S1 E151 — Stepping onto the Pitch with a Lean MVP

Now I’m on Patreon  second guessing the level and pricing since Shaggy suggested I start with a lean — minimum viable product.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 151 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 11th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

Evidence  

That would mean to give up some features I’d probably need, like the integration with my websites, apps for a community, which I hope will give the capability of grouping Friends of Steves (FOSs) and Steves.  

As far as I can tell the difference in plans doesn’t cost more, it just means they take more out.

Chris Erskine’s column inspires me to use beach locations for Patreon pricing tiers.  

      • Like maybe the first half-hour of parking for $1 in the Laguna Beach public parking lot near the library a block off of Pacific Coast Highway. 
      • Or what it costs per person if you cross Newport Harbor between the island and the peninsula on the Balboa Ferry. 

Today, I jumped from 1001 to 1010 followers of “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.” Do those followers provide any promising naming clues?

How do my 36 magazines with 1012 followers rank by their followers? 

      • South Coast Region, 134; 
      • San Luis Obispo County; 128; 
      • Orange County Beach Towns, 112; 
      • North County, 110; 
      • Central Coast, 106; 
      • San Francisco Region, 102;

Haha.  After finding menus and double checking prices, will this work?

1st Tier: Balboa Ferry cost of $1, newsletter; 

2nd Tier: $3 for a chocolate shake or side of rings at the Main Street Grill in Cambria, newsletter and exclusive preview copy of the first of a 5-book series, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”; 

$5 for a cost of a Big Sur Golden ale at the Big Sur Tap House; newsletter, exclusive preview copies of 2nd in 5-book series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere” and access to my community of like-minded people willing share their stories, be interviewed for volume two book series.

Are there any answers embedded in the Tau of Steves?

No, not the legitimate one it looks like.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is a rather powerful intimacy in conflict.  Consider carefully how you want to involve yourself in this way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Like last time, and the time before, and before that one today is still not my birthday, if it is yours you are way more entitled to benefit from this little bit of wisdom.  Help yourself, I did.

Wow, since you put it that way I’m really looking forward to how 2020 unfolds with a great travel adventure and accomplishing the passion project that means the most to me.  Who can resist swiping this one?  I can’t.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Never doubt your competence this year.  You’ve been in charge of taking care of yourself for several thousands of days, and you’ve done an amazing job, all things considered.  You’ll take that experience and turn it into a remarkable relationship, a travel adventure and progress with the project that means the most to you.”

By changing times, just what do you mean? Is your Holiday Tau a warning or an opportunity?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Changing times cause you to consider yourself a little more than usual and make decisions about who you want to be going forward.”   Aries

Am I too proud to ask for help?  Shaggy gave me good advice again, although in the not too recent past he alerted my tingly Spidey sense when he said I should advertise to find followers.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

I’m pretty sure your Holiday Tau, G&G applied to me when I offered consulting and advise more than now in this incarnation of my life.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Though you know just what another person needs without hearing it verbally expressed, taking action will be delicate and tricky.” Virgo

Good to know, Steve.  I feel I’m just not there yet.  I’ll check back again in the near future.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: You could pull out all the stops and show the full force and variance of your talent.  Diplomacy is showmanship. Hold back a little something.” Sagittarius

Better to know.  But, not necessarily the TauBit of Wisdom that will help me today.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Laughter is restorative as is the idea that you’re accepted for who you are, no pretense or cover necessary.”  Aquarius

Not quite as good to know, if you get my drift.  If not see Aoki and Nash.

“2”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your joy cannot be derailed.  You don’t even bother to turn your head toward anything that might detract from your happiness.” Pisces

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S1 E145 — Three Miles of Coincidental Dancing

Experienced an unexpected coincidence (aren’t they all)  while walking three miles around the lake, lost in my playlist and not really paying attention on New Year’s Day 

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 145 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 2nd day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life plays its own music.  You have little control over which song comes next and a lot of control over how you dance.  Cancer

Evidence  

I bumped into Tammy, a two-time co-worker and consultant with her daughter on the backside almost directly across from Bagel and Brew.  I’d helped her through her earlier thinking about a consulting website — “I want it to be more than brochureware.”  

