S1 E 128 — Messy, Creative Leonardo-like Procrastinations

You’ll solve the problems and move forward with what matters to you.  Though bright blasts of creativity will sometimes come out of nowhere, to be inventive on a more regular basis you need time, space and materials.  Get them, and make sure to restock when any one of those categories falls low. Today’s Holiday Birthday

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 128 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 1st day of December in winher of 2019

Evidence

I have a confession to make. Here’s what I’ve learned about myself.  I’m good at getting things going, but not good at completing them.  

I rationalize my procrastination in the way Leonardo da Vinci hardly ever completed a work of art for which he received patronage.  Instead he’d follow the genius of his curiosity across what would much later become disciplines of science and nature. 

He kept brilliant, detailed, and elaborate notes and sketches while he pursued other passions — and those notes rivaled his art and the art of his peers in the 15th century.

I work on several projects at once.  

I treat them as components which must fit together at the right time.  Each one requires a number of tasks to complete so everything works at the same time like all the gears of an old fashioned clock. 

According to Tim Harford, the author, “Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives” Brian Eno’s makes his messy work for him, because he’s got several creative projects in the works at various stages.  If or when one doesn’t pan out, he simply switches to one of his others to bring it to fruition. 

So, what’s that preamble got to do with today?  

Not much, except to say I spent most of the day working on a creative brief describing 17 steps in a phased build out — an attempt to synchronize all of my messy passion projects.  

Maybe I was slip sliding away, but my Patreon launch dominated my “working on the business.”

Goal: By 12/7 launch FOSs request via Writers Cooperative, Facebook and LinkedIn having completed the “Tau of Steves” description relying on Patreon’s help and recommendations to 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.

I hardly noticed that like the Soup Nazi in “Seinfield“, Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I left the shop without any Holiday Tau for us.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

But, thank you to whomever this birthday present was for.  It certainly fit what my Sunday was shaping up to be.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’ll solve the problems and move forward with what matters to you.  Though bright blasts of creativity will sometimes come out of nowhere, to be inventive on a more regular basis you need time, space and materials.  Get them, and make sure to restock when any one of those categories falls low.

Any thing else worth noting?

I guess, maybe.  I dunno.  I’m leaving Smith’s alone.  Seems dramatic, though.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: It would be an understatement to say a person is getting to know you.  It’s more like this person is discovering you as an explorer would a mysterious, unknown world.” Gemini

Howey, what’s up.  You usually have something worth stealing.  But I guess the exception proves the rule, eh?

“2”  Steve Howey, 42:It will be as though some of your dialogue today locked and loaded itself without your knowing and was just waiting to be triggered.” Cancer

So sadly I turn to two comedians and an inventor.  Really, this is the best you can do?

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Certainty is a dangerous thing in relationships.  It squeezes out the need to come to a consensus, to work together, to question and communicate a way to the truth.  The healthiest and best relationships are riddled with doubt.” Leo

My last chance lies with the two G-men.  I’m just this close to walking away with your Holiday Tau, but wouldn’t feel good about myself if I did.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’ll be amazed and touched by people’s stories, and they will help you understand your own a little better.”  Virgo

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S1 E127 — Why Does My Horoscope Suck Compared to Yours?

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

As fall comes to a close and winter is upon us I’m feeling a touch of hibernation pulling me to more comfort food and couching it with blankets and still more football.  

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Your voracious curiosity must be satisfied.  You’ll live by information.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 127 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 30th day of November in the fall of 2019.

Evidence

Not entirely sure how to take advantage of Patreon’s platform for endangered writers like me, but I sketched out an introduction draft requiring more work

It goes something like this:

I guess it’s my turn for introductions. Hello everyone.  Just like you, I’m a recovering Steve.  I’m an introverted procrastinator who collects nouns, zip codes and steals horoscopes. For many years — for far too long — I tried to deny it.  

But with your help and support I’m coming to embrace it.  This passion project was going to become my memoir.  

I’d been wrestling with just what my legacy would be.  

However, I realized it could be so much more.  I began wondering what had influenced me the most, my Myers Briggs temperament — INTP, my obsession with tying people, places, things, ideas and trends together in new and original ways? 

Or was it my quest to build bucket lists of the highest quality-of-life towns throughout the western portion of America? 

Or simply surrendering to the wisdom of my horoscope?  Which I soon discovered sucked compared to yours over this past year.

So, what about today? How sucky is my Holiday Tau? Yes. I get the premise, but I’m waiting on the speed.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You already know that you get more out of what you concentrate on.  What’s remarkable about today is the speed with which it happens.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So turning to the less sucky Holiday Tau, let’s see what can be discovered. I’ve got the passion, but I’m not sure I can authentically claim a certain attitude.  Yet.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The execution of your plan depends on an attitude of certainty.  Double down on the route you’re taking.”   Aries

Okay, this feels more like me so, Steve, I’m rating your TauBit highly relevant to me and my passion project today.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Your voracious curiosity must be satisfied.  You’ll live by information.” Gemini

Don’t I know it! Add in my obsession to overcomplicate stuff and I end up with fits and starts and documents all over my desktop and in the cloud resisting any attempt to reassemble them into a coherent package I can communicate.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:The truth seldom comes in a complete package.  It comes in pieces, mixed into the moods and opinions of those who deliver it, and it requires a good amount of assembly.”  Cancer

Are you sure?  Why can’t I have the magic spinning wheel?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You don’t have to have a magic spinning wheel to turn straw into gold.  You’ll weave the spell with your words instead.” Leo

So this is about tension and anxiety and what doesn’t kill you makes your stronger, eh? Maybe.  Or, maybe what doesn’t kill you makes you weak and weaker until you give up.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: A deadline causes stress, a purpose causes motivation.  Ideally you’ll have both.  Without the deadline, things drag.  Without the purpose, the drag is painful.” Sagittarius

Okay, sorry Steve, I don’t ever remember an episode when I wondered bigly or small stuff about my life.

“2”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You wonder sometimes whether you are living a big life or a small life.  But in an infinite universe, scale is somewhat irrelevant.  If it matters to you, it matters.” Pisces

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S1 E124 — No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 124 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

What’s been going on? Yes, it’s official I launched my  Patreon page  yesterday — at least navigated all the false starts, getting lost following set up instructions, finding my way back, getting lost again and submitting it for review after coming up with a tagline, patron support descriptions and background photo. 

Now comes the hard part. “Languaging” it as a branded theme.  So many drafts followed many more drafts.  But, here’s a working synthesis:

I’m an introverted procrastinator.  I collect zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays, but appropriating which predictions I want to believe lie ahead for me on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

As most hackers know, zip codes provide the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  They are harder to steal with a straight face.  

Now is the even harder part, finding a voice.  I’m inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” both by her simplicity and humor and by an early passage:

I was not abused, abandoned, or locked up as a child.  My parents were not alcoholics, nor were they ever divorced or dead.  We did not live in poverty, or in misery, or in an exotic country.  I am not a misunderstood genius, a former child celebrity, or the child of a celebrity.  I am not a drug addict, sex addict, food addict, or recovered anything.  If I indeed had a past life, I have no recollection of who I was. I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary.

I’m feeling a little time pressure now.  Emma the Baroness and I are hosting our family for Thanksgiving and while she prepares the feast and decorates I’ve got front yard and back patio chores to complete.  Those chores compete with completing my federal and state taxes.  Good luck, right?

You can tell I really don’t have a coherent description of my endeavor and how it’s possible to devote so much time and have so little to show for it, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

A Researcher’s Disclaimer:  This is neither Emma the Baroness’s nor my birthday.  

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

How you fit in with so many different types of people is a marvel you’ll repeat time and time again, matching moods, blending into cultures, taking on just the right attitude to gain approval and power.  You’ll live in a beautiful bubble for a while and create from that place, recalling it for months and years after.

Wow, Steve.  I’m definitely stealing yours.  I mean, “What would Leo da V do?”  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What are the others overlooking?  You get three times more creative just by asking yourself the question, and you feel five times more alive when you figure out the answer and then tend to it.”  Aries

Yo, musical icons I’m feeling your groove about obstacles.  And your Holiday Tau of alliterations — counteract current culture — but, its message strikes to the heard of my energy and frustration and avoidance experienced in 2017 when I launched WordPress websites.  Sometimes, I just had to walk away for days at a time.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Anticipate obstacles.  Decide how you will counteract the current culture of distraction, as this will be a necessary first step toward the completion of any other plan.” Taurus

Wait, just what are you talking about?  Do you have any idea Steve?  Scandal? Bitterness? I could use a minute of distraction.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sweets of flattery and the bitterness of scandal are unnecessary distractions you don’t need to taste today.  The only news worth spreading is news that can help.” Gemini

Do Jeffersonville, Indiana or Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lillehammer, Norway or Florence, Italy count?  No, just the attitude? Got it. 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you go, arrive as a tourist; it’s the heightened awareness that helps you see it differently.  From this observational mindset, everything appears new, interesting and delightful.”  Virgo

And finally we come to Mr. Aoki who just seems to receive a high volume of Holiday Tau.  What are you offering today? I’m sure you and others will find relevancy, but I’m going to skip it today.  But, thanks.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Those who are cloaked in the all-too-common disguise of ‘someone who has it all figured out’ are only hiding from their own development.  Learning requires exposure.” Sagittarius

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S1 E123 — Knowing it Wasn’t a Good Choice, But …

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

If you’re playing along, you probably know about the amount of uncertainty and anxiety I feel towards launching my Patreon page on its crowdfunding platform. The same anxiety and fear I felt struggling with WordPress in 2017 returned.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember when you were sure it would all go wrong and then somehow it went mostly right instead?  The worry is unnecessary.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 123 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 23rd day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Where are all the social media platforms?  All that I could find in Patreon’s drop down box was Facebook.  

So that domino in my indirect chain of fan building kicks off to sell Book One, ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” on my six websites. 
Haha, please be true for me on this Saturday before Thanksgiving!

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember when you were sure it would all go wrong and then somehow it went mostly right instead?  The worry is unnecessary.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Mark your calendar to check back in six months, some time in April 2020. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday (definitely not mine, but closer to Emma the Baroness’):  

“You are a lucky presence in the lives of others.  It makes you even happier to see them succeed than when it’s you turn to soak up the accolades.  This trend of interconnectedness pumps many into our experiences.  Someone invests in you in 2020.  Frugal and focused efforts will pay handsomely in April.”

On this Saturday, McQueen’s felt good — it resonates with my case of FUD and it reminds me of the time when I deliberately chose a career in training and development which required me to conquer my fear as an introvert to stand and deliver presentations, classes and workshops in front of an audience of strangers or near strangers. 

Haha, what was I thinking?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Public presenting is  primal fear.  You’ll bravely do it anyway.”  Aries

Really?  Thank you Steve.  Your TauBit addresses the second doubt about launching my new Patreon page, “Steve Howard is creating digital magazines, blogs and self-publishing a five-book series.”

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: A good story in any form can build your imagination in a way that helps you see yourself as stronger and experience your world as more manageable.” Sagittarius

Okay, I’m saving this one for five days when the fam gathers and sits around the festive table Emma the Baroness sets.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Take pictures so that one day when the spell of the weekend has long been broken you can once again conjure the magic.  Virgo

Why didn’t I stop collecting Holiday Tau with Aoki’s.  Are you trying to stoke my fears, uncertainty and doubt?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You knew it wasn’t a good choice but made it anyway.  Now you have the chance to right it.  Capricorn

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S1 E121 — When Should You Work Backwards and When Should You Shop?

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

For over 4 hours I immersed myself into what I needed to do get up to speed for promoting my 5-book series on my 6 websites using Woo Commerce with an eye towards crowdfunding on Patreon and taking advantage of Apple Books marketing and sales tools.  

Day Fifteen of Scorpio Time

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While it’s efficient to think about the result first and then work backward, take your time shopping around and mentally trying things on.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 121 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 21st day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Everything about advertising, self-promotion and social media marketing overwhelms me, so today I just focused on the first book, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life,” in my “The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. And Leave a Legacy” five-book series. 

Yay, maybe the Holiday Tau for giving me permission to try out the opposite approach from Marshall McLuhan’s and Amazon’s Innovation process — start with the end result and work backwards to the beginning and push the button (in Amazon’s case).

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While it’s efficient to think about the result first and then work backward, take your time shopping around and mentally trying things on.” Scorpio

Yay twice!! Wow, I can’t wait for 2020 and all the wonderful gifts coming our way — for Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“The richness of 2020 is spiritual as you find a route to your most expanded and generous self.  Travel will open your mind and your realm of influence, too, starting with your own willpower.  Loved ones will lean on you, and you’ll love how this shapes some of your proudest moments.”

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

How can I celebrate my one true Holiday Tau — Steve Zahn’s, but consider Smith’s as well?  Taken together is the message start a little messy, but finish strong?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Whatever the task, finishing well will be more important than starting well, and few will remember the middle.” Gemini

Ok.  Nothing against you Steve, but I don’t see the wisdom in your Holiday Tau that I can use today.

“2”  Steve Howey, 42:On the scale of life, comfort is balanced against glory.  The more comfort one has, the less glory is possible and vice versa.” Cancer

Pardon my skeptical mind, but wasn’t this what the current President was supposed to be about when now it’s revealed he only wants people who are loyal to him?  However, Woz’s co-founder echoed his Holiday Tau by asking rhetorically why you’d hire smart people and tell them what to do?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The best leaders assemble teams of challengers and informers instead of yes men.  Surround yourself with smart contenders.” Leo

Haha.  Happens all the time for me.  Knowing I’m right that is, when my hunches pay off from seeing patterns emerging among people, places, ideas, trends and innovation.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:When your unspoken hunch aligns with the reality of events, you can’t help but feel smug satisfaction that comes with knowing you were right.” Capricorn

I disagree throwing my weight behind what the founder of Century 21, Marsh Fisher, when we worked together to launch and sustain his software package IdeaFisher off the ground.  He told me we were big picture people who best left execution details to those better suited for it.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:To be excellent at small things takes the same amount of effort as being excellent at big things.  Aquarius

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S2 E10 — Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …

Key into your own life and times as though you were a journalist writing a story about it.  There’s something in “witnessing” your own life from the point of view that will liberate you to make this year an adventure slightly beyond what you were used to.

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

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The interesting ideas will come and go, giving little sparks to your day.  It’s the great ideas that will stick around, lighting a fire in you.” Libra

Yup, it’s Friday the 13th.  Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 10 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 13th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in the Second Season

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

Related from Season One

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9 Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Evidence

Figuring out how many BCC emails I could send at any one time turned into a trial and error task stretching out for most of this past week.  

    • In my “Working on the Business” mode 318 outbound emails to proteges I had matched with mentors in the past and another 52 to their mentors escaped my iCloud server’s cutoff.  
    • But, for the last two days I logged in the sent backs for a variety of reasons into my “Friends of Steves” spreadsheet and searched on LinkedIn for the most current I could find.
    • Michelle, one of those first wave of Proteges who graduated in 2019 sought advice about starting up a business. Her request got me thinking about topics  
    • I had already written in book chapters and in one of my blogs that could be an article to offer the public on Patreon. I sent her Preneurs . 
    • What’s the easiest way to offer the “Best of” teaser articles in Patreon from my websites?  
    • Maybe my bonus offering is 60 days of free newsletter for those of us stuck at home.  
    • Or “stuff“ from missing chapters added in Knowledge Banking, but not included in any of the manuscripts.  Or, possibly about change and uncertainty from Know Laboratories.

Michelle’s unexpected reply felt lucky for triggering ideas, but who knows if potential Patreon followers will care?  Is this gold or fool’s gold?

So, Steve your Holiday Tau feels timely.  I’m full of self-doubt.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There’s a time to doubt yourself and a time to go full-on forward.  Don’t let them overlap.  Once you decide, step with confidence.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  If you’ve been following along this definitely isn’t my birthday, but I wish it was.  I hope by finishing the “Volume Two — Work” and “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscripts will appeal to both demographics. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Key into your own life and times as though you were a journalist writing a story about it.  There’s something in “witnessing” your own life from the point of view that will liberate you to make this year an adventure slightly beyond what you were used to.  Young people emulate you, and older people need you.

Oh, oh.  Have I not knocked hard enough today?  Is your Holiday Tau predicting bad things for me?  I knew it.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Defeat isn’t the end.  It’s a chance to regroup, change the plan, give it another go.” Leo

Thanks, G&G.  If I combine your TauBit of Wisdom with Today’s birthday it adds up to the “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscript! 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Knowledge is obtained through study.  But the only way to become wise is through experience.” Virgo

Yeah, now we’re glowing.  Thanks Coach Kerr I’m feeling more inspired.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The interesting ideas will come and go, giving little sparks to your day.  It’s the great ideas that will stick around, lighting a fire in you.” Libra

But, wait there’s more.  Wow, thanks for being on my Tau Team Steve.  Intelligence, originality and nuance — great qualities to emulate.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Ordinary thinking does not recognize extraordinary qualities.  You have the higher intelligence to appreciate originality and to discern wonderful nuances.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen
    • The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney

Working on the Business

    • 1,345  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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Previous

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data ; S2 E5 Second 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;  S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; 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;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S1 E117 — Poets and Priests and Testifying Under Oath …

OMG.  Given what’s going on in the House hearings, I’d say both Emma the Baroness and I agree and wonder what happened to American core values and principles?

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You appreciate being among self-driven people who know what they are doing and can turn in a product, attitude or outcome consistently without being coerced,  bribed, punished or manipulated.” Aries

Day Ten of Scorpio Time

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 117 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 14th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Up to this point in time I exceeded my goal of spending 50% on time of “Working on the Business” — around 70% of that effort tied to Patreon and Tau of Steve as a source on income. 

    • But, this is also the week when I fell down the rabbit hole reviewing commerce plugins like Woo, and membership plugins like Memberly (owned by Patreon) to seamlessly connect to the network of my six WordPress websites.  
    • Today I spent three hours converting blogs to functioning websites, largely getting stuck with attempts to launch the sexy parallax functions bouncing back and fort between my dashboards and customizing each in site view.
    • Oh, and Emma the Baroness and I recorded and spot checked portions of Congress’s Impeachment hearing of President Trump.

So, considering Zahn’s Holiday Tau for us, I have to laugh, because this definitely feels like a painful belly-flop.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Today’s dive into the lake of life will not be a graceful swan-style.  Nor will it involve the flailing indecision of a painful belly-flop.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

OMG.  Given what’s going on in the House hearings, I’d say both Emma the Baroness and I agree and wonder what happened to American core values and principles?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You appreciate being among self-driven people who know what they are doing and can turn in a product, attitude or outcome consistently without being coerced,  bribed, punished or manipulated.” Aries

Ok, Steve I will, I promise. Hold on. That’s a little too snarky.  I’m upgrading this because it’s those little insights that pop out from my weird impressions and half thoughts and build to a breakthrough in my technical understanding.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Try to remember clearly those weird internal thoughts you’re having as you work through the tensions of life.” Pisces

Yo, Howey your Holiday Tau sounds wonderful and just what I need! But, I’m still stuck in the rabbit hole and the rope ladder is still to short to climb my way out.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:The hike is worthwhile, no matter how high you climb.  You don’t have to reach the highest peak to get the benefit of perspective.” Cancer

Oh, no I don’t. Not today.

“2” Steve Kerr, 54:Maybe we are, as the poets and the priests have suggested, but grains of sand.  Still, you’ll feel very much a part of the beautiful shore of humanity today.” Libra

Except if the experienced are testifying under oath!

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: The opinion of the experienced will be so valuable to those who take the time to listen.” Sagittarius

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S1 E115 — Meandering Minds, Falling Branches and Strange Pacing Until …

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

Day Ten of Scorpio Time

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: This day will have strange pacing.  It will seem as though nothing happens for long stretches and then everything happens at once.” Sagittarius

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 115 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 8th day of November in the fall of 2019, also known as “Day Ten of Scorpio Time.”

Evidence

In each of my professional roles — advising, counseling, coaching, consulting — my work, or rather the work my clients did was ongoing.  So on the weekends I found myself drawn to projects with a beginning and ending  point.  

This day, being Friday, was no different.  Tree trimming. 

It combined an artistic expression applied to shaping the multi-trunked Carrot Wood tree in our front yard, a physical workout reaching into the branches with the cutting blade at the end of my telescoping red metal pole and pulling on the rope to snip off branches.

And it freed one part of my brain to meander not quite in a dream state, because I still had to pay attention, but definitely not in a logical, problem solving mode.  

As I cut away, that other part of my brain considered —

“My blogs — needing to convert the blogs to websites and ready them for the Tau of Steves. How does each site’s brand support the Tau?  The Knowledge Path might be the easiest — Leave a Legacy. Instead of reinventing, why not revisit my bio and book cover descriptions from the Volume One Series of the first five books for “About” pages?  Consider changing to “no dates” of postings, shifting first to the just picture-click bait headlines-attention grabbing first sentences breaking off with a “…” to introduce the paywall.”

Anyway that’s where my head was, while my hands and body kept me looking up and pulling and ducking out of the way as twigs, branches and limbs fell to earth.

Given all that, what about Zahn’s Holiday Tau for this 9th Day of Scorpio Time? Not as much as I hoped.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You don’t need to be strategic in your socializing because you’re already attracted to the people who can most help you.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

However comma, as Emma the Baroness says, CM&W’s Holiday Tau exceeds my expectations, right?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re trying to project the most accurate version of what’s going on inside of you.  Once you express yourself, you’ll find that others feel as you do.” Leo

And, I couldn’t have hoped for the second part describing the day I had — it’s as if I set the challenge up in my subconsciousness, spend the afternoon laboring with my hands and then, pop, a solution appears!

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: This day will have strange pacing.  It will seem as though nothing happens for long stretches and then everything happens at once.” Sagittarius

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S3 E3 — A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Desperation sets in.  I need a catch-up miracle or else.   Should I pull the plug on most of this baggage and pivot to something else entirely?

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 3 in Season 3 of My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 28th 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.

Previously in Season Three

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

Related from Season Two

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

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 

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “When rejection is a possibility, most people are risk-averse to a degree. But since you’ve had such a variety of results from putting yourself on the line, you’ve become socially adventurous. That pays off today.” Pisces

Evidence

When you start planning your strategy for launching a website you can either give up a destination in your own brand hosted by the company you choose or you brand your own and pay for hosting service separately.  

After comparison shopping I chose SiteGround.  I’m telling you this, because they auto-renewed me for another year at $320 which covers their Site Scanner for all six of my websites.  

And, as a logical extension for covering my basic expenses I shopped around all of the crowdfunding options to choose Patreon.  

I’m wondering out loud if this is what is meant about the “new normal” shaping up this weekend. 

And if $320 is the high cost of not changing?

I can tell you I’d fallen so far behind that I had to inventory everything just to consider how to efficiently pull a catch-up miracle or to pull the plug on most of the baggage and pivot to something else entirely.  

Stuff I have to work out:

      1. 12  Spotlights in the can — which will require updating headlines
      2. 205 compositions at various stages in the pipeline
      3. 97 Volume Two and Three drafts
      4. 24 “Where” and “What’s Next” plus Book 2-step chapter / blog / Patreon in Public or Tier display
      5. A draft of Day One of My 1-Year Experiment (which needs help) and then 114 days drafted waiting right behind it.
      6. 52 post 1-year “TauBits for the Taking”
      7. 78 Volume Three journal to text copies
      8. 19 Volume Two drafts

Now throw in my major resistance to: 

      1. Publishing the 5-book series in Apple Books and 
      2. Scheduling a email – MailChimp newsletter 
      3. Launching Friends of Steves group on Facebook and switch focus from horoscopes to wisdom extracted, to any Steves.

I’ve got to figure out an efficient way to identify what’s next to post a draft to Patreon or one of my websites.  And, then get good at remembering all the stuff that is quirky about each site. And, after that routinely pump them out.

So, what about it? 

Can I find any TauBits of Wisdom from today’s Steves? Funny how endless possibilities each with their own attached anxieties stop you before the act.  

And then once you act and begin iterating, those anxieties disappear into energy-bursts of creativity for building something new.  All any of us can do I guess is to pick one thing, finish it and move on.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are adapting to the current circumstances and making the next logical move. Perhaps it seems obvious to you, but those observing find you wondrously original.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Anything swipe-able from these three Steves?  Nash’s fits what I needed to hear today.  I over question and the open gate floods with too much to process.  So, thanks Steve.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:There’s a time to ask why? A time to ask why not? And a time not to ask anything at all. Questions are openings. When there’s an abundance, close the gate and sort what you’ve already got.  Aquarius

OMG.  Did you read the last three items on my list.  You nailed it.  Resistance, fear of rejection, risk-aversiveness.  So you’re saying if I become socially adventurous it pays off today?  Can’t wait, let’s see.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “When rejection is a possibility, most people are risk-averse to a degree. But since you’ve had such a variety of results from putting yourself on the line, you’ve become socially adventurous. That pays off today.” Pisces

I won’t lie to you.  I get Aoki’s set-up for a nonchalant guy like me, but I like the punch line — seeing stuff in a new light, but I’m so far behind that I’m too busy sorting through what I’ve got. 

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Comedians are often funny because their jokes make us aware of what would normally be automatic, nonchalant action. You’ll be a bit of a comedian today, observing the ordinary in a new light.” Sagittarius

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:

“Screenwriters call it the ‘inciting incident.’ This week …the message, … has to do with social change or, more to the point, the high cost of not changing. As far as this week’s plot goes, the ‘new normal’ starts to shape up over the weekend when we figure out what our personal plan is going to be to process events and assimilate new knowledge into our worlds. While it may be satisfying to have everything wrap up with a tidy bow, the best filmmakers are sure to leave some questions answered. Otherwise, who’s going to come see the sequel?”

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

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S1 E114 — Setbacks, Frustration, Epic Fails but How Was Your Day?

Day Eight of our Scorpio Time celebration was an epic fail —no TauBits of Wisdom on Sunday for Zahnny and us worth mentioning.  Not even for the rest of the celebrity Steves to make me want to change my sign or steal their slices of wisdom.

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

Day Nine of Scorpio Time

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:With temporary setbacks, it can be frustrating to have a constant awareness that something is off.  Think of the state as a mind-over-matter type of challenge.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 114 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 7th day of November in the fall of 2019, also known as Day Nine of Scorpio Time.

Day Eight of our Scorpio Time celebration was an epic fail —no TauBits of Wisdom on Sunday for Zahnny and us worth mentioning.  Not even for the rest of the celebrity Steves to make me want to change my sign or steal their slices of wisdom.

Evidence

Working on the business consumed my week.  

My research sweet spot focused on both platforms — Patreon, the one I anticipated launching on — and WordPress which is where I host my six blogs.  

    • What I wanted was some transition into a membership based business so my blogs and Patreon cross-promoted each other.  
    • But, so far my stand alone blogs had failed to direct traffic from one to another.  And, I had no way of generating income from them.  
    • I had put off converting each blog into a full-featured website because the technical challenges with pages and templates and menus and … everything else required of me froze my brain and fogged my mind.

Today, I realized the “Twenty Seventeen” WordPress Theme I chose for all blogs was set up for an ongoing business.  

Maybe not exactly what I needed.  

Then, of course, I  wasn’t sure what it was that I needed when I bit the bullet and launched them two years ago.

Given all that, how much do I have to read into today’s Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? 

Hmm.  

Not the best, but as I look over how my 6 blogs have turned out, I can see the TauBit of Wisdom this one.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You can’t tell which action you’ll be proud of or not proud of until you do the thing and see how it feels.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Yo, Mr. Kerr I’d like to borrow your Holiday Tau if you aren’t using it.  Something is almost always off, wrapped in frustration and head banging.  But, what really attracted me to yours is the “mind over matter” reference back to my mother and, especially my grandmother who took my sister and I to Christian Science Sunday School. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:With temporary setbacks, it can be frustrating to have a constant awareness that something is off.  Think of the state as a mind-over-matter type of challenge.” Libra

Haha, McQueen’s Holiday Tau suggests just the opposite of my week’s worth of frustration and technical agony.  But, it’s where I “go” when I ask for guidance from my muse — “What would Leo da V do?”

“3” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Do things for the pleasure of doing them instead of for the points, money or approval that might come.  Aries

To be honest guys, your Holiday Tau describes how I feel about my normal days and weeks.  But, not this week, or today.

“3” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You’ve been finding ways to work what you’re best at into your daily life.  Now your days reflect you so much better.  Taurus

Listen G&G, I so much want to follow your Holiday Tau today, but I’m so burned out with my energy depleted that I can’t muster my observant creative self to show his head.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you’re at in life today, bring your most observant, creative self to it.” Virgo

Not to be flippant, but I’m just not following your Tau.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: Relationships get broken.  Repairs can happen individually, together or in subsequent relationships with different people.” Sagittarius

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