S1 E82 — Why Writers Aren’t the Only Endangered Species. Sigh.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re getting established into new communities and circles.  Just make sure before you agree that this is the group of which you want to be a part.” Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 82 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 24th day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s going on?  Over this past week Emma the Baroness and I faced the kinds of technical hell most of us do as consumers that drag on for three days.  

Another one impacted just me when my limit to how much of Fantasyland’s Kindle highlights I could save.  My only workaround was to turn in the book and wait for it to be available again. 

I’m not sure how to value our Holiday Tau this Saturday.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Saying no can be an act of self-love.  And saying yes can be an act of self-denial. The key is to listen carefully and process thoroughly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Smith’s Holiday Tau is so true, but not for me today.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “Only smart people doubt themselves.  Only ethical people question their own ethics.  And only the most evolved face these sorts of conundrums head-on.” Gemini

Yeah, sure we all skim and scroll to the bottom of terms of use.  And on a much larger scale half of us or maybe more can’t trust what our president says.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Before the technology and law inserted so much complication into life, a person’s word was his or her honor.  Now we don’t even read what we agree to anymore.  Not you; not today.” Sagittarius

Harvey’s Holiday Tau could mean if the folks I meet at the WordPress Meetups are people I want to include in my network. 

I’ve even thought that if for nothing else, being able to be the administrator for all six of my websites could qualify me for a newer career direction.  And, interestingly enough I briefly met a retired LA Times photographer who struggled like I did with setting up his site to showcase his gallery.  He told me with a sigh that the newspaper business he spent his entire in had changed so much. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re getting established into new communities and circles.  Just make sure before you agree that this is the group of which you want to be a part.” Capricorn

I’m going to combine Nash’s and Jobs’ Holiday Tau for a Saturday, eh?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Go have fun by yourself.  It will develop the part of you that makes the most difference to your experience.” Aquarius

This is how I felt about reading and taking notes on Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Choose a challenge that is interesting and not too hard.  Lose yourself in total engagement with the task.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E80 — I’ll Give You Adverse Conditions, Steve

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

I went ballistic because they emailed me wanting to close out their “ticket” when they hadn’t heard from me.  Really?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Resilience allows you to not only do the hard work of adapting to adverse conditions but also do the much more difficult work of adapting to conditions that are favorable.” Sagittarius

Evidence

What’s been going on? Spent 5  1/2 hours earlier in the week reworking the internal inconsistencies in how I laid out the Volume Two manuscript, the Work portion of “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.” My software — Inspiration — allows you to visually move “boxes” around as if they were post-its and then link them together in any way you want.  

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 80 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this twenty-second day of August in the summer of 2019.

Once you’ve locked it down (but, always discover to your horror you missed a bunch of older linked-concepts) you can flip views and viola, you have an outline.  

Guess what?  Emma the Baroness and I wasted just about the same amount of time yesterday and today switching from AT&T to T-Mobile and troubleshooting why it didn’t work. I’ve engaged in a long-standing war with the platform housing my digital magazines.  

This afternoon I went ballistic because they emailed me wanting to close out their “ticket” when they hadn’t heard from me.  Really? Where did the “still not working” email sent yesterday morning end up?

And, finally when Apple upgraded their OS, that software I love so much — Inspiration — doesn’t work on it. WTF? 

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: To remain firmly and faithfully on course requires more than just the best navigation system.  It also requires a system of checks and balances.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, I’m changing my birthday or stealing me some Holiday Tau from the rest of the Steves.  As, in why didn’t you tell me this before?  Howey’s Holiday Tau adds salt to an open wound, but I have to admit you get locked in and boxed in and you don’t discover how difficult and disruptive it is to change.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “As arbitrary as the initial move may be, it becomes an anchor for every move after.” Cancer

Yup, that’s just the kind of guy I am.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ll work harder for something you believe in than you would for a paycheck or a prize.” Leo

