S2 E70 — Persistent Failure

I failed so many times at start-ups that I could pick apart most of their plans and presentations almost instantaneously.  But, that didn’t mean I wasn’t a sucker for ideas I felt would be sure hits.  Even after I left the SBA program I continued to meet and mentor some of my entrepreneurs.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Stay aware, head on a swivel, as you make your way to the crossroads. Transitions are always a little more dangerous. The intersections of life hold potential for much good and bad fortune.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 70 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Natural Experiment” on this 26th day of June in the summer of 2020.

 

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

Table of Contents

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E69How Can You Tell Who’s an Engineer at a Party?; S2 E68Take More Breakthrough Showers;  S2 E67Here’s What I Didn’t Know That Will Help You

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E70Lingering Fear My Cover Was Blown; S1 E69Anniversary Trip of a Lifetime Deep in the Heart of Tuscany; S1 E68Overcompensating for Disappointing Results?; S1 E67Don’t Misunderstand Me

Context

This is the continuing story of how I learned important lessons from the school of hard knocks. And it’s an introduction to my second volume of books I described in the previous episode. I had already changed careers and switched industries by following the future brought to us by technology companies.

Key Executive Advisor

He asked me if I’d be interested in becoming their Key Executive Advisor.  I learned I’d be heading up the region’s outplacement services for C-suite executives paid for by their former companies.

Clearly this was a major stretch for me.  Fake it until you make it, right?

Rose colored glasses again?  You bet.  I immediately envisioned a 360 degree opportunity.

Here’s how I sized up what I could do: 

        1. Advise executives by surfacing their unique value propositions, circulate creative briefs describing them, pitch  their 90-day plans during the round of interviews and hit the ground running after the negotiations. 
        2. Once hired, then have them assess the organization’s current team they’ve inherited against the new direction — with our organizational consulting services. 
        3. Have them define the missing talent necessary to execute their plan, engage us to outplace executives and managers that who no longer fit. 
        4. Recruit from us executives they’ve likely already met and sized up, that matched their new talent requirements.    

Rinse and repeat.

Easy for me to see, but I had nobody local to pitch it too.  

The headquarters was on the East Coast where those kinds of decisions were considered, approved, but more probably rejected and denied. 

Their motto I came to believe was stick to your knitting and hit your numbers within your own functional silos. 

So I washed my hands of the whole proposition and dug in to accelerate my learning about how to deal with executives.  Up until then, like sales, not a strength of mine. 

My suite of offices were completely different than space devoted to the majority employees from lower paying companies, cubicles with workstations and a generic phone.  

It mirrored the “mahogany row” they were ejected from — with an executive assistant just for them, with offices offering privacy with doors that closed.  We were selling a normalized service.  Come spend the same hours as you would working, but this time devote them to your job search. 

I delivered individual and group facilitated services at offices throughout the Southern California Region from San Diego to Woodland Hills, Pasadena and West LA.  

It dawned on me that for executives, who you knew and who knew you,  made the most difference for people at this level, so I created an online community for information and insight sharing which became a source for trusted referrals.

Just as I was hitting my stride the parent company had been acquired and after about 18 months began consolidating services, cutting back on rental overhead and getting rid of us six figure advisors in favor of those high volume cubicle contracts at lower rates.

Shocked into Venture Guidance for SBA

Usually I see these things coming.  

Not this time, though.  

Maybe because between advisory sessions, group work and regional office visitations I had been experimenting with writing my first blog, The Journal of 2020 Foresight.  

Having been outplaced again, I worked out of a rival’s outplacement office ironically resurrecting my consulting practice  while I spent half my time coaching wannabe entrepreneurs who sought angel funding helping them on their presentation, in much the same way it’s done on shark tank.  

I’d meet each person with a great idea, hear them out, conduct a preliminary intake against the criteria for receiving our free services provided by a budget from The Small Business Association.  

Instead of qualifying for a business loan at a vetted SBA bank affiliate that they’d have to pay back, we were there to vet their idea against evolving criteria provided to us by Tech Coast Angels — a group of entrepreneurs and former executives who agreed to pledge $50,000 each as seed or A-series funding.  

In a deck of 10 slides, after being coached by us individually, the wannabes had to stand and deliver to a group of us roleplaying the sharks and throwing at them curve balls challenging their assumptions.

I failed so many times at start-ups that I could pick apart most of their plans and presentations almost instantaneously.  But, that didn’t mean I wasn’t a sucker for ideas I felt would be sure hits. 

Even after I left the SBA program I continued to meet and mentor some of my entrepreneurs who failed to dazzle the Angels.

Defense Contractor to Disease Prevention Start Up

One of my former client reached out to be because he left the disk-drive company that built the corporate headquarters and experienced “Edifice Complex” curse.  He needed my help with his San Diego defense contractor client that struggled with a spin off.  

They tried to commercialize electron-beam sterilization of fruits and vegetables and hamburger meat to extend their shelf life — which definitely represented thinking out of the box, Jack-in-the-Box.  

Doctors had invested after a round of salmonella outbreak.  He had another client which was reinventing itself trying to both innovate and control their product development process. 

Too Many Product Innovations

I learned that the talent cultures that inhabit defense contractors are in no way the talent cultures that you need to commercialize a startup.  

And, instead of doing what I loved to do, facilitate more innovative ideas from all corners of an enterprise, too many ideas can be a bad thing.  

Especially if you don’t have a process in place to kill projects that go nowhere to free up resources — budget and talent — for higher probability minimum viable projects.

It was this last client who was located in the research park of the local university that required me to drive on campus for product meetings.  

One late Friday morning, after a Starbucks meeting near the John Wayne Airport,  I decided to take the afternoon off.  So I drove towards the heart of the campus, parked my silver gray 4 Runner in the town center and began aimlessly wandering. 

I strolled past outdoor restaurant tables filled with undergraduates and professors who like me were just enjoying another spring day in Southern California when a voice rang out, “Steve, is that you?” 

Synchronicity or Serendipity?

That simple question startled me and jerked me back from my daydreams to reality. I turned around, couldn’t zero in on the voice’s location and began believing I imagined it.

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, but for my ex-C-Suite clients I advised in the Key Executive program

But, this time it was for me.  

Another colleague wanted an update.  And, eventually asked if I wanted to work with her at the University in the Business School advising the Executive and Healthcare Executive students.  I aced the interviews with the team.

The Director approved a long-term retainer for conducting advisory services and for teaching seminars customized to Executive MBA students needs.  Basically, he wanted someone to create the program from the ground up.

The opportunity lasted for a decade which I view as a field test or a laboratory for the content in these second volume books.

I proposed a curriculum to the Director for him to review, “Why would anyone choose to come back to school for an executive MBA (and spend over $100,000 over two years) when you’ve got all they’d ever need in this curriculum?” he asked.  

We should probably keep this our own little secret, since the University is paying both of us he went on to say.

But enough about me. For today, haha.

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “As the bees get nectar, they accidentally spread pollen. Do they know they are the reason the flowers bloom? Like the bees, you will unknowingly cause beauty just by doing what comes naturally.” Scorpio

So, we’re talking about an organic eco-system that’s interdependent, right?  So if for some reason bees die off then the flowers and vegetables don’t bloom and seeds don’t fall and — is this what we’ll be leaving for our grandchildren?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Of all the things you could wish for, an easy route won’t be one of them. It wouldn’t be wrong so much as just off-brand. You welcome the opportunity to get stronger and smarter through challenging work.”  Aries 

Haha, off-brand.  That’s a good one.  But I have to say I bore easily if my work hasn’t been complicated, complex or on the edge where the new knowledge you create and circulate, I check out.  But, every damn time? 

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You’re not afraid to answer the call of duty and, in fact, the best things you’ve experienced have happened because you both answered and went above and beyond such a call.”  Taurus

Really?  Not today.  So far, anyway.  I answered my call to duty years ago as an Army veteran, but I’m loathe to remember anything good that came out of it.

.“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Let no one, not even you, offer a limiting idea of what you’re capable of. You don’t know what you can accomplish until you accomplish it. Your tenacity knows no bounds.” Cancer

Hopefully you find this inspirational, uplifting and relevant for you today.  It’s not for me.  But, then it’s not my “official” Holiday Tau either.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:You have paid your dues and done your time. You showed up how they wanted, so you know what that’s like. Now, you’re inclined to do it your own way, to show up how you see fit. It works.” Virgo

It dawned on me that making a living as an artist probably won’t age well when I’m old and gray.  So with family responsibilities I chose to write on the side — to exercise my creativity on things I wanted to do in smaller time slots — at night, before work and at lunch.  Now with work out of the way, I am truly indeed seeing how it fits and works doing it my own way.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Stay aware, head on a swivel, as you make your way to the crossroads. Transitions are always a little more dangerous. The intersections of life hold potential for much good and bad fortune.” Libra

Here’s the added caveat during a pandemic — who knows how long this transition to locked down mode will last and how desperate we may all become for a normal life once more, when none may available on the other side.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ve already done the ‘dance like no one is watching’ thing and now you’re into the refinement of movement assumed by consummate professionals. Because if all goes well, someone will be watching.”  Capricorn

Over these initial chapters I’d conclude I became good at interviewing, because I assumed the view of an outside consultant.  And war stories they cared about flowed naturally from my lips.  But once the deal was signed or the offer extended I danced like everybody was watching as I faked it until I made it.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:The thing you didn’t think you had time for will now be taking up many hours of your day. But if it weren’t good for your personal development, you wouldn’t feel so compelled to manage it.”  Aquarius

Isn’t there such a sigh of relief when you finally land a new job, discover how the internal weather blows, and master those obstacles thrown your way in the normal course of your assignments?  Yup.  It’s the same feeling I felt tempted to follow allowing my networking and marketing activities slip slide away.  Hey, I just landed a long-term retainer!  And then out of blue the flow you began coasting on dries up.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines organically grew from 3911 to 4073.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S2 E57 — Science and Medicine or Politically-Motivated Misinformation?

The Good Company embraces their corporate responsibility by focusing on their long-term enlightened self-interest with investments in their employees and in the communities where they live and work.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You know the sensation you get when you look back on old photos and realize that a lot of your concerns back then were needless? Be happy now. Cast worry aside. Trust time. It will handle so much for you.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 57 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Natural Experiment” on this 4th day of June in the summer of 2020.  

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

Table of Contents

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E56What Iffing; S2 E55Dreaming of 30 Tempting Getaways; S2 E5490 Days to Future-Proof Your Career Trajectory and Lifetime Investments 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E5712 Hidden Secrets and Stolen Wisdom – Month Two; S1 E56It’s Frickin’ Summer and So Are You; S1 E55All Roads Lead to the Future; S1 E54A Version That’s a TauBit Grander

Context

How will our pandemic lives play out?  Back to our continuing my series drawing upon the report from Deloitte and Salesforce’s “The world remade by COVID-19 Scenarios for resilient leaders | 3-5 years.” 

We’re at step four. Assemble the alternatives for each force into internally consistent stories.

Previously we revealed the summary of “The Passing Storm” for which the scenario story tellers assume governments communicate the severity of the pandemic and gets us citizens to take the crisis seriously and go along with the quarantine program.  

The good news in this scenario is that the virus’s spread is contained.  

