S1 E 153 — Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True.

Yesterday morning I woke up with Neil Young’s song lyric, “Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you …” running through my dream.  Makes me want to  compose something about his song.  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 153 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 16th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

Evidence  

Now, what I’m realizing is why it stuck in my mind.  The original “Journal of 2020 Foresight” blog written at midlife, could be rewritten as a road trip for finding the best place for you to live, which begins and ends with Neil Young.  

For me, Greendale and It’s a Long Road … (“The Painter”) bookend that journey.  

“Greendale. We’re going on a little trip, folks…. So these songs are about a place called Greendale and it’s a green dale…. There’s a lot going on in town. It seems to be a pretty mellow place, really. In town there’s about 20 to 25,000 people and it’s not a very big place at all… “

“If there is a huge map, which there is, that just shows Greendale, very little over here, there’s mountains and farms, over there, there’s an ocean…. Well, Greendale is a nice town, but it has its quirks….“ 

Now put all that into perspective with “Old Man” and it might drive what I’m calling “Volume Three Manuscript” about legacy. 

I can’t say why, but for some reason these small pieces begin to flow together. And, finally, I just rediscovered “Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True,” in an updated chapter from 2009 co-authored book, “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work”.

But, Young’s chorus from “The Painter” still sums it up

It’s a long road 

Behind me 

It’s a long road 

Ahead 

If you follow every dream You might get lost” 

Exhilarating for me, how was it for you? Haha. Let’s check in with the rest of the Steves 

Hmm.  No nightmares for me.  So, sorry Zahn I’ll pass.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While you’re trying to improve, don’t turn your internal world into a battlefield where the you of your dreams fights the you of your nightmares.  Accept yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

God, I hope not.  If I do, just shoot me.  Sorry Steve you can keep yours too.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Questioning your beliefs regularly is important.  You’ll ask ‘is this true? at least 10 times today.  Aries

It only makes sense that two iconic musicians would have any TauBit of Wisdom that resonates with me today, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

So, how’d I do today Steve?  I didn’t ask Leo da V anything other than what was that lyric that played in my head.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It’s important to keep to one story for everyone today when consistency matters.” Gemini

I’m sorry G&G, but when I ask Leo da V what I should do I hope for genius, but often I fall susceptible to distractions and side trips taking me away from the tasks at hand.  Leonardo turned out okay, right?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Most bad habits can be more easily bent than broken.  Perhaps what’s needed isn’t blunt force but a twist.” Virgo

Wait, what?  Coach Kerr are you in on this too?  Thousands of years, eh?  I’m only traveling back about 500 years to Leo and his gang during the Italian Renaissance.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It is likely that the very particular and unique feelings you are having have been processed by humans for thousands of years.” Libra

Don’t worry, Steve I won’t.  Emma the Baroness is all I need in the love department.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: When you act out of curiosity, a need for a challenge or a desire to grow yourself, all works well.  Don’t take action because you think it will bring you love.” Sagittarius

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S4 E5 — New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos

You have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion? And if the fragile bipartisan effort to honor NATO defense agreements by Trump supporters and Biden’s party will last much longer?

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

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Every choice has a price. It is obvious that money, time and energy will be exchanged, but that is not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 5th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 10th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?; S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

The history of this passion project begins to emerge when you dip back into each of the publications a year earlier by each season.  Reviewing the four related episodes in Season One — the Normal Year — demonstrates that I plunged right in totally unprepared for translating what it is to create a natural experiment for living like an art form.  

But, at least towards the end of Season One, I needed not only to include evidence of how each of the curated TauBits of Wisdom was relevant to my day, but I needed to consider adding the context — what was going on — which would also steer me into selecting one and not another.  It all became more real, like:

What’s going on in the real world — criticisms of the Trump Presidency, speculation about California’s Internet Privacy law, an opinion piece about how Milton Friedman’s take on capitalism doesn’t work anymore and in the “who knew category” — retiring to Vietnam.

By Season Three — the Post Pandemic Year — in the second episode an article about brain researchers found a “conscious switch” deep in the brain caught my attention. 

Together with finding out San Francisco’s City Lights and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti died at age 101,  reminded me of :

Living life as an artist, synchronicity — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — and getting a break from when you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake.

But, it was the list of unraveling events in Season Two that unnerved me and a lot of you if you can recall where you were and what you felt on February 28th, a Friday in 2020.  

Here’s how I called it just to jog your working memory.

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?

