S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  But it’s Shaggy’s birthday.  Emma the Baroness and I dutifully await the appropriate time to text fantastic birthday wishes on an early sleep-in morning-after Sunday. 

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

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st 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 from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, I still have a lot of publishing to do. I’d be dishonest if I told you I mastered my new intention of publishing daily, especially after breaking up what I considered my source document.  

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  

In Know Laboratories:

      • “Research and Development”
      • “Artificial Intelligence”
      • “Innovation”
      • “Disruptions”
      • “Remote Work”
      • “Trends”
      • “Hacking”
      • “Brain” again
      • “Planet” again

In Best West Road Trips:

      • “South Coast Region” 
      • “Central Coast Region”
      • “Peninsula Region”
      • “San Francisco Region”
      • “North Bay Region”
      • “North Coast Region”

But, the number one question on my mind is if the ex will be able to serve out his time in Moscow del Lago or not, as Putin wants to debate Biden and Fox News bets on Putin.

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank you Steve.  Your Holiday Tau describes a core approach I’ve taken over the years.  Share what works as you create new knowledge and innovation so you can anticipate what’s next and make better choices.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While there’s nothing you can do to ensure tomorrow goes to plan, keeping track of what did and didn’t work in the past gives you greater control over the impactful elements.” Pisces

Wildcards.  Thanks Smith and Nicks for your TauBit of Wisdom.  If wildcards continually surprise you and stop you in your tracks, then try Jobs’ prescription for anticipation.

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Normally, I’d agree with McQueen’s Holiday Tau — diversity of opinions keeps Paradoxy-Moron organizations inventing and building their capacity for cutting edge innovations.  But, at the macro-political level, not so much.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just because nobody objects to an idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Controversy gives things heat, which makes things happen. You’ll thrive on the energy of diverse opinions and opposing points of view.”  Aries

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 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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S2 E22 — Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines

Those little changes in routines make Emma the Baroness and me a little more paranoid. Months ago, she bought a box not wanting to spread a persistent cough to the “Three Chick” sipping wine and dinner during their Rose Review on opening night of “The Bachelor.” Now, we have more masks than we’ll ever need to use, right?

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 22 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 3rd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

We like shopping at Ralph’s grocery store as early shoppers line up on the sidewalk in a queue waiting until for their elders to unhurriedly roam the aisles, stand on footprints six feet apart, and be traffic copped-like choreographed into check out lanes.  

Except for the major change with plastic bags — the heavier duty reuse kind — that the checkers and the baggers don’t touch anymore.  

That change causes the minor major riff in men and women shopping.  Men hunt.  Women graze.  Emma the Baroness hates self-check out machines and would rather wait minutes longer in check out line to save a job.  

Since we’re now bagging our own kill, I’d rather mosey up the “Welcome Valued Shopper” and handle my transaction in seconds.

We’re proud of our safety first protocol.  Did you touch the virus?  

We Purell our hands, our keys, our phones (sorta) the door handles, the trunk latch but not our face mask.  

We stage our grocery bags at the entrance of our garage having Purelled its opener, and the garage refrigerator handle, and the door nob to our house and then wash our hands with hot soapy water Sanjay Gupta style.

We let the bags with nonperishable, non-refrigerator imperatives sit in the garage for 36 hours, just in case.  And then another 24 hours for items we let in neatly lined up against a hallway wall on the brown wood floor that connects our downstairs bathroom to our dining room and into the kitchen.

Uh oh. Now what? 

I slept in until just a smidge after day light.  Trundled down the stairs. Peaked out into the gray.  And couldn’t see it.  Without any filter, paranoid questions flooded my mind:

      • Maybe it was obscured by a bush, or landed under the CR-V resting on the cement.  
      • Was the Orange County paper printing presses halted by the virus?  
      • Or, the paper slinger sidelined by what Trump insists is the China virus?  
      • Couldn’t she, Holiday Mathis, who writes the Holiday Tau, have predicted this? 
      • Or, did she?  Without the print edition, how will we find out?

Fighting to float to the top in my mind, past the road to paranoia, is the offramp to understanding, I remind myself over and over.  

Why is something happening? 

If that, then this!

    • If that’s the reason, then you’ll know exactly what to do about it. 
    • The cause that explains the symptoms.  
    • Marshall McLuhan said something like it’s standing under something, visually.

Curiosity.  

To me it’s a gap closer.  

It’s what drove Leonardo, if you believe Walter Isaacson, and scientists that Mario Livio explained in, “Why: What Makes Us Curious?”  

Even Michael Connelly, my favorite author since watching Prime TV and then reading his Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch LA detective series fictionalizes curiosity in a non-Bosch story.

His main character (maybe falling under Leo da V’s spell)  should be paying attention to wooing the critical next investor to keep his lab afloat instead of solving a Malibu beach murder. 

In Connelly’s “Chasing the Dime” novel, the pursuit takes him into an impossible, high risk set of circumstances with no way out. 

Until some little thing overlooked shows just a sliver of light which may lead to the daylight at the end of the darkening tunnel. 

With enough venture capital, he’d be back breakthrough-ing in his “Paradoxy-Moron” lab.

Which, is the answer Connelly’s scientist character would have, if he was Steve Zahn, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness or me instead. 

And for those who know me, this is one of the opening standby questions I’d always ask of clients and EMBA students who sought my career and life trajectory advice. 

It’s the topic explored in the opening chapter, “Life on Your Own Terms” in Book One, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”. And, thanks for asking, I took my own advice …

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you had all the money you could possibly spend, then would you still be doing this work you’re doing today? If not, what work would you still be willing to do? A job you love won’t feel like a job at all.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks, guys. Your Holiday Tau means the most to me as I push through on this passion project path.  But, will the scenery get better sometime soon?  How long before we’ll be forced to change?  Shouldn’t we take the time to toy with ideas and spin some scenarios?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Though you may doubt your path, don’t turn back. Forward march. The scenery will get better up ahead. The time to change is when you’re certain. Give yourself the leeway to toy with ideas.” Leo

Hi Coach Kerr.  Correct me if I’m wrong. What your Holiday Tau signals is the setting and the frame of mind you should be in to spin scenarios about what probably will happen, given the rippling effects of unintended consequences and the reactions to those first, second, and third order into other traumatic changes in time to take advantage as they play out?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You appreciate easy, delightful hours but you don’t expect every moment to be a smooth adventure. This helps you take on challenges without the stress and drama that comes with thinking things should be different.” Libra

Now, isn’t this the newer story of my life on this path?  Yo G&G I’m talking to you.  Nod if you’re there.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You can occupy the present without being there. Your internal reality is constantly reaching into the future, back to the past or to the realms where the opinions and stories exist. Bringing yourself to the present moment takes effort.” Virgo

Hey, W&W I like the your Holiday Tau, because the lyrics speak to me much like Leo da V, my muse does when he whispers something that triggers free associations frequently enough to create something new.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Dreams have been called postcards from another world, an interior landscape where a different language is spoken. The awake and reasonable part of you could crack some of this subconscious code today.  Taurus

However comma here’s the counterpoint to always following Leo da V, the part about a strength over used turns into a weakness.  Thanks Steve for letting me swipe your TauBit of Wisdom.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: What should you do with the thoughts and actions that run at cross-purposes with what you want? Drop them. Decide what to do and then tell yourself that it’s as good as done.” Sagittarius

At first I felt due to circumstances I over curated today’s Holiday Tau, but your’s Smithy is step two to Aoki’s, am I right?

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It would be easy to blame circumstances for the things you don’t have time for today, but that goes against your sense of responsibility. Instead, you’ll make extra efforts to prioritize what matters to you.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E18 — What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Today’s episode marks just under three weeks of running a new experiment, because the current COVID-19 pandemic surprised me.  Was it forecasted?  How long will it last?  What are the implications?  

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 18 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 27th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List” 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What is truth?  You’ll grapple with this today, as there are many ways to account for what happened; some of those ways include feeling your way through.”  Aquarius

Evidence

While working on “Ask Me Anything” or AMA for my Patreon platform it dawned on me that my Knowledge Path series — the 5 books should be back in demand.  

Because it answers the question:  

    • How you can take advantage of working remotely if your employer sees the light.  
    • Pick the right place to live as an innie and a different community as an outie for happiness.

What was the spark that ignited the original “Best West Road Trips” the original digital magazine?  

    • What did you expect?  
    • As an introvert, what did you encounter? 

There’s a story about an Internet service giving free access to Santa Monica families with a photo of the empty pier and the iconic Route 66 sign. 

This can be the origin story for Fresh from the Labs. The Volume Three legacy story of the Howard family moving from the Carolinas to Tennessee to Missouri and then the story of road trips following Manifest Destiny wagon trains and the Mother Road to land at the Pacific Ocean and then following Pacific Coast Highway from Tip to Tip spawning 35 digital magazines along the way.

What are you writing about in the next book series? 

    • Answering the question is it possible to discover which type of organization is right for you? 
    • And, which stage of growth suits you better.  
    • And, of course the flip sides of the question — which organizations and growth stages to avoid like the plague and why?  I may reach out to you to solicit your experiences.

And, answering the question about wildcards.

    • Accounting unknown disrupters that trigger catastrophes and shock to well laid plans.  Ripple-effects illustrating the power of scenarios and avoiding the seductively short-sided planning as usual — the best, worst and middle path.
    • What ifs, a better understanding of, the domino effects of, why, reverse engineering, imagining, curious about, surfacing insight, emerging, gauging the probability of any lessons learned and, more importantly, applied. 
    • Monitoring the rippling-effects from the vantage point of an OK Boomer as dominoes and fear of dominoes falling while being stuck inside these four walls replicated throughout the extended family.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Pressure is one thing, but the fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding the early and conflicting news about COVID-19 is quite another.  And, so about your TauBit of Wisdom, oh Patron Saint, how do you go about creating tranquility illusions?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When was the last time you felt no pressure? It’s been a while.  Go where you can create the illusion of tranquility.”   Aries

Hey you two comedians and inventor, your Holiday Tau resonates with me, because I almost always never consider the value proposition.

“5” Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Many need to have a confident feeling they’ll be getting their money back.  Use this concept to your advantage.” Leo

Will something like integrating how to choose the best possible place for remote work — Volume One with Volume Two manuscript about work what Chief Reinvention Officers do emphasizing finding the silver lining and advancing organizations during disruptive times qualify as a that direction? 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:There will be something to cut out, things to organize several things to align.  The magic comes from focusing in a particular direction.” Virgo

Your Holiday Tau reminds me of Stephen Colbert’s degree of truthiness — and how hard the president makes it for his followers to decipher the truth about this pandemic.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What is truth?  You’ll grapple with this today, as there are many ways to account for what happened; some of those ways include feeling your way through.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S1 E136 — Just How Do Zip Codes Prevent Homebuyer Remorse?

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 136 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 15th day of December in winter of 2019.

Only ten days remain to complete your Christmas shopping, guys.  Fewer, if like our family you celebrate Christmas Eve as the occasion to pass out gifts and the day as designated for White Elephant gifts.  

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You know that you don’t yet understand a thing enough to form an opinion, let alone act on the matter.  This knowledge is, in and of itself, virtuous.  A lesser person wouldn’t even realize the gap.” Pisces

Evidence

I’ve struggled with my opening long-form essay for Patreon.  One that synthesizes all my separate passion projects.

What I care about like ocean pollution and coastal water — started me profiling the impact on towns in “California Coast Tip to Tip” and “Western Skies and Island Currents.” It was a natural.  I traced the “Mother Road” from the Midwest to the West coast already in “Best West Road Trips — Route 66.” Spoiler alert; it ends at the Santa Monica Pier. 

Pacific Coast Highway as an itinerary felt like the natural next project.

And water in rivers and lakes like just after a visit to friends living in Durango, Colorado in my fourth of five books to be published in the Knowledge Path Series.  

The whole Animas River turned a deep muddy yellow from an upstream blow out of a closed mine in neighboring Silverton.  Interestingly, years later our friends moved back.  

Their story mirrored the arc of three residents victim of gentrification forces in Whitehead, Montana … to illustrate how zip codes matter and can prevent buyers remorse simply by knowing your lifestyle and previewing new towns as potential quality-of-life communities in a region. 

How does being an introvert … We come in 6 temperament flavors.  We’re easy with solitude.  In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins if given the choice, and inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities.

I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager.  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 then which community should I choose as my best fit for inspiration, satisfaction and happiness? 

The second answers the question, if I could work for any company or type of organization as an employee or consultant, which type brings out the best and worst in me?  

OK.  What’s the answer for you?  Which is the best or worst organization for an Idea Packager to draw a paycheck?  

Here’s the story I tell when someone asks me about it. We hadn’t seen my wife’s cousin for years.  She threw a wonderful welcome to Norway family reunion for us as experienced through severe jet lagged senses.  On her grand piano in her study sat a book, “Homo Deus.” When I asked her what she liked about it, since it was one of my favorites, she told me she refers to it with clients.  When I told her about in Volume Two we began one of those long conversations between friends who hadn’t seen each other, like forever, but reconnected as if time hadn’t passed between us. 

As advisors and consultants we had so much in common, especially when I told her organizations in decline suited me best.  She laughed, saying they’re motivated to change, which is huge because that isn’t always the case.  Send me a copy, I’d love to read it she said as she rose from the long dining room table to attend to one of the children. 

OK, two down, what about the Volume Three series? This series in a sense asks the question has wisdom reversed?  In slower-paced less technology-driven times the elder generation passed down critical lessons to younger generations.  Like the clothes I passed down to my kids growing up — my old army fatigues and field jacket — as popular as vinyl records. Now, I find myself wearing hand-me-ups from them.  This one is less fleshed out than the first two volumes and requires most of my time to figure out.  I’m just asking myself, “What would Leo da V do?”  Like Leonardo I’m easily distracted from what I should be doing to earn a living and a sucker for following my curiosity. 

Little snippets come to me when he lets my unconsciousness bubble to the surface.  What started as a dream of being interviewed for the WTF podcast by Marc Maron seems promising as a working title, “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book.” This one is a little dangerous for me.  Why? I intend to self-publish what I envision to be self-written. Maybe better put by a community.  

In what sense?  That’s a great question.  The subject matter focuses on legacy and wisdom. But through what it’s like to be given a name by your mother who brought you into the world with loving expectations.  You begin with a sound — your name. And you grow and evolve in your own life, so I’m wondering to what extent that name imprinted into you influences your life. This is probably the only time in history that we have the technology to solicit input from Friends-of-Steves — their parents, sisters and brothers, lovers and partners, and friends and associates — to give their view “from the outside”, as well as, from Steves themselves for their view “from the inside.”

So then the three volumes of The Knowledge Path: Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest and Leave a Legacy” would be complete? Yes, but I can’t do it alone.  Which is why I’m here on Patreon and need your help.

Pretty sure I can say your Holiday Tau gets to the essence of my long essay.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It is rare to be in a situation where a mentor knows exactly what to do with your talent.  You’ll have to figure out quite a lot about yourself on your own.  As long as you expect and embrace this, the process will be fun.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researchers Note:  No this isn’t my birthday.  But, I like it enough to include it.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Travel will be your soul’s thriving influence, as will connecting with new people. You’re gifted in the art of reading and relating to people, yet you’ll seek to further build your emotional intelligence, thus ratcheting up the excitement in your personal life.  Novel self-ware will bring instantaneous and long-range benefit.

Isn’t this TauBit about my speech would have been shorter if I had more time?  A little editing goes a long way, eh?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A conversation doesn’t have to be long to be effective.  In fact, the longer it is, the less effective it will be.  Think and write about what you are feeling.  What is worth expressing here?  Choose carefully.” Aries

Haha.  And if over the course of a 1-year experiment my talent will be totally unrecognizable in a good way …

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Small daily improvements lead to sizable monthly improvements.  If you only do 1% better each day on something that matters to you, in 100 days you’ll have completely transformed your skill level.” Cancer

Like I always say, Steve your Holiday TauBits of Wisdom cover more than just today’s life.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The value you give today’s pursuits can be summed up by these words of explorer Dame Freya Stark: ‘Love of learning is a pleasant and universal bond, since it deals with what one is and not what one has.’” Sagittarius

Given the political nature of events unfolding in our country, the order has been reversed.  Form an opinion and spin the facts.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You know that you don’t yet understand a thing enough to form an opinion, let alone act on the matter.  This knowledge is, in and of itself, virtuous.  A lesser person wouldn’t even realize the gap.” Pisces

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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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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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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S2 E7 — Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

What’s Going On?  Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 7 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 7th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not everyone knows what you know, can do what you can do or wants what you want.  To think about it from another’s point of view will be invaluable today.  Aries

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

Shifting Opportunities

Evidence

It’s been 12 and 18 hour days this past week, so spending a fewer hours today compared to the others allowed me to realize my entire email list lives or has lived in the California’s South Coast Region, mostly in Orange County.  

Having been replying to the first few of the personal responses my mass mail today, I see how to beg “forgiveness” in approach to two broad categories:

My “ask” of the mentors I recruited over the last decade has to do with legacy (Volume Three  Manuscript) looking back to their trajectory and broader areas outside of their work life.  

My “ask” of their executive MBA proteges has more to do with Organization Types and Growth Stage profiles (Volume Two Manuscript). 

Since Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I missed out on today’s allotment of valuable Holiday Tau, let’s see if there are any we might want to swipe.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to our Patron Saint to more succinctly and wisely express what I attempted on this shortened Saturday.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not everyone knows what you know, can do what you can do or wants what you want.  To think about it from another’s point of view will be invaluable today.  Aries

Given early indications about an emerging pandemic will this Holiday Tau for you two iconic musicians turn out to be prescient or are we just panicking over nothing?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You imagine some places with all the zest of one with no intention of going.  Others you imagine carefully, knowing that when the time comes, you’ll go all-in.  Taurus

What’s Going On …

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Working on the Business

    • 1,345  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 

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S1 E105 — Will Fortune Smile on Us Later in the Evening?

I hated what Apple put me through this last week. But my work around is holding up, and this is Saturday night so why don’t Emma the Baroness and I give it a try to see if fortune smiles upon us later this evening.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Signmate Henry Winkler recently claimed the qualities of tenacity and gratitude as his guiding values. Should you do the same, fortune will favor you this evening.” Scorpio

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 105 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 19th day of October in the fall of 2019.

It took me until 3pm just to finish the rescue work I started three long days ago when Apple decided to no longer support the software and documents critical to my manuscript.  

      • Triage began on Sunday when I had no clue what to do at first. 
      • On Thursday, when I assessed the pending damage I realized the original Inspiration’s interlinked files contained broken and neglected links to add insult to injury. 
      • I painstakingly scrubbed connections throughout the entire manuscript’s research, but focused mainly on “16 MBTI Equivalents” separated into Extroverts (Outies) and Introverts (Innies). 
      • I finished off a long day yesterday  by reconnecting broken linkages between 8 MBTI Introverted Temperaments  to my 8 Talent Profiles.  

And this is Saturday, WTF?  I’m running on fumes.

I’m close to making my linkages whole, that I can’t stop now.  Which brings me to back I to my original research and a decade of field testing.  

Basically you can organize four Organization Types by their four Internal Talent Profiles found in each that when taken together define a unique talent culture distinct from the other three. 

Why should you care?

You’ll either be attracted to or repelled by one of the four talent cultures.

Odds are if one Organization Type attracts you, then you’ll enjoy working there and find it easier to succeed.

And, you can define which stages of growth will be a best fit or worst fit for you:

Organization Types: 

            • Paradoxy-Morons; 
            • Emerging-Entrepreneurs; 
            • Sustaining-Associates and 
            • Systematic-Professionals

Stages of Growth: 

            • Start Up; 
            • Emerging Growth; 
            • Rapid Growth; 
            • Sustained Growth;
            • Maturity; 
            • Decline and 
            • Reinvention

Well, this is Saturday night so why don’t Emma the Baroness and I give it a try to see if fortune smiles upon us later this evening.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Signmate Henry Winkler recently claimed the qualities of tenacity and gratitude as his guiding values. Should you do the same, fortune will favor you this evening.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wait  WW&C’s may be useful in the working on the business promotional and pricing strategies?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The only difference between repeating actions in exchange for money or for free is money provides an external motivation and free cultivates an internal one.” Taurus

Wait, similar Holiday Tau, but was it for Smith?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “The best way to gain a skill is to jump in and figure it out, expecting to mess up a fair amount and learn as you go.  Don’t buy the class, just begin the task.” Gemini

That’s me, baby. I’m feeling totally free.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “If you can spend two-thirds of your day doing what you please, you’re among the truly free.” Sagittarius

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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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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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