    • No second wave materializes. 
    • Immunization works leading to prevention.  
    • The economy, while taking a hit initially rebounds near the end of 2020 and builds once we consumers feel more confident sometime after July 2021.

Today, before visiting each of the four alternatives in greater detail, we profile Scenario Two.

Good Company

The COVID-19 pandemic persists past initial projections, placing a growing burden on governments around the world that struggle to handle the crisis alone. 

A surge of public-private sector partnerships emerges as companies step up as part of the global solution. 

New “pop-up ecosystems” arise as companies across industries partner to respond to critical needs and drive much-needed innovation. 

Social media companies, platform companies, and tech giants gain new prestige. 

Ultimately, companies shift further toward “stakeholder capitalism,” with a more empathetic stance on to how they can best serve their customers, shareholders, and employees to rebuild after the crisis.

In another positive alternative, we’ll witness the initiative taken by those companies to supply healthcare expertise especially with software and tools.  

The Good Company embraces their corporate responsibility by focusing on their long-term enlightened self-interest with investments in their employees and in the communities where they live and work. 

Best estimate for the economic cycles? 

Recovery begins near the end of the year in 2021, but slows during the first 6 months of 2022, before accelerating in the second half.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You know the sensation you get when you look back on old photos and realize that a lot of your concerns back then were needless? Be happy now. Cast worry aside. Trust time. It will handle so much for you.” Scorpio

So, you’re saying they same holds true for Emma the Baroness and me in, say 2022 or 2024?  I can verify I have experienced the sensations even more recently looking back on old photos in-between searching for missing jigsaw pieces and binge watching Netflix.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

“This year turns up your vitality; lifestyle changes and exciting projects figure in. People you admire find their way into your world. You already have what others need, and you’ll find the niche that allows you to feel a deep sense of contribution and belonging, not to mention the chance to get exactly what you want.

So, clearly this ain’t my birthday, but if it is yours please feel free to soak up the optimism.  And, let’s celebrate you by fervently wishing that key elements of “The Passing Storm” and “The Good Company” influence our futures together.

“4”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll revel in your freedom. Being left alone to live as you like without being nagged, judged or subjected to the whims of authority is the perk of adulthood you cherish.” Leo

Haha.  Welcome relief for an introvert. Solitude.  Ah yes.  Even more so now with no one to see and nowhere to go. 

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:You become like the people around you and this is why you’re pretty choosy about whom you allow to the inner circle, or, for that matter, any concentric circle of which you are the center.” Libra

It’s pretty easy for Emma the Baroness and me.  Are you a believer in science and medicine or politically-motivated misinformation?

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your cosmic gift of the day is a clear demarcation on the point of diminishing returns. This prevents you from unnecessary work and frees you to focus on what matters most to you.” Sagittarius

I picked this TauBit maybe out of wishful thinking more than anything else — I mean, c’mon, my cosmic gift?  Most excellent.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:Judges get paid to judge. Why should those who aren’t judges do this for free? You refuse to concern yourself with matters that do not directly concern you. It takes less energy to live and let live.” Capricorn 

Yeah, sure.  But I see it in even more simple terms — introverts need to budget their energy.  We take longer to recharge.  Which, in turn, takes away from more imaginative work and creativity.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines organically grew from 3188 to 3698.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S3 E30 — Steal These TauBits, Please. It’s Only Fair!

No jealousy allowed.  Yesterday I confessed to swiping all the Holiday Tau I wanted. Why? I was only receiving  17%  of the total available Tau on any given day. So I was envious of the other 83%. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While many scan the conversation for arguing points to dig into, you have better luck listening up for possible common interests. Bonus: Trying to see another person’s point of view is just good practice.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 30 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 17th day of April in the spring 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.

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

Table of Contents

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E29Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau; S3 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year; S3 E27What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

But, today I’m adding more to the Findings Section of the 1-year Natural Experiment’s Report.  These TauBits of Wisdom describe me well.  I can legitimately claim them (as can Emma the Baroness).

Scorpios (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler

Best Fit For Me

Work Organizations and Cultures

Your research will lead you to concepts, next steps and, most importantly, people who can help you take them.

Why did I pick it? 

If I’m true to myself (INTP / Idea Packager) and work on all of the Volume Two, Three, and Tau manuscripts at the same time,  I feel what I write about is truthful and useful and original.  And, by publishing to Patreon I can write freely and link to something else I wrote on my website and in my blogs. For instance I can work in the story about constant commoditization, how artistic work drives audiences to social media in a siren server kind of way.  And if that, then it means artists receive pennies on the dollar in royalties while the platforms thrive and grow in value.

Knowing about new possibilities gives you more choices.  You could attain the perfect coach or mentor or, at the very least, find the book you need.

Why did I pick it?  

Here’s what I’ve learned.  Listening to almost everyone else’s advice works for extroverts based on how their brains are wired — as I learned from “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World.” To just pick one passion project at a time, focus on it and complete it works for them.  But,  as an introverted INTP life story writer and idea packager,  my strength is associative or lateral thinking.  I know it is also my weakness in the extreme, so the best I can do is treat my passion projects as category buckets and fill them each a little as I go.

Legacy and Wisdom

For you, intuition isn’t a part-time thing. It’s always engaged. Today it will be a significant driver for you.

Why did I pick it? 

It suggests how our brains work.  How we navigate through life weighing facts, yet making the actual decision based on the best intuition and logic.  Passing that TauBit of Wisdom on to others who are like me may find it valuable too.

Vitality follows those on the edge of the known.  Anyone doing what they know they can do is playing it too safe to feel successful.”

Why did I pick it? 

I’ve lived by the mantra in my career, “Anticipate, Innovate, Iterate and Excel” which leads to my theory about companies and organizations that practice it as a core competency — Paradoxy-Morons.  And, why I’m attracted to an organizations at the Reinvention stage of growth driven by Chief Reinvention Officers (CROs). You’ll notice  I began adding topics to the bottom of each day in the 1-year experiment that add to the amount of time to compose the day, but offer glimpses into broader possibilities: Tau, Trends (What’s Next), Short-Form (Where), Long-Form (notes from books), Progress and Procrastination, Speaking Volumes (1,2,3) and Banking and ATMs (Analytics)

Practical Projects

Your story is more interesting than you think and spaced with valuable information and inspiration.  How and when you share it will be important.

Why did I pick it? 

At first, I felt embarrassed by describing the horoscope angle, to this project, but nearing  the last 30-days I feel I’ve got some sound underpinnings in psychology and  neuroscience identifying parts, pathways and functions of the brain responsible to a large degree for reason and creativity. And if this, then that propels me into what the Volume Three’s Manuscript can become, or to an entirely other manuscript can become.

It seems like good ideas are being snatched up all around you. Actually, they were snatched up long ago and are just getting reworked. Seek anticipated inspiration.”

Why did I pick it? 

This time frame over a year is unique enough that it might attract a following, but it allows me to link to something already written in a pre-COVID world just as it is ending.  How will fortunes and forecasts change over the next year? Tying people, places, things, ideas, information and trends together in new and original ways can begin to answer the questions with new ideas. The real work of an idea packager is anticipating new and novel ideas partially hidden in patterns driven by trends or forecasts.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While many scan the conversation for arguing points to dig into, you have better luck listening up for possible common interests. Bonus: Trying to see another person’s point of view is just good practice.” Scorpio

Today, should I pick it? 

Emma the Baroness and I are hosting longtime friends who traveled with us to Italy, but have moved twice, returned to California, but have returned to sell their house while pulling up stakes for good to live in Arizona. We disagree on their choice of watching Fox News and the perceived unfairness of business closings located next door to each other, enjoyed the other 99% of the evening catching up. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hi Steve. It’s easy for me to agree with your Holiday Tau today and I’ll include it in my bucket for Legacy (Volume Three Manuscript).

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “There is no how-to manual for what you are trying to accomplish today. The most important thing is that you know what you’d like your desired outcome to be. Send that star to the high heaven to guide the journey.” Pisces

Thanks, Harv.  I feel your TauBit of wisdom echos the first description of me listed under Practical Projects.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “There’s so much you know that people will want to learn from you, but this is going to happen over a long period of time. You’re wise to be a little mysterious and give out one nugget of wisdom at a time.” Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent
    • “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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S3 E28 — Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year

According to Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s detective series, it’s a cardinal sin to turn away from momentum.  Momentum drives me to writing the 1-year experiment report by picking up where I left off.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 28 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 15th day of April in the spring 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 from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E27 What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole; S3 E25Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Last time I shared the pitch for bringing more Steves into the world! Heck, we’re an endangered species if you follow the numbers. 

Stymied at first to name any famous Steves, Google results provided 120 and with a little sleight of hand I listed them according to their horoscopes.

Today I’m outlining sections of the report:

Introduction 

Defining terms — What does Tau mean; Life as an art form in a natural experiment;

The chain of events leading to the 1-year natural experiment including creating and maintaining 6 WordPress websites, a blog taking a peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself;  

Which points to Patreon, a crowdfunding platform; and 

The inspiration behind turning to Holiday Mathis Scorpio sayings starting on 2/24/19;

Methodology 

Conducted 1-Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/29/20;

On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

Tau of 19 Famous Steves 

          • Steve Harvey, 62 (December 22 – January 20) Capricorn
          • Steve Nash, 45 (January 21 — February 19) Aquarius
          • Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011) (February 20 — March 20) Pisces
          • Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) (March 21 – April 20) Aries
          • Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56 (April 21 – May 21) Taurus (Addition part way through)
          • Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72  (May 22 – June 21) Gemini (Added part way through)
          • Steve Howey, 42 (June 22 – July 22) Cancers 
          • Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69  (July 23 – August 22) Leo
          • Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72 (August 23 – September 23) Virgo (Added part way through)
          • Steve Kerr, 54 (September 24 – October 23) Libra
          • Steve Zahn, 51 (October 24 – November 22) Scorpio
          • Steve Aoki, 41 (November 23 – December 21) Sagittarius

Initial plan for coding the Holiday Tau into categories to compare and analyze TauBits of Wisdom.

          1. W —Wisdom for “If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue?” 
          2. N —The name (why a mother would choose Steve for a baby to grow into; choose Steve for horoscope intuition) — prime-the-pump kind of Steve-only and Friends of Steves putting in their two cents; 
          3. Y —1-year experiment — Anything, especially for intuitors and actual magical thinking (Norway vacation should extend the 1-year time frame)
          4. S — Something silly inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” but she chose the alphabet for categorizing small moments — This could be 52 weekly sayings for a year.

In the first 30 day I didn’t really know what the patterns would be until the Holiday Tau showed me. 

Changes As the Year Unfolded

          • Time frame lengthened to make up for two vacations in July and September of 2019. 
          • I needed to sort quickly through 12 sets of Steves first by eliminating about 50% in the daily selection process and second through scoring on a scale of low (1) to high (5)
          • For more in depth tracking and comparisons I switched to a representative sample of four horoscopes.  
          • Settled on changing the categories to practical projects, work, wisdom and legacy and relationships and intimacy. 
          • My monthly reviews eliminate all scored Holiday Taus except for those ranked “5”
          • Those, were segregated from horoscope and from a Steve, to be used as a standalone TauBit of Wisdom.

Findings

Four Representative Samples: (Grand Total 421)

“For Steve Zahn, Emma the Baroness and Me”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 139)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Carell, Steve Martin, and Steve Wozniak”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 103)

          • Practical Projects: 28
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 29

“For Steve McQueen”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 117)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Jobs”

 TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 62)

          • Practical Projects: 20
          • Work: 9
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 13

Evidence

But, what about today?

So, the beat goes on with today’s crop of Holiday Tau. Zahnny does your TauBit of Wisdom fit so well today because of selection or confirmation bias?  Either way, I like it a lot.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is today your birthday?  Y’all know it’s not mine, right? But 10 weeks is 10 weeks, so let’s check back as well as in May and August!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Here come the exciting influences! There are definite emotional benefits from the changes over the next 10 weeks, and you’ll find your mood on a steady rise. Because of this, you’ll attract different situations in May than you do in August. You will leverage one resource for another more brilliantly suited to your needs.

Steve, I’m feeling the rhythm in your Holiday Tau, especially “passages of life” which is the theme for my “Volume Three Manuscript” and illuminates my “back door” approach to composing it from this 1-year experiment (and maybe the next?!)

“5” Steve Aoki, 41: “It is normal to, at times, feel uncomfortable, displaced or lost in the unfamiliar. These feelings accompany the passages of life you will one day be most proud of.” Sagittarius

Oh, I have no problem ignoring the opinion of others, like I’m sure you don’t either Steve.  But, I’m not feeling yours today, so I’m going to ignore it.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “It is so hard for you to take a compliment, and yet it is so easy for you to believe someone’s unwanted critique. In general, this is a good day to ignore the opinions of others.”  Capricorn

What are you now, a mind reader, as well as an NBA Coach?  I’m grabbing your TauBit of Wisdom with two hands and an strapping in for the ride!

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:An intriguing future is taking form in your imagination. This is just one of many possibilities, so why are you already putting limits on it? Practice unbound visualization and watch your reality free up.” Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent
    • “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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S2 E52 — What’s So Wrong with Conventional Wisdom Unless …

… We’re in for a period of applying intelligence, indulging curiosity, playing around with different perspectives and taking part in extraordinary discussions that could only happen at this historic moment.

Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Creativity can only be accessed in the present. To obsess about the future or ruminate about the past isn’t creative. Those behaviors can be useful, but a very small dose goes a long way.”  Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 52 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 24th day of May in the spring of 2020.  

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

Table of Contents

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E51Let’s Agree to Make Things Worse, Shall We?; S2 E505 Fundamental Uncertainties; S2 E49Navigating Waves of Disruption When You’ve Lost Your Bearings

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E52Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken; S1 E51Brief, Broad, Fast, Wow and Delight; S1 E50The Bias Brothers or Just Plain Losers?; S1 E49Magnetize the Version You Imagine

Context

Can you predict the future?  Hell, no!  Does that stop anyone from trying, well not everyone, right?  In very uncertain times like these what we need I believe is scenario thinking instead. With it we can creatively prepare for and clarify potential risks when we choose a path forward.

And, that my friends is why I’m continuing my series drawing upon the report from Deloitte and Salesforce’s “The world remade by COVID-19 Scenarios for resilient leaders | 3-5 years.”

Why am I a big fan of scenarios — other than they are just so much fun to flesh out? 

Scenarios are stories about what the future may be like, created through a structured process  to stretch thinking, challenge conventional wisdom, and drive better decisions today. They are not predictions about what will happen. They are hypotheses about what could happen, designed to open our eyes to new opportunities or hidden risks. 

Here’s what they and we are after — trying to get our heads around what kinds of changes can we expect as we invest our livelihoods and embrace our social isolation sacrifices through a novel global uncertainty.

The good folks at Deloitte and Salesforce encourage us to challenge our assumptions.  

imagine how the things you were sure would happen could now be on a different course. Avoid the temptation to conclude that the crisis will accelerate the changes you already expected or believed were inevitable. 

Here’s an 8-step process of strategic exploration I normally follow. We’re now on step 4.

    1. State the specific decision to be made —to answer the question we’ve all been asking ourselves, what will have changed as a result of what’s happening to us right now.
    2. Identify the major environmental forces impacting the decision —the team identified 19 uncertainties and 5 critical uncertainties with two dimensions along which 2 critical uncertainties will drive the overall impact.
    3. Develop four plausible and qualitatively different possibilities for each force — 1.  The Passing Storm, 2. Good Company, 3. Sunrise in the East and 4. Lone Wolves.
    4. Assemble the alternatives for each force into internally consistent stories

Here’s how Deloitte and Salesforce summarized 5 critical forces playing out in each of 4 scenarios to assemble those forces into internally consistent stories. 

    1. Social cohesion rises with a heightened appreciation for interpersonal and familial relationships (Passing Storm); is maintained as society shifts to become more “purpose-driven” (Good Company); shifts to an increased emphasis on the “good of the whole” (Sunrise in the East); and falls, as xenophobia and suspicion of others become the norm (Lone Wolves).
    2. Technology advances stay on course as previous holdouts move online (Passing Storm); take center stage with large companies driving solutions in areas such as health tech and biotech (Good Company); are accelerated as more data-sharing allows for advances in AI and other advanced tech capabilities (Sunrise in the East); and are divergent among different markets, with a focus on advances in surveillance and control measures (Lone Wolves)
    3. Worldwide economies enter an extended recession with increased income inequality (Passing Storm); are disrupted with a growing concentration of power among large companies (Good Company); shrink due to the prolonged nature of the virus (Sunrise in the East); and are left in turmoil as global supply chains are disrupted (Lone Wolves)
    4. Focus on climate change is renewed as global collaboration provides hope for progress (Passing Storm); is mixed with some sustainability-minded companies investing in renewable energy (Good Company); is deemphasized as economic recovery is prioritized (Sunrise in the East); and declines as countries shift toward energy independence (Lone Wolves)
    5. Governments around the world gain trust and international organizations such as WHO grow in relevance (Passing Storm); partner with large corporations, who step up as part of the solution (Good Company); look to the east for guidance, as Asian countries effectively manage the virus (Sunrise in the East); and adopt isolationism as they attempt to contain the virus within (Lone Wolves)

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Because you have big plans, you can’t afford to wait for inspiration. You’ll simply show up and work whether you feel motivated or not. Inspiration will kick in eventually.” Scorpio

So I feel this almost every day.  Waiting for inspiration only means staring at a blank screen for far too long.  Two activities usually work for me.  The first I start the morning with, even before the first cup — scrolling through all the Apple News feeds I search to curate the days stories @Knowlabs. 

Something triggers an inspiration or a loose (at 5:30 am) connection for one of my passion projects.  The other is this habit on Thursdays through Fridays of curating TauBits of Wisdom because it stretches me to twist it somehow into what I want to say.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A lucrative wave of business occurs as your interests meld with the common interest and you provide a valuable service. Years of experience suddenly add up to well-deserved mastery. Smooth will be the road of relationships and smoother still will be your approach to getting into and out of them as the case may be.

I can only wish for two reasons.  I’m not seeing it and because this ain’t my birthday.  If it’s your’s Happy Birthday and enjoy your well-deserved mastery and smooth relationships.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Creativity can only be accessed in the present. To obsess about the future or ruminate about the past isn’t creative. Those behaviors can be useful, but a very small dose goes a long way.”  Leo

Amen brother Steves.  Rumination and obsession lead to a road of ruin — or at least blocked creativity.  Switch gears and close your favorite screen. 

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:No one is entirely to blame for the situation they are in, but everyone is entirely responsible for their own situation. You’ll get the help you need and give the help that is needed in the name of improvement.” Libra

I almost passed on selecting Steve’s, until I realized we individually didn’t start the fire of COVID-19 burning out of control, but we can get vaccinated when it’s an option and we can wear our masks.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ll have an excellent sense of where to focus, and it only gets better as the day progresses. At the end of the day, you’ll feel like you spent your energy on all the right things.  Capricorn

I know it’s really tough to know where to focus right now.  I only hope presenting this Deloitte and Salesforce report will make things a little easier and that makes me feel I’ve spent today’s energy on the right things, then.

“5” Steve Nash, 45:You will become aware of something you have been, until now, only unconsciously aware of. This is big. “Ah-ha” moments don’t come with fireworks. Nonetheless, they change everything.  Aquarius

When I’m not, my other trick is to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” to give me permission to procrastinate like a Renaissance Master and free associate like a dog on a walk who abruptly takes off with the first sniff of squirrel no matter what the destination was supposed to be.

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

… suggests we (shouldn’t) be quick to land on conclusions, definitions or labels. It’s not the moment to listen to uneducated opinions or even educated ones. Messes could very well become successes and vice versa, and it’s too soon to tell how the chips will fall. Time will tell, and anyone who tries to preempt time’s decree will later have to content with their own bad taste while eating their words. … we’re in for a period of applying intelligence, indulging curiosity, playing around with different perspectives and taking part in extraordinary discussions that could only happen at this historic moment. Set out to have fun, or better yet to be the fun. Above all, don’t take yourself too seriously, as that would only ruin the magic. The lighter a heart is, the higher it can fly.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S2 E46 — Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?

What were you doing this time last year?  Do you remember? I discovered nuggets from a little over a year ago — Tau Bits — which unlock mysterious inspirations.

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Creativity will be abundant.  You’ll tap into it as you choose because you know the route.  A relaxed state is good but not necessary.”Aries

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 46 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 15th day of May in the spring of 2020. 

 Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E45Wildcard What Ifs and Doobie Bros Bias; S2 E44Celebrating Emma the Baroness Tribal Quarantine Style; S2 E43See What You’ve Been Missing …

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E44Google Me Some Chopped Liver; S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day

Context

Experimentation. 

Living life as an art form in a natural experiment, yeah that’s  the name of the game.  But given the unfolding events and how unexpectedly huge the challenge is, will this turn into a real epic novel of a venture instead of a just whimsy passion project?  

More importantly, what’s this about the warning for expectations not met?  

And is this supposed to be some kind of warning — a snapback to a reminder that my target audience is just 3—5% of the US population who are introverts just like me?

4/19/19 Scorpio: “This is the moment for playing around, which is different that standing sill. Experimentation will show you the way.”

4/14/19 Scorpios: “What you thought would be a quick project is turning into a real epic novel of a venture. Still, this is doable.”

4/11/19 Scorpio: “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.”

4/7/19 Scorpio: “What you’re doing and how you’re thinking aren’t for everyone. You’ll win people by losing people.”

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Many make the mistake of assuming they are already so fascinating, talented, worthy, etc., that they don’t need to make an effort.  Set yourself apart by thinking ahead and doing more.” Scorpio

Nah, my mother always told me I was talented and worthy and just a late bloomer.  Mother knows best, y’all! 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You’ll commit to a process and be transformed by it — not all at once but in small ways throughout the year.  You’ll be paid to do something you would have done for free anyway — wondrous! You’ll get out from under an obligation in August.  You’ll bring loads of attention to the change you want to make in the world.

Okay, then let’s check back in 90 days, eh?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Creativity will be abundant.  You’ll tap into it as you choose because you know the route.  A relaxed state is good but not necessary.”Aries

Road trip!  Oh, wait.  I live in a pretty relaxed state and prefer that to one filled with confusion, fear, uncertainty and doubt — FUD.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: Commit to getting a job done, and follow your instincts.  Those two actions will carry you to solutions and new highs of inspiration.  Taurus

Instincts are good, except mine don’t necessarily lead to getting a job completed.  But I drive new inspirational highs.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be creatively inspired by tried-and-true methods.  Follow the impulse to build on tradition and carry it into the future.”  Leo

I’m hoping what you mean is to follow my nose (where my intuition lies) and continue this burden of citing evidence in some sort of evolving format like this.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Relationships are collaborative, creative efforts.  Whom you get into a relationship with makes a huge difference.  Sagittarius

Who else than my partner and love of my life, Emma the Baroness?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:Your feelings often tip you off to things you can’t rationally explain but can also lie with abandon.  Question them as you would any other non evidentiary opinion.” Capricorn

Is this a convoluted way of saying feelings feel and liars lie and just follow the money trail while turning up data and witnesses?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2300 to 2663.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S2 E41 — A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?

“Did they sell too soon? It’s not like they were going anywhere.”  Their realtor barely planted the “For Sale” sign and swarms of Hondas and Toyotas and 4-Runners paused to consider.  And, then it ended.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51:“Prioritizing becomes a challenge when everything coming your way seems to be a high priority. You’ll have to ask more questions to learn the truth and decide what to participate in and what to skip.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 41 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this seventh day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns; S2 E39The Best Tau for the Pandemic Year, Don’t You Agree?; S2 E38What Should You Do If You Stumble Across Loaded Information?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On; S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook?; S1 E3838 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

George and Joanne rented a U-Haul to take a couch and some furniture to their temporary apartment in Quail Ridge almost directly across from one of those mirrored glass sky scrapers where she works.  

Pandemic Real Estate Market

Mentor Dave and I Zoomed.

We considered the state of the residential market.  I told him they both worked in the business.  He had just accepted a package — a layoff.  She worked for one of those high priced consulting firms.  

I told Dave, “They’re leaving for Nashville, like so many other rumored locals.”

“But they’re renting for how long?” he asked.

“Yeah, for at least 6 months while the place they’re building is finished.  But, you know how that goes.”

“Well, it does seem to be so early in the normal real estate cycle,” he said, “but, with COVID spreading it’s going to be harder to hold open houses and maybe they just want to take their money now instead of getting caught in a downdraft in sales.”

“George told me Joanne had tried and tried to get permission to work remotely for the last few months to no avail.  Then COVID hit and the company encouraged she and her co-workers to work remotely.”

“Yeah, even the non-technology companies seem to be softening now.”

“And, she’s negotiated her remote working relationship even when they move, and get this, at the same salary level even though the cost of living has to be dramatically lower, right?”

 “Good for them,” Dave said.

Consulting Business Disruptions

“And, now what about you and your business?” I asked. “Are you in Maui now?’ 

“What, oh … no, that’s my Zoom background. What day is this, yeah we were supposed to be on the Rhine on a river cruise but we cancelled.” 

He and his wife and travel friends cancelled several trips they looked forward to. It was just as well he said because he broke his toe a day before the last vacation, but didn’t cancel.  

“I wound up out of alignment with his back stenosis, so that my nerves don’t flow smoothly through the back of my spine.”

Like J.D. another mentor I recruited, Dave is working through what his business looks like on zoom.

“I cancelled a business trip to New York,” he said.  He and his two partners used to book 7 straight hours with a client — just the executive alone without any direct reports.  No team building.  Just one-on-one intensive sessions. 

“Seven hours?” I asked perplexed, “All on the same day?”

“That includes time us all to huddle when something isn’t working as well,  decide what to do. But, we can’t do that now.  So, we’re taking our own advice and reimagining how we’ll zoom with the New York global business executive.”

“But, Zoom … isn’t there something about privacy issues using their platform,” I asked.

“Yeah, tomorrow we’re having to learn WebEx.  The company trusts Cisco WebEx for security reasons. And, we don’t record any video.  Normally we each take our own notes, so there isn’t any reason to worry about sensitive documents generated from the day long session.”  

Each morning now, he checks the paper for number of cases of COVID-19.

It turns out we shares the same view of Bill Gates.

How we like his concurrent scaling and manufacturing processes for 6 potential COVID vaccination solutions, discarding all but one bet and then accelerate the one remaining without having to start linearly with the most promising.

Mentoring During the Pandemic

Oh, as an update he told me he still sees one of his proteges I matched him with who wanted to become a consultant in 10 years.  He walked me through his advice to him.  

Within Kaiser, the Healthcare Executive MBA student should apply what he’s been learning in his coursework, circulate papers, build case stories, speak, write and become a trusted advisor. 

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51:“Prioritizing becomes a challenge when everything coming your way seems to be a high priority. You’ll have to ask more questions to learn the truth and decide what to participate in and what to skip.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Inspiration and insight strike. Through effort and care, you’ll start moving like you couldn’t before, your physical self invigorating other systems in your life. It will be a win for your group in August followed by a lucrative personal victory. What a relief in September, when a complicated arrangement finally gets hammered out.

Wow! That’s just what I need, only it still ain’t my birthday.  Mind if I check back in August and September to see how it went for you?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Without a jovial touch, people get bored and touchy. That’s where you come in. You possess an unusual talent, which you will use to help, amuse and delight others.” Aries

I have to admit when George moves from next door I only hope our next neighbors share a sense of humor too.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: While it is possible to be anything you want to be, it generally takes time. Meanwhile, you can dabble in whatever tone, feeling or mood you want to take on in an instant if you know the mental route to the place.  Taurus

While Dave delivers his consulting advice and mentoring suggestions with more intensity, this Holiday Tau fits just as well in his life too.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: More sunsets are caught than sunrises because a greater number of people are awake in the evening than are watching for the break of dawn. Get on an early tract. There’s something spectacular in it for you.” Gemini

Haha, the older you get the easier it is to heed the call of nature at sunrise.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Relationships will have a feeling that is greater than the sum of their parts. Just as there’s a certain dynamic present in togetherness, there’s also a dynamic present in apartness.  Cancer

Boy, as this pandemic plays out, this TauBit of Wisdom may help us cherish being together and apart.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Goal setting doesn’t always work for everyone or every situation. Right now it’s enough to be on a certain kind of path. Your motivation and momentum are slowly picking up. Trust the journey.” Leo

It may be too early to really tell if trusting my journey picks up my motivation and momentum or not.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1760 to 2,170.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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S4 E17 — We Regret to Inform You …

Wow, what in the world is going on?  No, yeah, I know Putin invaded Ukraine and for a moment — which is probably over by now — Trump’s Republicans and Classic Republicans agreed with Democrats to condemn Russia’s move on Ukraine.

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

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “You’re a learner, motivated by the sheer pleasure of knowing, understanding and doing more. External factors such as remuneration or recognition will hardly factor into your decisions.” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 17th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 31st day of March in the spring of 2022.

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E16The Collateral Damage Triggered by the Reflexive Control Playbook; S4 E15So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All; S4 E14Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat

 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S3 E14How!; 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Wow, what in the world is going on?  No, right I know Putin invaded Ukraine and for a moment — which is probably over by now — Trump’s Republicans and Classic Republicans agreed with Democrats to condemn Russia’s move on Ukraine.  

Nobody fell for the lies and misdirection — promising to ceasefire and not harm citizens — and then doing just that. 

But just this week as if in Season Four we entered reruns, Trump leaned on his relationship with Putin and asked him to provide dirty election-timed political stories supposedly  millions from the wife of a mayor in Russia?  Say, what?

Great minds think alike?  Isn’t this the common Putin-Trump playbook?

Do they think we are dogs? Do we eternally fall for Trump’s pointing to trees yelling “Squirrel” as a distraction while he flushes documents down his Florida estate?

Oh, and just two days ago here in Orange County we awoke to the headline, “Was the fuse for the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill Riot lit from OC’s Chapman University? 

And, yet the writer missed the second co-conspirator, a professor from neighboring academic institution, Dr. Peter Navarro who left the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California in Irvine to join Trump’s administration. 

Before he left, he requested resume assistance for his wife and I volunteered, not knowing what was in the works as they moved to Washington, DC.

Fast forward all these years and the two former professors have thumbed their noses at the requests from Congressional Committee investigating the January 6th Insurrection to be interviewed.

How will the game work out, since Navarro’s “Green Bay Sweep” failed?

Evidence

How do my curated celebrity TauBits of Wisdom rate for relevancy?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The person inside an experience is the only one who really knows what it’s like. You get the most out of life by living fully in your own situation. You’ll resist the temptation to spend too much time thinking about what others are doing.” Taurus 

So, this is inhabiting the Experiencing Self — living life as an art form.  Turning off the roof-brain chatter and just doing.  Last night I finally viewed a recorded PBS show highlighting the long career of Aldwyth who personifies living life as an artist who actually works and lives in her studio on stilts in North Carolina near the beach.  Her day begins by photographing sunrises, sending them to her children and grandchildren.  And then works.  Sure, she says, she has bouts of self-doubt and self-talk, but it’s all about jumping into her work, into that zone, crafting art that speaks to her.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Problems happen on one plane and get solved on another. The difference in vantage is crucial. Fortune favors you as you step out of the familiar zone and move to an uncomfortable place to see the problem from a new angle.” Leo

I can’t tell you how frequently flying on a real plane shifted my perspective unconsciously as I looked out the window to solve tactical and strategic roadblocks.  Oops, I guess I did, but I’m keeping the numbers secret.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Whether or not things go to plan doesn’t matter in the least to you because, bottom line, it’s fun to be you. And when you’re around good people, the joy you take in just being yourself isn’t something you have to hide.” Virgo

You know, that’s one of the takeaways I took to bed with me about “being” Aldwyth who received so many “We regret to inform you …” rejections in her struggling days, but turned all of them into an art piece.  Yeah, it’s fun to be me and I’m inspired by her.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Don’t be too quick to eliminate tension — not until you know its source, cause, effect and nature. Tension may be holding the whole thing up. Energy is stored in the cord. Cutting could be dangerous.” Sagittarius

I’m sure this is wise, but the only reason I selected it today is for the turn of phrase — “Energy is stored in the cord. Cutting could be dangerous.” I like the set up part inspecting the source, cause, effect and nature of tension, but just not for today.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Keep looking for like minds. You need a few more to bravely move out of your element. You’re bigger than the situation and you’re just the one to break the ice.” Capricorn

You won’t get an argument from me — with only 3 to 5% of introverts and extroverts with like minds I appeal to a narrow audience.  But does it matter today?

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “You’re a learner, motivated by the sheer pleasure of knowing, understanding and doing more. External factors such as remuneration or recognition will hardly factor into your decisions.” Aquarius

Guilt by association.  Maybe this is what I really resonated with in the story about Aldwyth — she soldiered (artisted) on despite not fitting into a gallery definition of art making it much more difficult to earn a living as compared to more commercial artists who kept the buying audience for their work foremost in mind.

Today’s Holiday Theme: 

has us in the dark about our warrior spirit, and maybe that’s a good thing. There’s much worth fighting for, but there’s far more we humans end up fighting over that’s not worth it at all. This is an opportunity to reassess whether the hills we stand on are really the ones we want to die on.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12344 this week to 12458 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 196 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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