, so I continued with 17 hours  of note-taking on what Kurt Andersen had written in “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.”

What about any Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Sorry.  Moving on then.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

No way.  WW&C’s Holiday Tau nailed it, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Your possessions take up a lot of your time today because you understand that ownership always comes with the responsibility of maintenance.” Taurus

So, here’s my proposal, I feel synchronicity if I combine the Holiday Tau for Aoki, Howey and McQueen as a strategy package.  Hearing no objections, make it so.

I’m researching Fantasyland to frame my picture of current events.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You can’t control the entire picture of life, but you do get to control how you frame your part of it.” Sagittarius

Ditto.  While I feel the urgent pull of competing passion projects, I really need to crystalize the frame.  So I’m spending a ton of hours on Fantasyland. Can you spell P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re feeling pulled in different directions at once internally, and this makes it more challenging to decide how to spend your hours.” Cancer

And, as I’m want to do, I’ll leave my Fantasyland obsession emotionally and physically depleted and step away to meditate to allow my intuition to take over.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “To tune into your intuition, you need your busy mind to hush down to library-level quiet.” Aries

Thanks, but today wasn’t the right time for mischief.  Just saying …

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You’ve an unrelenting positive attitude, and yet you feel the need to mix in a little mischief just to keep it interesting.” Virgo

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E86 — Day 86 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: “Social media and self-esteem hang in a tricky balance.  It is easy to get seduced by the rush of approval.  But if it comes at the cost of being un-self-consciously involved in life, it’s not worth it.” Gemini

Will the number of selfies mess with our heads as we create memories? Heads up, we need to make sure we are mindful and present to have the best experiences.

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 86 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 31st day of August in the summer of 2019.  

So what’s been going on? Norway, in a word.  

We’d been following the same vacation checklist we fine tuned after our Italy Anniversary. Emma the Baroness’ older brother who’s tagging along with us and who is a little more technology challenged than we are throws some extra work and patience requirements our way as we share documents electronically. 

For this trip, Emma the Baroness wanted access to emails and the web which she didn’t in Italy.  We set her iPhone and computer up with Gmail and practiced T-Mobile WiFi which is supposed to be low to no extra charge for roaming fees and international charges.  

We’ll see, right? 

I spent three hours messing around with Volume Three — memoir, legacy, wisdom stuff.

Yup, our Holiday Tau prep with T-Mobile rings true.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Deciding to teach things you don’t even know about is one of the fastest ways to learn.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Anything we can lift from the remaining Steves?  Yes, but not for this Saturday before a vacation.

Will the number of selfies mess with our heads as we create memories? Heads up, we need to make sure we are mindful and present to have the best experiences.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: “Social media and self-esteem hang in a tricky balance.  It is easy to get seduced by the rush of approval.  But if it comes at the cost of being un-self-consciously involved in life, it’s not worth it.” Gemini

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Those who pay more attention to their own minds than to environmental cues often annoy those playing by the rules of context.  Then again, the renegades have something to teach.” Aries

Oh, so true.  So far, knock on wood as Emma the Baroness is fond of saying, we always seem to hear what a good job we’ve done raising Jazzy and Shaggy.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You get what you put into it with children.  They don’t have the same social references and currencies as people who have lived decades.” Virgo

And, again A-OK (haha)’s Tau feels worthwhile

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Art is in nuance.  Nuance takes experience.  You’ll create something nuanced because you pushed for a bigger experience.” Sagittarius

And, especially if it is nuanced, right?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “When you put something out into the world without worrying too much about what’s going to become of it, that is an act of love.” Capricorn

Oh, and Bon Voyage!

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E85 — What happens when the fear subsides?

Jazzy’s looking for some advice about a side hustle — he’d been approached by the top advertising guy at his former action sports business.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When fear subsides, the brain is quiet.  It’s out of this quiet mind that deep insight and intelligence emerges.” Leo

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

This wasn’t for the advertising creative director, but for his popular side gig and he needs a proposal for social media consulting.  

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 85 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 30th day of August in the summer of 2019.

It took me about a half an hour to locate what I had used and emailed it to him after a little phone consultation.

It’s uncanny how what I advised Jazzy was freakishly similar to the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Emma the Baroness and me.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The safety net can have an effect whether or not it’s actually there.  The confidence one gets in thinking that it’s there will contribute to sure-footed action.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Have you been noticing it too?  Why have I been including so many Steves over the past few days? Has it been some sort of FOMO going on?  Shouldn’t I pay more attention to what’s relevant, you know emphasizing quality over quantity?

If not for me, for Jazzy.  This describes the responsibility he brings all the time.  I can learn from him and from Smith’s Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You know how to complete your work, show up on time and bring a willingness to work with others, even the difficult ones.” Gemini

And, I see I saved Howey’s as a companion piece.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You have talent, but it doesn’t matter half as much as persistence and applying oneself to the most important task at hand.” Cancer

OK, now that my brain is quiet, I’ll relish deep insight and intelligence.  Count me in.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When fear subsides, the brain is quiet.  It’s out of this quiet mind that deep insight and intelligence emerges.” Leo

You mean besides deep insight and intelligence?  How about intuition and lateral thinking together with a talent for picturing the essence of what is at play in a situation.  I mean like visualizing a scene that crystalizes the action and next steps.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “What’s the thing you like about yourself today?  You’re allowed to think it.  You’re even allowed to say it, to yourself or anyone who will listen.” Virgo

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E84 — Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do?

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort.” Pisces

Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do?

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 84 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 29th day of August in the summer of 2019.

As Emma the Baroness and I prepared to leave on our Norwegian vacation, it dawns on me that I have to leave each of my passion projects in such a way that I can pick up where I left off when we return from our two week vacation. 

Our anniversary Italian vacation made it easier to prepare for how to track expenses and take and convert notes and photos into a journal of memories. By being prepared we can reserve more energy to tackle any last minute issues.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Looking for answers in the familiar places will bring you common, acceptable solutions.  Unusual problems require unusual solutions found in strange places.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I guess you could say, and you wouldn’t be wrong that McQueen’s Holiday Tau describes in greater detail what Emma the Baroness and I spent more time doing.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Start ticking things off your to-do list.  It will bring so much satisfaction to organize your thoughts this way.” Aries

If you’re saying today’s task is really a set of tasks to prepare for our Norwegian vacation using checklists and expense tracking strategies that proved very useful in Italy, then yes I have to agree with Jobs’ Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort.” Pisces

Well, yeah.  I mean, who wouldn’t agree?

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “A long stretch of the same activity over and over will kill your enthusiasm.  So keep changing it up today.” Taurus

Makes sense, but I’m not sure how it applies today.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “To counteract the unpredictable nature of motivation, set up your own encouragement instead of expecting it to drop in.” Gemini

And, yes, who can argue?

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “Wanting a thing over and over, deeply and with great willingness to do quite a lot to bring it into reality — that’s the sort of wanting that makes things happen.” Cancer

So, this too makes sense.  Like a child swinging on a jungle gym ladder from rung to rung overhead.  You can’t make progress as you reach out for the next rung, if you don’t release the one in your other hand so you can swing it forward to grab the next rung in sequence.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Giving something up is hard, but it’s made easier when you do it at the same time as starting something else new to take its place.” Leo

Maybe GG&K’s Holiday Tau makes a case for smaller cuts and and letting go over time.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You can’t just get rid of all the unnecessary things at one, but you’ll be amazed at what a few cuts will do.” Virgo

Sure, G&G’s Tau extends to me most of the time.  Maybe with two meanings — with how all of my passion projects could be characterized as dimensions of the same thing, life, and literally going someplace like, I don’t know, maybe Norway?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “You’ve a stellar sense of direction now and it extends in many areas of life.  Of course, what good is knowing where to go unless you actually go?” Libra

So, should I take Nash’s Holiday Tau as in opposition to dropping a project while taking on another which is hard?  Maybe nudge it along instead”

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Nudge things into being more of what you want and less of what you don’t.  What can you do to make the process more pleasant?” Aquarius

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E90 — Day 90 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment

Yup, you could say I’m addicted  to my muse especially on a day like this.  Now that’s what I’m talking about.  Is that serendipity or synchronicity?  Who cares? The essence of Steve McQueen for all to see  in his Holiday Tau.  Could anything be better?

Evidence

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You can chalk some things up to compatibility or incompatibility and leave it there, no analyzation necessary.” Aries

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

Welcome to Sunday’s Episode 90 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 22nd day of September in the fall of 2019.

Having nothing better to do — that I really really should do, but don’t want to do — I ask my simple question “What would Leo da V do?” and wait for a flow to start with a drop.  

Then a drip, drip, drip and … but this time he answered with a provocative question of his own.

Is there a “Tao of Steve”?  Don’t you remember that independent film, he whispered, that we see every few years on a movie channel about seduction and “coming of age?” Here’s the official review:

A wonderfully funny romantic movie whose plot follows the application of a pseudo-philosophical approach to seducing women.

Yes, the method combines a supposedly Taoist recipe of fictional ingredients taken by the character, Dex (not a Steve) from what he loves about Steve Austin and Steve McGarrett, TV characters in popular shows at the time, and embodied by Steve McQueen a famous actor — but is that all there is to it?

Is there really a Tao of Steve — something more shared by all Steves?  If there is, shouldn’t mothers know about it?  Especially expectant mothers and for that matter all first time parents like Jamie and Paul know it ahead of time? “Mad About You.”

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.  The essence of Steve McQueen in his Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You can chalk some things up to compatibility or incompatibility and leave it there, no analyzation necessary.” Aries

If I’m asking myself “why” about this project, then WW&C’s Holiday Tau is as close to an answer as I can surface today.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The best teachers share knowledge that shines a light on possibilities and makes exploration possible.” Taurus

Well, I suppose so, but I’m focused on this passion project — unless near the end I encounter, but miss self-defeating behaviors raising their ugly heads.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “The first step in changing self-defeating behaviors is in realizing that this is indeed what they are.” Gemini

Have I already found my groove?  Thanks, CM&W for your Holiday Tau reminder. 

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ve already found what works for you.  You won’t be afraid to experiment.” Leo

The new, hmm what is Aoki’s Holiday Tau all about and how does it apply to me?  Learning about Patreon”

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’ll be learning something new.  Start with the basics.” Sagittarius

As much as this one tantalizes me, I’m not getting it.  Feel free to enlighten or motivate yourself. 

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you change, what will happen as a result? Surprises and unexpected delights are around the bench.” Pisces

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E83 —The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The perspective you get from alone time is invaluable and will help you appreciate the richness that relationships bring to your life.” Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 83 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 25th day of August in the summer of 2019.

Sunday started a new week, but I chose to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” to step back and free up my creative process.  

Leo moved me to resume sketching out  “Volume Three a Memoir” trying to figure out a way of chunking time out from each day and how to deploy characters who represented teachable moments for me.

Well, this certainly can’t hurt my time chunking problem.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Treat technology as a servant and not a master.  To answer every call and text would be a mistake.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And, this summarizes what Sunday was all about.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The perspective you get from alone time is invaluable and will help you appreciate the richness that relationships bring to your life.” Aries

Add your home’s warmth to McQueen’s Holiday Tau, too.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Home is home for a reason.  Embrace it and let it help you decide on your next move.” Taurus

Wait, are you saying if I ask “What would Leo da V do?” the universe is on my side? I’d love to believe it, but I’m not convinced.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “Ask your important question because it’s like the whole universe is conspiring to answer you.” Gemini

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate