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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

What’s Up with Facebook?

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

Spring 

May 2019

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time to yourself seems like an impractical indulgence, you’re happier and more loving once you’ve tended to your tranquility needs.” Scorpio

I have a love-hate feeling for Facebook, don’t you?  It’s what’s been on my mind today, May 17th, on Day 39 of My 1-Year Experiment .  Yes, I recognize if I want to attract a better following on social media I need to spend time on it.  

But, on the other hand, ever since I read “Who Owns the Future” by Jaron Lanier I grown weary of what he calls siren servers.  Someone crystalized his argument by saying if you’re getting it for free, then you are the product.  

In my email, Ad Age Digital led with the headline, “Advertisers fear losing consumers who delete their Facebook history.” 

Technology experts now began advocating for the break up or dismantling of Facebook, even as the Siren Server bans Alex Jones for spreading hate speech.  

Even an early investor in Facebook and a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg has grown sour on its business model.

Give me some mental holiday time, please.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time to yourself seems like an impractical indulgence, you’re happier and more loving once you’ve tended to your tranquility needs.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to the double W music icons to tempt me with their Holiday Tau.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69:You’re where you’re supposed to be and the world outside just has to wait.” Taurus

Here’s my take on Smith’s Holiday Tau, if I don’t understand the rules I’m sure Emma the Baroness would gladly set me straight, right dear?  But, what happens if social media  platforms replace intimacy and friendships with fantasy and selfies? 

“3”  Steve Smith, 30:You’ll be aware of how the rules change as you move in and out of the various concentric circles that span the realms between intimacy and distance.  Gemini

It’s not enough to become aware of how rules change.  The trick is to have “if this, then that” actions sketched out. The best way I can advise is to stimulate your own powers of foresight.  Check it out here.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61“ When the action doesn’t go to plan, you’ll quickly come up with a new one.  This is better than passively riding out the direction everything seems to be falling in.” Virgo

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Why I Stole Your Sign and the Mysteries of Your Life

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

My 1-Year Experiment

Consider this 30-day summary a pawn ticket to sketchy things I’ve learned from stealing your sign without doing the time. I feel so guilty about it that I’m willing to sell it back to you.  

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue? What diversion would you suggest?” Cancer

Howey, how did you know?  I’m sketching out a memoir about lessons I’ve learned following “The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.  It’s about making a life for yourself in your own way.  

One of the many warnings is about sensing when one job or career is leading to a dead end.  And what to do about it.

But there’s so much more.  What about the collision with artificial intelligence just over the horizon?  Or the type of world our children and grand children will inherit?  Will it be inhabitable? 

And, what is the half-life of wisdom?  

How fast do the tried and true rules of thumb and lessons taught to us by our mothers and their mothers no longer make a difference today and in the near future?

Who knows best?  Which lessons stand the test of time? Especially in these ever accelerating times?

This is what animates me and why I’ve been reading and taking notes on autobiographies while tracking future trends likely to upend our sense of normalcy.  

It’s an approach that addresses a life well-lived but leaves a legacy for others.

And, if I’m honest I couldn’t have done it if you weren’t so distracted with your own life that you left your Holiday Tau unguarded.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The world has its tools for assessing one’s success, but they’re impersonal.  You get to choose the metrics by which you judge yourself.” Leo

My leap of faith into this 1-year project forced me to figure out some thingson the fly.  

On Day 4  patterns emerged that just didn’t feel right.  

Maybe I should back up a little.

My sign (and Emma the Baroness’ as well) is Scorpio because we were born between October 24th and November 22.  

On those days, when I felt our horoscope, the Holiday Tau (named for its source, Holiday Mathis) just didn’t provide anything of value, I had a decision to make.

I still wanted to feel motivated, inspired, and at least a little bit wiser so I scanned through Holiday’s remaining 11 horoscopes and stole the ones that I could use. Thank you for your’s.

I’m not proud of the fact, but it is my life after all. Confessing about it up front helps set the highest standard of truthiness for the rest of this year. Think of it as a code of honor among thieves.

Neither of the Holiday Taus for the Steves I’ve noted so far today were meant for me and Emma the Baroness, and yet they illuminated my path ahead.

So, if our Holiday Tau sucked, I grabbed a few others which spoke to me.  And sometimes I kept ours, but included others too.

Are you with me so far?  

Now back to Day 4.  I found myself grabbing half of the available Holiday Tau.  Is that too much?  What does it indicate about me?  What does that foretell about the outcome of this 1-year experiment?

By Day 10 another pattern emerged. Maybe none of the available Holiday Tau for the day rose to the challenge, but if you tried hard enough you could weave a theme that could be created by combining three or more. The sum is greater than the parts, ma would always say.

Was that kosher?  Is that the kind of precedent I wanted to set?

On Day 22 it finally dawned on me how brilliant the Holiday Tau for Carell, Martin and Wozniak from Day 4 actually was.  So brilliant, full disclosure, that I actually backtracked, before it was too late and the task became so burdensome, and scored the wise bits of  Holiday Tau — TauBits of Wisdom — and ranked each.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The world has its tools for assessing one’s success, but they’re impersonal.  You get to choose the metrics by which you judge yourself.” Leo

Yesterday I wrote about how ‘disappointed’ I felt when we missed out again on the Holiday Tau.  But, I’m thinking about stealing 6 or 7 or more TauBits that could apply to me and ranking them in a range of value from ‘1’ (hardly worth the mention) to ‘5’ illustrating off-the-charts relevance. Is that diluting the value of this experiment? Is it too early to draw conclusions about the ideal number I track?  If it isn’t, maybe I could pay attention to just four or five Holiday Tau.

But, continuing on and not feeling content to leave well enough alone I recorded Smithy’s.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’re struggling against what you want.  Maybe you’re worried about how others see you. Dig deeper for enlightenment.” Gemini

It stopped me in my tracks.  Smith’s TauBit of Wisdom nailed me.  Isn’t this whole thing a stupid waste of time, I thought. What should I do?  I am worried about how others see me.

What a difference a day makes! 

On Day 23 I acknowledged that selecting too many Holiday Taus in one day says something about how desperate I must be to recover from yesterday’s downer message. Honestly Day 22 marked how volatile a day can be from a high to a low. Turn, turn, turn …

Yes, I don’t really need to steal anyone else’s Holiday Tau when I’ve received one of the highest TauBits already today.  And yes, I was complaining that too many TauBits might be too much to absorb.  But check these out.  This might be the single best day in the “Tau of Steves” history as we know it — well, so far during this one-year experiment. 

I’m listing all six so you may steal them from me if they will brighten your day:

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re fall of ideas, and they’re not just coming from your brain; your heart, stomach and body will generate wisdom worth acting on.” Aries

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:When you’re stuck, change any sort is improvement.  That will be enough to help you wiggle free from perceptive limits.” Gemini

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: Admirers will tell you that you should market yourself widely. As you further develop your talent, it will speak for itself.” Cancer

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “If there’s one thing you can do to improve your life, business and relationships, it’s to see things from another person’s point of view.” Virgo

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41:You’ll use your talent for matching people with fortuitous opportunities.” Sagittarius

And, finally I stole Mr. Harvey’s Holiday Tau for its humor and profound insight.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: You are seldom more creative than you are just after being truly, deeply and profoundly bored.” Capricorn

Skipping ahead to Day 26 I continued feeling my low self-confidence and sinking self-esteem. 

Today, I’m back to second guessing why I’m running this 1-year natural experiment.  Shouldn’t I just be noting my Holiday Tau — the one I share with Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler and Emma the Baroness?  Shouldn’t the TauBit knock my socks off?  Maybe, I’ll be coming back to the topic after the first 30 days.

And yet, look what happened:

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember the time when the unexpected change shook up your perspective and then something truly positive came out of it? You’ll get more of the same.  Scorpio

Finally, finally, a Holiday Tau meant for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me!

Here’s what it triggered for me:

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

But wait, that’s not all.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You can see patterns that others won’t notice.  To see such a thing emerge brings profound satisfaction.”  Aries

So over time I believe thinkers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their minds and viewpoints to see new knowledge created and patterns that signal solutions never tried before to address complex challenges from a different angle. Take the ‘why’ of curiosity and test it with the ‘what if’ of experimentation.

Over the last couple of days now at the end of first month of my 1-Year Natural Experiment, how did the Holiday Tau hold up?  Should this experiment be terminated or extended for one more month?

Even though our Holiday Tau is easy to dismiss as a commercial for Coca Cola — which I did at first, but now I’m reconsidering it as a short and sweet guiding principle.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Find the real thing. There will be no good substitutes.”Scorpio

It just seemed to sugary.  But then I reflected on what had so dominated my time on that day.

“Here I am working my way through my knowledge bank of articles saved and curated for my website, ‘Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding and working for yourself,’ for which I’ve had to sift through an avalanche of what turned out to be bogus or at least iffy stuff on the Internet.  So I assembled a list of major topics that I need to get up to speed on:  Self-Publishing (duh); The Book Authoring Process Itself; Writing as a Living; The Business Side of Writing and Website Design.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: You don’t have to be the best, brightest, most creative, quickest, coolest or anything else.  What you really need to be is finished with this deal so you can move on.  Cancer

Howey’s Holiday Tau pulled me back to reality from Zahnny’s Top of Sugar Mountain as a counterpoint so necessary for me to stay on task.  Focus, prioritize, finish.

And, finally on Day 30 even my Holiday Tau agreed with Howey’s from the previous day. Is that a sign?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When a project or goal seems stalled, it’s usually because there’s too much else going on.  Spend time prioritizing.” Scorpio

Is there an easy way to prioritize?  Thank you Mr. McQueen. Here are two topics I’ve been struggling to write about for a manuscript. This one is about the reinvention process at the intersection of a) different organization types and b) at a growth stage.”

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You have much to invest — heart, time, money, effort, hopes and more.  Choose two and see what happens.” Aries

But, let’s leave the last TauBit of Wisdom — maybe the most accurate for me — to Greene and Guttenberg for what happens next after you prioritize and invest …

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: When you’re alone, your mind will race to ideas that are ahead of the times.” Libra

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

 

Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

Speaking on behalf of Emma the Baroness, Steve Zahn and Henry Winkler we had hoped for a better selection of Holiday Tau for today, 4/12/19.  I guess it wasn’t in the cards. But, we sure could have used a little boost of inspiration or motivation especially during this time when I had been into heavy research and long hours of accumulating all the tips and tricks you need to do for working on the business, not just working in the business — where the fun lies for me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

How can I apply McQueen’s Tau?  There certainly is “Volume Two” all about the secrets to finding the best fit and avoiding the worst fit for my clients in C-Suites and over the past 10 years as the economic climate shrugged off the Great Recession and recovered.  So given that I’ll rate the TauBit higher, but reserve it for when I turn my attention to writing the second volume.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): To get where you want to go within an organization, you’ll need the gatekeepers of various departments to open up their doors to you.” Aries

My first impulse?  I wish.  I’m still on a steep learning curve — how to turn procrastination into a strength, how to create accessible web forms, how to use SEO, how to handle ISBNs, and dipping into the Apple Books toolbox.  Phew!

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69:You’ll have success with today’s venture.  The hard part is staying modest in those moments when it’s all going your way.” Taurus

Mr. Jobs’ Holiday Tau feels good to believe in, to have faith in. But do I believe it? No, not yet.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011):The amount of natural talent you need to succeed at the enterprise you have your eye on is surprisingly little.  You have a hundred times more than you need.” Pisces

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

4/11/19. I’m juggling passion projects.  One focuses on attracting my 1800 or so LinkedIn audience members to visit one of my blogs.  Another is to break through my procrastination and publish my five-book series on Apple Books, and then having learned from that experience to repeat it and publish on Amazon.  I’m blaming Leonardo da Vinci and my obsession with him.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Even if the project doesn’t work out as expected or the outcome is less than you were going for, the journey that brings people together is always worthwhile.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

But, where my heart lies is in blogging about our trip to Italy landing in Venice, we took 6 months ago. 

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69:Your impulses are toward personal expression and taste.  This isn’t ego. Rather, it has to do with your uniqueness.  Follow through.” Taurus

Travel opened my eyes and interests in the Renaissance. The pre-planning meetings with Jay and Elle weighing how many destinations we could squeeze in. 

“4”  Steve Smith, 30:It feels like you’ve seen and heard all of this before, and maybe you have.  Travel will have untold benefits.” Gemini

I’m certain Howey’s Holiday Tau is especially important, but not as relevant for me today.

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: The internal scars are the most useful kind, and the emotional strength you’ve gained from experience will serve you well today.” Cancer

Actually, just the other day Emma the Baroness and I were fondly recalling when we met and how each of us felt the charge of electricity when our shoulders brushed each others sitting next to each other at the meeting for professional staff.  

“3”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69:What would life be like if affinity were doled out in equal measure, if love were always reciprocal and attractions always mutual? Not as lively as today will be.” Leo

I subscribe to the philosophy and am working through steps and gaps in manuscripts of the first five books of “The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. And Leave a Legacy.”

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “This road to fulfilling your potential isn’t a straightforward thoroughfare.  Have faith. It’s there, and it’s a beautiful place.” Pisces

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

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

Day 179 of My 1-Year Experiment

Winter

February 2020

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Hasn’t this 1-year experiment reached its conclusion by now?  All I can say is I make the rules around here like a referee in a soccer match (football on the pitch) and because Emma the Baroness and I toured Norway in the fall, with no access to our Holiday Tau, we’ll be stretching this experiment one more month.

Saturday, 2/29/20 and it’s the end of the winter season, according to me.  And, look you shouldn’t complain because, you get an extra day of winter in this leap year. 

Don’t make it harder on me than it already is.  It’s a Saturday.  

Started reading my Kindle download about introverts — a minority in an extraverted-dominated world. 

And, Pinboarded (my knowledge bank) the passing of the founder of Trader Joe’s with my profile as his ideal customer — highly educated, but not quite affluent.  Broke down my target audience at Patreon into Trader Joe’s description.

  • “Target well-educated, well-traveled — but less-than-affluent — consumers who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
  • “He got an early take on the emerging trends — from the ecological movement to the raising education level,  the overeducated and the underpaid.” 
  • “What that originally meant was, everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs could come to Trader Joe’s and find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money,” 
  • “Wouldn’t find branded items, but the merchandise was always of the highest quality and priced within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle.” 

Part of the appeal in shopping at Trader Joe’s is never knowing what new items have been added and what items will no longer be available. 

I forgot how much I love the current version of his “The Insider Report,” a customer newsletter that provided product information and which Coulombe described as “a marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine.” 

In the 1980s, it became known as the “Fearless Flyer,” a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings at the stores.

So, we’re not in Oslo today, how useful is today’s Holiday Tau?  Zahnny, you’re saying I should view my Patreon platform from the “Wines of the World” section at Traders?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51:  Look at your scene from outside. Do your systems work? Do your team members support you? How seamless is your route to success?” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wait.  How weird, yet wonderful at the same time is today’s birthday?  Haven’t I been doing exactly this for 179 days in a row?  Yup!

Today’s birthday: “There are people in your realm of imagination who will give you energy, inspiration and healing if you only ask them.  Living or dead, this doesn’t matter.  The significant thing is your ability to mentally call up what you need and interpret the answers. Dreams will come true.”

I imagine my Patron Saint might have something to say about today’s birthday.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You have talents that people in your immediate circle can’t appreciate.  Delve deeper into these gifts; you and others will be lifted by your efforts.  Seek the support you need.  Aries

Winwood and Wonder make a good point in the realm of my imagination.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: If you don’t require too much in your life, then what do you need more money for?  Consider what your sacrifice of time, energy and life is all about at this point.  Taurus

Am I correctly interpreting your answer?  

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: Some won’t participate unless they’re sure they’ll get it right.  They have too much to lose.  Then there are the players, willing to let others lead.” Gemini

So, this is my imagination right.  How does this make sense for me today?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:The thing that puzzles you makes perfect sense to another and vice versa.  Put yourself in another’s shores.  Cancer

This is more like it, guys.  Your Holiday Tau is what I’m looking for.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Usually, the thing people want in the beginning is just a way in.  You’ll gain something unexpected, exciting and vital along the way.” Leo

Thanks, Coach.  I was wondering when you would notice.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:Magical people are those who go to events without knowing anyone there, take classes out of curiosity and dip their toes in the streams of life.  You are magical.” Libra

In the Knews Letter

The Tau of Steves

    • “5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The opening gambit is usually fun, filled with hope and promises.  Things become less interesting after that.  So in the case that the beginning isn’t great, don’t stick around for the sagging middle.  On to the next.” Leo 
    • “5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn 
    • “5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Usually, the thing people want in the beginning is just a way in.  You’ll gain something unexpected, exciting and vital along the way.” Leo

Trends Fresh from the Labs

Headlines and Highlights 

Long-Form 

    • Is’The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.”
    • 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.

Speaking Volumes  

    • My interviewed “Friend of Steve” offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts. 

Working on the Business

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

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Winter

February 2019

2/28/19.  So maybe this TauBit of Wisdom comes a little closer to what’s been going on with my passion projects.

I submitted an article, “What Would Leo da V Do?” first to my website, “Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for your self,”  and then  pretty timidly to “Medium”.  

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: Are you being assertive enough? If they’re responding at all, then the answer’s yes.  If they’re not, your approach may be too timid.” Scorpio

So, yes I could use a shot of assertiveness to publish more essays like that one, about how haphazard my writing method is compared to a 5-step process recommended to writers — Pre-write, draft, revise, edit and then publish. 

Mine is nowhere near as fine tuned, which is what my article described.  But, Zahn’s two “ifs” describe what I need to do next.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Out of a the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) let’s check in to find a better Holiday Tau and swipe it.

Let’s consider lifting Steve Job’s TauBit.  After reading it, I want it. 

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minor wins are wins. Small steps are steps. Pennies add up, and so do incremental successes.  You’re going to accomplish big things by starting small and building consistently and gradually.” Pisces

I don’t think he’d miss it for two reasons.  It just doesn’t fit his reputation — “Put a Dent in the Universe” — his reputation is about disruptive innovation, right?  

And, of course just like Mr. McQueen, Jobs won’t be monitoring his Tau. 

So this bromide about incremental accomplishments leading to big things is “swipe-able.” 

Hmm? Nope, I’m not saying it’s not  good , Howey, but it isn’t worth a misdemeanor slap on the wrist for me to even consider lifting it.

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “There are things you want so much you’re willing to go to great lengths to make them happen.  Why apologize for that?” Cancer

The Holiday Tau for Carell, Martin and Wozniak would be worth paying a small reasonable fine for stealing and applying to my life.  

“3”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Your creative projects often get put on hold because they don’t fit another’s idea of ‘work.’ Defend your ideas.” Leo

Or more accurately. I’ve made a history of working in jobs which seemed like I’d be combining creative projects I wanted to do, but weren’t commercial enough to pitch to external or internal customers.

Steve Harvey has such a great presence on television hosting game shows that this Holiday Tau seems to fit him.  But, his TauBit seems like a cautionary warning to those who want to get-rich-quick — maybe like what we experienced when Emma the Baroness and I attended “Wealth Expo” in Los Angeles.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Greatness doesn’t happen overnight — almost nothing does. Be patient.” Capricorn

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. 

Intrigued, I researched how “how you can get a start on real estate investing” and wrote as a 5-part series on my Know Laboratories website that you can get for free.  That’s what,  a $1500.00 savings!?

Pretty sure the Holiday Tau for musicians Winwood and Wonder might have applied at the start of their career, but not now.  If I have one super strength it might be having the self-discipline to learn new habits and minimize distractions.  

So, not a TauBit that feels as relevant for me. 

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “You’re afraid you may lack the self-discipline to move forward. But go forward anyway.” Taurus

Does this Holiday Tau fit more for a professional basketball player during the off season or during the current seasons?  I may be lazy, but what kind of pressure are we talking about?

“2”  Steve Nash, 45: “While you don’t want to put undue pressure on yourself, some amount of pressure is warranted — a reminder, at the very least. A lack of urgency can lead to laziness.” Aquarius

What’s up with you, Mr. Aoki?  My first take is your Holiday Tau is a little too foo-foo, fantasy-filled.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41 : “It’s said that what you seek is seeking you.  So what you need is an open mind and an open heart.”Sagittarius

But haven’t I emphasized that particular moment when you realize all your hard work meets the probability that someone you’ve just met will recommend you for a position or client who has a need, but hasn’t yet crystalized the requirements until you walk in with a pitch?  

Yup, for ex-C-Suite clients I advised in the Key Executive program and in seminars for Executive MBA students.

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What happened on your journey so far?

You need to build a platform to establish your authority and visibility, but what works and what no longer does?

 

Drawing a curious crowd
Maybe the original estimate of how many patrons or fans it takes to succeed just doubled.

 

Final Installment in a three-part series.

Part One: What’s Going On? Why?

Part Two: Where Are You Going?

What Happened on Your Journey So Far?

  1. What did you discover?
  2. What surprised you?
  3. What insights have you learned?
  4. What are new opportunities you are better positioned for?

What did you discover?

Well, first off data and information ages.

If you are like me articles randomly pop up that I believe will be important when I have time to review them.

One source for me is Medium.

Another is Flipboard.

Oh, and another is Apple News.

So you save them, tag them, and retrieve them sometime in the future when you’re ready for them.

When you can apply  the tips or secret know-how they describe.

And, of course by then, you discover the source disappears.

Which is a hard lesson to learn.

If you curate back up the originals, or lose access to pearls of wisdom you so desperately need now.

The best example?

Sign Up Before It’s Too Late

AnyWired missing in action.

Next discovery?

Figuring out which tools you should  use.

Do the “aging” tools still work?

Are they evergreen?

You need to build a platform to establish your authority and visibility, but what works and what no longer does?

Turning to crowdfunding, what did I learn?

I discovered I was at least 6 months behind.

While riffing on  self-publishing and marketing in 2016 Katherine Milkovich summed up  my journey so far.

It all just takes trial and error.

What works for somebody else, may not work for you.

What surprised you?

Maybe the original estimate of how many patrons or fans it takes to succeed just doubled.

The initial number ballooned from 1000 raving fans to 2000.

Behind again.

The biggest surprise?

At the beginning of 4th of July summer weekend, roughly a month and a half ago, I logged in to one of my 6 sites.

Clicked on its dashboard like I do everyday to write and rewrite and upload photos and link and …

WTF?

Out of nowhere I received 10 times more views than spam comments.

I’d been running an experiment on Flipboard and LinkedIn.

How did my post attract 592 followers of KnowLabs on Flipboard; 840 in LinkedIn.

It’s still a mystery how 404 people visited my site when only 10 to 12 on average bother to stop by.

Take a look for yourself. I’d love to duplicate it somehow.  Let me know what you think.

What insights have you learned?

WordPress help and support sites are outdated. 

It takes a long time for me to understand why things don’t work.

Administering the technical aspects of the six websites drains my energy.

That continuing steep learning curve steals time away from writing – what I love to do.

And, puts me into a failed-problem-solving frame of mind.

Not so conducive to creativity and clarity. Or maintaining a consistent 60-minute writing habit.

But, writing about the trial and errors encountered (know banking process) help me understand why something goes wrong. 

Those lessons could provide how-to steps for Millennials, 45+ Empty Nesters,  55+ year olds and Baby Boomers ready to move to a resort, quality-of-life community.

And, take their mobile, remote work with them.

What are the new opportunities you are better positioned for?

In the original book content, I skipped over the details for making money while you sleep. 

I assumed readers would already know how to do that, but not how to pick out the best place  to live – where other birds-of-a-feather liked them flocked. 

When this knowledge laboratory is more complete the content guidelines will be more detailed and maybe more marketable.

Some future topics – how to:

Business Ideas
  • Conduct a laboratory.
  • Bank new knowledge and expertise mastered.
  • Package and repackage your deposits into new products.

Next Steps:

  1. On Amazon / Kindle publish “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” 
  2. Promote it as Book One of a five-book series in Volume One on all of my sites and on Flipboard and LinkedIn. 
  3. Join the Writing Cooperative and take their challenge covering all the mistakes I made in my first year (plus or minus) as a reluctant website administrator. 
  4. Repurpose those and drafts from The Knowledge Path – Volume Two and Three on Patreon. 
  5. Get MailChimp working as my primary vehicle for getting subscribers and supporters to review and leave comments on Amazon. Add Patreon link to my websites and my email, Flipboard and LinkedIn. 
  6. Automate a consistent process of content aggregation, curation, composition, and circulation. 
  7. Master the chain reaction  of Awareness – Interest – Liking – Desire – Trial – Repurchase and Regular Use. Make it easy for your fans to buy a piece of you, and then advocate on your behalf.
  8. Achieve the long-term goal of subscribing, sponsoring, then buying books and reports, joining membership.

What have you discovered on your journey?