She asked me what I’d been up to. I paraphrased my Patreon tag line to try it out — creating digital magazines, blogs and self-publishing a five-book series — and she wanted to see my blog and website.  “You’re on LinkedIn, right?” she asked as we continued on our way.

Today, after three days of updating email addresses and sending my holiday greeting in batches of 40 or 50 at a time, I tried to find Tammy’s email address, but couldn’t. Huh, that’s weird. 

Oh, well I’ll just let her initiate the contact I figured as an awareness and interest scheme. 

Was this coincidence attributable to our Holiday Tau? 

Probably not, but we’ll see where involving Tammy might go. So, I need to make it easy for everyone, even those outside of my 1849 1st degree network-audience to click only on one link which takes them to my Patreon page.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Dreams can be your wings, but only if you involve other people.  Otherwise, they’re like a virtual reality headset that keeps you isolated.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  I walked in a zone with its very intentional sound track.  Looking ahead I wanted to find not only TauBits of Wisdom, but love songs as I played one after another in alphabetical order.  If it moved me, I punched the title into my iPhone notes.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life plays its own music.  You have little control over which song comes next and a lot of control over how you dance.  Cancer

Sure, you could say I’m happy about a lot more time I now have which can be devoted to my passion projects like this one. Reconnecting by email with former clients, proteges, mentors and other advisors and consultants feels energizing  — if I can efficiently mount my email campaign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re happy about being able to do things you once couldn’t, both new items and ones that go way back.  Aries

Haha.  Tell me about it.  Like WTF.  Why doesn’t this work?  What do I now? But, seriously is there any hope?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Questions are like keys to you today and will require a similar finesse, so don’t be afraid to give them a giggle and a twist.” Leo

You guys been listening in, or something?  Your Holiday Tau may be just what I need today!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Sometimes the way to win is to play harder and smarter; sometimes the way to win is not to play at all.  Take a step back for the big strategy.” Virgo

Haha.  Does this count? I’m so close to getting Patreon initially functional and off the ground and have a strategy of sorts to engage 1800+ in my network so let the games begin.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: There’s something good in every day, but more things good about today.  You’ll want to keep track of this; take some time to write about it or snap a pic.” Sagittarius

I hear you Harvey.  In fact, right after this I ask, “What would Leo da V do?” a little more often.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Your heart is calm and you creativity is lit.  Being creative is essential to your well-being; you should visit as often as possible.  Capricorn

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S1 E143 — The Grand Prize Winner

Up against a deadline.  I hunkered down for eight and a half hours, first figuring out how to, and then merging lists of LinkedIn 1st degree people with a list of past clients and co-workers and acquaintances and finally lists of Executive MBA students I advised over the last decade and the list of Executive Mentors I recruited into the program.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 143 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Write about your daily life, including the small details.  You’ll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extend inward and outward.” Scorpio

Evidence

Here’s what I discovered:

Most of my LinkedIn network didn’t include emails, though I should have had access to them.  I’ll have to deal with that later in the next week or so.  I’ve got duplicates and old and new info on them.  I need to create groups.  I guess the name of the game is to get them to self-subscribe to MailChimp or Patreon-based updates.

OMG.  This Holiday Tau might be the grand prize winner.  I really can’t speak for Zahn, Winkler or Emma the Baroness, but I can speak for me. I’ve been journaling for decades as I mentioned earlier in the experiment.  It helped me transition from one career to the next.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Write about your daily life, including the small details.  You’ll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extend inward and outward.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sure, Steve on some level I probable think this, but I can’t say it’s the overt game I play.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can think of a challenge as an obstacle in your path or as a test to reveal how far you’ve come, how capable you are and where to focus your efforts toward mastery.  Aries

Now, not on the same level as a grand prize winner, but maybe second place goes to Winwood and Wonder’s Holiday Tau.  I’m living through this one all day today.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Creative people can get easily bored by circumstances that don’t inspire them.  But remarkably creative ideas are born by using through that boredom.  Taurus

Can I get a witness?  Who sang that song?  This may be why Emma the Baroness and I have grown in love and acceptance.  As long as we don’t become co-dependent upon each other, right?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: We’re always changing, just maybe not in the direction we want to.  That’s why everyone needs a witness for an outside perspective.” Leo

My colleague I.G. from my leadership training and consulting days used to query the managers about risk and success before revealing that calculated risk is the stuff of super managing.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Some shrink from danger.  Others seek it.  You do neither.  You meet life as it comes, assess your risk and at.  This is the cool-headed approach of confident living.” Virgo

Seriously, Nash are you going to let your Holiday Tau leave us in suspense? 

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Minute gestures convey deep and complicated emotions.  Attention flows to certain things and not to others; the trail of that attention is a journey and a story.  Aquarius

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S3 E6 — What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Isn’t incredible that so many  people do not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and my first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 6 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 6th 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; 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 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; 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 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; 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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Evidence

I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today:

      1. History is an art, not a science.
      2. History is typically told by the war-winners, the power-players, the dominant forces on the scene. Therefore, history is never the truth; it’s only a truth.
      3. History changes and evolves with humanity.
      4. If you don’t take charge of your own history, someone else will. If you care about your story enough to shape it and tell it your way, then it will have a chance of living on in that manner. If not, your story is vulnerable to the whims of whoever tells it.
      5. History must be told again and again. No one remembers a story told to them once. Enduring history is told until it forms grooves in our individual and collective consciousness.
      6. Some believe that a person dies twice: once when they stop being alive and then again when they stop being remembered.
      7. To take up the cause of telling the story of the conquered, overlooked, oppressed and little-known is a noble cause.
      8. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana, philosopher.

Sobering, eh?  I’ve been having conversations kinda like those with my friend, Brook and with my self in an internal dialogue.  

But, today Emma the Baroness arranged for a pontoon boat excursion around our lake with SLO Girl and Shaggy to celebrate Delta Girl and Jazzy’s engagement — but the threat of Shaggy’s and Jazzy’s recent snowboarding expedition to Big Sky near White Fish Lake, Montana canceled it.  

With potential COVID contagion on airlines, in airports and ski lodges postponed the romantic event Jazzy and Shaggy advised against the risk.  

Although Emma the Baroness’ love story literally jolted us with our electric shoulder bumps and has grown in different ways over the years, we definitely could have passed on Zahn’s Holiday Tau — it’s not all roses given and received, don’t you know.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Don’t let the mythologies around love color your own ideas too literally. For example, ‘love at first sight’ is only one version. It is every bit as exciting to build a friendship into something more electrifying.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

As internal consultants pushing a boulder uphill during an organizational transformation  used to say, “Suspend your critical thinking” as a way to get past the it-will-never-work-because-we-already-tried-it status quo dismissals of new ideas.  Now, should we be saying, “Suspend your belief about …” 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You cannot make a point with someone who won’t, can’t or just isn’t listening. The growth of your influence depends on picking the right audience, something you have a talent for now.” Aries

Isn’t unbelievable that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Insights.  That’s what I’m all about. What is the half life of wisdom? For engineers the half life of their knowledge, I believe,  is five years — that’s the measure of how far they have fallen behind in their profession if they haven’t taken classes, engaged in self-study or dedicated time each day, week and month to invest in themselves.  Otherwise they loose their value in the employment marketplace.  Given the pace of life how long is it until half of what passes for wisdom no longer works?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Insight into who you are and why you make certain choices is no small gain. It’s knowledge not usually acquired in school or imparted by experts. Insights into self are the gold of true seekers. You’re to be commended.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 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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S1 E124 — No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 124 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

What’s been going on? Yes, it’s official I launched my  Patreon page  yesterday — at least navigated all the false starts, getting lost following set up instructions, finding my way back, getting lost again and submitting it for review after coming up with a tagline, patron support descriptions and background photo. 

Now comes the hard part. “Languaging” it as a branded theme.  So many drafts followed many more drafts.  But, here’s a working synthesis:

I’m an introverted procrastinator.  I collect zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays, but appropriating which predictions I want to believe lie ahead for me on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

As most hackers know, zip codes provide the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  They are harder to steal with a straight face.  

Now is the even harder part, finding a voice.  I’m inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” both by her simplicity and humor and by an early passage:

I was not abused, abandoned, or locked up as a child.  My parents were not alcoholics, nor were they ever divorced or dead.  We did not live in poverty, or in misery, or in an exotic country.  I am not a misunderstood genius, a former child celebrity, or the child of a celebrity.  I am not a drug addict, sex addict, food addict, or recovered anything.  If I indeed had a past life, I have no recollection of who I was. I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary.

I’m feeling a little time pressure now.  Emma the Baroness and I are hosting our family for Thanksgiving and while she prepares the feast and decorates I’ve got front yard and back patio chores to complete.  Those chores compete with completing my federal and state taxes.  Good luck, right?

You can tell I really don’t have a coherent description of my endeavor and how it’s possible to devote so much time and have so little to show for it, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

A Researcher’s Disclaimer:  This is neither Emma the Baroness’s nor my birthday.  

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

How you fit in with so many different types of people is a marvel you’ll repeat time and time again, matching moods, blending into cultures, taking on just the right attitude to gain approval and power.  You’ll live in a beautiful bubble for a while and create from that place, recalling it for months and years after.

Wow, Steve.  I’m definitely stealing yours.  I mean, “What would Leo da V do?”  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What are the others overlooking?  You get three times more creative just by asking yourself the question, and you feel five times more alive when you figure out the answer and then tend to it.”  Aries

Yo, musical icons I’m feeling your groove about obstacles.  And your Holiday Tau of alliterations — counteract current culture — but, its message strikes to the heard of my energy and frustration and avoidance experienced in 2017 when I launched WordPress websites.  Sometimes, I just had to walk away for days at a time.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Anticipate obstacles.  Decide how you will counteract the current culture of distraction, as this will be a necessary first step toward the completion of any other plan.” Taurus

Wait, just what are you talking about?  Do you have any idea Steve?  Scandal? Bitterness? I could use a minute of distraction.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sweets of flattery and the bitterness of scandal are unnecessary distractions you don’t need to taste today.  The only news worth spreading is news that can help.” Gemini

Do Jeffersonville, Indiana or Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lillehammer, Norway or Florence, Italy count?  No, just the attitude? Got it. 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you go, arrive as a tourist; it’s the heightened awareness that helps you see it differently.  From this observational mindset, everything appears new, interesting and delightful.”  Virgo

And finally we come to Mr. Aoki who just seems to receive a high volume of Holiday Tau.  What are you offering today? I’m sure you and others will find relevancy, but I’m going to skip it today.  But, thanks.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Those who are cloaked in the all-too-common disguise of ‘someone who has it all figured out’ are only hiding from their own development.  Learning requires exposure.” Sagittarius

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S1 E120 — Metamorphosis, Exhilaration and a Life of Crime

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

Day Fourteen of Scorpio Time

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 120 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

I really didn’t want to spend four more hours this Sunday afternoon tweaking my websites.  With my personality, once I’ve kicked in my obsessive side, it’s really hard to stop when I’m so close to finishing.  

This whole past week, while I struggled with WordPress’ TwentySeventeen Theme, I met my goal of dedicating 50% of my time “working on the business.”  

By 5 pm I finished the parallax functionality of the each of the 6 websites — 

I’ll still need to tune each, but they’re working marvelously.

With Scorpio Time winding down I so hoped for more boffo Holiday Tau, not so much for me, but for Zahn, Winkler and Emma the Baroness.  

But alas… 

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Other people can’t help but project onto you the person they most want and need you to be.  This is why knowing oneself always requires some amount of solitude.” Scorpio

It’s not my birthday (that was two and half weeks ago), but this looks promising and is still technically in Scorpio Time  — let’s check back in 2020!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

The turn of the year features some electrifying chemistry.  Being around certain people inspires you to let down your guard, alter your perspective and change your rules.  In 2020, your work becomes what you want it to be.  You’ll perpetuate different sorts of generosity as both the recipient and the benefactor.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. How perceptive you are, Mr. Nash.  I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

So turning to another former NBA player and championship coach is there anything I learned so far from box breaking that I should apply going forward?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:To finish a project, you will need designated time and a conducive environment that allows for undivided focus.” Libra

So McQueen’s Holiday Tau doesn’t sound healthy, wealthy nor wise.  It sounds more like constipation which I’m not eager to curate.  What should I do? Find another passion project that naturally ignites my creativity?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your talent is like a fire.  If you hide your light too long, it will be like a flame under a candle snuffer:  Suffocated and extinguished until you reignite.  Aries

So, do WW&C mean I shouldn’t pay attention to McQueen’s Holiday Tau? He’s long since been dead, so that doesn’t compute.  I’ll need to ponder this one searching for relevancy.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: People who tell you which experiences you should have may be steering you toward an agenda that benefits them.  Taurus

Listen, I’m not rating Smith’s so high for today, but for what I felt and sensed and was awe struck during the moment I gazed upon Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel when Emma the Baroness visited the Vatican nearly a year ago. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: There are plenty of sacred things that got that way by being so imbued with reverence that everyone around was able to feel the blessed energy of them.” Gemini

I wish — now obviously Michelangelo was the sculptor and we felt privileged walking past the display of his progress chiseling chunks away from blocks of stone on our way down the hall ending with the statue of his David in Florence, Italy.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re like a sculptor who sees a useful or beautiful shape inside a hunk of stone.”  Leo

Outside consultants briefed us earlier in my career as we internal consultants pitched in to transform a stodgy old-school corporation into a near state of the art engineering and construction company.  Being from USC, the university with so many legacy executives, the consultants made our uphill struggle less strenuous when they described how like a metamorphosis and organizational transformation unfolds the same way.  What you considered key success factors in the previous stage of development work against you in the next one on the other side — as Aoki’s message simply states.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your thought processes will be different when you get on the other side of this problem.  Keep that in mind while making decisions that will affect future you.” Sagittarius

Right on the money.  This is a lesson I learned the hard way as I bounced from one job to the next until it dawned on me that if you know what your talent profile is, you can choose the culture (at least your work friends and colleagues) that brings out the best in you.  And, for that matter which brings out the worst in you. Wait, on second thought Harvey’s Holiday Tau may literally be about literally choosing a community based on your own preferences and beliefs.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Owing to your versatile, tolerant and socially adventurous style, you don’t always agree with or have much in common with your friends. Seek out a community that resonates with your beliefs.” Capricorn

And, basically it was in these organization types and at the Mature growth stage that I finally found my blind spots. But, maybe more importantly Jobs’ Holiday Tau informs our current president’s penchant for demanding loyalty at all costs as surfaced in the House’s impeachment inquiry under way.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your blind spots are as dangerous as any totalitarian-type control that asks you to see things only one way.  Better the question you can’t answer than the answer you can’t question.” Pisces

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

 

S1 E115 — Meandering Minds, Falling Branches and Strange Pacing Until …

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

Day Ten of Scorpio Time

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: This day will have strange pacing.  It will seem as though nothing happens for long stretches and then everything happens at once.” Sagittarius

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 115 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 8th day of November in the fall of 2019, also known as “Day Ten of Scorpio Time.”

Evidence

In each of my professional roles — advising, counseling, coaching, consulting — my work, or rather the work my clients did was ongoing.  So on the weekends I found myself drawn to projects with a beginning and ending  point.  

This day, being Friday, was no different.  Tree trimming. 

It combined an artistic expression applied to shaping the multi-trunked Carrot Wood tree in our front yard, a physical workout reaching into the branches with the cutting blade at the end of my telescoping red metal pole and pulling on the rope to snip off branches.

And it freed one part of my brain to meander not quite in a dream state, because I still had to pay attention, but definitely not in a logical, problem solving mode.  

As I cut away, that other part of my brain considered —

“My blogs — needing to convert the blogs to websites and ready them for the Tau of Steves. How does each site’s brand support the Tau?  The Knowledge Path might be the easiest — Leave a Legacy. Instead of reinventing, why not revisit my bio and book cover descriptions from the Volume One Series of the first five books for “About” pages?  Consider changing to “no dates” of postings, shifting first to the just picture-click bait headlines-attention grabbing first sentences breaking off with a “…” to introduce the paywall.”

Anyway that’s where my head was, while my hands and body kept me looking up and pulling and ducking out of the way as twigs, branches and limbs fell to earth.

Given all that, what about Zahn’s Holiday Tau for this 9th Day of Scorpio Time? Not as much as I hoped.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You don’t need to be strategic in your socializing because you’re already attracted to the people who can most help you.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

However comma, as Emma the Baroness says, CM&W’s Holiday Tau exceeds my expectations, right?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re trying to project the most accurate version of what’s going on inside of you.  Once you express yourself, you’ll find that others feel as you do.” Leo

And, I couldn’t have hoped for the second part describing the day I had — it’s as if I set the challenge up in my subconsciousness, spend the afternoon laboring with my hands and then, pop, a solution appears!

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: This day will have strange pacing.  It will seem as though nothing happens for long stretches and then everything happens at once.” Sagittarius

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E112 —  When Was the Last Time You Wrangled Your Past?

In the dead of winter with temperatures in the single digits and low teens I completed basic training at Fort Dix. Within days they had me popping salt pills like they were candy desperately trying to adjust to 95 degrees and 95% humidity when my flight landed in San Antonio, Texas for advanced training.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your present will play out according to how you see your past.  It’s never too late to change that story.” Aries

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 112 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 1st day of November in the fall of 2019, also known as Day Six of Scorpio Time.

Evidence

It was clear that McQueen’s and Nash’s point was to spend some time today wrangling the past. So, it was back to working on Marc Maron’s fake interview of me. (S1 E110, and S1 E109)

Marc:  What about Washington University?  How does that fit in.  Before or after your induction?

Steve: So, we discovered certain kinds of graduate training programs qualified you for a deferment.I applied to and got accepted at its Law School. So, this was before. After I “graduated” from the Army I received my masters degree in psychology at David Letterman’s alma mater — Ball State University.

Marc: Where’s that? In Indianapolis? I used to know this from doing panel on his show.

Steve: No in beautiful downtown Muncie, Indiana.But, Letterman was the weatherman at an Indianapolis television station before making his way to the Comedy Club out here. He did everything, but tell us what the weather was going to be the next day.

Marc: Haha. So, you go directly to Vietnam?

Steve: As in “Do Not Pass Go”? No. I went. But not until I completed basic training at Fort Dix in the dead of winter with temperatures in the single digits and low teens and then went on to San Antonio, Texas with 95% humidity and 95 degrees.I was popping salt pills like they were candy.

Marc: Were you in for three years?

Steve: No, that’s if you enlisted.I was drafted for what was supposed to be two years, but I got out a few months earlier to attend Ball State.

Marc: So, let’s go back a little.You grew up in New Jersey and Ohio.Your parents moved to Detroit and you went to Vietnam.

Steve: My parents moved to Bloomfield Hills, a suburb north of downtown Detroit, and I left my apartment in St. Louis to report for my induction the morning after my honeymoon.

Marc: So you got married before you shipped out?

Steve:Yeah.

Marc: Did you have to?

Steve: Yeah. I mean we were engaged and all for about a year while she was finishing up at college and I tried to stretch a deferment out of law school for more than the 90-day extension.

Marc: But she didn’t see you for the whole time you were in the Army?

Steve: No she joined me in San Antonio while I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston and my son was born at Brooks Memorial Hospital. I had been stationed there up until the last seven months of my commitment when the Vietnam lottery happened.

Marc: Vietnam lottery happened?

Steve: And a Catch – 22.

Marc: Like the book and movie?

Steve: Sorta. See I had applied and had been accepted to the Masters Psychology program in the Graduate School at Ball State starting in the fall, which technically meant I only had 5 months left in the service.

Marc: And the Catch 22, then was?

But enough about Marc and Steves excellent adventures for now.  

What can we learn from our Holiday Tau — we meaning Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You have to unlearn in order to learn today, to clear before you can build, to drop your beef with someone before you can love.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Processing, mining — whatever you want to call it is a blessing and a curse for me.  And if you knew me well, you’d think nothing could be further from the truth. 

I’m the same guy who advised “Chief Reinvention Officers” and cultivated Paradoxy-Moron clients helping them capitalize on the future before its time.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Even a half-hour spent processing the past will make a world of difference. Think of it as a spiritual stretch to keep you limber.” Aquarius

Haha, tell me about it Steve.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your present will play out according to how you see your past.  It’s never too late to change that story.” Aries

Sure, Howey’s Holiday Tau makes sense, but I’m on a different wavelength today.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Part of being proud of what you do is showing it in its best light. Put effort into the presentation because this helps others understand both the work and you.” Cancer

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S1 E104 — How Yesterday’s Success Triggers Tomorrow’s Failure

First, realize which stage you’re in and which is next.  Identify the new and opposite set of key success factors. Figure out how to close the gaping chasm and how to navigate the transformation required for a bumpy landing into the next growth stage.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Once you see a problem from the top, you’ll know how to solve it.  But you have to go back down and solve it on the ground.” Taurus

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

Evidence

Happy TGIF! Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 104 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 18th day of October in the fall of 2019.

I’m sure I won’t be done with my file-saving averted disaster recovery. But it  triggered my “return” to my “Volume Two Manuscript” covering the world of work as an employee, operating as an internal consultant within your organization or understanding what your decision-maker wants and needs when you are a consultant or executive advisor. 

The recovery work will carry on at least through this weekend.

Why is this “work” important?  Over the years I discovered that if you can measure 14 key success factors operating throughout stages of growth and decline, but which shift 180 degrees away from what brought success in the your current stage, then you’ve created a leadership advantage for yourself. 

If your organization continues unchanged, the reversing success factors will trigger failure during the transitions from Start Up to Growth, to Maturity, into Decline and Reinvention.

What Can You Do?

      • First, realize which stage you’re in and which is next. 
      • Identify the new and opposite set of key success factors.
      • Figure out how to close the gaping chasm and how to navigate the transformation required for a bumpy landing into the next growth stage. 
      • If you do you may not only survive in your assignment, but your leadership style will make you a hero or heroine in the eyes of your stakeholders.

Today, I recovered in depth descriptions from my original research and decade of testing focusing on which stages of early organizational growth attract specific talent profiles:

      • 101 PMBI Breakpoint Inventors;
      • 105 EEMA Marketing Athletes;
      • 106 EEOA Operational Accelerants;
      • 107 EERPT Resilient Product Teams;
      • 109 SAICA Internal Change Agents;
      • 111 SAAT Agile Tiger Teams and
      • 116 SPIT Institutional Traditionalists

Outer Directed (MBTI profiles):

ESFJ and ESTJ

What about the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Wow, this TauBit of Wisdom is one to ponder.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Focus your attention on the one area of your life that, if changed, would favorably touch every other area of your life.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Like I said, leave it to WW&C to peel away the onion that is the essence of what drives be, gives me an advantage, but reminds me where the work really gets done.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Once you see a problem from the top, you’ll know how to solve it.  But you have to go back down and solve it on the ground.” Taurus

Well, hell yeah.  But, I’m just too busy to pick Howey’s Holiday Tau in addition to the last one.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: The truly secure don’t usually see the point in drawing attention to themselves, as they’re too busy just doing what comes naturally.  Cancer

Cosmic, baby or should I say babies Carell, Martin and the Woz?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Keep a secret to yourself with a sparkle in your eye and its impact is charismatic.  Keep it to yourself with shame and its impact is a gravitational pull on your spirit.  Leo

Hmm. Kerr’s Holiday Tau makes sense, but I’m just not buying in today.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:Get in the mix however you can — as a volunteer, an intern or just as an unqualified person doing a job for free.” Libra

Am I getting tired swiping Aoki’s Holiday Tau? Not really, but maybe it would be easier to change my birthday.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You know what you want, but your brain will object with the most interesting excuses.  Don’t give it the chance.  Act first; think later.” Sagittarius

Harvey’s Holiday Tau resonates with the INTP in me — an introvert who remembers experiences from a deeper past, especially by following the bread crumbs in journals.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “A sentimental mood makes the passage of time a little blurry.  And, if so inclined, you’ll find that you can move fluidly to a feeling you had in the distant past.  Capricorn

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E102 — Why Is It Always Hidden in the Fine Print?

Oh my god. I came this close to disaster.  I almost lost all of the work that’s taken me well over a decade to test and write for my “Volume Two Manuscript” about “Work”. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 102 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 13th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Apple is updating their operating system.   According to the fine print, which my eyes normally glass over,  my favorite creative software, Inspiration, no longer worked after the update.

At stake were 16 talent profiles cross-linked interactively to Myers-Briggs (MBTI ) temperaments, aligned to organization types and growth stages – applied original research for identifying employers and customers which would be the best fit or worst fit for you.

If I hadn’t aborted the download, I’d never be able to access all that hard work. 

It freaked me out so much I returned to the Famous Steves website I saved back in September in my Pinboard Knowledge Bank while I left it to my unconscious brain to come up with an Apple work around.  

To my surprise I discovered a feature that allowed me to list 120 Steves by their sign — or the top 10 by each horoscope’s range of birthdays.  

For instance here’s what I found for Aquarius (January 21 – February 19):

Top Ten: Steve Nash, 45; Steve Perry, 70; Steve Yeager, 38; Steve McNair (1973 – 2009); Steve Prefontaine (1951 – 1975); Steve Terada, 35; Steve Roberts, 37; Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000); Steve Wynn, 77 and Steve Hackett, 69

With a little extra research on Wikipedia I produced the following table choosing the most famous I recognize:

      • Capricorns (December 22 – January 20) Steve Harvey, 62
      • Aquarius (January 21 — February 19) Steve Nash, 45
      • Pisces (February 20 — March 20) Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011)
      • Aries (March 21 – April 20) Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980)
      • Taurus (April 21 – May 21) Steve Winwood, 71
      • Geminis (May 22 – June 21) Steve Smith, 30
      • Cancers (June 22 – July 22) Steve Howey, 42
      • Leos(July 23 – August 22) Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69
      • Virgos (August 23 – September 23) Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61
      • Libras (September 24 – October 23) Steve Kerr, 54
      • Scorpios (October 24 – November 22) Steve Zahn, 51
      • Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21) Steve Aoki, 41

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes it’s difficult to anticipate disruptions when you are so used to following recommended updates — it’s such a habit followed unconsciously.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):“Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Yeah, I hope this secret art of thinking isn’t pathological, haha.  It’s certainly original research — 64 lifestyle profiles defining neighborhoods you can find by age, stage, status and population density and then 16 talent profiles you can use to identify the best and worst fit for working for an employer.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You’ll get a stretch of beautiful mental clarity.  It’s like you’re developing your own secret art of thinking.” Gemini

Like so many things in life, you hate to learn a lesson out of episodes of extreme change and disruption, figure out how to accommodate the impacts in your life, and swear an oath that you’ve learned your lesson … only to fall back into your old ways. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “In the process of reorganizing, everything will be taken out and examined.  You’ll see a vast improvement.” Cancer

I frequently say Steve Jobs killed me.  As a knowledge worker in the broadest sense, I’ve become sedentary which is not that healthy, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Intellectual study seems passive because it requires little movement.” Capricorn

I’m sure Mr. Jobs’ Holiday Tau is important, but not necessarily for me today.  Feel free to apply it to your life.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “An endeavor will not only bring you money but will also bring you other kinds of riches that matter to you.” Pisces

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