“The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”
2/24/19 – I hate to disappoint, but I’m not channeling this Holiday Tau.
“2” Steve Zahn, 51: “Nothing exists in one dimension for you, and three is also too few, because you are understanding things on levels unexplainable.” Scorpio
I can kinda agree with the first part — multiple dimensions appeal to me.I even read a couple of books about theoretical physics with the emphasis on string theory by Brian Greene. I believe.
He tried to explain how to get your brain around the mathematics it takes in 11 or 14 dimensions just to theoretically synchronize a universal theory of physics that eluded Einstein.
But, I can’t really say I agree with the last part.I realize I can’t speak for Henry Winkler, but this just isn’t what I hoped for.
Random ones that make me want change my sign.
Sure, ok.Big deal.
“2” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The most beautiful things have something unpolished about them to keep them accessible and imperfect.” Aries
I do claim the first part, but am too humble to claim the second.
“2” Steve Smith, 30: “You’re observant, clever and convincing.The bottom line is that you can sway people, and this is both a power and a responsibility.” Gemini
So, you’re saying there’s hope?
“2” Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Accept that the way it is now isn’t how it will always be.” Leo
Well, let’s hope so.But, is this really wisdom I can share and without feeling foolish?
“2” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “When you put your mind to it and plan well, you can pull off something amazing.” Virgo
Now, this seems the opposite of a quote someone else attributed to Einstein, I think.So, nope, not going to claim it.
“2” Steve Kerr, 54: “You follow the same path and end up somewhere different.” Libra
I’m not really sure who Aoki is, but his Holiday Tau just doesn’t do it for me.I hope it works for him, you know?
“2” Steve Aoki, 41: “You’ll so easily see how things are working and continue to work even better once you make adjustments.” Sagittarius
So day one, how’s this experiment progressing?
I have to say below expectations.
I felt a stretch trying to justify my TauBit for the day by mentioning my fascination with “The Elegant Universe,” I now remember being written by Brian Greene.
But, I’m wondering if this sample of the Holiday Tau signals how this experiment will play out.
And, to be honest I’m not certain what I really want to discover. How will I tie fortune and forecast to what I’m doing each day?
For instance,I’ve been curating articles about the Western states.
One recent article describes the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado — the one you travel to visit Telluride, Silverton and Durango. We took twice — once as a family and once with just Emma the Baroness and me.
Another curated article described how an artist living in the North Coast Region of California lost his home to the Calistoga wild fire that ravaged Sonoma County just north of the San Francisco Bay area.
Huh? What if the Holiday Tau for Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69 signals that the way it is today doesn’t predestine me to having a second sucky day.
After all one year is a long time, if it ends up not being worth it.
I began journaling long-hand in spiral notebooks years ago and noticed how life passed through my pages.
It was exhilarating.
It became an obsession.
It became so important that I forced myself to walk away for breaks.
I had become addicted to forgetting to live my life unless I took the time – hours – to write-up a memorable 15-minute experience.
Today I’m happy to say my journaling is confined to answering one question.
What would Leo da V do?
Not Michelangelo, but Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo kept stunning notebooks which revealed his wide-ranging scientific, artistic and human anatomy curiosities.
Walter Isaacson wrote about Leonardo’s genius, but didn’t gloss over how, due to his unrestrained creative inquiry during the Renaissance, Leonardo left many sponsored projects unfinished.
Musing what Leo da V would do triggers a meandering tour through unconnected feelings, thoughts, ideas, memories and fragments of story ideas.
Or what might be called my Prewrite.
“What would Leo da V do? Relish what the interviews reveal in Judd Apatow’s book, “Sick in the Head”. Like Marc Maron’s WTF podcast interviews, these are people who are in their 40s and 50s who are established in their careers – Gen-X – and reveal what it’s like to keep going, be creative, take newer risks, reflect on what’s going on around them now.”
If That, Then This …
Helen says, “Anything that comes to mind that you don’t want to forget — note it down. Sometimes re-reading your ideas can trigger another idea and it just snowballs from there.”
Leo led to a couple of surprises.
“Two organizing principles – Legacy and Taxes.”
The taxes symbolized a reminder that it is that time of year.
And, working on those taxes points out a need for making money – different business models to explore.
Legacy reminds me I need to return to my tagline – “How to Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest and Leave a Legacy” – and flesh out what it’s like to keep going and developing in the latter phases of artistic lives.
If That, Then This …
I may be cursed.
But, I’m also lucky enough that I recently took time off to trace Leonardo’s footsteps in Italy.
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What if I apply the research I’ve already deposited into my knowledge bank over the years?
What if, then, I can engage a following, both locally and online?
What if I can attract a large enough fan base to build other products they find unique and valuable? The second volume of “The Knowledge Path” series will be about finding the right fit in company cultures for you as you compare 16 organizational talent cultures.
What will you be able to do?
Subscribers, members and patrons learn from my experiences and follow step-by-step details for packaging and repackaging their expertise to generate passive income.
By creating a community, I’ll be able to learn from their experiences too.
We’ll find out what worked and what didn’t work together.
They’ll follow along to learn from my mistakes and I’ll be able to incorporate lessons they learned as well.
What are your expectations?
Only modest income once the websites are fully functioning and attract enough followers.
Mostly from crowdfunding rather than from book sales.
I’ve already identified 12 steps (from the master list of 34) described and illustrated in Volume One of “The Knowledge Path: How to Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy.”
Start down a path with a lifestyle business that you can take anywhere in the world “at the intersection of passion and quality-of-life“:
Choose a business model that brings out the best in you.
Conduct a preliminary marketing study about the best places on your bucket list
Activate a “Brand-as-an-Expert” campaign
Maintain a consistent process of content aggregation, curation, composition, and circulation.
Engage and nurture your audience of followers.Grow to 1000 (2000?) raving fans
Make it easy for them to buy your expertise and advocate on your behalf to others.
Automate the chain of awareness, interest, liking, desire, trial, repurchase and regular use.
Practice daily to master your story telling process to engage your customers imagination.
Cultivate a voice that is uniquely yours and delivers on your “Brand-as-an-Expert.”
Sketch scenarios in five-year time frames to highlight potential risks and rewards, threats and opportunities.
Prepare to pivot and thrive when key moments during your five-year scenarios arrive.
Monitor and anticipate shifts in your environment. Swim with the new currents and clue your fans in to what’s changing.
What are the unknowns?
Building a website that will describe my work-in-process.
Figuring out a way of capturing the knowledge and experience in a way that results in another knowledge product.
I didn’t know how to write and publish a book.
I knew I had a story to tell.
Figuring out what the step-by-step process is for self-publishing, hosting a website and blog, submitting a book to Amazon, determining all the moving parts to a social media strategy and crowdfunding campaign.
If the return on my effort ROE may not be worth the time to master it from scratch. (Or, for you).
Costs: Incurred expenses for registering domain names over two years with additional for confidentiality, hosting my 6 sites
What are the threats?
My learn-as-you-go DIY project takes too long.
Is it analysis paralysis? The research and writing parts vary between the extremes of terror and bliss.
My book content ages by the time it takes to successfully self-publish the series. The perceived value tanks and no-one buys my books.
I lose focus and move on to Volume Two prematurely. I self-sabotage as I near the end – what’s that old song – Slip Sliding Away?
The content business isn’t sustainable and you can’t really make a living following this business model.
Even though it’s a cliché I hear frequently from almost all of the mentors I’ve recruited over the last decade, I too want to give back.
And, I wanted to learn something new by testing the process for creating new knowledge and innovation – called knowledge banking.
How you can choose the right resort community just for you in the Western Region of the United States – all you needed was fast wifi connection and a method.
Write Volume Two as a new series of books – selecting the type of organizations with talent cultures as clients or employers – that bring out the best in you. Optimize the entire process by applying what I’ve learned so far.
Integrate a project plan. Test what works and what doesn’t. Grow your reading audience by igniting a marketing plan and social media campaign.
Pick the best crowdfunding platform.
Publish on Amazon – give it a way individually and as a five book series to experiment with pricing (Volume One) – creating a bucket list of best places attracting people like you in quality-of-life communities.
Offer exclusive reports and bucket list updates.
Conduct a laboratory. Bank new knowledge and expertise mastered. Package and repackage your deposits into new products.
“Hi Steve, I first noticed your name as a good friend here in fort Collins, now a local judge shares your same name.
Then I started reading your bio and saw some really interesting overlaps in our work.
Notably: 1. I have been applying new economy skills since 1990 and the lessons learned are still lessons corporations have yet to figure out today.
2. I have been toying with a great AI platform “Shaping Tomorrow” and love how responsive it is and its range of cognitive search.
But I already theoretically shaped 2 major uses that would put AI in a very positive light by enabling millions.
One connects education and industry on an even keel so students graduate with current or advantaged skills. The other provides startups with a far better option than incubators or accelerators by creating a complete online support ecosystem.
Love to at least chat with you by phone. I am in Fort Collins, CO and was strongly advised by digital guru and author Brian Solis to hold off retirement as he says the brightest people out there are trying to figure out,
What I experienced between 1990 and 2002 for my last 12 years leading a more conscious marketing effort for HP. Have advanced well beyond that now.”
What the … ?
It took me awhile to read and reread it and to double-check Akismet.
“Looks legit,” I concluded.
Wait, if it is, then I’ll have to respond, right?
All I could think of was Amy Poehler’s description of improv work.
To whatever you acting partner throws out at you in the scene, you come back with “Yes and …”
“Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Sometimes I feel it’s like that old joke that if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all – only in my case it’s spam comments.
Yes, I agree we traveled some of the same paths with many overlaps. For instance, I’ve been a member of Shaping Tomorrow for years and recently rediscovered a cache of emails from Michael Jackson which updated me with major leaps in their service and access to their AI robot, Athena.
Your two initiatives sound fascinating, timely and very worthwhile, Bill. Oh, and Fort Collins is one of my favorite places in Colorado.
Or maybe I chose a path that required me to cut back on meals – at least on a regular basis.
But one that AnyWired inspired.
“Work online, work anywhere, live free’ … will be a blog for anyone who works through the web (freelancers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, webmasters, telecommuters etc).”
Here’s where the blog’s message inspired me:
Work at home, but live where you want instead of where you are forced to.
You are in demand, but you don’t know where.
Customers, clients and consumers all over the world are searching for the insight you have accumulated.
It used to be that you had to be local to work with clients or an employer in a specific location.
I figured that there were more than enough detailed instructions for earning a living online.
If you are already making money as a freelancer or an internet entrepreneur, why not move to where you will find the most inspiration?
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?
Wait, maybe Jellystone Park is relevant after all.
For Day Eight AnyWired said:
“Include your current location, any relevant qualifications you have, previous work you have done in the industry and previous clients you have worked for (don’t worry if there are none).”
“This is particularly relevant if you’ve been working in your field before going freelance.”
If not, then you’ll have to fake it until you make it.
Or, on Day Eight, “You should spend at least 1 hour per day just developing your skill.”
And, on each and every day going forward.
So what lies ahead over the next seven days according to AnyWired?
“Day Nine: Create your Contract Form.
Day Ten: Design your invoice template.
Day Eleven:Set up your home office space.
Day Twelve:Create a logo OR commission a logo OR work more on your skills.
Day Thirteen: Start work on a portfolio item – you will have 5 days to complete this.
Day Fourteen: Add a page to your portfolio describing your one service.
Day Fifteen: Read Freelance Switch’s guide to Getting Started as a Freelancer.”
So, back to Pages in WordPress.
You are supposed to write your About page.
Being such a clueless DIY bumbler I didn’t understand the differences between “Posts” and “Pages”.
Here’s what I found out.
What you are now reading is called a post.
Like your resume they appear in reverse chronological order, unless
You know what you are doing
You change the default setup
You can see I don’t and didn’t
But we’re not here to wax poetically about posts.
We’re after those non-chronological and often hierarchical content on pages.
According to the WordPress Codex:
“Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present timeless information about yourself or your site — information that is always relevant.
You can use Pages to organize and manage the structure of your website content.
In addition to the common “About” and “Contact” pages, other examples include “Copyright”, “Disclosure”, “Legal Information”, “Reprint Permissions”, “Company Information” or “Accessibility Statement”.”
Pages don’t change dynamically. They aren’t time-bound. Their content doesn’t perish or become outdated like in posts.
More sophisticated themes may provide a wider range of adjustments or display options for individual pages.
It’s quite possible to make a website using WordPress which only contains pages.
So with that cleared up, what about, well, The About Page?
Here’s what I found buried in my dashboard that came with my Twenty Seventeen theme.
“Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors.
It might say something like this:
Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)
…or something like this:
The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickeys to the public ever since. Located in Gotham City, XYZ employs over 2,000 people and does all kinds of awesome things for the Gotham community.”
So how do you arrive at your About page description?
It flows from your site’s mission statement.
Your answers to each of the following question will provide a summary you can fine tune.
What am I going to do with this?
Who is going to read this?
What kinds of information will I be posting?
Who am I doing this for?
How often am I going to be posting and adding information?
Here is a draft that I’ve been working from which will be my bio displayed on the inside cover of each of my five books in Volume One of The Knowledge Path Series:
Steve is the founder of the Knowledge Laboratories and its network of enterprises.
He’s been mooning for years. Mostly in the dark.
Write. Write. Write.
Before first light.
Crafting messages “literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.”
It’s taken him eight years just to bring Volume One: The Knowledge Path Series and its five books into the light of day.
Is it because he’s ADD? Maybe.
While he doesn’t see ghosts in the dark, he sees patterns. And opportunities. And, well, ways of tying people, places, things, ideas and trends together in new and original ways.
All of which come in handy during his day job in the Executive MBA program for The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
He advises millennial, midlife and empty-nest executives pursuing new career, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial opportunities. Helping them get unstuck by seeing their situations differently.
“How to Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest and Leave a Legacy.”
Oh, and if you come to a fork in the road at Jellystone Park, be sure to take it!