S2 E21 — Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance? It won’t be the last time, because it happens more frequently.  

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 Thursday’s Episode 21 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 2nd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

Overtaken by events once more, I’m urgently summarizing the last four critical chapters from my second book in The Knowledge Path series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses:  Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”.

Is it time for elevating these lessons to a higher priority for publishing on Patreon?

Disruption  (Surviving)

“Those of us who have been in transition (between jobs) can tell you that when you are blind-sided it’s not fun.” 

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.

Steps (6) Anticipate changing circumstances and economic cycles.

Anticipation (Thriving, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF))

“Give yourself and your loved ones more choices and options.”

Why anticipation acts like an advanced warning device: gain more control and thrive.

Step (19) Anticipate the growing shifts in life and business. Nobody wants to swim upstream if the current is moving everything in the opposite direction. Clue your fans in.

Translation  (Fans)

“What isn’t smart is to build the core of your business around something that can change in a heartbeat.”

How to take complex change and translate it into concrete action that lets other people survive the tsunami, you become one of the most valuable people society has to offer. 

Step (18) If your lesser fans have lost their way and you can offer solutions to thrive in bad and good times, then you have a solid opportunity to convert them into true fans for life.

Resilience  (Time Frames: 2003 to 2008; 2009 to 2014; 2015 to 2020)

“You see your peers not able to adapt, not able to grasp reality, and it’s really the death of a thousand cuts.”

What happens when you exceed your “absorption threshold” especially for longer periods of time – dysfunction, fatigue, emotional burnout, inefficiency, even sickness or drug abuse.

Step (17) Sketch out your trajectory in 5-year time frames.  Will we fall into another recession?  Absolutely.  Will you be ready this time with future-proofed strategies? 

Step (7) Persist and pivot to navigate external threats and opportunities.

Does history repeat itself?  

Was it really Mark Twain who said something along the lines that if it doesn’t it rhymes.  

The lessons from thriving during the Great Recession may require tweaking, but the rhythm and chorus feels about right.

Evidence

Let’s check in with our Holiday for today, shall we?

Unless or until this period in our lives becomes more dire, I’d say our legitimate TauBit of Wisdom rings true, just not that high on my list.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The best reason to improve?  For you, it’s to fulfill an idea you have about who you might be.” Scorpio 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I realize this is only the second Holiday Tau for 9 sets of Steves, but without considering the rest your’s hits home.  My research into Inner-Directed MBTI temperaments as a way of identifying their best fits in organization type and growth stage must be what you’re talking about.  I have to weigh this set of COVID-19 concerns to determine if the potential pandemic threat is a distraction or a new focus. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can’t afford to be pulled out of the flow of what you’re doing.  Sure, you can jump back in, but every distraction cost you something.”   Aries

So W&W I hear the tune you’re playing, but today’s not the day for me to sing along.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: There have been plenty of days when you didn’t want to do something, and you did it anyway because you’re a person who honors your commitments.  Today, you’ll be rewarded.”  Taurus

Okay.  Are you saying feelings of panic or the denial of procrastination or just plain distraction can work for me?  I’m not quite there yet, Smithy but if it comes to that, I’ll remember your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Stay fixed on your aim, and let whatever feelings show up organize themselves to help you.” Gemini

Howey, is your Holiday Tau about writer’s block?  Or, is this a complementary TauBit of Wisdom to share with Smithy?  Either way, I’m not feeling the need.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:There are plenty of reasons why you can’t do the thing, and writing them down is the first step in your plan.”  Cancer

Here’s how I’m interpreting your Holiday Tau guys, tell me if I’m wrong.  This loops back all the way to McQueen’s TauBit of Wisdom, right?  So, I need to reach out to my network of mentors, proteges and longtime associates and friends to check in on how they are coping?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your reputation is excellent, and you’ll like the feedback you get when you test that.” Leo

Firm believer here, Coach Kerr.  Your Holiday Tau might as well be preaching to the choir. Especially we introverts love to reflect and meditate, and if this COVID phenomenon is just a scare, I’ll be able to return to offering options when changing careers.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Can anyone tell you what to do with your life? Sure, and lots of people will be happy too. But moments of reflection and meditation will give you better intel.” Libra

Sometimes I mix you and Kerr up although you played a different style of basketball in the NBA.  You should become a coach.  Anyway, spaces.  Almost like that famous Wayne Gretzky quote about shooting the puck to where the scorer will be, not where he is now.  Your soccer probably contributed to how great you were at reading spaces and passing lanes in motion.  Am I right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:The space between things will convey more meaning than things themselves.  You’ll get good at reading spaces.” Aquarius

OMG.  Your Holiday Tau completely took a sharp turn from where I felt your were going.  I love where you left it — an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention — so you!

“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

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 1525. 

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S2 E20 — Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

In hushed tones, he says the market for his business is booming with marijuana growers.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed. Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream. 

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 20 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 29th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates spread out from Florida, north to Michigan and Chicago and from the Midwest in Indiana. 

AJ and D-hops, a Florida Gen-X couple with no children just started renting a place while their home is remodeled. 

He works at an aerospace conglomerate that Emma the Baroness’ father did, and sometimes flies to San Diego to cross the border to their facility, now on his 10th year. He qualifies as an essential employee, seemingly unaffected by the Coronavirus-19 rippling effect.  She works remotely and is discovering what their dog does all day when both had been working at their normal jobs.  

 T. Stephen and Art Mom, living in southern Indiana on the Ohio River. 

Both twice divorced and now re-married Gen-X and Gen -Y couple,  one 50-years-old and a sometime chef, but are idled at home as the auto industry supplier furloughed workers until there’s a reset.  Art Mom, the mother of three daughters requires chronic care for cancerous stomach and kidney health issues is possibly facing yet another surgery and passing kidney stones like it was nothing. They’re making over their back yard to plant vegetables, kind of like a World War II victory garden, for meals and food security.  A pet rabbit keeps their dog company in their house. 

Art Sis, 65 plus Baby Boomer lives by herself in small town outside Ann Arbor, 

She asks if the Chicago adult children endured a major storm bearing down on rural Michigan as fog set in.  She shut down her coop art retail shop on them downtown corner of small town which offered items designed and made by local artists.  Earlier she was on a video conference call with fellow realtors making plans for down real estate market.

Ty and Cam, urban Chicago Millennial parents expect their second chid in May.  

They’re both working from home and giving the spotlight over to their daughter on Zoom, whom everyone else encouraged to sing and dance which she did reluctantly for the first part of the call, but enjoyed performing after the initial shyness wore off.  

Ty’s sister, Cheerio, also a Millennial parent is holed up at home as a family with three kids outside a major university in Ohio.  

Petie’s, her husband works remotely as an IT/HR professional for a major commercial and retail supplier of fertilizer. He says the growing market for their business is  booming with marijuana growers — he said in hushed tones.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed.  Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream.

What kind of omen is it that none of the Steves’ Holiday Tau measured up to at least a “3”, let alone “5” on this final day?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Not my birthday, but I had to add something.  Is this adjusted for the growing pandemic?  You be the judge.  Let’s just hope so. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

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 1461 to 1,481.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

I’m shell shocked, not like those brave Ukrainians who literally lost everything to an evil, maybe unstable, or just ruthless Russian dictator.  Just figuratively yet I’m waking up in the middle of the night replaying images in my mind from earlier broadcasts on CNN.

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 1st Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 3rd day of March in the spring of 2022.

Today ends the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 begins now with domestic and global chaos.

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “One opportunity ends; another opens. Stay focused on the big picture and details will sort themselves out. Interesting matches will be made; new relationships will take form.” Cancer

Evidence

How tragic and ironic is it that while I was in the midst of transferring notes from the last three kindle books I read, into new documents, I remembered a passage from “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis about Dmitry Rybolovlev. 

In elaborate detail Lewis tied together Putin’s buddies, with money laundering through offshore art storage  like the last painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

“In 2013 Simon, Parish, and Adelson were tipped off that one of Russia’s richest oligarchs Rybolovlev no longer lived in Russia, nor did he run the fertilizer business. He was an art collector, resident in the tax haven of Monaco, and about to become the owner of the Salvator Mundi.”

Lewis says, in 1992 he went to Moscow to study economics, otherwise known as capitalism. 

“His timing was good: the post-Communist Russian state, following the advice of the World Bank, just beginning the massive crash program of privatization that would create the class of oligarchs the authoritarian kleptocracy that rule Russia today.”

Around 15,000 companies, amounting to 60 percent of the country’s GDP, were privatized, according to Lewis’ research.

“He benefited from the support of his business partner Yuri Trutnev, at the time the mayor of Perm, who later became a government minister and a senior adviser to Vladimir Putin.”

Rybo’s wife, Elena, filed for divorce in 2008.  She wanted $4 billion, half his fortune, to which Swiss law seemed to entitle her.

Her lawyers “claimed that Rybolovlev had a history of secreting and transferring assets in order to avoid his obligations.”

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

He dealt with Yves Bouvier,  a Swiss citizen, whose main business was in the logistics side of the art world, filling the increasing need for art storage.

“His company grew to become the primary renter of space at Geneva Freeport—more the Ports Francs et Entrepôts de Genève SA, a series of warehouses close to Geneva airport, officially in neither France nor Switzerland, meaning that tax and transparency laws do not apply to it.”

Making it a highly attractive location for the rich to store their art collections tax-free.

And, now you have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion?

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

… Focus on creating systems that get results — stark realizations, life-changing declarations and the sort of brilliant planning sessions that culminate with a shift of destiny.

If only I could for the stark realizations Ukrainians must now face under severe life-changing conditions.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Your comic instinct is hot today. You notice what’s funny and call it out. If you have a good audience, you’ll get the laugh. But if you don’t, save the story for later because your people will love it.” Scorpio

Not in the mood, although I might point out that Ukraine’s President Zelenska gave up a comedy career only to be shaken down by our former reality TV “star” and twice impeached President in a quid pro quo demand.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “One opportunity ends; another opens. Stay focused on the big picture and details will sort themselves out. Interesting matches will be made; new relationships will take form.” Cancer

Just a month ago we celebrated with Jazzy and Delta Girl’s closest friends and family in a magical setting for their wedding in Oceanside, California. Not unlike my and Emma the Baroness’ romantic story, Jazzy’s career came to an end at his company weeks before the wedding and just before his side gig was about to launch as a realtor.

“4” Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Happiness is… an open schedule. You’re already committed today, but you can give yourself a commitment-free day in the future with a little planning. Make no promises about the future. Plan to make no plans.” Leo

Plan to make no plans is like earning moments of time when you can be your Experiencing Self just enjoying your blissful moments.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “You’re willing to be inconvenienced for a task of significance. That this is above and beyond what anyone is expecting of you is precisely what makes it the best use of your time.” Sagittarius

I’m guessing you’re referring to what I committed to competing today instead of asking my muse, Leo da V, how I should free up my creative, intuitive, Experiencing Self.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”

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S1 E129 — An Elephant, A 500 lb. Gorilla and a Chicken Walk into the …

Tick, tick, tick — the remaining sands in the hour glass were so few I could almost count them individually.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 129 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 5th day of December in winter of 2019

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There are many comparisons that aren’t worth making, questions that waste the time it takes to ask them and roads that lead nowhere.  Decide what you want and go exclusively for it.” Scorpio

Evidence

The theme for this end of the week is “Still Stuck on Tuesday”.  For each day of the week, I broke down major tasks to be completed as I triumphantly marched to my goal, by 12/7 launch my Patreon platform through promotions.

    • Maybe this scheme is more complicated than I thought.  
    • Patreon members who aren’t already part of your fanbase don’t support you, right?  
    • So if you don’t already have a fanbase how do you build one? 

That’s the elephant in the room which no-one really talks about. Patreon pushes you to Facebook, the 500 lb. gorilla in the room. I fell into confusing circular discussion with myself like:

Maybe follow the sequence of Name-Thank You-Questions, but with different messaging specific to LinkedIn, Flipboard, Writers Cooperative, WordPress Meetup (really a series of 5 conversations) similar to my networking approaches in the past (and 100 monkeys).  Suggest we connect on Facebook.  

Show my Patreon badge in each message, but don’t bring it up directly.  

Ask them, not to support me, but to like and refer me to someone else. 

My goal should be to make it easy for me to update my progress in one “fan” group. 

Then as I publish out of one place (Patreon) I reverse the sequence to make sure the article shows up in each of the feeding groups.

And, on and on.  

    • I spent 18 hours during the week on Patreon’s site chasing down tips and tricks until I was tricked out.
    • And, then our Internet crashed and I sat and twiddled my thumbs until a Cox technician arrived.

Okay, see this is the “forest for the trees” or the “what comes first, the chicken or the egg” dilemma and Zahn’s Holiday Tau helps.  You (I) don’t know which questions lead to dead ends. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There are many comparisons that aren’t worth making, questions that waste the time it takes to ask them and roads that lead nowhere.  Decide what you want and go exclusively for it.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Yeah, but I’m not sure what the two Ws Holiday Tau means for me today.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: While a thing certainly seems acceptable when more people are doing it, this in and of itself shouldn’t factor into moral or value-driven decisions. Is it right?” Taurus

Ditto, Steve.  I’m not buying your Holiday Tau for today.  Thanks, though.

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62:Love involves sacrifice, such as accepting who another person is and what they want without trying to influence or control that.”  Capricorn

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S1 E122 — Is the Next Best Thing a Friend with a Bad Memory?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The physical effort you make to feel good, healthy and relaxed will be well worth the time and money, as will any and all measures of self-care.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 122 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Here’s what I’ve been up to as the week slides into the weekend.  

In two days the deadline for website conversion completions has already been met (11/24/19) but there may be delays in hitting the deadline of 11/28/19 to have Book One, ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” accepted by Apple Books with a promotional “Christmas present” campaign.  

Slip siding away?

Well, this is promising, While I walk three miles around our lake, I listen for lyrics and song titles that might stimulate a memory for friends and relatives for the next possible phase of The Tau of Steves — like “Workin’ For The Weekend” by Loverboy,  “51st Anniversary” and “1983 (Merman)” by Jimi Hendricks oh, and “83” by John Mayer. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The physical effort you make to feel good, healthy and relaxed will be well worth the time and money, as will any and all measures of self-care.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

No, today is emphatically not my birthday, but I’ve sorta been collecting these pearls of inspirational outlooks.  So if I can get away with swiping this I should mark my calendar to look for huge opportunities in May, 2020!

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Life will align more specifically with your talents.  You’ve waited a long time for opportunities as good as the ones that come in the next six months.  Don’t agonize over decisions.  Do what feels right and follow through.  You’ll succeed beyond your imaginings.  Your generosity will have long-term impacts on the lives of others.

Haha.  Who knew?  Get some exercise, look for huge opportunities in May and jot down song lyrics in my notes — life couldn’t be any better.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: Though there’s an advantage in being first if you can swing it, there’s no benefit to forcing the matter.  Take notes so you can deliver something better than the early model.” Gemini

You know Steve I think I’m going to respect your Holiday Tau so much I won’t attempt to steal it away.  Enjoy.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Because there’s little any single person can do about the larger contexts of life, it’s important to exert your influence over smaller ones.”  Cancer

What a great joke!  I love the punch line.  Who else would this Holiday Tau be a perfect fit other than Carell and Martin!  Not so much for me today.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: If you don’t have a close friend you can trust with your skeletons, the next best thing is a friend with a bad memory.” Leo

I’m sure it will, but I’m not feeling it today guys.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You have devoted a great deal of life to finding purpose, understanding beauty and knowing truth.  The quest will connect you to similar thinkers.” Virgo

Coming from a coach I’d expect this — no pain no gain, right?

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:Know what motivates you and what discomfort you are willing to face to achieve it.” Libra

Usually Aoki’s Holiday Tau stands out.  At least I included it today, but I’m afraid it’s operating at a lower intensity.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your longings are universal longings, your quests age-old, and your desire is  matched by the flame that burns in the heart of every stranger you pass.” Sagittarius

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S2 E10 — Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …

Key into your own life and times as though you were a journalist writing a story about it.  There’s something in “witnessing” your own life from the point of view that will liberate you to make this year an adventure slightly beyond what you were used to.

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

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The interesting ideas will come and go, giving little sparks to your day.  It’s the great ideas that will stick around, lighting a fire in you.” Libra

Yup, it’s Friday the 13th.  Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 10 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 13th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in the Second Season

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

Related from Season One

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9 Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Evidence

Figuring out how many BCC emails I could send at any one time turned into a trial and error task stretching out for most of this past week.  

    • In my “Working on the Business” mode 318 outbound emails to proteges I had matched with mentors in the past and another 52 to their mentors escaped my iCloud server’s cutoff.  
    • But, for the last two days I logged in the sent backs for a variety of reasons into my “Friends of Steves” spreadsheet and searched on LinkedIn for the most current I could find.
    • Michelle, one of those first wave of Proteges who graduated in 2019 sought advice about starting up a business. Her request got me thinking about topics  
    • I had already written in book chapters and in one of my blogs that could be an article to offer the public on Patreon. I sent her Preneurs . 
    • What’s the easiest way to offer the “Best of” teaser articles in Patreon from my websites?  
    • Maybe my bonus offering is 60 days of free newsletter for those of us stuck at home.  
    • Or “stuff“ from missing chapters added in Knowledge Banking, but not included in any of the manuscripts.  Or, possibly about change and uncertainty from Know Laboratories.

Michelle’s unexpected reply felt lucky for triggering ideas, but who knows if potential Patreon followers will care?  Is this gold or fool’s gold?

So, Steve your Holiday Tau feels timely.  I’m full of self-doubt.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There’s a time to doubt yourself and a time to go full-on forward.  Don’t let them overlap.  Once you decide, step with confidence.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  If you’ve been following along this definitely isn’t my birthday, but I wish it was.  I hope by finishing the “Volume Two — Work” and “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscripts will appeal to both demographics. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Key into your own life and times as though you were a journalist writing a story about it.  There’s something in “witnessing” your own life from the point of view that will liberate you to make this year an adventure slightly beyond what you were used to.  Young people emulate you, and older people need you.

Oh, oh.  Have I not knocked hard enough today?  Is your Holiday Tau predicting bad things for me?  I knew it.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Defeat isn’t the end.  It’s a chance to regroup, change the plan, give it another go.” Leo

Thanks, G&G.  If I combine your TauBit of Wisdom with Today’s birthday it adds up to the “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscript! 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Knowledge is obtained through study.  But the only way to become wise is through experience.” Virgo

Yeah, now we’re glowing.  Thanks Coach Kerr I’m feeling more inspired.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The interesting ideas will come and go, giving little sparks to your day.  It’s the great ideas that will stick around, lighting a fire in you.” Libra

But, wait there’s more.  Wow, thanks for being on my Tau Team Steve.  Intelligence, originality and nuance — great qualities to emulate.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Ordinary thinking does not recognize extraordinary qualities.  You have the higher intelligence to appreciate originality and to discern wonderful nuances.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

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S1 E114 — Setbacks, Frustration, Epic Fails but How Was Your Day?

Day Eight of our Scorpio Time celebration was an epic fail —no TauBits of Wisdom on Sunday for Zahnny and us worth mentioning.  Not even for the rest of the celebrity Steves to make me want to change my sign or steal their slices of wisdom.

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

Day Nine of Scorpio Time

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:With temporary setbacks, it can be frustrating to have a constant awareness that something is off.  Think of the state as a mind-over-matter type of challenge.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 114 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 7th day of November in the fall of 2019, also known as Day Nine of Scorpio Time.

Day Eight of our Scorpio Time celebration was an epic fail —no TauBits of Wisdom on Sunday for Zahnny and us worth mentioning.  Not even for the rest of the celebrity Steves to make me want to change my sign or steal their slices of wisdom.

Evidence

Working on the business consumed my week.  

My research sweet spot focused on both platforms — Patreon, the one I anticipated launching on — and WordPress which is where I host my six blogs.  

    • What I wanted was some transition into a membership based business so my blogs and Patreon cross-promoted each other.  
    • But, so far my stand alone blogs had failed to direct traffic from one to another.  And, I had no way of generating income from them.  
    • I had put off converting each blog into a full-featured website because the technical challenges with pages and templates and menus and … everything else required of me froze my brain and fogged my mind.

Today, I realized the “Twenty Seventeen” WordPress Theme I chose for all blogs was set up for an ongoing business.  

Maybe not exactly what I needed.  

Then, of course, I  wasn’t sure what it was that I needed when I bit the bullet and launched them two years ago.

Given all that, how much do I have to read into today’s Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? 

Hmm.  

Not the best, but as I look over how my 6 blogs have turned out, I can see the TauBit of Wisdom this one.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You can’t tell which action you’ll be proud of or not proud of until you do the thing and see how it feels.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Yo, Mr. Kerr I’d like to borrow your Holiday Tau if you aren’t using it.  Something is almost always off, wrapped in frustration and head banging.  But, what really attracted me to yours is the “mind over matter” reference back to my mother and, especially my grandmother who took my sister and I to Christian Science Sunday School. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:With temporary setbacks, it can be frustrating to have a constant awareness that something is off.  Think of the state as a mind-over-matter type of challenge.” Libra

Haha, McQueen’s Holiday Tau suggests just the opposite of my week’s worth of frustration and technical agony.  But, it’s where I “go” when I ask for guidance from my muse — “What would Leo da V do?”

“3” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Do things for the pleasure of doing them instead of for the points, money or approval that might come.  Aries

To be honest guys, your Holiday Tau describes how I feel about my normal days and weeks.  But, not this week, or today.

“3” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You’ve been finding ways to work what you’re best at into your daily life.  Now your days reflect you so much better.  Taurus

Listen G&G, I so much want to follow your Holiday Tau today, but I’m so burned out with my energy depleted that I can’t muster my observant creative self to show his head.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you’re at in life today, bring your most observant, creative self to it.” Virgo

Not to be flippant, but I’m just not following your Tau.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: Relationships get broken.  Repairs can happen individually, together or in subsequent relationships with different people.” Sagittarius

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S1 E98 — Why Can’t I Leave 26 Orphans for a Well Deserved Vacation?

It’s tough, right.  Maybe events don’t make us, but when something is taken away, that hollowness of missed experiences — speeding down Mammoth Mountain, leaning into the turns you carve, chatting in the 4-person quad chair on the way back up — those hurt.

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “Make a plan that will allow you to take as routine an approach as possible to the upcoming week.” Cancer

Evidence

Hi.  Welcome to Sunday’s Episode 98 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Isn’t there some way to avoid “working on the business?” I needed a vacation after listing 26 orphaned tasks on my to do list.

The next family reunion ski and snowboard trip, always taken over the extended President’s Day holiday each February, required planning which began as a meandering discussion in a group email.

Emma the Baroness spread the rumor about me:

Stevie is probably not coming. 😞  He is concerned about balance, and does not want to have the same difficulties as last year. Sorry I haven’t been much help looking for places at Mammoth.  Will look in next couple of days and report back. Does anyone like the idea of 2 big condos near each other at Aspen Creek?  Only because it would probably be cheaper for everyone.  Just throwing it out there.

And, I can’t say Zahn’s Holiday Tau helped that much.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “As long as you defer to your own code of honor, you’ll feel good about what happens. Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

It’s tough, right.  Maybe events don’t make us, but when something is taken away, that hollowness of missed experiences — speeding down Mammoth Mountain, leaning into the turns you carve, chatting in the 4-person quad chair on the way back up — those hurt.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Events don’t ‘make’ us anything.  Much depends on our interpretation of them and the next action we take.” Libra

Here’s a Holiday Tau I want to rip off.  If I can’t escape, then what’s next?  Laying sod.  Thanks Steve, I’ll borrow your’s today.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Get physical.  There are things that can be expressed, experienced, or released in movement that cannot get worked out any other way.” Aquarius

I’m down for some “hat” opportunities — especially given the amount of UV’s the sun over southern California pumps out. And, I’ll be laying sod today. But, maybe that’s a typo, you think?  Say yes anyway. 

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You won’t be ready for the opportunity hat arises today, but say yes anyway.” Aries

I’m banking on Howey’s Holiday Tau to guide my actions this week.  There’s just so much to do.  And, I’m torn between devoting a day exclusively to one task over 7 days and repeating the routine. 

Or should I break up the day with actions taken from each of my major tasks.  One involves deep concentration within a creative flow, but the other keeps a little momentum firing enthusiasm for each.  Hmm …

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “Make a plan that will allow you to take as routine an approach as possible to the upcoming week.” Cancer

I want to believe WW&C’s Holiday Tau as much as any of these today.  I know what I don’t love — working on the business — and that’s what lies ahead of me.  

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “What you genuinely love will become part of you while somehow still remaining fully autonomous.” Taurus

Firm believer, I am.  Throughout my career in technology working on innovative projects, this was our mantra.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ll operate somewhere the rules have yet to be established.  The only thing worse than waiting for permission will be asking for it.” Leo

Thankfully, I’m not in a position where I have to worry about short-term or even long-term cashflow.  So in a way by following WW&C’s TauBit of Wisdom and absorbing what I love in my passion project, is like working on spec.  Thanks, Steve I graciously accept your offer.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Any work you do on spec will pay off, though perhaps indirectly.” Sagittarius

Honestly?  Recharging my batteries revolves around periods of concentration in solitude while tricking me into completing daily working-on-the-business tasks drains me.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Tune into what charges your batteries and what simply makes you busy in a non-work-related way.” Capricorn

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E97 — My Top 19 Reasons for Failing

So, there’s working in the business — which I love.  And, there’s working on the business — which I hate.  But you can’t always have your own way if you’re counting on eating.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Push your perception into things that are far away and try to feel how they would be close up.  Then do the same in reverse.  The exercise strengthens you intuition.” Leo

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 97 in Season 1 of my “1-Year Natural Experiment” on October 5th in the fall of 2019.

All that shoveling and taking showers percolated schemes in my mind that forced me to dry off and write them down or else I’d live to regret it later trying to reconstruct them.

Fired up my organic spreadsheet that tracks such things — and oops — looks like in April and then again in August were the last times I worked on the business. 

Do I have an excuse?  

Yeah, I’m a procrastinator like Leo da V, but here we go picking up tasks identified before both the Norway and Indiana trips and abandoned like orphans:

    1. Rationalizations for halting Self-Publishing like IRS and Banking info needed; understanding formatting and image specs, diving into agreements, creating your book, iTunes Connect vs. iTunes Producer (ISBNs are optional), how to view sales and trends; payments and financial reports and details about ratings and reviews. 
    2. Taxes and Legacy. Focus on uploading books through Apple, then Amazon. Set up subscriptions behind the wall through Patreon and from my website with a link on Flipboard and LinkedIn.
    3. Focus primarily on Book One, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” (with the lead in to “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”) reusing the Volume One sales letter. Continue with Two, bundle with one, Three, bundle with one and two, Four, bundle with Three, Five, bundle with Three, bundle with Five. And, finally offer all five as Volume One collection, pre-selling The Knowledge Path – Volume Two.  Which I write and edit in 5 books, while I compose The Knowledge Path: Volume Three – Notes to My Future Self. 
    4. Selecting a Pages template for writing (final editing of Books one through five) and each of the chapters in Volume Two and Three; 
    5. Prepare for publishing and uploading EPUB files with Cover Image, ISBN-13, etc. following the submission checklist; with pre-order and pricing.  
    6. Get paid directly and indirectly in The Affiliate Program
    7. Use Apple Book Marketing Tools to build awareness through an engaging, accurate and effective campaign
    8. Actively use Apple’s Toolbox for creating links, badges and text lock-ups look-ups (whatever that is). 
    9. Figure out how to display books on Apple Books for sales with bundle pricing as I roll each out with a preview of the next in the last part of the book.  
    10. Update with reports and in-depth trips converting EPUB into Multi-Touch Versions.
    11. For moral support view anti-procrastination sayings I’ve curated in my knowledge bank on Pinboard.
    12. For Volume Two: Finally designated SPIP as Systematic-Professionals Idea Packagers = INTP. Pinboarded an article about asking “why” when you were a INTP as a child.
    13. My goal: stop the 7-day blog publishing schedule I’ve followed over the last few years tracked on “Know Platform MVPs” and replace the habit with 5-days of self-publishing and promoting.
    14. Focus first on publishing Book One as highest priority before investing energy into Volume Two and Volume Three (upended with Indiana trip).
    15. Open, unfinished projects: LinkedIn posts from published on my website blogs — Knowledge Laboratories, Best West Road Trips and Western Skies and Island Currents — compose the migration from zip code 92692 to other South County towns with overlapping lifestyles and long lists of places coded — already published in  Knowledge Banking.  Doing so launches a foundational story and one leading into Volume Two.
    16. Start with Knowledge Laboratories, since it is the master administrative site in my multi-site configuration, and build it out as a website using WordPress pages.  Get it up and running and then convert the others one day a week.
    17. On Patreon figure out a less time intense strategy for: a) Steves and Friends of Steve in a way that I do very little on  social media platforms; b) encourage locals reviewing Volume One,  The Knowledge Path’s destination reports and expand to digital magazines profiling locations along the California coast in a way that I do very little on social media platform (Facebook, Groups?); c) create a promotion drawing inspiration from Sam Harris’ “If you find this … valuable, there are many ways you can support it, which he lists. And, other assertive language requesting support from sources like Wikipedia / Marketplace.
    18. Set up Patreon for subscription support while writing Volume Two and Three with the costs tabulated for what I’ll do with the support.  
    19. And set up Affiliate income (?). Wash and repeat with Amazon.

I’m feeling overwhelmed.  Isn’t time to escape on another holiday?

Normally, Emma the Baroness and I agree this Holiday Tau makes us happy, especially the financial kicker at the end.  But, honestly I’m not getting it for today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is no good reason to shy away from what makes you laugh and smile.  Bonus: The fun you’ll have will inspire your financial sector.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Ha ha, nice! Maybe tomorrow, but not for today.  Don’t get me wrong, if you feel McQueen’s Holiday Tau helps you, help yourself to it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The shortcuts that are heavily advertised are almost never going to get you there faster.  Lot’s of people will take the publicized route, thus creating a traffic jam.” Aries

Ok, let me say this about that.  I’m pretty sure this was the process I’ve been following subconsciously over the last couple of days during showers and blistering my hands gripping shovels.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Push your perception into things that are far away and try to feel how they would be close up.  Then do the same in reverse.  The exercise strengthens you intuition.” Leo

True.  But, I’m stipulating that isn’t anything new for me or unusual today.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “You have a better than usual influence over your mental state and will be able to consciously move your attitude to where it needs to be.” Libra

Love this metaphor especially as it pertains to item #3, #14 and #15.  Thank’s Steve for letting me swipe this from you today.  Feel free to take mine.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Sometimes just looking at the bigger picture found inside a map starts to bring paths and destinations to mind.” Sagittarius

I’m totally on board with Harvey’s Holiday Tau as it applies to making Patreon work, promoting self-published books and marketing campaigns. Just keep Leo da V away from me who keeps me away from following through.

“5” Steve Harvey, 62: “When your idea doesn’t land the way you want it to, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Tinker with the variables before throwing it out.” Capricorn

Wow.  Let’s hear it for Nash’s Holiday Tau.  Reminds me of climbing Maslow’s pyramid — his hierarchy leading to self-actualization.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Everyone gets to tap his or her own potential. It is up to each person to figure out how to get to their good stuff.” Aquarius

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E94 — Wasn’t There a Movie about the Tau of Steve?

Would having to own up to your wife, the gorgeous Emma the Baroness, and shell out thousands of dollars for a new garage door installation count?

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Priorities have a way of shuffling to accommodate some kind of secret order that you yourself may not even be aware of until the results come in.” Leo

Evidence

Welcome to  Sunday’s Episode 94 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 29th day of September in the fall of 2019.

What’s going on?  Both Emma the Baroness and I have returned to our normal waking and sleeping routines in Southern California — which is fall, but feels and awful much like summer.

Sunday starts a new week for me.  This is put up or shut up week.  Take care of chores around the house left undone since we returned from our vacation.

And, more than anything Sunday is the kind of day when I start out by  asking “What would Leo da V do?” And, then this just dropped out.

Marc: Wasn’t there a movie about the Tao of Steve?  

Steve: Yes, but if you read closely you’ll notice the title of the book is “The Tau of Steves.”

Marc: To avoid any copyright or legal issues?

Steve: No, originally it was a typo.  I misspelled “Tao” and didn’t catch it for a long time. But, the movie’s plot centered on romancing women by the main character, Dex I believe.  He wasn’t a Steve.

Marc:  He based his philosophy for picking up women on two fictional “Steve” TV characters and a Hollywood actor, right?

Steve:  Yes, Steve Austin (not Stone Cold Steve Austin), but the Million Dollar Man and Steve McGarrett the original Hawaii Five O cop.  And Steve McQueen (no not that one), the one who starred in “Bullet” and the original “Thomas Crown Affair” with Faye Dunaway.  

Marc:  So you wrote this book about “Steves” with a typo in the title.  Why?  Why is it important?

Steve:  Yes, at first and it’s not important.

Marc: But it is to you, so why write it?

Steve: I couldn’t sleep and there was a Norwegian in my bed.

Again, don’t wake Emma the Baroness.  She’ll be disappointed that we missed out on the Holiday Tau delivery.  But, no matter.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Are you suggesting that the Holiday Tau that Emma the Baroness and I didn’t receive, but so deserve went to two comedians and a company founder instead?  We’ll take it. I’m leaving it up to Leo.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Priorities have a way of shuffling to accommodate some kind of secret order that you yourself may not even be aware of until the results come in.” Leo

Would having to own up to your wife, the gorgeous Emma the Baroness, and shell out thousands of dollars for a new garage door installation count?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Because you are willing and able to deal with the negative experiences in your life, you are able to handle and let go of adversity.” Virgo

I’ll take that as a compliment, given Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I are way overdue for our Holiday Tau.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’re so used to dealing with your own world that you don’t see what you do daily as anything particularly remarkable, but it is.” Sagittarius

Are you sure?  I’d love to, but duty calls today.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Agreeing to an adventure is the right thing to do, especially if you’re not sure what else to do.” Capricorn

Maybe, like Brian Eno said once, Nash’s Holiday Tau points in the same direction.  Keep trying different approaches and keep creating different passion projects.  If one comes to a brick wall at the end of a blind ally, jump to the next project on the other side.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “You try something that doesn’t work, and then you try something else.  Keep trying until something clicks.  This is the way of progress.” Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate