S3 E3 — A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Desperation sets in.  I need a catch-up miracle or else.   Should I pull the plug on most of this baggage and pivot to something else entirely?

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 3 in Season 3 of My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 28th day of February in the winter of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three

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

Related from Season Two

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

S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment 

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “When rejection is a possibility, most people are risk-averse to a degree. But since you’ve had such a variety of results from putting yourself on the line, you’ve become socially adventurous. That pays off today.” Pisces


When you start planning your strategy for launching a website you can either give up a destination in your own brand hosted by the company you choose or you brand your own and pay for hosting service separately.  

After comparison shopping I chose SiteGround.  I’m telling you this, because they auto-renewed me for another year at $320 which covers their Site Scanner for all six of my websites.  

And, as a logical extension for covering my basic expenses I shopped around all of the crowdfunding options to choose Patreon.  

I’m wondering out loud if this is what is meant about the “new normal” shaping up this weekend. 

And if $320 is the high cost of not changing?

I can tell you I’d fallen so far behind that I had to inventory everything just to consider how to efficiently pull a catch-up miracle or to pull the plug on most of the baggage and pivot to something else entirely.  

Stuff I have to work out:

      1. 12  Spotlights in the can — which will require updating headlines
      2. 205 compositions at various stages in the pipeline
      3. 97 Volume Two and Three drafts
      4. 24 “Where” and “What’s Next” plus Book 2-step chapter / blog / Patreon in Public or Tier display
      5. A draft of Day One of My 1-Year Experiment (which needs help) and then 114 days drafted waiting right behind it.
      6. 52 post 1-year “TauBits for the Taking”
      7. 78 Volume Three journal to text copies
      8. 19 Volume Two drafts

Now throw in my major resistance to: 

      1. Publishing the 5-book series in Apple Books and 
      2. Scheduling a email – MailChimp newsletter 
      3. Launching Friends of Steves group on Facebook and switch focus from horoscopes to wisdom extracted, to any Steves.

I’ve got to figure out an efficient way to identify what’s next to post a draft to Patreon or one of my websites.  And, then get good at remembering all the stuff that is quirky about each site. And, after that routinely pump them out.

So, what about it? 

Can I find any TauBits of Wisdom from today’s Steves? Funny how endless possibilities each with their own attached anxieties stop you before the act.  

And then once you act and begin iterating, those anxieties disappear into energy-bursts of creativity for building something new.  All any of us can do I guess is to pick one thing, finish it and move on.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are adapting to the current circumstances and making the next logical move. Perhaps it seems obvious to you, but those observing find you wondrously original.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Anything swipe-able from these three Steves?  Nash’s fits what I needed to hear today.  I over question and the open gate floods with too much to process.  So, thanks Steve.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:There’s a time to ask why? A time to ask why not? And a time not to ask anything at all. Questions are openings. When there’s an abundance, close the gate and sort what you’ve already got.  Aquarius

OMG.  Did you read the last three items on my list.  You nailed it.  Resistance, fear of rejection, risk-aversiveness.  So you’re saying if I become socially adventurous it pays off today?  Can’t wait, let’s see.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “When rejection is a possibility, most people are risk-averse to a degree. But since you’ve had such a variety of results from putting yourself on the line, you’ve become socially adventurous. That pays off today.” Pisces

I won’t lie to you.  I get Aoki’s set-up for a nonchalant guy like me, but I like the punch line — seeing stuff in a new light, but I’m so far behind that I’m too busy sorting through what I’ve got. 

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Comedians are often funny because their jokes make us aware of what would normally be automatic, nonchalant action. You’ll be a bit of a comedian today, observing the ordinary in a new light.” Sagittarius

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:

“Screenwriters call it the ‘inciting incident.’ This week …the message, … has to do with social change or, more to the point, the high cost of not changing. As far as this week’s plot goes, the ‘new normal’ starts to shape up over the weekend when we figure out what our personal plan is going to be to process events and assimilate new knowledge into our worlds. While it may be satisfying to have everything wrap up with a tidy bow, the best filmmakers are sure to leave some questions answered. Otherwise, who’s going to come see the sequel?”

What’s Going On

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 


    • “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.

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.

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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