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

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S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Why am I happiest working for companies in major decline? When employees are jettisoned. What’s like to be introverted?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Thursday again and welcome to the first Episode in the Second Season of ” My Next 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of February in the winter of 2020.  

All you need to know today is which are employers are best fit and worst fit options for you to consider in your career trajectory. 

After all why search and search to receive an offer you negotiate and find out working in a toxic environment is the worst decision of your life?

I spent most of my time continuing with what it’s like to be introverted (8 of 16 MBTI Temperaments) , but in the beginning of my Volume Two manuscript I had to convert Inspiration graphic files into four pdfs or else lose access to them when I update this MacBook Air’s operating system. 

I declined.

Here’s a taste:   113 SPIP:  What do you need to know to understand my Talent Profile?  

The 113 refers to one 16 Talent Profiles numbered 101 to 116.  The SP of SPIP refers to Systematic-Professionals (a type of employer) and IP means Idea Packager.  Within a Systematic-Professional organization you’d find three other talent profiles rounding it out. 

In my original research you would realize you too were an SPIP if you were drawn to positions which required a high degree of improvement efforts and medium degrees of mastery and embedded knowledge. 

Without getting more bogged down into the weeds, the best organization type for someone like me is “Systematic-Professional” and believe it or not, the best stage of growth is “Decline” which is a sad state of affairs brought about by an over extension of a prevailing business model or outdated systems.  

It would take a lot more time to explain why “Decline” wouldn’t be the worst growth stage for me, as you might expect.  

Any effort to head off  a “Decline”and choose a “Reinvention” path is met with the highest degree of resistance to change and ends in a “Red Tape Crisis”.  

But, we Idea Packagers shine because the Red Tape Crisis requires an injection of outside-the-system perspective.

Overview of my Volume Two Manuscript: 

    • If you already know your MBTI profile, you can find out what Organizational Type to find and which Stage of Organizational Growth to pursue.  Conversely, which ones to avoid.   If you are miserable now, then you probably work in one of the talent cultures your should have avoided, if only you knew better.
    • If you more readily identify with one of the 101 – 116 profiles based on high to medium degrees of disruptive innovation, independence, speed, new knowledge, affiliation, improvement, mastery you will understand which to pursue and avoid.
    • If you are a leader facing the unique challenge and crisis at a particular stage, you will have a better idea of the talent profiles that you’ll need to have on your team to succeed and which members you should help self-select to the organization type or stage that would be more fulfilling to them, but at another employer.

I’m feeling the Volume Two Manuscript requires some distinctions and definitions, but a lot of war stories I collected over the years I advised C-Suite Executives and Executive MBA Students aspiring to be come top level leaders. 

Will any of the Holiday Tau for today motivate, encourage or inspire me through the writing? 

I don’t think I need to tone down the drama, Zahn as your Holiday Tau suggests. Instead I need to weave in some stories — especially those up against the crises facing employees, managers and leaders at different stages.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Can we have a sing along to this TauBit of Wisdom?  Here’s the danger for me getting bogged down in the middle.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s just good marketing to tell people when the job is starting and when it’s finished.  People get very bored with middle bits.  Taurus

Hmm.  At first I dismissed your Holiday Tau, but rereading it, it illustrates something to highlight about what it takes to be successful at one stage of growth — say in a start-up — the opposite is required to be successful in the next stage.  If you continue as an organization you decline until what you offer is useless and dumb.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There are things you shouldn’t and won’t do because, while they might have served a purpose once, they are now useless and dumb.  Aries

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.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

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

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S1 E85 — What happens when the fear subsides?

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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S1 E82 — Why Writers Aren’t the Only Endangered Species. Sigh.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re getting established into new communities and circles.  Just make sure before you agree that this is the group of which you want to be a part.” Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 82 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 24th day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s going on?  Over this past week Emma the Baroness and I faced the kinds of technical hell most of us do as consumers that drag on for three days.  

Another one impacted just me when my limit to how much of Fantasyland’s Kindle highlights I could save.  My only workaround was to turn in the book and wait for it to be available again. 

I’m not sure how to value our Holiday Tau this Saturday.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Saying no can be an act of self-love.  And saying yes can be an act of self-denial. The key is to listen carefully and process thoroughly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Smith’s Holiday Tau is so true, but not for me today.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “Only smart people doubt themselves.  Only ethical people question their own ethics.  And only the most evolved face these sorts of conundrums head-on.” Gemini

Yeah, sure we all skim and scroll to the bottom of terms of use.  And on a much larger scale half of us or maybe more can’t trust what our president says.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Before the technology and law inserted so much complication into life, a person’s word was his or her honor.  Now we don’t even read what we agree to anymore.  Not you; not today.” Sagittarius

Harvey’s Holiday Tau could mean if the folks I meet at the WordPress Meetups are people I want to include in my network. 

I’ve even thought that if for nothing else, being able to be the administrator for all six of my websites could qualify me for a newer career direction.  And, interestingly enough I briefly met a retired LA Times photographer who struggled like I did with setting up his site to showcase his gallery.  He told me with a sigh that the newspaper business he spent his entire in had changed so much. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re getting established into new communities and circles.  Just make sure before you agree that this is the group of which you want to be a part.” Capricorn

I’m going to combine Nash’s and Jobs’ Holiday Tau for a Saturday, eh?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Go have fun by yourself.  It will develop the part of you that makes the most difference to your experience.” Aquarius

This is how I felt about reading and taking notes on Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Choose a challenge that is interesting and not too hard.  Lose yourself in total engagement with the task.” Pisces

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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S1 E80 — I’ll Give You Adverse Conditions, Steve

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

I went ballistic because they emailed me wanting to close out their “ticket” when they hadn’t heard from me.  Really?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Resilience allows you to not only do the hard work of adapting to adverse conditions but also do the much more difficult work of adapting to conditions that are favorable.” Sagittarius

Evidence

What’s been going on? Spent 5  1/2 hours earlier in the week reworking the internal inconsistencies in how I laid out the Volume Two manuscript, the Work portion of “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.” My software — Inspiration — allows you to visually move “boxes” around as if they were post-its and then link them together in any way you want.  

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 80 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this twenty-second day of August in the summer of 2019.

Once you’ve locked it down (but, always discover to your horror you missed a bunch of older linked-concepts) you can flip views and viola, you have an outline.  

Guess what?  Emma the Baroness and I wasted just about the same amount of time yesterday and today switching from AT&T to T-Mobile and troubleshooting why it didn’t work. I’ve engaged in a long-standing war with the platform housing my digital magazines.  

This afternoon I went ballistic because they emailed me wanting to close out their “ticket” when they hadn’t heard from me.  Really? Where did the “still not working” email sent yesterday morning end up?

And, finally when Apple upgraded their OS, that software I love so much — Inspiration — doesn’t work on it. WTF? 

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: To remain firmly and faithfully on course requires more than just the best navigation system.  It also requires a system of checks and balances.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, I’m changing my birthday or stealing me some Holiday Tau from the rest of the Steves.  As, in why didn’t you tell me this before?  Howey’s Holiday Tau adds salt to an open wound, but I have to admit you get locked in and boxed in and you don’t discover how difficult and disruptive it is to change.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “As arbitrary as the initial move may be, it becomes an anchor for every move after.” Cancer

Yup, that’s just the kind of guy I am.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ll work harder for something you believe in than you would for a paycheck or a prize.” Leo

I hardly know you, but I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau on a more regular basis. If you can’t use it may I steal it from you?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Resilience allows you to not only do the hard work of adapting to adverse conditions but also do the much more difficult work of adapting to conditions that are favorable.” Sagittarius

Like certain people I know and love without naming names?  Wait, given all the our technology troubles and sunk time invested, maybe I should become more like many people.  Naw.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Many people don’t want to learn.  They want you to do it for them.  The best arrangements, and the only ones that last, feature a mutually beneficial exchange.” Pisces

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S1 E78 — Drag Me to Obsolescence, Clear the Way to the Future

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The cutting edge is cool.  They there’s the bleeding edge, where one works purposefully toward one’s own obsolescence, clearing the way for the future.” Aquarius

Evidence

My Saturday dragged me into laying the foundation for the Volume Two manuscript, the Work portion of “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy. 

More complications centered on internal inconsistencies created when I compared my 16 talent profiles to the 16 temperaments of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator — a well-known mainstay in psychological and career development circles. 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 78 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this seventeenth day of August in the summer of 2019.

My original research identified four basic organization types in which each organization’s talent culture would attract or repel talent profiles — so from your own career perspective you could tell in which organization you would find your best fit.  And, your worst fit.  

And, based on my last ten years of advising hundreds of Executive MBA students, you could identify which stage of growth or decline and reinvention you’d also find your best and worst fits.

Let’s see what the Holiday Tau has in store for Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  

It’s Saturday, for crying out loud.  This is supposed to be a fun day.  But I get what needs to be considered and it fits. And, by the way, would fit the culture of a Paradox-Moron organization.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: To demand the impossible is to accept striving as the norm, reaching as a resting posture and dreaming as a waking responsibility.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sure, that’s one interpretation of work.  I’m more interested in why work brings out the best in us, or not, for those of us working for someone else as an employee.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Work comes in many forms.  Wherever an outcome is expected and there’s a person responsible, that’s work.” Aries

Haha. Message received.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “You’re fascinating, but resist the urge to talk about yourself today.  When you drop ‘I’ from your conversation, magical things will happen.” Cancer

This Holiday Tau for the two comedians and company founder resonates.  In a way earlier version I described how if you climbed The Ridge you changed your perspective and how you might proceed strategically. 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Seek not escape but refuge in a higher perspective.  There, you can see everything that’s going on and decide where your participation is best applied.” Leo

Ok.  I’ll take GG&K’s Holiday Tau and challenge.  When I’m overworked, I appeal to my muse and ask , “What would Leo da V do?”

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Your imagination is being aloof.  Consider offering your imagination an invitation in the form of a blank page, a white canvas, a lit stage.” Virgo

Only, not just now after a long week of reigning in my instinctual impulses with a self-imposed system of tracking how I spent my time 1/2 hour at a time.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Anything that stops you from feeling what’s in your heart is blocking you from your power.  You’re brave and ready to face more, feel more and be more.” Sagittarius

Is there a Holiday Tau that describes how I’ve maneuvered my career so far?  Yup. And, it’s the mission, core foundation and purpose of Paradoxy-Moron Organizations everywhere.  Count me in.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The cutting edge is cool.  They there’s the bleeding edge, where one works purposefully toward one’s own obsolescence, clearing the way for the future.” Aquarius

Haha.  Job’s led a Paradox-Moron company in both chapters at Apple and in his third at Pixar.  But, somehow Nash received Job’s Tau for the day.  It’s ok. I’ll swipe it anyway. And twist it slightly to mean, I enjoy helping people pick the best fit in an organization or stage of growth for them.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “People usually choose what they understand to be the best course of action.  Providing better things in any form is saintly work.” Pisces

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S1 E77 — Why This Caper Is Breaking My Mind

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “If you take it seriously — this caper you’re planning could change everything.” Aries

Evidence

What’s been going on? I used to monitor how I published drafts to one of my six blogs in a simple spreadsheet.  Over time I learned it took many drafts before I published.  So I included that information. 

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 77 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this sixteenth day of August in the summer of 2019. 

And I knew for each post I needed to select a photo either one I took or from an open source site to add.  And, then I knew I needed to add a title and subheading, so I tracked that information. 

So, after while with practice and discipline I could tell where an essay would end up being published and where it was in the composing and editing process.  

Which brings me to this week.  I’m integrating columns and rows from my blog tracking spread sheet into a “Working on the Business” spreadsheet that will tell me across all my passion projects what has to happen next and when it’s due.

And it’s breaking my mind.

But what a great Holiday Tau for a Friday! Like take the afternoon off, because you stuck with your tracking how you spent your time all week?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: Introspection will be an important part of your care today, and you should give yourself gentle encouragement and time for pondering.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, seriously?  I like McQueen’s Holiday Tau. It gives me something to believe in like a light at the end of the long, long tunnel.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “If you take it seriously — this caper you’re planning could change everything.” Aries

How did you know I needed to lift your Holiday Tau? Thanks, Steve.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “There are surface-level challenges to make and strategies to apply in efforts to improve this scene.” Gemini

Oddly enough this makes perfect sense to me, yet I’m not feeling its energy today.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “Sometimes you project the past and remember the future.  It doesn’t make perfect sense, but your imperfect senses are better anyway.” Cancer

Well, it is Friday.  I’ll have to check in later with Emma the Baroness!

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Today brings your favorite kinds of moments — highly amusing and unexpected.  This is partly because you’re observant and curious.” Virgo

Sorry G&G, I’m not totally buying your Holiday Tau.  Some of the work I’ve done drained me and bored me and ultimately drove me to change employment.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “There’s the work that pays the bills and the work that saves your soul.  It’s the same work, actually — same work, different approach.” Libra

I’m closer to buying what Jobs’ Tau is offering — there’s a fundamental message I believe in, but I’m not valuing it as much today.

“3” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “All effectiveness will come from dealing in what is.  These things siphon your power: escape, distraction and any rejection of the circumstance.” Pisces

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S1 E74 — You Know What To Do, Yeah Right!

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

Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve been through trying times, and this isn’t one of them.  You already know the right action. Take it.” Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 74 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this ninth day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s been going on? So far I’ve kept up with the first full week of tracking 30 minute blocks of time starting last Wednesday. 

Recently I solved what had been a long-term work around for extracting ideas and concepts I needed to rearrange, reframe, and repackage.  

Yes, with photos of pages you did record the exact page for attribution, but let’s say you photoed a gazillion pages and then wanted to find that one passage you needed to quote for your passion project.  

I couldn’t search like in text to find it.  But, Shaggy showed me how he used Kindle to highlight passages and convert them into searchable documents.  

So, I can’t tell you how many pages of Fantasyland I’d photoed the old way.  I could, but what’s the point?  The point is I felt ecstatic when my local library offered Kurt Anderson’s book in Kindle.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Armed with my Kindle, it’s so easy to see how relevant McQueen’s Tau is for me today.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve been through trying times, and this isn’t one of them.  You already know the right action. Take it.” Aries

Mr. Howey I presume.  May I swipe your TauBit of wisdom?  You see I’ve been skipping around all my life learning things — hell, even at the end of last week and by color code this week. There may not be a way to skip ahead, but you can anticipate years ahead, play if that, then this and wait for signals that today is the day to pull the trigger on a decision or opportunity that does accelerate you.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “People may skip around learning different things at different stages, but there really is no skipping ahead.  So don’t be jealous when you notice someone is at a stage that’s foreign to you.” Cancer

I’m suggesting this Holiday Tau for Aoki isn’t quite right for me.  Don’t take me wrong.  I don’t assume everyone is like me.  But this might turn out to be more helpful for you.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You assume that everyone is like you, but it’s not true.  Many aren’t paying such close attention.  All the more reason you should.” Sagittarius

Haha.  Now, this resonates with me.  It’s my Obama syndrome.  Sometimes I can’t help myself as the shear amount of information that automatically flows out of my mouth is nearly unstoppable. In fact, as a trainer I’ve had to train myself to stop and ask a question, like “Does that make sense?” or very closely look for signals like rolling of the eyes or popping up their smartphones until I’ve concluded. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “New people are interested in you.  Don’t let them get confused by too much information.” Capricorn

Kids, don’t try this at home.  But if you try tracking your 1/2 hour blocks of time because you really, really want to change a habit, then make sure you follow Job’s Holiday Tau.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Not celebrating your success would be a mistake.  The small wins especially need acknowledgement.” Pisces

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S1 E73 — Do You Need a Little Leo da V Time Too?

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

Steve Zahn, 51: The thing you do in the moment might be impulsive or awkward or might lack a certain amount of emotional control that you wish you could claim.  Who cares?” Scorpio

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 73 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this eighth day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s been going on? My goal for this week was to make good on dividing my time among my four passion projects.  

So far I can view the first three days and see by color code how much time I actually spent on each activity.  

In preparation for our Norwegian vacation we scheduled interviews with TSA at the airport with four names to qualify for our pre-screening security treatment at the gate. 

I’d actually spent one whole day figuring out what was required to upload ebooks to Apple Books and how to market them.  I concluded there were lots and lots of moving parts before I could close the gap on that project. 

And, today while listening to Marc Maron’s podcast interview with Kurt Anderson my passion rekindled.  But my Inspiration software crashed as I sketched out how insights in my notes from Fantasyland fit my Volume Three time line.

I’ve been so over structured, that I needed a Leo da Va time.  Wait, do I schedule in time for that?  Or risk becoming distracted by just letting him flow in the moment?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: The thing you do in the moment might be impulsive or awkward or might lack a certain amount of emotional control that you wish you could claim.  Who cares?” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Nash’s Holiday Tau is a cautionary tale for all of us introverts who just love them some solitude to concentrate on their (my) mega-projects.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “The same structure that protects us and brings shelter in our day-to-day life can also be a cage.” Aquarius

Harvey’s Holiday Tau describes my weakness, especially with timelines and deadlines attached to mega-projects.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “With goal setting, getting the scale right is tricky.  You probably won’t nail this on the first try, so keep going until you do.” Capricorn

What is the definition of “if”?  I fell back on time-tracking frequently in my past when my natural instincts had to be redirected, so yeah Jobs’ Holiday Tau is just as pertinent at Harvey’s.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “It’s as though you’ve been through this scenario already in some kind of stimulated drill.  There’s a gut feeling left over that you can trust.” Pisces

Of course it would take the Holiday Tau for two comedians and a company founder to point out how this iterative tracking process actually plays out.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Whatever your weakness, that’s part of the design that can be worked with, the part that draws people in.” Leo

I don’t think so.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Today you’ll see people move away from overly controlling influences and toward those who comfort and assure.” Aries

Haha.  This reminds me of the time I attended a networking event where the guest motivational speaker handed out paperback copies of his book, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Help Me Help You” and I politely listened wondering if I had to become him to make a living as a consultant and advisor promoting myself with “knowledge products”?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “There are people in the business of helping others who only really help themselves.  Don’t buy into a model that shows sign of greed.” Virgo

Wait, isn’t kind of projection on display first in the election runoff among republican candidates, then again in the 2016 election, and yet again currently on Twitter?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Pointing fingers will be a temptation.  Of course, it wouldn’t bother you about another person if you didn’t notice the quality somewhere in yourself.” Sagittarius

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