S1 E88 — Who’s Marc Maron and What’s da Vinci got to do with him?

Then for the next hour I recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?”

What about famous Steves?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

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

Welcome to Episode 88 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 20th day of September in the fall of 2019.

Evidence

Over three nights, whenever I needed to sleep, but couldn’t I’d play around with questions in my near sleep, “Do Steves have anything in common, like a common personality by virtue of their name — and, taking into account how others react to them and how they react to others?” 

Ahh, the second night home and asleep in my own bed. Wait, what’s this? 

On the bed stand next to my beautiful Norwegian, Emma the Baroness, lay a clock with a digital read out that seared my brain — “2:30” (AM) and then “3:30” and then a surrender to awareness.  

Got up at 5:30 am, watched TV images on mute, heard the LA Times splat on our driveway and read it for a half hour.  

Nothing of interest piqued my curiosity. 

Then for the next hour recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” 

He reminded me that I had laid awake in Oslo, Norway, listening to the rain and heavy breathing next to me, 2 am local time.  

That’s when it came to me.  

The Book of Steves. 

A Mark Maron-type of interview played out in my partial sleep night after night after night. And finally, I recalled the whimsy of a Patreon project with behind the wall research and ongoing comments funded by Steves and friends of Steves fed by LinkedIn and Facebook.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes I feel the need to hold myself back from reading too much into one of Steves Holiday Tau.  Back from a vacation, finding a little fun project might help me shake the low energy sleep deprivation off just enough to proceed, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Have fun finding your new motivation.  Expose yourself to possibly exciting prospects to see what works.” Capricorn

Maybe.  McQueen’s Holiday Tau could describe how I searched for a “Book of Steves” on Amazon and in Google.  Wow, I’m not seeing it, though.  As always if you can use Steve’s TauBit, feel free to take it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ll be answering questions of scale, figuring out what size of life feels comfortable and enlarging it just a bit from there.” Aries

Can you believe the Holiday Tau two musical icons and a comedian share?  Except for you, I haven’t shared this passion project to anyone else.  It fits, and I want it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

Thank you two Gs & a K.  So, you’re saying if I use my time wisely this Saturday, by Tuesday will return?  I’m all in!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “This is a fine time to start a good habit.  Things you do will have a cumulative effect.  Your energy three days from now will depend a lot on how you conduct yourself today.” Virgo

You know, I couldn’t agree with your Holiday Tau, Steve but I just not in the market for it after my second day of sleep deprivation. Except for the least resistance part.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “The struggle is real, but only as real as you want to make it.  Or go with the thing that offers no resistance.  Neither is better, they’re just different journeys and lessons.” Gemini

So, I have to say I misread the Holiday Tau for two comedians and a founder.  I read it as ‘when you find your way’, but it grabbed and held onto my interest just as I was about to down grade its wisdom.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “What used to be challenging becomes more palatable when you find your ‘why.’” Leo

I’m pretty sure what I need, both rest and inspiration, so I’m leaving your Holiday Tau alone for you to enjoy.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’re not sure what you need more — rest or inspiration, food or fasting, attention or the fire that builds from knowing you are on your own.  Life will give you just what you need.” Sagittarius

Give me some sleep, then wake me up on Tuesday and offer your Holiday Tau again.  Thanks, Steve.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t underestimate the power of your body to assist you.  Try new health methods and activities.” Pisces

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S1 E86 — Day 86 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: “Social media and self-esteem hang in a tricky balance.  It is easy to get seduced by the rush of approval.  But if it comes at the cost of being un-self-consciously involved in life, it’s not worth it.” Gemini

Will the number of selfies mess with our heads as we create memories? Heads up, we need to make sure we are mindful and present to have the best experiences.

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 86 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 31st day of August in the summer of 2019.  

So what’s been going on? Norway, in a word.  

We’d been following the same vacation checklist we fine tuned after our Italy Anniversary. Emma the Baroness’ older brother who’s tagging along with us and who is a little more technology challenged than we are throws some extra work and patience requirements our way as we share documents electronically. 

For this trip, Emma the Baroness wanted access to emails and the web which she didn’t in Italy.  We set her iPhone and computer up with Gmail and practiced T-Mobile WiFi which is supposed to be low to no extra charge for roaming fees and international charges.  

We’ll see, right? 

I spent three hours messing around with Volume Three — memoir, legacy, wisdom stuff.

Yup, our Holiday Tau prep with T-Mobile rings true.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Deciding to teach things you don’t even know about is one of the fastest ways to learn.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Anything we can lift from the remaining Steves?  Yes, but not for this Saturday before a vacation.

Will the number of selfies mess with our heads as we create memories? Heads up, we need to make sure we are mindful and present to have the best experiences.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: “Social media and self-esteem hang in a tricky balance.  It is easy to get seduced by the rush of approval.  But if it comes at the cost of being un-self-consciously involved in life, it’s not worth it.” Gemini

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Those who pay more attention to their own minds than to environmental cues often annoy those playing by the rules of context.  Then again, the renegades have something to teach.” Aries

Oh, so true.  So far, knock on wood as Emma the Baroness is fond of saying, we always seem to hear what a good job we’ve done raising Jazzy and Shaggy.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You get what you put into it with children.  They don’t have the same social references and currencies as people who have lived decades.” Virgo

And, again A-OK (haha)’s Tau feels worthwhile

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Art is in nuance.  Nuance takes experience.  You’ll create something nuanced because you pushed for a bigger experience.” Sagittarius

And, especially if it is nuanced, right?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “When you put something out into the world without worrying too much about what’s going to become of it, that is an act of love.” Capricorn

Oh, and Bon Voyage!

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S1 E84 — Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do?

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort.” Pisces

Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do?

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 84 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 29th day of August in the summer of 2019.

As Emma the Baroness and I prepared to leave on our Norwegian vacation, it dawns on me that I have to leave each of my passion projects in such a way that I can pick up where I left off when we return from our two week vacation. 

Our anniversary Italian vacation made it easier to prepare for how to track expenses and take and convert notes and photos into a journal of memories. By being prepared we can reserve more energy to tackle any last minute issues.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Looking for answers in the familiar places will bring you common, acceptable solutions.  Unusual problems require unusual solutions found in strange places.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I guess you could say, and you wouldn’t be wrong that McQueen’s Holiday Tau describes in greater detail what Emma the Baroness and I spent more time doing.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Start ticking things off your to-do list.  It will bring so much satisfaction to organize your thoughts this way.” Aries

If you’re saying today’s task is really a set of tasks to prepare for our Norwegian vacation using checklists and expense tracking strategies that proved very useful in Italy, then yes I have to agree with Jobs’ Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort.” Pisces

Well, yeah.  I mean, who wouldn’t agree?

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “A long stretch of the same activity over and over will kill your enthusiasm.  So keep changing it up today.” Taurus

Makes sense, but I’m not sure how it applies today.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “To counteract the unpredictable nature of motivation, set up your own encouragement instead of expecting it to drop in.” Gemini

And, yes, who can argue?

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “Wanting a thing over and over, deeply and with great willingness to do quite a lot to bring it into reality — that’s the sort of wanting that makes things happen.” Cancer

So, this too makes sense.  Like a child swinging on a jungle gym ladder from rung to rung overhead.  You can’t make progress as you reach out for the next rung, if you don’t release the one in your other hand so you can swing it forward to grab the next rung in sequence.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Giving something up is hard, but it’s made easier when you do it at the same time as starting something else new to take its place.” Leo

Maybe GG&K’s Holiday Tau makes a case for smaller cuts and and letting go over time.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You can’t just get rid of all the unnecessary things at one, but you’ll be amazed at what a few cuts will do.” Virgo

Sure, G&G’s Tau extends to me most of the time.  Maybe with two meanings — with how all of my passion projects could be characterized as dimensions of the same thing, life, and literally going someplace like, I don’t know, maybe Norway?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “You’ve a stellar sense of direction now and it extends in many areas of life.  Of course, what good is knowing where to go unless you actually go?” Libra

So, should I take Nash’s Holiday Tau as in opposition to dropping a project while taking on another which is hard?  Maybe nudge it along instead”

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Nudge things into being more of what you want and less of what you don’t.  What can you do to make the process more pleasant?” Aquarius

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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 E76 — “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”

Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Conflict, tension and surprise aren’t just essential elements of drama; they’re needed in real life.” Libra

Evidence

I’m a little freaked out over the complexity and I wish I had implemented some sort of version control like engineers and programmers I used to work with did.  Note to myself.

Hi and welcome to Episode 76 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this fifteenth day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s been going on? I’ve been walking roughly three miles around our lake a few times a week listening to my iTunes playlist of songs.

When one captures my inner Leo da V I make a note of the singer and title for later reference in my Notes.  What occurred to me lately is beyond the Tau of Steves, shouldn’t there be well rounded input, from say their lovers, friends, wives, sisters and maybe others, to vouch for the value of their Tau?  Just saying. 

And, if so a reminder I’m on the “E’s,” alphabetically.

However comma, as Emma the Baroness loves to say when she shifts gears into a new topic, one of my monumental projects called “Working On the Business” includes

1. Comparing my earliest manuscript for Book One: ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” one chapter at a time to blog posts.

2. Consider adding photos.

3. Make edits chapter by chapter including in “The Knowledge Path Volume One”.

4. Identify blog-to-website changes necessary. 

I’m a little freaked out over the complexity and I wish I had implemented some sort of version control like engineers and programmers I used to work with did.  Note to myself. 

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: Power comes from knowing what others want, which requires listening well.  Listening is the power move.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to G&G’s Holiday Tau to resonate with my predicament today.  Thanks fellas.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Conflict, tension and surprise aren’t just essential elements of drama; they’re needed in real life.” Libra

Hmm.  Is this some sort of trust-the-force-Luke reminder? 

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “There is a primal beast inside you, barely detectable in the hum of the modern world. In the wilderness (actual or metaphorical) it syncs with all that is.” Capricorn

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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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S1 E72 — It’s Taken so Long, I Could be Wrong

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

Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Self-esteem is tricky.  It’s not based on what you do.  It’s a matter of evaluation.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Episode 72 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this fourth day of August in the summer of 2019 .

Evidence

What’s been going on? So this is becoming the first full week of following Peter Drucker’s Effective Executive tool for tracking your time.  

I actually began it on 7/31/19 by just getting used to filling in 1/2 hour blocks of time. Then, I began color coding activities.  Tan for Working on the Business; blue for Volume Three Manuscript about a Legacy Memoir; green for Volume Two Manuscript about Work; and red for freeing up time for free flowing creativity — What Would Leo da V do?

I was so hoping the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me would reflect what I’m up to.  Not so much for today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: Storms are named after people.  You know first hand why this is so.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I’m not proud of myself when I’m forced to lift a Holiday Tau from the other Steves, but sometimes you just can’t help it. If not you, then what? Jobs and Howey to the rescue.

And it’s a matter of who does the evaluation. 

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Self-esteem is tricky.  It’s not based on what you do.  It’s a matter of evaluation.” Pisces

So, if I don’t harness my muse, Leo da V, then yes I’ll flow from thing to thing like what happens when you dump quicksilver onto a surface.  There’s a time for it. And Howey’s Holiday Tau can be my curse or blessing.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “Like the tide, you roll in here and you roll in there, seeing many a distant shore.  Yet none can keep you.” Cancer

McQueen’s requires quite a contortion for me to twist it to fit.  Exposure — if I fill in time blocks after if finish a task, maybe that helps to face the fear?

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Fears are overcome with exposure.  Relax first and then face the fear.” Aries

So confidence and ignorance is bliss, or am I miss-reading this?  I’d rather be a Man of Knowledge instead.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Confidence is more easily obtained through ignorance than it is through knowledge.” Leo

Sure, but …

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62: “There’s no place for regret in today’s discourse except to use it as a signal to stop to find something that will get you back to ‘now’” Capricorn

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S1 E66 — Do Your Proposals Lead to Contracts?

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

Summer July 2019

Steve Howey, 42: “People will pay you according to the pricing you establish.  Take cues from what others are doing.  Consider the value you create for others, and price accordingly.” Cancer

Hi and welcome to Episode 66 on this fine July 25th.  But let’s return to Day 65 “… when it comes to meeting new potential clients to prepare proposals that lead to contracts.  It’s one of the most difficult processes to master for me.” 

This is what vexes consultants and freelancers almost all of the time — if my price is too high they won’t buy, and if my price is too low I’ve set a much lower position to negotiate from for follow on work. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “People will pay you according to the pricing you establish.  Take cues from what others are doing.  Consider the value you create for others, and price accordingly.” Cancer

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S1 E 63 — Day 63 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Summer July 2019

What’s been going on? Today, July 12th, I continued transcribing four more chapters into a draft of what I’m calling “Volume Three” a memoir — legacy of sorts.  It described returning to Jeffersonville, Indiana for number one son’s high school graduation.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Nash’s Holiday Tau came closer to my experience, mood and feelings. 

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Complaining is boring to those who aren’t sharing the undesirable experience.  It might even be boring to those who are.  In any case, avoid negativity.” Aquarius

Did I leave something out of Aoki’s Holiday Tau?  Why did I choose it — slim pickings?

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Today there are clear-cut goals that are higher met or not met.  Almost doesn’t count.” Sagittarius

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