I hardly know you, but I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau on a more regular basis. If you can’t use it may I steal it from you?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Resilience allows you to not only do the hard work of adapting to adverse conditions but also do the much more difficult work of adapting to conditions that are favorable.” Sagittarius

Like certain people I know and love without naming names?  Wait, given all the our technology troubles and sunk time invested, maybe I should become more like many people.  Naw.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Many people don’t want to learn.  They want you to do it for them.  The best arrangements, and the only ones that last, feature a mutually beneficial exchange.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E78 — Drag Me to Obsolescence, Clear the Way to the Future

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The cutting edge is cool.  They there’s the bleeding edge, where one works purposefully toward one’s own obsolescence, clearing the way for the future.” Aquarius

Evidence

My Saturday dragged me into laying the foundation for the Volume Two manuscript, the Work portion of “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy. 

More complications centered on internal inconsistencies created when I compared my 16 talent profiles to the 16 temperaments of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator — a well-known mainstay in psychological and career development circles. 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 78 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this seventeenth day of August in the summer of 2019.

My original research identified four basic organization types in which each organization’s talent culture would attract or repel talent profiles — so from your own career perspective you could tell in which organization you would find your best fit.  And, your worst fit.  

And, based on my last ten years of advising hundreds of Executive MBA students, you could identify which stage of growth or decline and reinvention you’d also find your best and worst fits.

Let’s see what the Holiday Tau has in store for Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  

It’s Saturday, for crying out loud.  This is supposed to be a fun day.  But I get what needs to be considered and it fits. And, by the way, would fit the culture of a Paradox-Moron organization.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: To demand the impossible is to accept striving as the norm, reaching as a resting posture and dreaming as a waking responsibility.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sure, that’s one interpretation of work.  I’m more interested in why work brings out the best in us, or not, for those of us working for someone else as an employee.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Work comes in many forms.  Wherever an outcome is expected and there’s a person responsible, that’s work.” Aries

Haha. Message received.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re fascinating, but resist the urge to talk about yourself today.  When you drop ‘I’ from your conversation, magical things will happen.” Cancer

This Holiday Tau for the two comedians and company founder resonates.  In a way earlier version I described how if you climbed The Ridge you changed your perspective and how you might proceed strategically. 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Seek not escape but refuge in a higher perspective.  There, you can see everything that’s going on and decide where your participation is best applied.” Leo

Ok.  I’ll take GG&K’s Holiday Tau and challenge.  When I’m overworked, I appeal to my muse and ask , “What would Leo da V do?”

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Your imagination is being aloof.  Consider offering your imagination an invitation in the form of a blank page, a white canvas, a lit stage.” Virgo

Only, not just now after a long week of reigning in my instinctual impulses with a self-imposed system of tracking how I spent my time 1/2 hour at a time.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Anything that stops you from feeling what’s in your heart is blocking you from your power.  You’re brave and ready to face more, feel more and be more.” Sagittarius

Is there a Holiday Tau that describes how I’ve maneuvered my career so far?  Yup. And, it’s the mission, core foundation and purpose of Paradoxy-Moron Organizations everywhere.  Count me in.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The cutting edge is cool.  They there’s the bleeding edge, where one works purposefully toward one’s own obsolescence, clearing the way for the future.” Aquarius

Haha.  Job’s led a Paradox-Moron company in both chapters at Apple and in his third at Pixar.  But, somehow Nash received Job’s Tau for the day.  It’s ok. I’ll swipe it anyway. And twist it slightly to mean, I enjoy helping people pick the best fit in an organization or stage of growth for them.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “People usually choose what they understand to be the best course of action.  Providing better things in any form is saintly work.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E62 – Next Reality?

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

Summer July 2019

“4”  Steve Howey, 42: “This next reality is coming together with the help of your mind’s eye, the intentions of those who need you, and the hand of fate.” Cancer

Welcome to Day 62 of My 1-Year Experiment on this July 11th. What’s been going on? 

I’ve been transcribing four chapters into a draft of what I’m calling “Volume Three” a memoir — legacy of sorts.  This passage reminds me what it was like to be a Dad, right after my kids fly home after a summer visit.

All those things fill in the sweet sorrow. Why do I write all this? Instead of getting on with something else like my computer business, etc? I guess I know tomorrow I’ll be conditioned to get back into my normal work-a-day role with its pressures and deadlines. These memories will be buried deep — almost beyond reach. And I sense there is something important here. Their trip every year brings headaches, but also a part of me surfaces and then goes away for another 11 months.

Given what I’ve been working on, I’m not feeling the relevance of Zahn’s Holiday Tau today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ve been watching a skilled person and picking up technique.  You’ll soon be solving a problem differently than you did it in the past.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What about Jobs’ Holiday Tau? Do I?  I’d like to think so.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’ve all the ideas about how a masterful person would show up and complete the task at hand.  Go on and follow in the footsteps of this idealized version of you.” Pisces

What’s my method that McQueen’s Holiday Tau describes? Hmm. Not sure. Could it be writing in my journal over the years to be revisited and edited later? Maybe. So, what has changed?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Your method has helped you get the goal several times already, but now something has changed. Adapt.” Aries

Haha. Can I breathe if I’m still under water?  Sure I’ve spent a career so far successfully interpreting what a new boss needs and telling stories how I’ve got the track record to accomplish what they need.  You know, “Fake it until you make it”.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You may be in over your head, but you’re always going to swim somewhere near the top.” Taurus

Wait.  Am In interpreting Howey’s Holiday Tau correctly?  Let’s combine it with WW&C’s to increase the ratings.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42: “This next reality is coming together with the help of your mind’s eye, the intentions of those who need you, and the hand of fate.” Cancer

Nah.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You notice details.  You track behavior.  You ease things about others without having to ask.” Leo

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

12 Hidden Secrets and Stolen Wisdom – Month Two

The first 30-days describe figuring out rules of the road, shifting decisions with implications for the whole 1-year time frame. Here are the “Top 12 TauBit of Wisdom” for the Second 30-day period.

“Evidence” highlights what I actually did on a day that influenced a rating from 1 to 5. “Experiment Methodology” highlights decisions made along the way about what’s changed.

Top 12 TauBit of Wisdom

Legitimate Holiday TauBits of Wisdom

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time to yourself seems like an impractical indulgence, you’re happier and more loving once you’ve tended to your tranquility needs.” Scorpio

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Self-doubt is the enemy of imagination.  Trust and lean further into your creativity.  Agree with and build on the goodness there.” Scorpio

 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ve got a secret that helps you move through events with grace: Change itself doesn’t hurt.  What hurts is our resistance to change.” Scorpio

TauBits Begged, Borrowed and Stolen from Steves

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Project yourself to the far future.  What you see there will help you create your best strategy.” Pisces

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you think too far into the situation, you’re likely to get lost in details and complications, making it impossible to take a stance.” Virgo

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “If you can’t do anything about it, then it’s not a problem.  Rather, it’s a circumstance.  Change what you can; accept the rest.” Libra

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Think of all of life as an experiment.  If this person’s not right, try that person.  Don’t take the outcome personally.” Capricorn

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Questions such as ‘why does this matter?’ or ‘what is important about this?’ will bring you past the symptoms and right to the root issue.” Taurus

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:If wisdom were a needle in a haystack, you’d find it.  Precious insights could come from anywhere.” Gemini

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Little thoughts come and go.  Write them down; record them somehow.” Aries

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Imagined problems can have as much impact (if not more) as real problems can have.  The good part about imagined problems is that they can be solved the instant you see reality.” Aquarius

Funny, reviewing them now only shows how in some cases I needed to twist and stretch the TauBits to fill my need to write about what I worked on.  

On Day 60  I rediscovered succinct descriptions for the knowledge path volumes one and two!! I can include the descriptions in the beginning of “Volume Two Manuscript“.  

And, for a couple of days leading up to it the ratings four the TauBits really sucked, I’ll point out a change in “Experiment Methodology” no longer including those I didn’t curate initially and those that didn’t score a “2” or “1” for relevance.

Evidence 

Topics of the Day

  • Analytics of shared articles on LinkedIn
  • Sharing political economic news from the day
  • Feeling shock about election interference, obstruction of justice while reading Volume One and Two of the redacted Mueller Report
  • Deeper dives into the negative aspects of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter

Following my intuition today, July 5th, on Day 60 of My 1-Year Experiment, I pulled up a pdf of “New Lenses Field Guide” and reviewed the last two topics, 

Topics illustrating My Passions and Life Over the Last Few Days

What’s been going on?  I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

“What does an Idea Packager do?  That’s what I’m answering in Volume Two of the Knowledge Path Series.  The first volume answers the question, “If I can live and work anywhere in the world, then which community should I choose as the best fit for my inspiration, satisfaction and happiness?” 

The second series answers the question, “If I could work for any company or type of organization either as an employee, consultant or independent contractor which type or stage of growth brings out the best and worst in me?” Given the choice, which should I pursue and which should I avoid like the plague?”

In my original field research about “work” which I tested in workshops and advising sessions with hundreds of Executive MBA students I’ve been exploring disruptive change — as driven by a specific type of organization named “Paradoxy-Morons” and at a specific stage of growth companies feel either desperate enough to enter or innovative enough to bake it into their Organizational DNA — reinvention. 

Focus on conceptualizing a second manuscript about talent cultures, profiles, organization types and stages of growth

Recalling 5-year passage of time building a climate for innovation

Steve Jobs, mostly for his brand of disruptive innovation — creating new rules for an older industry.  His Holiday Tau reminds me of a quote, I believe came from Joel Barker originally:

Mastering new rules is like trying to cross a white-water river. If you can anticipate the whirlpools and the changes in the current, if you can anticipate the landing on the other shore, you have a much better chance of getting across that river successfully.

Recalling specific challenges a downsizing crisis presented to our team of internal consultants

I rediscovered my “CareerVentures DRAFT” which encapsulated what I branded as “Secrets for turning your passions into profits. 

The world was changing dramatically.  I wanted to document it, extract lessons learned and offer the best practices to clients. 

During the six years of moonlighting — getting up every morning at 5 am and writing for two hours before working in my day job as a Senior Vice President coaching executives how to find another job in the Southern California region, I realized that journal could be used another way. 

Through sophisticated “knowledge chunking,” something I had learned as a Chief Knowledge Officer and a Chief Learning Officer, the journal emerged as one of the first ebooks. 

While researching the top 10 trends everyone should plan their career around, I fell into a venture guidance contract where I coached entrepreneurs with start up ideas and products. 

That ebook also opened the door for co-authoring “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work” 

And that book, opened the door for the 2-year curriculum of online tools, tips and templates for my Executive MBA clients, as I advise them to change careers, buy a business or franchise and launch a start-up, consulting or coaching practice.  

And, for the more adventurous of them, to take advantage of the Mobile Knowledge Company opportunities.

Topics Which are Really True About Me Over a Long Time

  • Writing devises like the use of Holiday Tau and asking “What Would Leo da V Do?”
  • Sampling writing styles of several authors for sentence construction growth

From the Kindle version of “The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr. 

What appeals to me is her description of life-story writers like me:

“… a fiction writer starts with meaning and then manufactures events to represent it; a memoirist starts with events, then derives meaning from them.”

(A) memoir uses novelistic devices like cobbling together dialogue you failed to record at the time.

A fierce urge to try re-experiencing your own mind and body and throbbing heart alive inside the most vivid stories from your past is step one.

Methodology Changes 

6/6/19 

Researcher’s Note:  While curating raw TauBits of Wisdom for inclusion it dawned on me I needed to calculate the total number of possibilities for final results and comparisons. Total potential horoscopes / potential between 4536 and 4548.