But in this season in episode one I hadn’t expected the mood shift into something else entirely.  So I started the new season with basic questions:

You have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion? And if the fragile bipartisan effort to honor NATO defense agreements by Trump supporters and Biden’s party will last much longer?

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Our ancestors had limited options for entertainment, whereas our options are endless, so each choice we make is more significant. Entertainment has become a matter of identity. How we amuse ourselves says something about who we are.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Every choice has a price. It is obvious that money, time and energy will be exchanged, but that is not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.” Libra

On a national scale we’re witnessing newer rippling effects beyond supply-chain congestion at ports on the coast.  Putin’s invasion like Trump’s Big Lie mirror each other  by controlling the propaganda with False Flags, misinformation, and egging on domestic extremists. Hidden costs over how long a time which feed on each other create surprises which no-one enjoys.  

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “You may worry whether your work is good enough, and you can take that as a sign that you’ll excel. Because you care, you’ll learn what matters.”  Capricorn

Yes, definitely I am insecure and timid. I’m a sucker for original research and long trial and error applications of knowledge which put me at risk for boosting sales.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Searching for shortcuts is a waste of time. You’ll make the most progress by hoofing the known road, making people comfortable by doing the expected things, and keeping operations running smoothly by checking all the boxes.” Aquarius

Most of these statements apply, but not for me for today.  Shortcuts come through experience over time mainly by accident which speeds up efficiency in my operations — daily blogging, curating content, and composing manuscript chapters.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “The frivolous things, the jokes, the celebrations, the details that no one seems to care about but you… these are worthy pursuits. Silly triviality will be the key to unlock a wondrous rush.” Pisces

So does this one close the loop about how few entertainment opportunities were abundant back in the way back days and now we’re being entertained to death?  Or is fun to have fun, whether you meant to or not?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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S2 E20 — Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

In hushed tones, he says the market for his business is booming with marijuana growers.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed. Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream. 

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 20 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 29th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates spread out from Florida, north to Michigan and Chicago and from the Midwest in Indiana. 

AJ and D-hops, a Florida Gen-X couple with no children just started renting a place while their home is remodeled. 

He works at an aerospace conglomerate that Emma the Baroness’ father did, and sometimes flies to San Diego to cross the border to their facility, now on his 10th year. He qualifies as an essential employee, seemingly unaffected by the Coronavirus-19 rippling effect.  She works remotely and is discovering what their dog does all day when both had been working at their normal jobs.  

 T. Stephen and Art Mom, living in southern Indiana on the Ohio River. 

Both twice divorced and now re-married Gen-X and Gen -Y couple,  one 50-years-old and a sometime chef, but are idled at home as the auto industry supplier furloughed workers until there’s a reset.  Art Mom, the mother of three daughters requires chronic care for cancerous stomach and kidney health issues is possibly facing yet another surgery and passing kidney stones like it was nothing. They’re making over their back yard to plant vegetables, kind of like a World War II victory garden, for meals and food security.  A pet rabbit keeps their dog company in their house. 

Art Sis, 65 plus Baby Boomer lives by herself in small town outside Ann Arbor, 

She asks if the Chicago adult children endured a major storm bearing down on rural Michigan as fog set in.  She shut down her coop art retail shop on them downtown corner of small town which offered items designed and made by local artists.  Earlier she was on a video conference call with fellow realtors making plans for down real estate market.

Ty and Cam, urban Chicago Millennial parents expect their second chid in May.  

They’re both working from home and giving the spotlight over to their daughter on Zoom, whom everyone else encouraged to sing and dance which she did reluctantly for the first part of the call, but enjoyed performing after the initial shyness wore off.  

Ty’s sister, Cheerio, also a Millennial parent is holed up at home as a family with three kids outside a major university in Ohio.  

Petie’s, her husband works remotely as an IT/HR professional for a major commercial and retail supplier of fertilizer. He says the growing market for their business is  booming with marijuana growers — he said in hushed tones.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed.  Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream.

What kind of omen is it that none of the Steves’ Holiday Tau measured up to at least a “3”, let alone “5” on this final day?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Not my birthday, but I had to add something.  Is this adjusted for the growing pandemic?  You be the judge.  Let’s just hope so. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1461 to 1,481.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S4 E3 — Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars. “Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 3rd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 5th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season; S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Evidence

In the first episode of Season 4 I rediscovered a section about money laundering written by Ben Lewis in his “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting”. 

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s, Dmitry Rybolovlev,  assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” that he knew the president had clear and straightforward talking points: 

“Because I’d written them. Congratulate Zelensky on his victory, show support for Ukraine’s reform anticorruption agenda, and urge caution regarding the Russians. Trump began speaking, and I knew right away that everything was going wrong.”

