S2 E2 — New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

You’re supposed to buy on the story — how promising a stock looks into the future at today’s price.  And, sell on the news — the best may be over for the next quarter so you take money off the table and squirrel away your profits

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 2 in Season 2 of the Pandemic extension of my Natural Experiment on February 28th in the last day of winter of 2020.

This being a closing day for the stock market week leads to guessing over the weekend where the market will open, it’s not quite surprising that investors would be spooked.  

Which is why “What If That, Then This” logic should include second and third order implications.  

    • Like what is emerging just below the surface that might negatively impact the coronavirus virus efforts and stock market correction and recession fears. 
    • How can you account for the surprising ripple effects cascading in different directions like dominoes tipped over?

How seriously should we take falling dominoes?

Turning to our Holiday Tau — for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me — what’s the meaning of these ripple effects? 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Your pie wins the contest, and your special sauce garners worldwide intrigue. This is the stuff of fantasies and diary entries, so be sure to put the day’s events and potential events into both.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is there a sense of panic I can buy into?  Haha, just kidding.  I’ve learned my lesson as a rookie 401K and IRA investor.  I never experienced a time when I lost so much money — well actually the value of shares in a mutual fund not the actual money unless you sell the shares — for such a long time in the last Great Recession.  This time around we learned our lesson, Emma the Baroness and me.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

So, coach Kerr again you’ve laid my soul open.  An SPIP, like me feels too constrained operating in a talent culture that won’t encourage independent idea packaging even if the organization is packed with systematic professionals.  It’s why I build the whole Executive MBA Career Curriculum from scratch and chafed at the pressure to conform over the last two years. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’re an original.  Saying the lines others have said gets old fast.  It’s invigorating to express your uniqueness.” Libra

I have Emma the Baroness, the love of my life, to remind me of this when I get too busy with my manuscripts and Patreon platform machinations, oh and your Holiday Tau, Steve.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The sparkling parts of life are the in-between moments when you have nothing to gain or lose.  What’s valuable is unquantifiable.” Sagittarius

As I type this I’ve wrapped my left knee in an ice pack having returned from walking three miles around our lake.  This TauBit you’re sharing, Steve, feels painful and counter intuitive physically. 

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Though it sounds counterintuitive, moving the parts that don’t want to move will keep you pain-free.  Use this as a metaphor for another part of your life.” Pisces

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before. The report includes 
    • Began reading and taking notes on “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney — All human beings have 99.9 percent of  the same genetic prescription. Our individual differences come from the 0.1 percent of our genetic material that is just us — derived primarily from our neurochemistry,  a private reserve of about 150 different brain chemicals and recipes to formulate our neurotransmitters — guide messages from cell to cell, directing all brain functions.
    • A SURVEY OF 222 LEADING SCIENTISTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises and water crises

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V 
    • Progress —Early feedback from Finnmark:  Interesting concept. I think your opening salvos should be free so people can get a sense of what their Patreon membership will provide. Also, blogs are not going to reach a young audience if that’s what you want. Youtube is far more effective for that age group. 
    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S1 E93 — Why is it easier to Hate than to Love the other Half?

Here’s the problem.  Sleep disturbance. Between digging into our 500-year history detailed in “Fantasyland” in which Kurt Andersen explains why 50% of us hate the other 50%, and then binging on the whistleblowing impeachment inquiry where it all unfolds, I’m dead tired at 4:30 am.

Evidence 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

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

Yay! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 93 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

And, of course, returning from a three-week vacation forces time zone reckoning that lingers and lingers.

In the days following  vacation, reestablishing a schedule is always a challenge when you’re exhausted.

So I ignored the challenge and followed my intuition instead.

I surfaced a thread I want to pull on in Kurt Andersen’s work — heroes like Daniel Boone who left Tennessee for Missouri just like my great, great, great grandfather did — and Buffalo Bill Cody who turned a short stint in the Pony Express delivering mail from Independence, Missouri to stops on the way intended for California residents.  

Cody figured out how to mix real — Sitting Bull, with fantasy shows to bridge the coming industrial age. And a little later on that string if you pull hard enough you surface PT Barnum, the Donald Trump of his time.

And, then there’s another thread connecting the KKK, beyond the Confederacy to include Baptists, and so much more.

I feel I’m about ready to circle back and close loose ends across many of my open passion projects.

But, instead I asked myself, “What would Leo da V do?” There’s just no accounting what he’ll whisper at 4:30 am when I could sleep no longer. 

    • Flashes about launching a Patreon campaign with a dream-like Marc Marin-style interview of me as a typical Steve. 
    • The LA Times interviewed Zack Galiflianakis in kinda that way.  I guess I’m after the kinds of humorous questions to ask which would draw in supporters of the whimsy project and prompt them to recommend Steves to be considered for email interviews. 
    • Maybe answering just one question at a time is more inviting than filling out a survey of questions. 
    • Kinda like the when the Writers Cooperative announces a monthly topic for all writers to address. Should that be a MailChimp campaign-like thing?  
    • A new Steve signs in and gets question one to respond too, while others who have been around get their 10th or 11th, depending upon where they are in the time sequence of signing in.  
    • Each week, then they’d get a new question to answer and hopefully look forward to, and want to share, and see in Patreon — behind the wall, of course, unless they’re already a member.

I couldn’t let Leo da V off the hook, or maybe it was the other way round.  In an “If that, then this …” spirit I continued:

    • So I need to write a Maron dream and answer my first of 10 weekly questions as a Steve would. 
    • I have to set up MailChimp or a campaign like that to send out the questions with a deadline (?) for a response, before they can receive their next question.  
    • Maybe, write invitations to women who have Steves in their lives to recommend them as new members.  
    • Play off of what’s in a name? Again, the first-time parents considering names and what they mean.  What they represent, right?  
    • Maybe directed to mothers of Steves soliciting why they named their sons Steve. 

Shh, Emma the Baroness is still sleeping.  So, no need to wake her about our lack of Holiday Tau — again.  How many day in a row has it been? Never mind. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes, turning to Leo da V helps me avoid what needs to be done. Other times it’s my super power. But this Holiday Tau for CC&W reminds me of a workable approach to most things in life, especially when it comes to launching a new venture.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

Yeah, I guess so, especially for us introverts in an extrovert world.  But I’m not feeling your Holiday Tau today, specifically after beating the sun up at 4:30 am.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “If you find that you’re not the master of the way you think, feel and behave, it means you’ve given your power away and need to get it back.” Cancer

Well, I’ve filled my days with stuff I love to do, but at what cost?  I’ve got other passion projects at various stages of completion and they aren’t on my list of things to accomplish yet,

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You manage your emotions well now, partly because you’ve made it a priority to fill your days with the things that make you feel good.” Virgo

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E60 — Overlapping Cycles of Life

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

Summer July 2019

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: Break large tasks down into small ones and then plot them out with a reasonable schedule over time.” Aquarius

What’s been going on, besides that unwelcome headache from a holiday celebration of drinking and eating to excess egged on by the fireworks of patriotism? Following my intuition today, July 5th, on Day 60 of My 1-Year Experiment, I pulled up a pdf of “New Lenses Field Guide” and reviewed the last two topics, 

“Fit: Sweet Spot of Overlapping Life, Community, Organizational, Economic and Generational Cycles” 

Finding your sweet spot by integrating lifecycles — anyone can zero in on opportunities to do what you love in a business, social, and quality-of-life climate that you’ll thrive in. Of course, shifting economic cycles, bursting bubbles and political events help or hinder our ability to capitalize on those opportunities

“Live, Love, Work and Play in Four Wealthy Dream Communities” 

In the 16 lifestyle neighborhoods, how do you evaluate six types of real estate opportunities — when to buy, how long to hold, and when to sell? Transplant your business, practice or knowledge company after evaluating seven market cycle indicators. When you do, you can take advantage of real estate markets as they move through up, down and up cycles.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Of the four Holiday Taus for Steves today, Nash’s connected with me more.  Without reinventing the wheel, I had searched for my “New Lenses Field Guide” as a summary of what I’d already researched and packaged.  But, mostly as an itinerary and a way of writing about the next set of chapters.  Something more practical, I guess.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: Break large tasks down into small ones and then plot them out with a reasonable schedule over time.” Aquarius

And maybe as a non-fiction author and idea-packager I looked for frameworks to help potential readers get the most out of my manuscript. What they want to learn, even if they didn’t realize they wanted to.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:This isn’t a case of getting it right.  It’s a case of recognizing what it is you most want to learn.” Cancer

Normally I do differentiate, but concerning this 1-Year Experiment, I’m not so sure.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You’re careful not to make things about you that shouldn’t be.  Wisdom helps you separate your role from your true self.” Aries

OK, but like what?

“2”  Steve Smith, 30:To get satisfied when you’re not requires that you notice and allow yourself to be influenced by an entirely different set of factors.” Gemini

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E59 — Where Did All the Dillon Millennials Go? Eureka!

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

Summer July 2019

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Some things you think will be easy will take forever and what you thought was a big deal could snap together in an instant.” Libra

Happy 4th of July on Day 59 of My 1-Year Experiment. We enjoyed the fireworks show with neighbors and their friends.  The night lit up with an awesome spectacular which launched from the little league ball fields on the opposite side of Olympiad — so named for the Olympics cycling event — from the lake.  

Festivities were on my mind, believe it or not,  as I published “What Were Dillon and Keystone Resort Like Before the Great Recession?” At least the subtitle: “The Uncorked Mountain Wine Festival at Keystone, Colo features delicious wines, award winning jazz, and a juried fine art show in River Run.”

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s be honest, I’m force fitting G&G’s Holiday Tau for a humble brag sorta. I did figure it would be easy to identify who — most frequent lifestyles, that is — lived in each zip coded town I had on my bucket list.  

It wasn’t.  

My source changed hands as a business several times.  The big deal part that snapped together in a “eureka!” moment was realizing I was the only one who could tell you how many millennial lifestyle profiles used to live in Dillon, Colorado.  

How many left during the Great Recession and who replaced them.  And, if those lifestyles left, where their lifestyle showed up later in, say Lake Tahoe, California.  Not even my original source could tell you that! 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Some things you think will be easy will take forever and what you thought was a big deal could snap together in an instant.” Libra

Believe me taken together WW&C’s Holiday Tau with McQueen’s described my ups and downs.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “A person has to be pretty cunning indeed to outsmart his or her own worst tricks and self-sabotaging behaviors.  Such is the mastery of living.” Taurus

I can’t lie, this one is more aspirational for me,  I’m hoping to surface my real needs for it to come true.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Maybe the thing you’re trying to do with sheer willpower can be more easily accomplished with a better understanding of your real needs.”Aries

Thanks.  I’m sure this rings true for many, but not so much for me today.  

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “The thing that ultimately drives change is your desire for the change.  Seeing someone who has it will be the magic motivator.” Gemini

This one seems like something I should remind myself from time to time, but not for a different celebration of fireworks.  

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “There are those who turn minor criticisms into major arguments and take helpful comments as personal slights.  It’s not so much an invitation to quarrel as a call for help.” Sagittarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E58 — Judging a Stroll from the Hotel Santa Barbara to the Lobero Theater

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

Summer June 2019

This just in.  I get me some mighty fine comments.  I received an action alert to approve, trash, or call it spam.  

Many like this show up months after the fact.  

I’d been writing a series about Santa Barbara, California on my website, Western Skies and Island Currents:  From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between. 

Welcome to this edition, Day 58 of My 1-Year Experiment, on June 3oth.

Emma the Baroness and I met some friends, who share the same Holiday Tau as Zahn, Winkler and us,  a short walking distance from the Hotel Santa Barbara, attended a benefit concert at the Lobero Theatre after wine tasting and dinner and a night out on the town.  

Here’s the comment attached to “Night TRAPS — Walk. Drink. Eat. Groove.” You be the judge.

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Not if I receive more of those comments.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Do what it takes to remain flexible, strong and ready.  Success will soon be yours.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I’m doubting it.

“2” Steve Smith, 30:You have an elaborate (though mostly subconscious) way to process information, and it’s right on the money today.” Gemini

I’ll say.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “There comes a point in every venture when there’s nothing more you can do or are willing to do to influence the outcome.” Libra

And keep their written comments to themselves?

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “As you relate to more people, you’ll figure out how to put yourself across so they learn quickly who you are.” Sagittarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E55 – All Roads Lead to the Future

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

Summer June 2019

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Project yourself to the far future.  What you see there will help you create your best strategy.” Pisces

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s see.  What’s going on?  I published a new post in “Best West Road Trips” called “Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations. Time for a Getaway?

Embrace your solitude and immerse yourself in a lush green wilderness. Keep a wary eye open for bears on a food run. Soak up ice cold exhilaration in moss-covered swimming holes.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Finding a solution to the problem depends on maintaining a certain frame of mind.  Do the self-care that allows you to relax.” Aries

Haha. So the message isn’t in the medium, but in the number.  Just two today, June 27th, on Day 55 of My 1-Year Experiment, but is it worth it?

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Quantity lowers value.  If there’s too much of a thing, then it’s not worth as much.  The best things in life are always rare.” Sagittarius

Oops.  Almost overlooked the Jobs Holiday Tau.  I recently published “Knowing About New Possibilities Gives You More Choices. Check These Out” on my website, Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty. 

The main point was:

When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Project yourself to the far future.  What you see there will help you create your best strategy.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E52 – Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to this June 21st Edition and Day 52 of My 1-Year Experiment.

What’s been going on? 

I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

Does that make me a paradox grandmaster?  Maybe.  But, not for the reason implied in the second sentence.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are the grandmaster of paradox today.  For you, doing nothing is more difficult than doing something.” Scorpio

More from what I described two months ago on Day 26th illustrating our Holiday Tau then: 

In my original field research about “work” which I tested in workshops and advising sessions with hundreds of Executive MBA students I’ve been exploring disruptive change — as driven by a specific type of organization named “Paradoxy-Morons” and at a specific stage of growth companies feel either desperate enough to enter or innovative enough to bake it into their Organizational DNA — reinvention. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And the paradox continues with how I responded in Day 45 on 6/7/19: 

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): As generous as an offer may be, if it doesn’t work for you, then move along without fuss or regret.” Aries

Is Howey’s Holiday Tau messing with me?  It feels like a hall of mirrors.  Should I read less into it?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: Yes, this looks a lot like what you’ve already seen, but it’s not.  If you approach it like you already know, you’ll miss what’s really there.” Cancer

Sure, I’m all about understanding.  And as an introverted idea-packager it’s my temperament and you might say obsession to drill down to identify all the variables and aspects to why somebody lies — like our current President.  My best reference, if anyone else is interested, is “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Sincerity is better than falsehood, but one person’s truth won’t make a difference for all involved.  You go 10 steps beyond to really understand and present solutions likely to help.” Aquarius

Not, just for today, but for as long as I can remember.  Thank you Jobs for allowing me to swipe your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

4/26/19. Have I mentioned this before?  I tend to select Holiday Tau that is more practical in nature.  Maybe it’s one of those categories that will emerge over the course of the year.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I’ve gotten myself into a kind of rhythm of composing, revising, adding photos, adding a title and subtitle and finishing off the published piece with action steps you can follow. 

In Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives I published “Flocking” all about “How Charles, Arthur And Dudley Find New Communities Across The West” highlighting Town and Rural areas that have population density scores under 40. 

This category includes exurbs, towns, farming communities and a wide range of other rural areas.

Charles, Arthur and Dudley illustrate how to take four action steps for moving to the place of their dreams. 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: You don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get to the end of this project.  What matters is how you’re going to get to the end of the next 10 minutes of it, and then the 10 minutes after that.  Keep chugging.” Libra

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring 

March 2019

That was fast. It’s Day 3 on 3/1/19 and it’s already spring.  And you know what they say, “Hope springs eternal.”  Who says that, right? 

So far during the infancy of this experiment I haven’t come across the quote yet.  But, who can say what the future will bring? 

Shall we see?

What’s the Holiday Tau for Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and Me?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: Your ambition is high gear, but the question that keeps coming up is: At what cost?” Scorpio

So my ambition is high? I don’t think so.  I’d color it low and maybe more reasonable.  I’m struggling with answering the second part of the Holiday Tau personalized for me — at what cost?  

Okay, here’s the big reveal. I’m an Introvert.  If you look for me on the Myers-Briggs personality temperaments, you’d see me described as an INTP.  

Somewhere in my exhaustive research, the attribution is hard for me to place my hands on right now, I seem to recall the numbers of Extroverts vs. Introverts is something like 60% to 40% or a 70 / 30 ratio.  

But,  as a unique and special kind of introvert, my chances of attracting an audience that’s interested in my writing falls far short of 30% of potential readers to under 5% and maybe as low as 3%.  

Luckily, I’m fortunate that I don’t have to write to earn a living and, unlike many writers and gig economy workers who freelance,  I can afford to pay an unexpected bill like a car repair or medical bill totaling $400. 

I hope you are so fortunate too.

FOMO.

Any TauBit of Wisdom worth stealing from Aoki, Smith, or the two iconic musicians, Winwood and Wonder?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

No, not really.

If I’m honest as an introvert, it is definitely true that I suffer from an overactive inner critic, but I’m not getting the prescription.  Conserving energy is a major issue for us introverts, but I’m not so sure I’ve met my inner ambassador or inner cheerleader.  So, Mr. Aoki keep your Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You do have an overactive inner critic; it’s true. But your inner ambassador also has a lot of energy, as does your inner cheerleader. Pit them against one another if necessary — whatever it takes to do your best work.” Sagittarius

I do see paths and road trips as energizing, though.  

I’ve been writing about “The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. And Leave a Legacy.” The idea came to me after I fell in love with the Wild West.  

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “No need to agonize about your choices today because there won’t be any wrong paths, just paths that get there a little sooner or later.” Gemini

The story of wagon trains leaving Missouri with families intent on making a better life for themselves in California with stops along the way mesmerized me as a child. 

Much later, in a U-Haul dueling with truckers over four days while listening to rock and roll on my radio outside the Navajo Nation, and hearing the DJ introducing hit songs in his native tongue, I imagined myself riding horseback in the 1800s from east to west.  

Some of the US 40 route dipped into portions of the iconic Route 66 where I picked it up in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo.  

Staying on the beaten path got me to Santa Monica Pier quicker, but checking out portions of Route 66 felt more adventuresome.  

Both got me to my destination. 

Then I realized one iconic road dumped me into a second.  Route 66’s east to west connection intersected with the more scenic Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California. 

And, the aha! moment gave birth to my Best West Road Trips website.

Not being too superstitious and maybe not necessarily for today, but at different times on a whim, my curiosity has turned out to be lucky for me.  

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “Doing things differently to satisfy your own curiosity will be lucky for you.” Taurus

For once in my life, during my consulting career after a late morning meeting with a client at a Starbucks on MacArthur Blvd. near the airport with three names — SNA (Santa Ana), Orange County and John Wayne — I took the less traveled path back to my office.  

I parked my 4-Runner in  University Town Center across Campus Avenue from the University of California, Irvine’s campus and began wandering in the warm noon sun which felt good on my back.  

I walked past tables with students eating, drinking and taking a break probably calling it quits on an early Friday afternoon.  

And, quite by coincidence I heard my name called out as I walked past another set of outdoor restaurant tables.  

Long story short.  

My acquaintance wanted to know what I’d been up to and wanted my business card.  

Two weeks later she escorted me into several interviews which led to a long-term, multi-year retainer. 

Which was lucky, right? 

And, incidentally illustrated Zahn’s Holiday Tau at the top of the day — “at what cost.

Image Credit: Alan Light, Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate 

 

Brainstorm Your Business Name

Of course, some of these are really absurd, but they do give you an idea of some common naming conventions.

What is this Business? How do I Name It?
If there’s no domain available for that name, pick another one. Your domain branding is really important.

 

Day Three: Decide on a Business Name

Business name?

I’m not even sure if I have a business.

And, just what that business is.  Sure I identified 11 steps during my last 60-minute practice.

But, I’m too scattered this early in the morning.

First Cup at Zero Dark Thirty

Is it some kind of Chamber of Commerce for Neighborhoods”?

What problem do I address?

Is it how do you find the highest quality of life communities with people who are just like you?

Those that offer everything you enjoy?

Plus affordable real estate, shopping, dining and entertainment with award-winning schools?

Decide on a business name:

Rearranging Creative Ideas
  • Western Skies
  • Island Currents
  • High Planes Drifter
  • Desert Mountain Seas
  • Off-the-Beaten Path
  • Get-aways
  • Four Season Dreams
  • Work Travel Playlist
  • High Country Eagles
  • Wireless Resorts
  • Inspiration Beach
  • Know Regrets Atoll
  • Mountain Reefs and Lagoons
  • Western Playlist
  • Playwork
  • Fusion of Play and Work
  • Flow

Of course, some of these are really absurd, but they do give you an idea of some common naming conventions.

Once you’ve picked a name, it’s time to buy the domain for that name.

Oh, great how do you do that?

I’m not done with this and my time’s up.

I’ll have to table it for another day.

  • If there’s no domain available for that name, pick another one. Your domain branding is really important.
  • Buy a domain name that comes with web hosting, as the next branding step is to create your portfolio.

I’m only on day three and I’m already a week behind.

And I still have to practice writing for 60-minutes each day.

Day One: Behind the Scenes

Day Two: 60-Minute Habit