S1 E108 — After So Many Defeats is it Time to Catch a New Trajectory?

Well, this is just plain embarrassing for Friday, “Day Two of Scorpio Time.”  The Holiday Tau I so looked forward to turned out to be so pitiful I didn’t even force myself to include it.  Sorry Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler and Emma the Baroness, but there just isn’t anything worthwhile for us.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Maybe the lesson gets repeated until it’s learned.  Sometimes learning isn’t an answer but a directive to go in a different direction.” Leo

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 108 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 25th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Here’s how I spent my time today.

    • Imagine you’re able to place Post-its on a huge white board which visually sketches historical eras, decades and years across it horizontally.  
    • And further imagine you summarize challenges that stumped you and defeated you or somehow they may have slowed you down, forced you out of your planned trajectory, but you emerged victorious.  
    • Only to advance to the next stage of your life and face your next hurtle.  
    • Using TauBits of Wisdom and my Inspiration software I spent most of the day digitally posting lessons I’d forgotten, until these newer TauBits stimulated my memory.  

I guess, more than anything else so far, this 1-year natural experiment has unconsciously become a wisdom memory trigger for passing on a legacy worth leaving.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now why couldn’t McQueen’s Holiday Tau have been for Zahn et.al. on this second day?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your competition is not other people or your last accomplishment but this idea about what you might be capable of.  You can’t shake it.” Aries

Hard-won?  Listen, WW&C, your Holiday Tau is the story of my professional life, and maybe is shared among idea-packagers aka INTPs in the Myers Briggs scheme of Temperaments.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You’ll be excellent at the task at hand; you’ve had plenty of practice messing it up.  You’ll be revered for your expertise.  They don’t know how hard-won it really is.” Taurus

Sure, but if you’re pace is slow and steady because what you’ve tackled is huge and complicated you run the risk of OTBE — overtaken by events, which if I honest might be the case for my nearly self-published first book in The Knowledge Path Series.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Theoretically, anything that happens fast can be undone just as fast.  The converse is also true. If you’re still not sure which way will be better, then go slow until you know.” Gemini

Oh, fine now you tell me.  Leave it to two comedians and a company founder to be so brutally honest about my legacy sketched over time on my Inspiration whiteboard.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Maybe the lesson gets repeated until it’s learned.  Sometimes learning isn’t an answer but a directive to go in a different direction.” Leo

Seriously, this is the kind of TauBit of Wisdom I had expected for us on the second day of our time to shine.  But, no it had to favor coach Kerr and others like him.  Don’t look, but I’m swiping it.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Today, clarity of mind comes first.  You’ll make a decision, act on it, and life gets suddenly clean and orderly.” Libra

Finally Aoki’s Holiday Tau pales in comparison with the other Steves.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: It’s easier to protect your vulnerabilities than to change the whole world.” Sagittarius

I want to dismiss Harvey’s and Nash’s because the Holiday Tau for eight Steve’s is just too much or calls into question my selection bias or confirmation bias or disappointment bias. But, I feel you Harvey and yours resonates with what I believe.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:With more truth comes more intelligence; with more intelligence comes greater flexibility of thought.”Capricorn

Sorry, Steve I have to draw the line somewhere.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:You’re so modest, sometimes you have to be talked into accepting and appreciating yourself.  How about loving yourself so that you can give more love to others?” Aquarius

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E107 — How Do You Rate Your Sense of Curiosity?

This is a test, a test within an experiment.  Shouldn’t our fortunes soar over the next month?  I wonder if we’ll receive higher quality predictions for success or at least significantly more positive, inspirational and motivational admonitions?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Once you recognize the rewards you get from bad habits, you can find other ways of reaching that end.” Scorpio

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 107 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of October in the fall of 2019.

And, this took me by surprise — “Scorpio Time” — the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Henry Winkler (I know he’s not a Steve), Emma the Baroness (not a Steve) and me (a Steve) during a time frame when our birthdays connect us.  

On this Day One of Scorpio Time — 10/24 to 11/21, what gifts or surprises come our way? 

This is new discovery for me. 

You’d think I’d be more observant, having gotten this far without noticing it:

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

The older you get, the younger your mind becomes as your sense of curiosity keeps the inspiration flowing through the solar year.  Your need to explore is as real as your need for food, and you’ll find a way to adventure wondrously

Should I rank it?  How? 

It’s the only one for the day so I can’t compare it to something else yet.

Moving on.

Before I test the relevance of today’s Holiday Tau, I’ll bring you up to speed a little and describe what I’ve been working on earlier in the week leading up to today, Thursday.

Spending roughly three hours on Monday I conducted a little background research about Horoscopes — answering the “why” question for me.

What You Might Find by Reading Your Horoscope 

Sayings — advice, wisdom

Creativity; choice; disruption; success; travel; spirit; serendipity; talents; unconsciousness; distractions; flow; messy; challenge; action; discipline; life events; assimilate faith; efficiency; generations; uniqueness; mediums of expression;

Priority; future; followers; ponder; now; solitude; inspiration; life story; possibilities; unknown; intuition; research

When do they come into play, these sayings giving advice and passing on wisdom?  

Let’s see for today.

So our Holiday TauBit is a little bit success, distraction, discipline, but not rock and roll.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Once you recognize the rewards you get from bad habits, you can find other ways of reaching that end.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What about WW&C’s?  Maybe a little life story and messy possibilities?  Hmm. Certainly not worth swiping today.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: Having a thing is different from achieving it.  You will most enjoy the processes you’ve anticipated.” Taurus

For one of our favorite Steves — inspiration, future, challenge, and what, success?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You’re better off assuming that you can improve the world than believing you can’t.  You’ll only find out what you can do after you’ve made your move.” Sagittarius

Harvey’s seems more like a piece of wisdom and making the most of a life event. Maybe learning the most from a disruption.  Even a form of messy inspirations.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ll be waving goodbye to an unwanted burden soon enough, so you may as well make the most of its presence.  There are gifts inside even the most inconvenient facts of life.” Capricorn

How about Nash’s Holiday TauBit?  Sprinkle some creativity and talent with uniqueness and serendipity.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Keep some novelty in the back of the closet so you can bring it out to dazzling effects when no one is expecting it.” Aquarius

Well, for Jobs right up front we’re talking success, with creativity and unconsciousness.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Outsiders assume success depends on factors that may not have anything to do with it.  Drop your previous notions and get in deeper.  It’s different on the inside.” Pisces

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E106 — Attempts to Upset 9 of My Life Stages Apple Cart

I didn’t escape the weekend without whining (or wining) about the fallout from Apple’s upgrade to a new OS version and a scramble to pull out everything I can from the graphic layout which helps me move concepts around like they were on Post-it Notes.  

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “This day has potential to count big-time toward your goal.  How are you monitoring your progress?” Scorpio

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 106 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 20th day of October in the fall of 2019.

I completed the first pass of “Volume Two Manuscript” about Work,  but confronted all the unlinked and disconnected screens associated with “Volume Three Manuscript.”

This one is part memoir, part legacy, part stories about facing challenges over the course of a decade only to master them and then in the next decade run into a different set of challenges.  

If done right it should synch with life stages introduced as missing chapters from the Volume One Manuscript, “The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy” I published in my Knowledge Banking website.

Life Stages:

Part One:  She’s Leaving Home, Not Living Alone (Buy Buy)

Part Two:  Failing at Growing Up

Part Three:  Love, Marriage, Baby Carriage, or …

Part Four:  Crisis and Pivots for 28 -32 Year Olds

Part Five:  Making It – Ages 30 – 38

Part Six:  Authenticity Crisis for 35 – 45 Year Olds

Part Seven:  Renewal or Resignation in Your Mid-40s

Part Eight: 55 Year Olds- Millennials and Empty Nests

Part Nine: 65+ Years Old: Maturity, Integrity and Wisdom

Funny you should ask.  I find myself so lost in the creative process I lose track of time.  If I didn’t track what I’ve been working on each day in my “Weekly Time Blocks” I wouldn’t know if I was making progress.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “This day has potential to count big-time toward your goal.  How are you monitoring your progress?” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sorry, Steve but I consider your Holiday Tau just one degree above a throw away TauBit of Wisdom.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Do you have control over the outcome? If not, it’s not your problem.” Aries

Seems pretty esoteric, maybe too much.  What are we saying here, Steve?

“2”  Steve Smith, 30:Your priorities are different than in recent times.  A larger shift is coming.” Gemini

Usually CC&W’s Holiday Tau means more to me than this one.  Sorry guys.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69:It’s better to do little and promise nothing than to get mixed up in something that will make next week stressful.” Leo

Ok, but then what is the second rule to self-control, Coach Kerr?

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54: The first rule to improving self-control is removing temptation.” Libra

I have to say the Holiday Tau for all the Steves, except for Zahn rate below par today.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Seems you’ll have to break some norms to do what you want to do.” Capricorn

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why should you care?

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

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

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

Organization Types: 

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

Stages of Growth: 

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

What Can You Do?

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

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

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

Outer Directed (MBTI profiles):

ESFJ and ESTJ

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E103 — Innies and Outies and Other Potential Catastrophes

Last Sunday’s potential, but diverted, catastrophe triggered a work around so I could continue to access my Inspiration files, especially those devoted to Work aka “Volume Two Manuscript” in the “Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy” series.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “Some days there are so many loose ends to tie up they feel like an extension of yesterday or last week.  Just remember that you don’t have to do any thing.” Gemini

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

Evidence

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 103 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of October in the fall of 2019.

So, I continued to reorganize original files, to track down broken links, re-name several of my 16 talent profiles based on my original research, double-check the accuracy of each description before exporting from Inspiration into a .pdf  as a way of preserving the graphical layouts.

Earlier this week on Tuesday and Wednesday I managed to scrub “16 MBTI Equivalents” – Myers-Briggs Type Indicators as a cornerstone of my “Volume Two Manuscript”

Outer Directed: ENTP, ESTP, ENTJ, ESFP, ENFP and ENFJ

 Inner Directed: ISTP, INFJ, INTJ, ISFP, ISTJ, INFP, ISFJ and INTP

Today, I added equivalent Inner Directed matching Talent Profiles from my original research and decade of testing:

102 PMTL Thought Leaders; 

103 PMCI Commercial Innovators; 

104 PMRDE  R&D Experimenters; 

108 EECBG Core Business Groups; 

110 SAAS Analytical Specialists; 

112 SALS Loyal Survivalists; 

113 SPIP Idea Packagers and 

115 SPPP Professional Practitioners 

But, how are we doing with our Holiday Tau? For Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? 

Today’s Taubit of Wisdom fits nicely with “Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy” series.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’re allowed to experiment with your life, and even with your style and sense of identity.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Strange that I hear my mothers voice instructing me with her formal “Stephen” I only heard when I was in trouble resonating via two musical icons and the Holiday Tau of a comedian.  But, I’ll take it.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Often the thing you don’t want to do is also the right thing to do, and you know that.  It’s why you don’t want to do it and also why you must.” Taurus

What if they are actually an extension of both yesterday and last week?  I’m just not buying the ending given my current fear of an operating system disruption.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “Some days there are so many loose ends to tie up they feel like an extension of yesterday or last week.  Just remember that you don’t have to do any thing.” Gemini

At the risk of plowing the same ground, I’ll acknowledge that this is with a minor twist the story of my career.  Figure it out yourself, then go put and find a decision maker who will pay you for your new found knowledge.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Because you know that growing through your mistakes is much faster style of learning than you get in a classroom, you can forgo the educational fees and instead get busy doing the thing.” Leo

Thanks, Steve.  Good advice.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Keep making things, like you do.  This is part of what keeps you vital and certainly something you’ll be remembered for.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E101 — From Saint to Soul Mate and Trusted Friend

In the real world, the fact that Shepard Smith abruptly left his news desk at Fox News intrigued me.  But not enough to dwell on it other than wonder where he’ll end up.

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

“From the Latin Stephanus, which is from the Greek Stephanos, a name derived from stephanos (a crown, a garland). The name is borne in the Bible by St Stephen, one of the seven chosen to assist the apostles, and the first Christian martyr. Var: Stefan, Stefen, Stefon, Stephan, Stephon, Stevan, Steven, Stevon. Short: Steve”

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 101 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 12th day of October in the fall of 2019.

In early afternoon I returned to my “Tau of Steves” passion project, by searching in my Knowledge Bank on Pinboard.  

There I rediscovered the websites I had investigated after returning from our Norwegian vacation, where while a Norwegian slept in my bed I dreamed of Marc Maron interviewing me on his podcast.

I progressed though first name statistics, Boys Named Steve, List of Famous People Named Steve (“What’s in a Name? Lists about and ranking the best, worst, most interesting, and most surprising names of real people, normal and famous.”), famous Steves quiz, famous Steve characters and Famous People Named Stephen or Steven (“Including all the variants such as Steve, Stevie etc. Again here’s plenty from the entertainment world, as well as sports and fictional characters”).

What intrigued me, thinking ahead to a Thanksgiving family reunion with expectant mothers in attendance, was stumbling across a website called Baby Name Wizard.  

Being an advocate for Steves everywhere, I did a little homework:  

“From the Latin Stephanus, which is from the Greek Stephanos, a name derived from stephanos (a crown, a garland). The name is borne in the Bible by St Stephen, one of the seven chosen to assist the apostles, and the first Christian martyr. Var: Stefan, Stefen, Stefon, Stephan, Stephon, Stevan, Steven, Stevon. Short: Steve”

And finally it prepared me with more information to influence our expectant mother’s choices about why she’s attracted to a name. 

In her mind’s eye she projects out into the future imagining him with his name on his door leading into a very prestigious office, while on the downside she’s ever mindful of nicknames and how he’ll be teased in school.

Here’s a major reason for why she should choose “Steve” quoted from Urban Dictionary for Steve: 

“A wonderful loving man who makes you smile. A best friend and lover in one. Sometimes harsh but always knows what to say and how to say it. He inspires loyalty and devotion from those around him. The man who others rely on but at times he will need someone to rely on and when he does he always turns to the same person. A man of honor, strength and dignity. A soul mate and trusted friend. Once he claims your heart, you will never stop loving him.”

Okay, enough about me.  Other, than to say Emma the Baroness heartily endorses the testimonial citing it as just one of the thousands of reasons she fell in love with me. (She’s looking over my shoulder again, isn’t she?)

Turning now to today’s Holiday Tau. Is this a new twist of the classic old Seinfield episode in which randy George announces like all of us, we are masters of our domain?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are the owner of all that is yours.  You’ll know a line has been crossed because you’ll feel it in your gut.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

You know McQueen’s Holiday Tau has that “Art of War” flavor to it, don’t you think? 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Fighting against a thing is a form of attention; you may as well be feeding the thing.  Continue to fight and it will get bigger for sure.” Aries

You could say that. Having spent yesterday steeped in Fantasyland you could also say there’s an element of synchrony to it as well. 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The highlight of the day involves a dynamic journey between knowledge and understanding.” Taurus

What’s at play here, Steve?  Your Holiday Tau feels right, but I don’t know why.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: “There are things that should logically take lots of concentration to complete but that somehow wind up putting you in an energy overflow instead of draining you.” Gemini

I’m loving your Holiday Tau Steve, another energy flow and creativity instead of energy drainage.  Thanks for letting me lift it.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42: “The truth unlocks something in you.  The energy flows freely and the creativity is there to use however you wish.” Cancer

“Sorry  … Sorry.” (It’s an inside joke that only Emma the Baroness and I share) Sorry.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Apologies can be a form of intimacy.  Some people find them difficult to give, and others give them so often that the apology has little value.” Capricorn

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S1 E100 — Running out of Determination and Grit by the 100th Day

I’m struggling. It’s killing my passion.  I can’t find a balanced portfolio of creative activities — managed by “Working on the Business” that I force myself to do.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “If you’re feeling a little low on determination and grit, focus on making it easy for yourself to do the thing you need to do.  How can you clear the way?” Leo

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 100 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 11th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Friday.  Finally.  As I look back on the week (My Weekly Time Blocks) I notice I attempted to devote portions of each day to specific passion projects.  

For quick scans I chose to color code activities.  So, I chose orange for working on the business tasks; blue for working on my memoir and legacy (Volume Three); red for “The Tau of Steves” and green for my work series (Volume Two).

This afternoon I returned focus to my research on key phrases which capture the first 150 years of this American experiment from Fantasyland.

      • Great Awakening; Franklin printing for profit evangelical tracts he didn’t believe; 1700s Enlightenment.
      • 1800s Reason, Learning and Science dissolving by the 1850s into magical thinking;
      • An Age of Belief and Foolishness; excitable escapees (and of hustlers and the hustled); 1850s 66% Baptist / Methodist churchgoers
      • The Rapture moments before End-Time.
      • Joseph Smith. Like Sci-Fi fan fiction with multiple levels and planets;
      • 1850s New Technologies Drive Magical Thinking; Homeopathy Fake Medicines; Mesmerism and Phrenology;
      • Holy roller, double-cross, confidence man, bunkum, and sucker.
      • Hustling—Had Received A Blanket Indemnity; Gold Rush as Mexican War ended; Personal reinvention suddenly happening wholesale; Secret Plots of Fantastical Conspiracies of Scale and Power
      • Truth Is Deliberately Hidden And Can Be Discovered

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Oh I will, will I?  Sure, by balancing passion project tasks while I force myself to work on the business, McQueen’s Holiday Tau points to customers in my future, right?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You could use a few connections that will nurture your talent.  You’ll align yourself with our own interests in a more public way.” Aries

Smith’s Holiday Tau is something I live by — an understanding I’ve learned by being in love with Emma the Baroness all these blissful years.  (She’s looking over my shoulder, isn’t she?)

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “The selfless nature of true love allow you to appreciate who a person is without requiring that person to be like you or even to be fully understood by you.” Gemini

Right, I believe, although this statement borders on the tortured SPAM grammar I frequently find on my blogs.

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “Someone will be good at the things that you are not good at, and you will be able to help people who have entire different sets of skills than you can contribute.” Cancer

Here’s what I’m finding.  All I try to do is pause every so often and fill in a time block with a line describing how I really spent my time.  I’m withholding judgement about what I was supposed to be doing. 

I just want to habit-train myself to note stuff down.  Later guilt will kick in to persuade whoever that inner me is to note what I said I was going to do today.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “If you’re feeling a little low on determination and grit, focus on making it easy for yourself to do the thing you need to do.  How can you clear the way?” Leo

As I figured out which career I’d launch next I discovered that fear of speaking in front of an audience topped almost every body’s list.  So, I forced myself into a corporate training profession.  

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Most people know fear.  They admire those who come up against it and try to go on in spite of it.” Libra

Sorry Steve, without looking back I’m sure I wipe more of your Holiday Tau than any of the other Steves.  But, here’s the thing.  This is a key lesson to pass on as a legacy. 

As I write Volume Three and recall the challenges facing me and how I handled them or didn’t, Steve, your TauBit stands as a wise teachable moment.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “If you regret, you reject the person you were and the choices you made.  What if you could accept that you did your best back then?” Sagittarius

Let’s stipulate Nash’s TauBit of Wisdom twists something attributed to Albert Einstein. But, the last part makes it more valuable to retain.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “If you’re still getting the same result, you either haven’t implemented what you learned, or it wasn’t the lesson you were looking for.  Look elsewhere.” Aquarius

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S1 E99 — What’s in a Name? Baby Boy Names?

For the “interview” I continued by moving on from where I left off to Cincinnati with background research about Ebenezer Ward Finney, a revolutionary war veteran,  Indian paths and trails followed from the East Coast down to the Ohio River to arrive at the farmland he inherited. Sets up similar story of Dad’s ancestor leaving Tennessee for Missouri and Missouri River and Gasconade River.

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The fun part of your day will include research and gathering data.  The ones who show up will be just the ones you need.” Aquarius

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 99 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 10th day of October in the fall of 2019.

As a champion procrastinator I conducted a little original research.  I guess you could say it had something to do with my week’s goal of “working on the business” setting up everything I need to crowdfund my passion projects on Patreon.

Instead, I avoided the work and focused on Steves:  

What’s in a name? Baby boy names? “The Tau of Steves” may help me get the broadest Patreon, Facebook and LinkedIn following. 

310,771,873 people in the United States of America. 

406,129 named Steve in the US; 153rd most popular first name. 

Appeal to friends of Steve — pulling from babynameshub testimonials about Steves they’ve known.  

How many famous Steves can you name? 

Match zodiac signs to famous Steves.  

Complete Marc Maron “interview”; apply Sam Harris, Wikipedia and Marketplace assertive requests for support using a combination of Chris Erskine’s and Amy Krouse R’s voice and whimseys.”

Oh, and there’s this: 

Composing more of the “Marc Maron Interview” and then counted how many Steves he interviewed — 23 out of 1061, but Dr. Steve (Dr. Stephen Dansiger) appears 7 times — #34 on 12/29/9 with the last I found #876 on 12/28/17. 

For the “interview” I continued by moving on from where I left off to Cincinnati with background research about Ebenezer Ward Finney, a revolutionary war veteran,  Indian paths and trails followed from the East Coast down to the Ohio River to arrive at the farmland he inherited. Sets up similar story of Dad’s ancestor leaving Tennessee for Missouri and Missouri River and Gasconade River.

So I’ll twist today’s Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me to mean, when I’m in my composing and writing zone time doesn’t enter into my equation.  Especially, when I travel back in time to my memories of events and conversations.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Things can get tricky in familiar environments where you’re moving quickly and unconsciously.  You need others to call you so you’ll remember where you’ve been.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I couldn’t agree more.  Seems I’m always groping forward in my dim fog of complication, so let’s hope CC&W’s Holiday Tau can be answered in the affirmative.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Is your strategy working?  Right now, it’s hard to tell through the dim fog of complication.  Assume all is well and inch your way forward.” Leo

If I can simply trust Zahn’s and CC&W’s Holiday Tau, then I can feel unburdened when focusing on the “Tau of Steves” and finishing up key concepts from “Fantasyland’”

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The fun part of your day will include research and gathering data.  The ones who show up will be just the ones you need.” Aquarius

Yup, that’s been my experience.  Throughout my advising and consulting engagements I packaged ideas and original research into applied projects, classes, workshops and seminars. 

The last two books of my Knowledge Path series address field research to test the methods leading up to them in my first three books in the series.  

In the “Work” portion from my tagline, “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. And Leave a Legacy” I’m drawing from the last 10 years of working with Executive MBA students and about 50 of their mentors to confirm a way to choose the best organizations and their stages of growth and the worst for you. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Ideas inspire but until you implement the knowledge you don’t know anything.” Aries

Hold on now,  haven’t I come across a similar Holiday Tau before?  I’m pretty sure I singled out Kurt Andersen then and I’ll stay with my answer. I certainly would reach out to him digitally if his name was Steve Andersen.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “If only you could order up the people you want to meet.  Wait, you actually can do this, either digitally online, or spiritually.  The spiritual way works better.” Taurus

OK, I guess.  Repeating your stories about your self and what you are doing to yourself shores up your identity. Over doing it probably hardens and closes off your options to adapt or accommodate disruptions.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Repeating your stories to others may be a social faux pas, but repeating them to yourself is personal development.” Libra

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