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.

“Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

In the infamous “Quid pro quo” phone call, Vindman documented the conversation.

“The president didn’t miss a beat: ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though,’ he said. I paused in my note taking. What was this?”

To counter the evidence about Russian email hacking assistance, the president  worked into their conversation the conspiracy theory that Rudy Giuliani had recently been promoting publicly.

Not only didn’t the president stick to the call script Vendman has prepared,  but he substituted his own fabrications.

“Ukrainian actors were supposedly behind the DNC server hack. To that end, he asked Zelensky to cooperate with the U.S. attorney general, William Barr.”

The president’s administration actively blamed actors in Ukraine for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, commonly named “The Witch Hunt” in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And, then the president drove off the road at high speed careening up and over a guard rail.

“‘The other thing,’ the president continued, ‘there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son.’”

Unlike our former president, Zelensky transformed from a rookie, having been a former comedian, to an authentic leader. 

Many of our Ukraine ambassadors and diplomats called before congress during the hearings leading up to the impeachment 1.0, now years later, admit to wondering how Zelensky would meet the crisis unfolding in front of him and daily streamed to our screens. 

“Rocky-like” and against all odds he masterfully inspires his citizens to resist the brutal attacks and has managed to turn the narrative (Putin propaganda) to Ukraine’s advantage.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Struggle and frustration seem like common states that are part and parcel of being alive, when in fact they are entirely optional. These states are caused by resisting change or attempting to control the uncontrollable… What do you really have control over? Where will your effort make a difference?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “For reasons unapparent, someone keeps popping into your mind. This is your intuition connecting on invisible wavelengths. Follow through. In retrospect, this will all make sense.” Aries

Okay, I look forward to it.  My first guess is Jazzy.  But, I think I know why. 

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “As much as you’d like to catch up on people’s lives, you feel pulled to catch up on something internal first. Unplug and get back to being the sort of human that existed for thousands of years before pocket information streams.” Taurus

Really, I should go all Neanderthal?  But, wasn’t it very cold then?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The heroes of yesteryear paved a trail for you. Maybe they weren’t thinking of you when they did it. They were looking out for their own well-being. When you do the same, you never know who you’ll end up helping.” Leo

I’m getting older and even reconsidering donating my DNA to pinpoint more clearly who is and who isn’t a yesteryear trailblazer in my family’s ancestory.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “There’s a decision to make. The risk is minimal, and the upside is obvious, yet this is not an easy “yes.” There are other unseen complexities at work here. Trust your intuition.” Virgo

I would, but which decision did you have in mind?  Adding expenses into a Schedule C since we owe way too much on our taxes?  Lot’s of taxing complexities at work, for sure.  

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Exercise helps with moods, stress, sleep, energy, circulation and just about anything that could ail you now. When you think about the many benefits, you’ll wonder how you don’t make this a more sacred part of your life.” Libra

Especially now that it’s been about 6 weeks since my last physical therapy session for building back my artificial knee better.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Sorting, organizing and planning are in order. The tough part is deciding what stays and what goes. To say yes to your desire is to say no to something else. You’re ready.” Sagittarius

Why is it I can always find it easy to sort and organize what Emma the Baroness finds difficult, especially deciding what goes and what remains?  As she can for me?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Well, the opportunity to pivot presents itself here in Season 4.  I guess the one question I must ask myself is if this path still has a heart for me.  Stay tuned.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “There’s a wall of privacy and an aura of mystery surrounding you. Some struggle with knowing what information should be kept private, but you understand the appropriateness of sharing information.  Aquarius

Both Emma the Baroness and I value privacy.  For most of my careers I advised clients in confidential settings and relationships.  So are you saying bottling messages and setting them adrift from KnowWhere Atoll is too opaque?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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S4 E2 — Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season

Emma the Baroness and I have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promote by followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines. 

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 2nd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 4th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now with domestic uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When up against unwieldy forces or currents too strong to fight, the only grace available is the act of surrender. You’ll give yourself over, but not completely. When the time is right, a dormant kernel will reactivate.” Leo

Evidence

Something was afoot in the beginning of Season Two, but we didn’t see coming.  

Oh sure, there were the five global risks:

  • failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • extreme weather events;
  • major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse;
  • food crises and
  • water crises stuff I’d been tracking already. 

Was the next season shaping up to be a repeat financial disaster? 

I’d 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.

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

In the second episode of Season One a year earlier Steve Harvey’s TauBit of Wisdom triggered a memory.

All day we sat through hour long presentations from Trump University-like Real Estate promoters highlighting their expensive tips from their exclusive, guaranteed, limited seating “Flipping Real Estate Secrets” training programs.  

And, Donald Trump was the keynote speaker.  

During the growing recession, we did quick calculations multiplying the price for the training, the number of people willingly giving up their credit card information, and it didn’t take long to figure some made as much as $75,000 at the room’s back table — which is where the money was made. 

But it was this time last Season in one of my more relevant reads described in Long Form that threads fueled my suspicious mind.

“Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Now I have to ask, wasn’t Trump following Putin’s playbook?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’re a relatable visionary. People easily connect to your train of thought and will be gladly pulled along wherever you want to take them. Hone your leadership qualities and you’ll shape the future. Financial horizons will broaden with plain ol’ good luck. New additions to your world will hasten the pace.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “‘Location, location, location,’ they say. They’re not wrong. The number of lucky happenings and significant events occurring today will be entirely dependent on where you go.” Aries

Emma the Baroness and I feel enormously fortunate to live in our little suburban neighborhood for so long that, while this generation of homebuyers struggle for down payments as we did, we lucked into a nest egg (well after three lotteries) but compared to what our parents paid for the homes we grew up in, you couldn’t buy a car for the same mortgage.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When up against unwieldy forces or currents too strong to fight, the only grace available is the act of surrender. You’ll give yourself over, but not completely. When the time is right, a dormant kernel will reactivate.” Leo

I highlighted your TauBit of Wisdom, more for the brave citizens of Ukraine, than for us here.

“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “In spite of your desire not to draw attention to yourself, your goals cannot be achieved unless certain people take notice. So how will you make your pitch? Chances are it will be subtle and bundled into a service you’ll offer.” Virgo

Okay Batman riddle me this — just how do I go about doing just that?  

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Life is not random; rather, it’s an intricate orchestration of mixed events, some random, others curated, some haphazardly tossed in, others painstakingly crafted according to your preference.” Libra

Wow, your TauBit of Wisdom may be just the one to revisit where I left off in my memoir.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Don’t be shy. The task at hand is too big for one person to handle alone. No one will know you need help until you ask for it. And when you do, you’ll find out that people really love to help you.” Aquarius

So first comes the pitch and then the ask.  Funny after completing 95% of the Report about my Natural Experiment — Phase One — I’ve been noodling how to roll out Phase Two.  Stay tuned.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

As we strive for security, we think a lot. Our minds race to predict what will happen next so we can respond with the right choices. But what if we knew there was no right choice? Instead of overthinking, it would be smarter to choose something convenient and make the most of it — which … describes the path to joy.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”

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S1 E120 — Metamorphosis, Exhilaration and a Life of Crime

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

Day Fourteen of Scorpio Time

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 120 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

I really didn’t want to spend four more hours this Sunday afternoon tweaking my websites.  With my personality, once I’ve kicked in my obsessive side, it’s really hard to stop when I’m so close to finishing.  

This whole past week, while I struggled with WordPress’ TwentySeventeen Theme, I met my goal of dedicating 50% of my time “working on the business.”  

By 5 pm I finished the parallax functionality of the each of the 6 websites — 

I’ll still need to tune each, but they’re working marvelously.

With Scorpio Time winding down I so hoped for more boffo Holiday Tau, not so much for me, but for Zahn, Winkler and Emma the Baroness.  

But alas… 

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Other people can’t help but project onto you the person they most want and need you to be.  This is why knowing oneself always requires some amount of solitude.” Scorpio

It’s not my birthday (that was two and half weeks ago), but this looks promising and is still technically in Scorpio Time  — let’s check back in 2020!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

The turn of the year features some electrifying chemistry.  Being around certain people inspires you to let down your guard, alter your perspective and change your rules.  In 2020, your work becomes what you want it to be.  You’ll perpetuate different sorts of generosity as both the recipient and the benefactor.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. How perceptive you are, Mr. Nash.  I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

So turning to another former NBA player and championship coach is there anything I learned so far from box breaking that I should apply going forward?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:To finish a project, you will need designated time and a conducive environment that allows for undivided focus.” Libra

So McQueen’s Holiday Tau doesn’t sound healthy, wealthy nor wise.  It sounds more like constipation which I’m not eager to curate.  What should I do? Find another passion project that naturally ignites my creativity?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your talent is like a fire.  If you hide your light too long, it will be like a flame under a candle snuffer:  Suffocated and extinguished until you reignite.  Aries

So, do WW&C mean I shouldn’t pay attention to McQueen’s Holiday Tau? He’s long since been dead, so that doesn’t compute.  I’ll need to ponder this one searching for relevancy.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: People who tell you which experiences you should have may be steering you toward an agenda that benefits them.  Taurus

Listen, I’m not rating Smith’s so high for today, but for what I felt and sensed and was awe struck during the moment I gazed upon Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel when Emma the Baroness visited the Vatican nearly a year ago. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: There are plenty of sacred things that got that way by being so imbued with reverence that everyone around was able to feel the blessed energy of them.” Gemini

I wish — now obviously Michelangelo was the sculptor and we felt privileged walking past the display of his progress chiseling chunks away from blocks of stone on our way down the hall ending with the statue of his David in Florence, Italy.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re like a sculptor who sees a useful or beautiful shape inside a hunk of stone.”  Leo

Outside consultants briefed us earlier in my career as we internal consultants pitched in to transform a stodgy old-school corporation into a near state of the art engineering and construction company.  Being from USC, the university with so many legacy executives, the consultants made our uphill struggle less strenuous when they described how like a metamorphosis and organizational transformation unfolds the same way.  What you considered key success factors in the previous stage of development work against you in the next one on the other side — as Aoki’s message simply states.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your thought processes will be different when you get on the other side of this problem.  Keep that in mind while making decisions that will affect future you.” Sagittarius

Right on the money.  This is a lesson I learned the hard way as I bounced from one job to the next until it dawned on me that if you know what your talent profile is, you can choose the culture (at least your work friends and colleagues) that brings out the best in you.  And, for that matter which brings out the worst in you. Wait, on second thought Harvey’s Holiday Tau may literally be about literally choosing a community based on your own preferences and beliefs.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Owing to your versatile, tolerant and socially adventurous style, you don’t always agree with or have much in common with your friends. Seek out a community that resonates with your beliefs.” Capricorn

And, basically it was in these organization types and at the Mature growth stage that I finally found my blind spots. But, maybe more importantly Jobs’ Holiday Tau informs our current president’s penchant for demanding loyalty at all costs as surfaced in the House’s impeachment inquiry under way.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your blind spots are as dangerous as any totalitarian-type control that asks you to see things only one way.  Better the question you can’t answer than the answer you can’t question.” Pisces

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

 

S1 E116 — The Jolt of Lightning that Changed Everything

And, of course that was way before when our shoulders lightly touched on the couch in the reception area of Program Five at work — and we both felt a jolt of lightning like nothing either of us had experienced before.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Because your smile is so contagious, the quickest way to bring someone up is to expose him or her to that.” Aquarius

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

Day Ten of Scorpio Time

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 115 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 9th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Happy Birthday, your Baroness!!!  Remember this?

THE DANCE OF THE TWO SCORPIOS

Oh

I can’t tell if the spell is you

or if it is

me.

We had a moment that felt too good.

You were afraid of more

should we take the step

or 

should I write a novel

shouting what it was and

could never have been.

Let’s take a chance

the feeling’s what showed us

beyond our dreams

what Love was

and 

will continue to 

be.

While I can’t actually speak for Zahn and Winkler, I can for Emma the Baroness and me.  We synched up as we always have.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People can experience similar circumstances very differently.  You’ll live this today.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Actually, Emma the Baroness told me that from a distance what attracted me to her was my smile and my arms.  And, of course that was way before when our shoulders lightly touched on the couch in the reception area of Program Five at work — and we both felt a jolt of lightning like nothing either of us had experienced.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Because your smile is so contagious, the quickest way to bring someone up is to expose him or her to that.” Aquarius

Sure, of course.  It’s just I expected more from two “love song” musicians and a comedian.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: Support systems aren’t always people.  They can also be habits you establish to make the right thing also the easiest, most logical and most convenient thing to do.” Taurus

Another way of looking at Smith’s Holiday Tau is that when you overuse your strengths they too become your weakness.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: Your strengths will not eradicate your weaknesses, but by leaning into them you can overwhelm the situation so your weaknesses have little chance to show themselves.” Gemini

As long as I don’t over do it!

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You know what you’re good at.  The application itself will grow your gifts.” Virgo

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S3 E2 — Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season

It reminded me of living life as an artist, synchronicity, and getting a break — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — when it is dark, and you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake.

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You don’t have to explain everything you do, not even to yourself. In fact, today, explaining would only slow you down, diminish the mystery and put a damper on the magic.  Aquarius

I may have heard the phrase “inner life” from a podcast.

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 2 in Season 3 of  TauBits for the Taking” on this 27th day of February in the winter of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Evidence

It reminded me of living life as an artist, synchronicity, and getting a break — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — when it is dark, and you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake. 

How do you face the day?  

Do you avoid and procrastinate or meet your challenges head on? 

Following instincts?  

We’re all animals basically.  

What’s driving us? 

From a spiritual center? 

Are there laws we don’t yet understand?  

What about coincidences? 

What about intuition and hunches?

You could say Zahn’s Holiday Tau fit perfectly as did each of the other three Steves into my theme of the day.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When they ask you why you made X choice instead of Y choice, you may not have a great line of reasoning to impart. Suffice it to say, much comes to you by way of human instinct.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, today so not my birthday, but I can definitely use it.  This is coming to you in Pages by Apple.  I chose it because it can convert into a book format.  Trust me, I’m confused.  Should I select a book template that I haven’t tried before?  Or, should I revert back to what I chose for “The Knowledge Labs” series?  Either way my passion extinguished.  

Today’s Holiday Birthday. 

You’ll realize how you were holding on for dear life to something that’s not even buoyant. A new perspective will have you dropping the thing that makes you work so hard to stay afloat (both emotionally and fiscally) in favor of a truly light and protective entity that will make your journey a pleasure.

Given that I just stole someone else’s birthday, I should only consider what’s rightfully mine, Emma the Baroness’, Henry Winkler’s and Steve Zahn’s.  I’m rating it high for silliness and counter-productivity states.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Even driven people don’t get after it at top speed through the whole journey. Comfort, sleep, inactivity, silliness and even counter-productivity are all states that have a place in the cycle of growth and attainment.” Cancer

Just the other day I curated an article for my digital magazine, “San Francisco Region” about Lawrence Ferlinghetti who died after reaching 101 years old. I was taken with his quote about San Francisco and the community that grew around “City Lights” as a founder and co-owner: “’

You could come here and start anything you wanted.’ But in recent years he said it had become ‘an artistic theme park without artists.’” Isn’t if fitting that the Holiday Tau for the coach of the Golden State Warriors might reflect Ferlinghetti’s art of poetry and living life “out there” not in books.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: As for the art of loving and the art of being alone, both curriculums exist in the same Fine Arts Building at the University of Life. They are sister programs in the interdisciplinary track.” Libra

Enough said, right Nash? There comes a time when you just have get with the flow and react to the situation in play.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You don’t have to explain everything you do, not even to yourself. In fact, today, explaining would only slow you down, diminish the mystery and put a damper on the magic.  Aquarius

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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 1342 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E4 — Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment

Just about sums it up for me.  It’s a question that didn’t mean much to me as a 10 year-old, but it sure stayed with me. And, I still haven’t found the answer to that riddle.

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The pen is in your hand, and the page is open.  You have everything you need to write the story of your life.  Please don’t take the page numbers literally.  This one can go out of order — if you dare.”  Taurus

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 4 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 1st in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Maybe I shouldn’t have, but it’s 6:30 AM and I did.  Besides I scheduled a little time last week  for my muse by asking “What would Leo da V do?”  He brought me back to my childhood pain.

If you could get past her snarling greeting-growl stepping from my lawn onto her blacktop turf partially hidden by spindly bushes in a winter Saturday,  you might make it pain free to Johnny’s backyard.  

Princess never fell for my trick that I swear calmed every other dog I ever encountered did.  

If you held out an open palmed hand to her close enough for her to smell your friendly neighbor scent, she’d bite your fingers before your could recoil in defense — 9 times out of 10.  

Princess and I in a perverse way enjoyed this dance of pain and challenge. 

I hoped for 10%, she delivered 90%. 

But somebody from inside the kitchen or an open garage would yell for Princess to back off and let me pass. 

During the months leading up to spring we’d play inside in basements waiting for the sun to shine and dry out our three-lots playground across each of our corner houses.  

But, the one thing that always caught my eye inside — was the wooden sign Johnny’s dad must have picked up somewhere in his travels or given to him by his co-workers.  

It’s message didn’t mean much to me as a 10 year-old, but it sure stayed with me. 

Etched into the blonde wood was the saying, “If you’re so smart how come you ain’t rich?”

Just about sums it up for me.  I still haven’t answered that bit of wisdom.  

Now that we’re in the final stretch of an experiment it dawns on me that I can’t possibly analyze the Holiday Tau for 16 sets of Steves without an artificial intelligence program.

So, I’m picking the top four sets of Steves, separating out every TauBit of Wisdom from the others to tally up as more or less a representative sample of the total population. They are:  

      1. Steve McQueen; 
      2. Steve Jobs, 
      3. Steves Carell, Martin and Wozniak and finally 
      4. Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.

When I launched this experiment, here’s what I imagined I’d find. So I began coding:

      1. W —Wisdom for “If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue?” 
      2. N —The name (why a mother would choose Steve for a baby to grow into; choose Steve for horoscope intuition) — prime-the-pump kind of Steve-only and Friends of Steves putting in their two cents; 
      3. Y —1-year experiment — anything, especially for intuitors and actual magical thinking (Norway vacation should extend the 1-year time frame)
      4. S — something silly like Amy K alphabet of small moments. 52 weeks in a year — 52 weekly sayings.

However comma, as Emma the Baroness says, different patterns began to emerge as I began diligently sorting Holiday Tau into the four categories.  The categories changed to accommodate the TauBits themselves:

      1. Practical Projects;
      2. Work;
      3. Wisdom and Legacy; and
      4. Relationships and Intimacy

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Given the four categories and the four representative sets of Steves, only Steve Jobs will count in the analytics.  And, right off the bat he’d fit in “Practical Projects” and maybe even “Work”?  I’ll have to make the call, but in terms of relevance to my day, his Tau doesn’t carry much juice.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You want a clear instruction for the current problem, but if the universe were really to thunder from the clouds saying, ‘Do this!’ you’d rebel and tell it to stop bossing you around.  So try to read and heed the signs.” Pisces

Better.  This Holiday Tau falls into what I’m calling Volume Three Manuscript about wisdom and legacy.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The pen is in your hand, and the page is open.  You have everything you need to write the story of your life.  Please don’t take the page numbers literally.  This one can go out of order — if you dare.”  Taurus

Hi, Steve your Holiday Tau feels more directly related to my Volume Two Manuscript about Work and indirectly to wisdom and legacy. 

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:When you’re new, it seems like all the people understand a thing that you don’t.  The funny thing is that no one on the inside understands any more than you do.  Cancer

Thank you Steve, great insight from someone how has played in the NBA and on the soccer fields.  Your Holiday Tau describes the process I described as the evolution of coding the 4 TauBits of Wisdom over time without sabotaging the experiment.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You are playing a sporting game that has nothing to do with sports at all, and the ball is in your court.  Don’t overthink it.  Know where you want it to go, and keep your eye trained on the destination.” Aquarius

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen
    • 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

    • 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 
    • Who is my target audience at Patreon?  
      1. Introverted creators who are the overeducated and the underpaid; everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs;  
      2. who shop at Trader Joe’s (or wish they could); 
      3. who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
      4. find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money, 
      5. within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that 
      6. offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle. 
      7. marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine. 
      8. a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings

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S1 E97 — My Top 19 Reasons for Failing

So, there’s working in the business — which I love.  And, there’s working on the business — which I hate.  But you can’t always have your own way if you’re counting on eating.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Push your perception into things that are far away and try to feel how they would be close up.  Then do the same in reverse.  The exercise strengthens you intuition.” Leo

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 97 in Season 1 of my “1-Year Natural Experiment” on October 5th in the fall of 2019.

All that shoveling and taking showers percolated schemes in my mind that forced me to dry off and write them down or else I’d live to regret it later trying to reconstruct them.

Fired up my organic spreadsheet that tracks such things — and oops — looks like in April and then again in August were the last times I worked on the business. 

Do I have an excuse?  

Yeah, I’m a procrastinator like Leo da V, but here we go picking up tasks identified before both the Norway and Indiana trips and abandoned like orphans:

    1. Rationalizations for halting Self-Publishing like IRS and Banking info needed; understanding formatting and image specs, diving into agreements, creating your book, iTunes Connect vs. iTunes Producer (ISBNs are optional), how to view sales and trends; payments and financial reports and details about ratings and reviews. 
    2. Taxes and Legacy. Focus on uploading books through Apple, then Amazon. Set up subscriptions behind the wall through Patreon and from my website with a link on Flipboard and LinkedIn.
    3. Focus primarily on Book One, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” (with the lead in to “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”) reusing the Volume One sales letter. Continue with Two, bundle with one, Three, bundle with one and two, Four, bundle with Three, Five, bundle with Three, bundle with Five. And, finally offer all five as Volume One collection, pre-selling The Knowledge Path – Volume Two.  Which I write and edit in 5 books, while I compose The Knowledge Path: Volume Three – Notes to My Future Self. 
    4. Selecting a Pages template for writing (final editing of Books one through five) and each of the chapters in Volume Two and Three; 
    5. Prepare for publishing and uploading EPUB files with Cover Image, ISBN-13, etc. following the submission checklist; with pre-order and pricing.  
    6. Get paid directly and indirectly in The Affiliate Program
    7. Use Apple Book Marketing Tools to build awareness through an engaging, accurate and effective campaign
    8. Actively use Apple’s Toolbox for creating links, badges and text lock-ups look-ups (whatever that is). 
    9. Figure out how to display books on Apple Books for sales with bundle pricing as I roll each out with a preview of the next in the last part of the book.  
    10. Update with reports and in-depth trips converting EPUB into Multi-Touch Versions.
    11. For moral support view anti-procrastination sayings I’ve curated in my knowledge bank on Pinboard.
    12. For Volume Two: Finally designated SPIP as Systematic-Professionals Idea Packagers = INTP. Pinboarded an article about asking “why” when you were a INTP as a child.
    13. My goal: stop the 7-day blog publishing schedule I’ve followed over the last few years tracked on “Know Platform MVPs” and replace the habit with 5-days of self-publishing and promoting.
    14. Focus first on publishing Book One as highest priority before investing energy into Volume Two and Volume Three (upended with Indiana trip).
    15. Open, unfinished projects: LinkedIn posts from published on my website blogs — Knowledge Laboratories, Best West Road Trips and Western Skies and Island Currents — compose the migration from zip code 92692 to other South County towns with overlapping lifestyles and long lists of places coded — already published in  Knowledge Banking.  Doing so launches a foundational story and one leading into Volume Two.
    16. Start with Knowledge Laboratories, since it is the master administrative site in my multi-site configuration, and build it out as a website using WordPress pages.  Get it up and running and then convert the others one day a week.
    17. On Patreon figure out a less time intense strategy for: a) Steves and Friends of Steve in a way that I do very little on  social media platforms; b) encourage locals reviewing Volume One,  The Knowledge Path’s destination reports and expand to digital magazines profiling locations along the California coast in a way that I do very little on social media platform (Facebook, Groups?); c) create a promotion drawing inspiration from Sam Harris’ “If you find this … valuable, there are many ways you can support it, which he lists. And, other assertive language requesting support from sources like Wikipedia / Marketplace.
    18. Set up Patreon for subscription support while writing Volume Two and Three with the costs tabulated for what I’ll do with the support.  
    19. And set up Affiliate income (?). Wash and repeat with Amazon.

I’m feeling overwhelmed.  Isn’t time to escape on another holiday?

Normally, Emma the Baroness and I agree this Holiday Tau makes us happy, especially the financial kicker at the end.  But, honestly I’m not getting it for today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is no good reason to shy away from what makes you laugh and smile.  Bonus: The fun you’ll have will inspire your financial sector.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Ha ha, nice! Maybe tomorrow, but not for today.  Don’t get me wrong, if you feel McQueen’s Holiday Tau helps you, help yourself to it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The shortcuts that are heavily advertised are almost never going to get you there faster.  Lot’s of people will take the publicized route, thus creating a traffic jam.” Aries

Ok, let me say this about that.  I’m pretty sure this was the process I’ve been following subconsciously over the last couple of days during showers and blistering my hands gripping shovels.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Push your perception into things that are far away and try to feel how they would be close up.  Then do the same in reverse.  The exercise strengthens you intuition.” Leo

True.  But, I’m stipulating that isn’t anything new for me or unusual today.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “You have a better than usual influence over your mental state and will be able to consciously move your attitude to where it needs to be.” Libra

Love this metaphor especially as it pertains to item #3, #14 and #15.  Thank’s Steve for letting me swipe this from you today.  Feel free to take mine.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Sometimes just looking at the bigger picture found inside a map starts to bring paths and destinations to mind.” Sagittarius

I’m totally on board with Harvey’s Holiday Tau as it applies to making Patreon work, promoting self-published books and marketing campaigns. Just keep Leo da V away from me who keeps me away from following through.

“5” Steve Harvey, 62: “When your idea doesn’t land the way you want it to, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Tinker with the variables before throwing it out.” Capricorn

Wow.  Let’s hear it for Nash’s Holiday Tau.  Reminds me of climbing Maslow’s pyramid — his hierarchy leading to self-actualization.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Everyone gets to tap his or her own potential. It is up to each person to figure out how to get to their good stuff.” Aquarius

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate