S2 E43 — See What You’ve Been Missing …

Patreon’s limited editing capabilities suck.  Their format choices totally changes how each of my publications originally appear in my WordPress blogs.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 43 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this ninth day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E42It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt; S2 E41A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?; S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day; S1 E42Love on the Run; S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On

Context

My new end of the week publication habit works.  Here’s what my early experimental attempt for Patreon became:

The Coming Millennial Migration — Will Remote Work Set You Free? 

“More sunsets are caught than sunrises because a greater number of people are awake in the evening than are watching for the break of dawn. Get on an early tract. There’s something spectacular in it for you.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Photo: Yang Lu

The Tau: Week Ending 5/9/20

New horizons. Grab some bucket list ideas to go — for deferred itineraries and remote-enabled resort towns. Curated from stories about local communities stretching along Pacific Coast Highway, in mountain resorts and on lakes, islands and in the great outdoors. 

But, here on the Atoll,  we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

See what you’ve been missing. 

Check out this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” delivered, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Where … ?

PCH Regions

          • San Diego mayor: Compliance with new beach rules bodes well for state business reopening
          • Pismo Beach: Where To Eat, Stay, And Play
          • Whale that washed ashore in Ventura County towed out to sea
          • Wineries Sue Over Cannabis Operation
          • The Malibu Beach Inn Is Offering a Unique Social Distance Dining Experience for Mother’s Day
          • Video captures coyote going for a morning stroll by Levi’s Plaza in SF during shelter-in-place order

Islands and Currents

          • Hawaii’s Proposals To Safely Reopen Travel…
          • I Was Stranded in Hawaii by Coronavirus — and the Magical Islands Completely Stole My Heart
          • Hawaii wants to ensure a sustainable relationship with tourism post-COVID19
          • Hawaii arresting rogue tourists for violating mandatory quarantine
          • 30 Best Bucket List Trips For Your Lifetime: Sailing The Hidden Caribbean
          • Here’s how Sandals plans to re-open its Caribbean resorts to guests
          • I’m Quarantined on a Yacht in the Caribbean. It’s Not What You Think
          • Squid are back in abundance along Central California coast
          • On Catalina Island, Unemployment Is 90%. A Local Food Pantry is Making Sure No One Goes Hungry

Mountains and Lakes

          • Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer
          • Prediction tool shows how forest thinning may increase Sierra Nevada snowpack 
          • 9 Things To Know About The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail
          • Cute Video: Mama bear rescues cubs, swimming them to safety one-by-one in South Lake Tahoe
          • Introducing The Mountaineers Statement on Climate Change

Pristine Treks

          • Outerbike cancels Deer Valley mountain bike demo event
          • How To Spend A Weekend In Historic Truckee, California
          • This Colorado Doggo Has Hit More Than 5,000 Summits
          • California Snowpack Already Nearly Bare As Drought Worsens

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

          • Western Slope Farmers Forge On Despite Losing 90 Percent of Peach Crop
          • An Ace Hotel Gift Card Is a Win-Win Purchase
          • Live out your Santorini dreams in this Palm Springs house asking $3M
          • Take a Peek Inside Walt Disney’s Former Technicolor Dream House

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’ve been happy with your choices, but now you’re starting to notice that there are new options on the horizon.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, deserts, horizons, islands, lakes, migration, Millennials, mountains, Pacific Coast Highway, rafting, ranges, regions, rivers, remote, road trips, slopes, sunrises

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Pain is a signal. It is possible to feel pain and not be hurt by it. For example, endurance sports enthusiasts may experience this as they push through a workout. Pain is part of the process. Hurt is a judgment.” Scorpio

I’m guessing that pain means frustration on my part.  If so then, yes, it definitely part of the process.  I get that.  There are no short cuts, there is only doing.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You know your limits and your triggers, which makes you more powerful, not less. But take into account that things like that change. You get stronger and braver. Test and push yourself today.” Sagittarius

I detect a theme.  Quit bitching if you’re so powerful.  Push through today.  OK. Got it.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Your confidence comes from a wellspring of integrity. You know what you’ve done, what you have and who you are. You don’t require constant reminders of your greatness or tons of reinforcement to feel good.  Taurus

Don’t be so sure for this career reincarnation. Some reminders of greatness would be nice.  Or maybe just 500 pounds of reinforcement.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You think about things in a certain way that you may not even be aware of until you express what you’re thinking to a friend. The act of articulating yourself brings about new insights.”  Aquarius

Not only for me, but I noticed this early on in my one-on-one advisory career with “C-Suite” executives.  I put on a brave face before each engagement fearing my lack of answers for someone operating at the top tier of an organization.  Until, that fateful day when I simply asked a VP what she had been doing already about the problem or challenge she faced.  Then, my natural instincts and intuition kicked in.  Get them to tell you and in the telling their answers reveal themselves.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces

Theory is one thing.  Explanations and instructions are just that.  Until you take all the teachings and advice and apply them is when the true knowledge is revealed.  No hacks or shortcuts to building your own experience into wisdom.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2,170 to 2300.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

S2 E42 — It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt

“My pastor was talking about the ‘old normal‘ and how maybe there were parts of our lives that weren’t working … that weren’t all that great.   And now is the time to create a new normal for ourselves.”

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “Being able to take a long view of things will save you from future discomfort. There are a lot of things you could take on. Consider what it would mean for your next few days and far beyond.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 42 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this eighth day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E41A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?; S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns; S2 E39The Best Tau for the Pandemic Year, Don’t You Agree?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E42Love on the Run; S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On; S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook?;

Context

Some of my close friends, past co-workers, recruited mentors, former executive MBA students and people just like you are weighing in with their experiences:

Hi Steve, Great to hear from you. Do you remember me from your Right Management days? I ran the McDermott + Bull Executive Network then.

I appreciate your email. It got me thinking of a church service I listened to from 3 weeks ago…

My pastor was talking about the “old normal” and how maybe there were parts of our lives that weren’t working..that weren’t all that great. 

And now is the time to create a new normal for ourselves. 

It really hit home for me..even though I miss A LOT of components of my old normal I have really taken stock of the things that I don’t want to creep back in once we resume “normal” life.

It was short and sweet, but heart-felt.  I’d forgotten that she had moved to Golden Colorado and was curious how her clients and neighbors were adapting to the new normal.

I felt what you were able to accomplish with the Executive Network was so awesome.  In fact over the last 10 years when I ran the UCI Executive MBA mentor program I borrowed  monthly breakfast meeting ideas from you and recruited mentors from the network itself.

I love the “new normal” habit analysis and choosing what to keep and what not to, or at least improve on.  Keeping the “creeping back inners” away will be the challenge for me.  Although, given that the Sierra snowpack all but disappeared I’m glad I’ve made and sustained water conservation habits.

What’s the market in Golden like for executives?  Are you seeing any differences over the last few weeks (which feel like months and years 😎)?

Are you running a similar + Bull Executive Network there?

Since I reached out to “Friends of Steves” I gotten back really great responses and I’m considering how to summarize and share.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You often have to comply to the authority in a situation, which is what makes opportunities like yours today special. You’ll call the game and make the rules.” Scorpio

Wait, is this about wearing a mask or something?  Got no problem with that.  It’s so little to ask from me to do my part in this pandemic, right?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Being able to take a long view of things will save you from future discomfort. There are a lot of things you could take on. Consider what it would mean for your next few days and far beyond.  Taurus

I’m such a scenario and strategic exploration freak, there has to be reports or papers published that that the long view of things, right?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Once you decide that you are going to devote yourself to making progress, you’ll stick to an endeavor until you get where you want to go. The game has started. To delay is to lose any advantage you might have.  Gemini

Well, yes of course.  I’m fighting off a case of the blahs.  This TauBit should boost my persistence, but frankly it doesn’t.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Consider that your most powerful asset is your reputation. So anything that lifts it will probably be worth the attention, effort and money that goes into the process.” Cancer

Sure, but this just reminds me of unfinished work describing what “Brand-as-Experts” do, in which organization type is the best fit for them.

“5”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll have a strong first impression to a situation. Note it — even formally with an actual note — but don’t act on it. There is more to learn here, and you’re playing a long game.” Leo

I’m finding it very difficult not to judge those anti-vaccine and anti-mask people.  My knee jerk reaction is the saying, “There is no cure for stupid.”

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Success will be simple when you recognize what is and is not under your control, and then apply yourself only to the first group of circumstances. Applying yourself to the second group brings nothing but frustration.” Virgo

So, I’m not so sure anymore.  What is in our control?  

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: In days of old, the black sheep was shunned by the herd. Now the black sheep goes on the internet and finds a virtual herd with numbers so strong, the black sheep are actually the majority.” Sagittarius

Scary, but true. Or at least it seems that way.  If you equate black sheep with anti-vax, anti-mask true believers.  

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:Your choices do not have to be dictated by things like age, race, gender or even by how much money you have in your pocket. Waste no time accounting for limits. Go straight to the workaround.  Capricorn

Yeah, good to know, but hard to figure out, right?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): The issues that come up today are the sort you don’t have to reason your way through. Give your logical mind a break. Meditate, shower, drive, walk or sleep on it instead.” Pisces

Now, we’re talking.  The media onslaught is unyielding.  Maybe I can reset.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2,170 to 2,300.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

S2 E39 — The Best Tau for the Pandemic Year, Don’t You Agree?

So, my survival guide for remote workers had already been written, which had been targeted to the knowledge working community (consultants, freelancers and entrepreneurs) who could sell their services to clients which didn’t require their presence 24/7.  Given they were more mobile and could live anywhere, then where do they want to put down roots?

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The future that has seemed so hazy now comes into sharp focus. You’ll be approaching work in new ways. While some deals are stalled, other arrangements can be solidified as you wait.” Aries 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 39 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 2nd day of May in the spring of 2020. 

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E38What Should You Do If You Stumble Across Loaded Information?S2 E37How Deep is the Chasm? What Do We Do?; S2 E36Turning Lemons into Margaritas

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook?; S1 E38Day 38 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Working on the Business — I’d gotten into a publishing groove on Patreon with: 

Today I published a summary of the week just ending on Patreon  and shared the piece on LinkedIn:

Surviving Day-to-Day or Thriving with Big-Picture Insights?

“The future that has seemed so hazy now comes into sharp focus. You’ll be approaching work in new ways. While some deals are stalled, other arrangements can be solidified as you wait.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Michael S. Malone, Scientific American, Image: Getty Images.

The Tau: Week Ending 5/2/20

Discover what you’ve been missing. 

Here are some of this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” curated for you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Helping you face what’s going on and create some of your own if/then strategies.

What if … ?

Trends

COVID-19 Phase Two

              • The coronavirus pandemic is getting the ‘total attention’ of the Gates Foundation 
              • Google and the Cost of ‘Data Voids’ During a Pandemic
              • Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look
              • How COVID-19 Could Change AR/VR’s Future

Artificial Intelligence 

              • Google medical researchers humbled when AI screening tool falls short in real-life testing
              • Don’t Regulate Artificial Intelligence: Starve It
              • Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Human Resources (HR) Industry
              • US patent office rules that artificial intelligence cannot be a legal inventor

Deeper Future Horizons

              • Hydrogen Industry: The Dawning Of The Hydrogen Economy
              • A new machine learning method streamlines particle accelerator operations
              • Who needs a jet? 620 mph Hyperloop train will zoom passengers from Paris to Amsterdam in just 90 minutes

The Final Frontier

              • Space travel breakthrough: Solar sail offers route to stars at one fifth of light speed 
              • The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than It Should. Why?
              • Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

A special welcome and thanks to 160 new followers in just the past 3 days. Like, share and join our growing community of 2,170 followers to see what you missed.

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’re starting to think of things in their broader context.  New insights come from big-picture thinking.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates, COVID-19, Earth, Foundations, Google, Hydrogen Economy, Hyperloop, Machine Learning, Medical Research, Pandemic, Patents, Physics, Science, Space

Evidence

Random ones that make me want to change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The future that has seemed so hazy now comes into sharp focus. You’ll be approaching work in new ways. While some deals are stalled, other arrangements can be solidified as you wait.” Aries

And so McQueen’s Holiday Tau was just what I needed for this week’s Patreon publication.  How to take advantage of the COVID-19 Pandemic caught the technology community’s disruptive venturing spirit.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Though there’s plenty you can learn about yourself outside the context of a relationship, there are many things you figure out quickly by working and playing with others, like you will today.” Gemini

Getting used to “lock down” as a pandemic prevention, surely tests the boundaries of relationships within your own pod, right Emma the Baroness?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: With all you’ve experienced, you could write a survival guide. You’ll be compelled to help, but you don’t really have to give any advice or instruction to do so. Your example is enough.  Leo

So, my survival guide for remote workers had already been written, which had been targeted to the knowledge working community who I identified as consultants, freelancers and entrepreneurs who could sell their services to clients which didn’t require their presence 24/7.  Given they were more mobile and could live anywhere, then where do they want to put down roots?  

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Sometimes the bumpy roads lead to the most beautiful places. Other times it’s just more rock and dirt and jostling. Take an enjoyable path and the destination will just be a bonus.” Virgo

As in epic awesome road trips in the West, say to some of my favorite towns on this itinerary?

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:There is no one better than another, and yet many make easier fits. Of course, fit isn’t everything. Sometimes what you have to grow into or figure out keeps you more interested.” Libra

Just not on the right day.  As it applies to the “Work” — in Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest, and Leave a Legacy subtitle to “The Knowledge Path” series — the best fit means matching the right type of organizational talent culture for you.  And, if you can’t you may determine which stage of growth fits you better.  I’m working on it.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your story isn’t one narrative. It’s an ever-evolving work of art that you might tell a totally different way one day to the next. This is one way you’ll exercise creative power over your destiny.” Sagittarius

I can’t tell you how often during normal times I’d have to prepare just what my story was and why I was meeting with someone for the first time.  Was I a career advisor?  Or the chief knowledge officer?  Or the organization development consultant? Or the memoirist? Or the blogger?

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Life is not about stuff, and yet a few choice items can make your world a bit more fun, safe or smooth today. Figure out what you need. You might be able to trade someone for it.” Pisces

Need?  Not much more.  Emma the Baroness and I have surprisingly built a comfortable nest egg.  More travel, maybe but those trips will have to be postponed, right?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1760 to 2,170.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

S1 E166 — Falling Down the Time Sucking Rabbit Hole

I  continued with my website makeovers after hunkering down while 40 to 50 mph Santa Ana winds wrecked havoc. Oh, and after I assessed damage, then swept up leaves, twigs and branches. 

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 166 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

It dawned on me I should figure out which published “Best of Essays” are for attracting potentials to Patreon and which are for the tier-paying Patrons behind the gate — like specific checklists and steps? 

Looked at each website’s blog archive for one or the other audience.

      1. The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.
      2. Western Skies and Island Currents: From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between.
      3. Best West Road Trips: Natural Beauty. Awesome Adventures.
      4. Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself
      5. Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives.
      6. Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty

Taking a deeper dive into Knowledge Banking I focused of 4 components of a system to guide future posts.

    1. To 4 ways of repurposing Knowledge Product offerings, illustrated by @knowlabs: Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.
      • Guided — This or That?
      • Experimental Trial & Error —Sort Through, Search Again
      • Repackaged Segment — Subscribe to Your Niche
      • Personalized — Tagged to Membership Profile
    1. One post should transition from your bucket list of best places to “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

3.  To Volume Two (Work) “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variation in your new employer by:

      • MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed
      • Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery
      • Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis
      • Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

4. To value creation stages

      • Commodities or Noise
      • Goods or Data
      • Services or Information
      • Experiences or Knowledge
      • Transformations or Wisdom

You know I concerned myself about falling down the rabbit hole into major time sucking morass before I limited my comparison process.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I get what wavelength your Holiday Tau resonates with, but for my tasks at hand, I’m not choosing yours for the Tau of the Day.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The right tune will enhance what you’ve got going on today, though the wrong one will help you appreciate the value of silence.” Virgo

Hey Coach Kerr, how competitive do you feel your Holiday Tau is today?  Guess what?  You bricked it like a Shaquille O’Neil free throw.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:If a compliment is like honey, criticism is like vinegar.  Taken the right way, both enhance what’s healthy.” Libra

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

    • Michael Connelly has become one of my favorites for his style of writing found in his Bosch series, including “Lost Light” for his turn of a phrase like, “At night when I try to sleep but can’t … It is when all the pathways seem to connect and I see the people I have loved.” Or, like, “Like trying to figure out Vietnam in 1967 by watching Walter Cronkite at night.” I view his writing as essential for my efforts at writing my Volume Three series about legacy.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • Volume Two (Work) — beginning to wrangle key concepts: MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed; Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery;  Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis;  Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

Banking and ATMs — 

    • So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon?

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

S1 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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S1 E85 — What happens when the fear subsides?

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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S1 E81— Is This My Wake Up Call, Steve?

In a New York minute, if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time your ticket gets punched, right?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Solitary endeavors bring out one side of you; challenges that involve others bring out another.  Sometimes you’re amazed at what you learn about yourself — like today.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 81 in the first season of “My 1-Year Experiment” on this twenty-third day of August in the summer of 2019.

Evidence

Driving north on the 405 freeway I got that wake up call reminder.  It was the second time traffic had been held up with a car flipped up on its side and first responding firemen and EMTs and Highway Patrol vehicles surrounded it.

The first jammed traffic on the Ventura freeway just a few hours north, when Emma the Baroness and I planned a quickie vacation to the American Riviera a year and a half ago.  

Three of us, like Zahn and Henry Winkler shared the same Holiday Tau.

One of my mentors, Linda, reached out to me and scheduled a coffee meeting at University Town Center — where more than a decade ago I accidentally bumped into a former colleague lunching at an outside table.  

One thing led to another.  A multi-year consulting retainer lasted a decade.  

While in route Jaron Lanier — an early inventor of virtual reality, now a fellow at Microsoft and all round Renaissance musician and artist — regaled Sam Harris on his podcast.  

Just before I viewed the second flipped car, I noted how sad Jaron felt about the passing of his great friend. I wrote:

Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow always had to “sing for supper” every night at the end of life having few assets. Jaron felt awful about his Barlow’s situation and views those circumstances as probable scenarios for other artistic types, like those in the Writers Cooperative.

During an uncharacteristic cool and windy late August morning Linda got me caught up.  She invited me to participate in a Leadership Steering Committee which I felt would draw me back in to an advising, teaching and consulting role taking me away from what was on my plate.  

By saying “No” politely and receiving a reply “Well, think about it.  Doesn’t it fit your book?” she said. 

Hmm. My Volume Two “Work” manuscript hadn’t seriously been on my mind as much as my trying to figure out how to convert my LinkedIn followers into supporters.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Solitary endeavors bring out one side of you; challenges that involve others bring out another.  Sometimes you’re amazed at what you learn about yourself — like today.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

WW&C’s Holiday Tau supports how having turned down my participation in the steering committee, which felt uncertain at the time, helped differentiate my newer identity.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re not trying to be different from the rest, but you are different.  It’s knowing how you’re different that will help you stand out.” Taurus

So, this is exactly what my intent was joining my former mentor for coffee. 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Potential clients and customers abound but you feel funny talking yourself up.  Come up with a better approach — a soft sell that will have them asking questions.” Leo

And, of course the Holiday Tau of GG&K compliments that of the two comedians and the business founder.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You have what another needs, but don’t offer it too freely.  Easy things get devalued.  Half the fun is in the process.” Virgo

I’m sure Aoki’s Holiday Tau is valuable, maybe for you, but not as valuable to me today.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Self-control is needed to amass any kind of good result.  But in the end, that self-control will be the best thing you’ve amassed.” Sagittarius

So, yes self-control always serves as a check on my passion and creativity and mirrors Aoki’s. Maybe the sum is more valuable than its parts?

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Your fortunes will depend on how well you exercise self-control.  You will understand what you need to do to get ahold of your financial picture.” Capricorn

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S1 E66 — Do Your Proposals Lead to Contracts?

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

Summer July 2019

Steve Howey, 42: “People will pay you according to the pricing you establish.  Take cues from what others are doing.  Consider the value you create for others, and price accordingly.” Cancer

Hi and welcome to Episode 66 on this fine July 25th.  But let’s return to Day 65 “… when it comes to meeting new potential clients to prepare proposals that lead to contracts.  It’s one of the most difficult processes to master for me.” 

This is what vexes consultants and freelancers almost all of the time — if my price is too high they won’t buy, and if my price is too low I’ve set a much lower position to negotiate from for follow on work. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “People will pay you according to the pricing you establish.  Take cues from what others are doing.  Consider the value you create for others, and price accordingly.” Cancer

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S1 E62 – Next Reality?

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

Summer July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nah.

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

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Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day

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

Summer

June 2019

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

Slim pickings today, on June 2nd in the TauBit patch. What’s that old wive’s tale?  “Quality over quantity,” or some such?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

You’d be justified if you figured that I felt desperate enough to fill in the blanks with Holiday Tau from McQueen and Aoki, right?  Who knew Day 43 of My 1-Year Experiment would be so lame?

Well, actually the first Steve’s turns out to be a description of how an associative thinker flits from one moment to another and has to write thoughts down for later use.  But accumulate enough of those written on scraps of paper and in spiral notebooks by hand and you’ve created a monster.

How do you find the passage just when you need it? 

Here’s what I was forced to do:

‘Transience, novelty and diversity stretch and mutate our limits of adaptability.’

From my journal:  Triangle 339 (a sketch a triangle with the page number 339 in the middle)

‘As the transience index, or rate of turnover of things, places, people, organizations, and informational relationships spurts upwards, we are simultaneously the most free and lost.‘”

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

Turns out I’ll trade the Holiday Tau for these two Steves for any weak TauBit meant for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me any day of the week.  Check out this passage, one of three steps for making the best decision you can before you move to that little Colorado mountain town your dreams.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Just because you can see trouble ahead where others can’t that doesn’t make you a pessimist.” Sagittarius

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