6/16/19

Researchers Note: The previous day returned “5” rankings for each of the Steves curated TauBits of Wisdom.  Out of today’s three of the 6 identified scored a “3” and just as many rated a “2”.  Is there any value in including “2’s” and “1’s”?

6/22/19 

Researcher’s Note:  By this time, Day 53 of my 1-year experiment, I began saving a little time in my process of reading Holiday Mathis sayings in the print edition of The Los Angeles Times, by typing into a previously copied saying, like yesterday’s Steve Zahn.  It meant I’d have to search through a half a dozen statements.  I found by bolding the Tau, it made it easier to locate one to copy and then type over.  It wouldn’t be the last time I sought efficiencies.

Researcher’s Note:  At the end of the 30 days (Days 58 and 59) the rankings topped  under “2” again, so I decided going forward I won’t record any score under “3”.

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E53 – High 5’s for Tau Secrets Revealed

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

Summer June 2019

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ve got a secret that helps you move through events with grace: Change itself doesn’t hurt.  What hurts is our resistance to change.” Scorpio

Researcher’s Note:  By this time, Day 53 of my 1-year experiment, on June 22, I began saving a little time in my process of curating Holiday Mathis sayings in the print edition of The Los Angeles Times.

It meant all I’d have to do was search through a half a dozen statements printed next to the crossword puzzle to compare to my source document  in which I recorded all 12 from the previous day.

Where was the last Steve McQueen TauBit (sign) and the Steve Jobs’ and the Steve Carell and the Steve Aoki?

By bolding the TauBit (Scorpio or Aries or Sagittarius), it made it easier to locate the last one to copy and paste under the new date and then type over it. 

It wouldn’t be the last time I sought efficiencies.

What’s been going on?  

I rediscovered my “CareerVentures DRAFT” which encapsulated what I branded as “Secrets for turning your passions into profits. 

The world was changing dramatically.  I wanted to document it, extract lessons learned and offer the best practices to clients. 

During the six years of moonlighting — getting up every morning at 5 am and writing for two hours before working in my day job as a Senior Vice President coaching executives how to find another job in the Southern California region, I realized that journal could be used another way. 

Through sophisticated “knowledge chunking,” something I had learned as a Chief Knowledge Officer and a Chief Learning Officer, the journal emerged as one of the first ebooks. 

While researching the top 10 trends everyone should plan their career around, I fell into a venture guidance contract where I coached entrepreneurs with start up ideas and products. 

That ebook also opened the door for co-authoring “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work” 

And that book, opened the door for the 2-year curriculum of online tools, tips and templates for my Executive MBA clients, as I advise them to change careers, buy a business or franchise and launch a start-up, consulting or coaching practice.  And, for the more adventurous of them, to take advantage of the Mobile Knowledge Company opportunities.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ve got a secret that helps you move through events with grace: Change itself doesn’t hurt.  What hurts is our resistance to change.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

My first blog post included a poem by Portia Nelson included in her book,” There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk” which she calls, “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”. I feel it’s at the heart of Smith’s Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:The path to fulfilled wishes is littered with impediments, all of which you will rise up and over.” Gemini

Leave it to the Holiday Tau for G&G for describing a profound TauBit of wisdom we all should understand

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “If you can’t do anything about it, then it’s not a problem.  Rather, it’s a circumstance.  Change what you can; accept the rest.” Libra

Haha.  What was I thinking?  Keeping a journal filled with TauBits of wisdom collected daily throughout a year?  

“5  Steve Harvey, 62: “The level of frustration you feel directly corresponds to how far off the mark the situation is from your expectation of it.” Capricorn

Unless you refer back to Nash’s Holiday Tau from yesterday and imagined problems aren’t the same as delusions, fantasies and misplaced beliefs — “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Imagined problems can have as much impact (if not more) as real problems can have.  The good part about imagined problems is that they can be solved the instant you see reality.” Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E52 – Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to this June 21st Edition and Day 52 of My 1-Year Experiment.

What’s been going on? 

I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

Does that make me a paradox grandmaster?  Maybe.  But, not for the reason implied in the second sentence.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are the grandmaster of paradox today.  For you, doing nothing is more difficult than doing something.” Scorpio

More from what I described two months ago on Day 26th illustrating our Holiday Tau then: 

In my original field research about “work” which I tested in workshops and advising sessions with hundreds of Executive MBA students I’ve been exploring disruptive change — as driven by a specific type of organization named “Paradoxy-Morons” and at a specific stage of growth companies feel either desperate enough to enter or innovative enough to bake it into their Organizational DNA — reinvention. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And the paradox continues with how I responded in Day 45 on 6/7/19: 

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): As generous as an offer may be, if it doesn’t work for you, then move along without fuss or regret.” Aries

Is Howey’s Holiday Tau messing with me?  It feels like a hall of mirrors.  Should I read less into it?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: Yes, this looks a lot like what you’ve already seen, but it’s not.  If you approach it like you already know, you’ll miss what’s really there.” Cancer

Sure, I’m all about understanding.  And as an introverted idea-packager it’s my temperament and you might say obsession to drill down to identify all the variables and aspects to why somebody lies — like our current President.  My best reference, if anyone else is interested, is “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Sincerity is better than falsehood, but one person’s truth won’t make a difference for all involved.  You go 10 steps beyond to really understand and present solutions likely to help.” Aquarius

Not, just for today, but for as long as I can remember.  Thank you Jobs for allowing me to swipe your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

49. Magnetize the Version You Imagine

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56:There’s a part of life that’s gotten intolerable.  You can’t abide by the way it is. Your choice is to create a change or to live differently with the unchanged version.”  Taurus

No surprise here. No legitimate Holiday Tau for Zahnny, Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me on Day 49 of My 1-Year Experiment in the middle of June on the 15th.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Alright. At least two Holiday Taus I can hang my hat on if I had one — like those worn in “Mad Men.” The kind you’d see everyday if you were McQueen, right?

And his TauBit of wisdom is one I didn’t appreciate when I was just starting out in my career.  When it dawned on my how long it took to find a better job one that served to open more opportunities that it closed, I persevered until my extracurricular inquiries paid off.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Action in and of itself proves nothing.  To understand, look at the entire context.  Let one’s intention weigh heaviest in the calculation.” Aries

But, leave it to WW&C to frame the lesson I learned, especially during my months-long career transition.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56:There’s a part of life that’s gotten intolerable.  You can’t abide by the way it is. Your choice is to create a change or to live differently with the unchanged version.”  Taurus

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: Once you set your mind to an idea, you become a magnet for it.  That idea organizes your perception.” Libra

Sure, I’ll admit it.  I can’t keep my eyes from being glued to the screen, figuratively.  There’s just so much drama with Trump in the White House for today, June 14,  Day 48 of My 1-Year Experiment. Can you believe all those lies and rumors flying around about Russian interference and obstruction of justice and the unsatisfactory results contained in the Mueller Report.  

Is it too much to pine for a Holiday TauBit that lifts Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me from this funk?  Guess so for today. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The gist of G&G’s Holiday Tau reminds me of a story I told over and over again in workshops trying to get across a “reverse engineering” approach to finding a job that brings out the best in you and matches the value you have to offer. 

Steve Guttenberg

By being laser focused on what you love and is also highly marketable, you attract opportunities no one else sees.  It’s like you don’t notice how may white Audi’s are on the road until you buy one. Then you notice them everywhere.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: Once you set your mind to an idea, you become a magnet for it.  That idea organizes your perception.” Libra

Yo, Steve.  Does your Holiday Tau mean what was revealed to me by reading the Mueller Report line by line?  And synching it up with books about him and Putin I’ve read?  

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You’ll stumble across information that perhaps wasn’t intended for you.  But of course it was meant for you.” Aries

Thanks, Steve this feels a little better when I apply it the drudgery of wading through articles like, “My “Hero’s Journey” Through the Dark Underworld of WordPress Hosting” or “The 4 Questions You Need to Answer in Everything You Write.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30:Why would you expect yourself to do the work of a master when you’ve only just begun to learn the craft?  Because someone has made it look easy.” Gemini

Let’s just consider the Holiday Tau meant for Aoki, Harvey and Nash as stages I’m experiencing right now working on my passion projects. 

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Making things is the fun part, especially in the beginning stages when you’re full of hope.  It’s exciting to think about what could be.” Sagittarius

“4” Steve Harvey, 62: You’re growing irritated by that activity that eats your hours and doesn’t give back in terms of pleasure or productivity.” Capricorn

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s as though something opens in you and the hard work becomes effortless.  This could have to do with the adrenaline released in a high-pressure situation.” Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Summer

June 2019

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The work goes by quickly, and unfortunately, so does the play.  Take pictures and notes.” Taurus What’s happening?  We’re in a slump I guess.  Ain’t no Holiday Tau worth having for us — Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So WW and C’s Holiday Tau seems eerily familiar for today, June 7th, on Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment.   Oh, wait here it is from Day 22 of the experiment: 

Huh, this is a pretty cool day.  I made it a habit of painting word pictures in my journals of offices, buildings, homes, and outdoor settings so I could reference them much later in my life.  Hmm. Come to think of it, I not only took a series of photos documenting how the construction crew built the building on campus so you could see its progress and how they managed to complete its 5 stories, but I photographed my office, its view and places where I advised Executive MBA students.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The saying, ‘These are the good old days’ is completely true. So take pictures, not just of people’s faces but of the ordinary things.” Virgo

I’m scoring it the same, for the same reason.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The work goes by quickly, and unfortunately, so does the play.  Take pictures and notes.” Taurus

How things change after twenty-three days, or not.  What’s sup with G&G?  Their Holiday Tau picked up another famous Steve — Stephen King.  As a writer, I’m not sure this TauBit of wisdom fits him as good as it could.  But, I do remember a time right after I accepted my first job in my new career — the one I talked my way in with transferrable skills and had to fake until I made it.  

A crisis threw me and all my colleagues in our internal consulting unit into high alert.  Working with a partner I just barely met, we worked out a comprehensive system for laying off engineers and project administrators, but couldn’t sell it to the executives with the purse strings.  Until, we surfaced their resistance and dumbed down our pitch to what would happen in the first thirty days.  

That bite sized chunk turned out to be much easier for them to swallow.  And, working everything out comprehensively gave us the advantage of anticipating almost all of the failure points to avoid.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you think too far into the situation, you’re likely to get lost in details and complications, making it impossible to take a stance.” Virgo

So, during that career transition as weeks turned into months my faith had been tested.  Was this plan I doggishly followed as sound as I confidently kicked off?  I really didn’t control the outcome.  It felt like the rip tide had taken me out to sea from Newport Beach and all my energy swimming against it to shore hundreds of yards away from where my beach towel and umbrella sat wouldn’t be enough.  

And then swoosh a wave pushed me with so much speed and power back in to shore that I totally wasn’t ready or prepared.  But I’m grateful for it.  I got my shot in my first job of my new career.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You don’t get your shot when you’re good enough or when you deserve it.  You get your shot when it comes up.” Gemini

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute. Why not guide your business intelligence interviews to select for the must haves (salary) and tradeoffs — type of organization, stage of growth and talent culture that fits you the best?

“4” Steve Howey, 42: “It’s true that people are motivated by money.  You’ll be considering what makes a job worthwhile to you.” Cancer

And the smartest of the smartest combine Howey’s Holiday Tau with CM&W’s.  Know when to challenge your assumptions to tweak your filters to let more wisdom in.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69:People make assessments based on what they already know about the world.  The smartest people question everything including themselves.” Leo

Until it doesn’t.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Just when you think you’ve outgrown a situation, a new challenge will crop up to engage and a teach you.” Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate