Thursday’s Edition of TauBits for the Taking

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

Spring

May 2021

Is it simply ignorance and superstition fighting against intelligence as Ulysses S. Grant once said after the Civil War? 

Miles Taylor, Former Chief of Staff of Homeland Security Department and “Anonymous” author believes we are witnessing a newer civil war with constitutional implications and threatening our democratic way of life at stake.

Here’s what I’ve been ruminating about on this Thursday’s, 5/13/21, Edition of TauBits for the Taking.  

Has the way our brain evolved aided and abetted the gulf between patriotism and domestic terrorism?  Between ignorance and intelligence?

A third author joining Miles Taylor and Kurt Andersen may provide more insight, even as I become slightly distracted from my work on the “Conclusion” section of my “1-Year Natural Experiment Report.” 

You know the one which simply started with me stealing your horoscope when you weren’t looking.  

And, then wrestling with my guilt by asking “why?”

And now, this.

In Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” he reveals two selves residing in all of us. 

One remains active and always on 24/7 generating impressions, thoughts, intuitions and is the default basis for how we navigate our lives.  We have no conscious clue about how all those feelings and beliefs entered our mind.

Kahneman tells us that back in the 1970s he and his colleagues all assumed humans lived their lives as generally rational, reasonable creatures.

Our beliefs, they assumed, were by and large reality-based and arrived at by deliberation, weighing facts, opinions, and running calculations. 

If you observed the rationals out in the wild you’d see  people who exuded less warmth than others, while they doggedly pursued internally consistent  choices, judgements, conclusions and strategies.

The only time we opted out of that state of mind, their theory went, was when our emotions like fear, affection and hatred abruptly pulled us away. 

Now we know the reverse is true.  

We live our lives as the “remembering self” who ignores time. It creates a bias in us for short periods of intense joy instead of longer periods of happiness.

Our remembering self is not always accurate, but it keeps our “individual story” alive. 

That’s the good news. 

The sometimes devastating news is we can fall victim to our pre-programmed errors of judgment and choice when more is at stake.

Most often we just aren’t aware of the errors or how we fell susceptible to them.

Out in the wild you’d recognize the remembering self by seeing behaviors like impulsivity, excessive emotionality, or stubborn resistance to reasonable arguments.

So what?

So if all of that is true and we add the fact that the rational mind is lazy — most of the time rubber-stamping what the remembering self serves up — then that’s why we jump to conclusions with only the sketchiest of information. 

And, why we spot patterns when none exist in the reality-based world and accept conspiracy theories when they fill in the blanks.

And why we assess the degree of truthiness by how easy we can find something like it from recent memory, or by how widespread  the media covers it, especially if celebrities are involved.

And it would explain why authoritarian regimes pressure and discredit independent media from fact checking and investigative reporting. 

Oh, and another of our Achilles heels — familiarity  — trumps our efforts to search for facts on our own (too hard of an effort) in favor of the easy and familiar.

So, the reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition.

Authoritarians and marketers take advantage of our evolutionary wiring.

They’ll do anything to reduce cognitive strain, by making their message simple and memorable.  

Almost anything they communicate in verse repeated over and over will be swallowed as the truth and we won’t even know why we believe it. 

If it can rhyme it’ll work every time.

So, Zahnny do you agree this is a start?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Everyone has their own private worries. You’re braver about this than most. You realize that hiding can be more energy than it’s worth. You also know that your story cannot inspire other people if you don’t tell it.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So if your Holiday Tau is true, Steve, then trolling through the works Miles Taylor, Kurt Andersen, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Alvin Toffler, Marshall McLuhan or listening to Sam Harris’ podcasts will make my creative net work?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your creative endeavors are like a net you cast into the world. They will bring you some of the things you chase, as well as what just happened to be drifting by, caught in the middle of that pursuit.  Aries

The KnewsLetter

The Tau of Steves

    • “5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “It took awhile for you to make a decision, and now that you’ve made it, you have no intention of changing your mind. Your commitment is admirable. Note that it is possible to stay at once committed and open.” Sagittarius 
    • “5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Everyone has their own private worries. You’re braver about this than most. You realize that hiding can be more energy than it’s worth. You also know that your story cannot inspire other people if you don’t tell it.” Scorpio

What’s Next from the Labs

Headlines and Highlights 

Long-Form

    • Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler, a classic I feel which still holds up. As the pace of change quickens we experience self-doubt, anxiety and fear.  We become tense and tire easily, until we are overwhelmed, face-to-face with a crisis situation. Without a clear grasp of relevant reality or beginning with clearly defined values and priorities, we feel a deepening sense of confusion and uncertainty. Our intellectual bewilderment leads to disorientation at the level of personal values. Decision stress results from acceleration, novelty and diversity conflicts. Acceleration pressures us to make quick decisions. Novelty increases the difficulty and length of time while diversity intensifies the anxiety with an increase in the number of options and the amount of information needed to process.  The result is a slower reaction time.
    • Daniel Kahneman’s, “Thinking Fast and Slow”describes two different ways the brain forms thoughts: “System 1” which is meant as a fictional shorthand — not as a brain system or structure: Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, unconscious. “System 2”: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, conscious. I’m learning a lot about my energy levels first described from within an introversion frame now, from within differences between System 1 and the harder working, energy depletion System 2.  Self-control, for instance is hard and takes a lot of energy to accomplish.  When I write the concentration requires effort until I can find the “flow.” Implications for True Belief — it’s easy to stay in System 1 vs. critical thinking — System 2.  Set some marketing and working on the business goals — System 2 and then ignore them by following the lateral thinking and associative thinking  which Leo da V invites me to do — System 1.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Progress — Composing a draft of the Conclusions Section of the Report

Speaking Volumes

    • I’m studying the structure the “Volume Three Manuscript” story like in “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen? He describes the writing of a memoir and the horrible secret as the heart of his story, but in a fictional story.  

Working on the Business

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from 8090 to 8203 organically grown followers

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:

Related:   

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

This might be the single best day in the “Tau of Steves” history as we know it — well, so far during this one-year experiment on 4/14/19.  Yes, I don’t really need to steal anyone else’s Holiday Tau when I’ve received one of the highest TauBits already today.  

So I receive these messages: 

Thank you for using SiteGround and our service SG Site Scanner powered by Sucuri. This is a weekly scan report generated for knowlaboratories.com. The scan results for the last 7 days are listed below. 

I set up my websites as a multi-site network administered from Know Laboratories and including Knowledge ATMs, The Knowledge Path, Knowledge Banking, Best West Road Trips and Western Skies and Island Currents.

Not only is the hosting of my websites on SiteGround complicated for me, but publishing to them in a look and feel I wanted is epic challenge too. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you thought would be a quick project is turning into a real epic novel of a venture. Still, this is doable.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

Yesterday on 4/13/19 I wrote about how “disappointed” we were by missing out yet again with our daily ration of the Holiday Tau.  Have I jinxed us? Now I’m second guessing about recording 6 or 7 or more TauBits that could apply to me, ranging in value from “1” (hardly worth mentioning) to “5”  illustrating off-the-charts relevance). 

Am I diluting the value of this experiment?

Is it too early to draw conclusions about the ideal number I track?  

If it isn’t, maybe I could pay attention to just four or five Holiday Tau.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Four Holiday Taus feel about right.  Although I’m sure I’ll still be subject to bouts of FOMO or confirmation bias or a whole host of unconscious motivations.  

Put me down for a key principle from my Knowledge Creation and Innovation days.  Book learning or classroom learning is great, but if you don’t apply it in different situations you don’t acquire the knowledge that comes from that experience.  

In technology companies we often talked about the half-life of an engineer’s knowledge — how many years before 50% of what an engineer knew became obsolete because of the pace of technological change.  

I wonder what the half-life of wisdom is?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Maturity comes from experience — often, not always.  Those who don’t also reflect on what happened and make changes may get older without getting wiser.” Taurus

Thank you Steve for allowing me to steal your Holiday Tau.  I may just rank this one at the top for me and remind myself to dig for enlightenment.

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

Huh, this is a pretty cool day.  I made it a habit of painting word pictures in my journals of offices, buildings, homes, and outdoor settings so I could reference them much later in my life.  

Hmm. Come to think of it, I not only took a series of photos documenting how the construction crew built the building on campus so you could see its progress and how they managed to complete its 5 stories, but I photographed my office, its view and places where I advised Executive MBA students.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: The saying, ‘These are the good old days’ is completely true. So take pictures, not just of people’s faces but of the ordinary things.” Virgo

So, you’re saying it’s time for me to grow up!?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41:Children fantasize about who they’ll be when they grow up.  Grown-ups do the same.  Our identities are in continual development.  Move forward.” Sagittarius

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 34 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2020

Welcome to TauBits for the Taking, the Pandemic Year Experiment on this Friday, 4/24/20.

Here’s the text of my group email I’m circulating with my former Proteges and Mentors after  yesterday’s marathon “Working on the Business” session. 

At our home we’ve earned our black belt in Zooming. 

But, this morning after writing portions of a chapter about organizations and what it takes to move from decline to reinvention, I just had to get out of the house.

I walked about three miles around a lake. 

Took a few video frames of a mallard duck family swimming across it’s surface in a mirrored reflection of fluffy clouds, local mountain peaks and lake-front homes.  

I also listened to Stephen King being interviewed in a Fresh Air podcast.  

He was asked about the pandemic (he wrote a book about one in the ‘90s, I think) and how did staying-in-place change his creative process, if he was in fact writing a new book now.

It did.  He is.

He had to revisit chapters already written (a process I know all too well) and figure out changes to the original setting of his story.  

He told Terry Gross it was supposed to take place on a cruise ship in 2020.  

I know, right?

But, he said he’s accelerated his writing progress, because being stuck at home he’s running out of things that normally tempt him to procrastinate. 

Temptations I know all too well.

And he said something else that now I’m wondering about.  

When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? 

I’m wondering if, given the rippling effects of interdependencies and supply chains, will anything in your life or industry or relationships with your clients or customers dramatically change as a result? 

Do you envision a new normal?

Or, will it be the same old, same old?

I’d love to hear what your take is.

Stay safe and healthy.

Steve

Follow me on the Patreon platform:

 Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

I’m looking forward to everyone’s responses, as long as, I can keep my momentum going while simultaneously publishing now on Patreon.

And, I’m wondering how well our collective Holiday Tau steps up to meet our novel coronavirus challenges.

So, Zahnny you realize how high the stakes are for your Holiday Tau on this start to the weekend, right?  You don’t want to disappoint the Fonz or more importantly my partner in crime, Emma the Baroness and me. I sorta, kinda get it, but I’m not fully appreciating a strong “5”.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51:“It’s fortifying to spend time with people who appreciate you or to spend time doing the things that really make you appreciate yourself. The opposite is detrimental.Scorpio:

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for those of who weren’t born yesterday, but a day later.  And, let’s check back in late August when things will be back to normal.

Today’s birthday:  Love is the star this year. You want a deep relationship and you’ll get it; you’re able to be vulnerable and open to enrichment. You’ll connect with the emotions of others because you take the time to understand your own emotions better. You’ll soar on the confidence of a personal or professional win in late August.

So W&W I clearly see how this Holiday Tau fits you both, but I can only hope what I’m circulating in my group emails accomplishes any thing close to your standards.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll fill needs that people didn’t even realize they had. It’s also possible that you create need by providing something very interesting and getting people used to having it in their lives.  Taurus

Haha, you three had me with your opening premise about change, until you hit “if especially if the environment stays the same.”  Really? Stays the same. Really?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Trying to change too many habits at once almost always fails, especially if the environment stays the same. Your winning move involves taking on one behavioral change at a time.” Leo

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day when we welcome Stephen King.  So things are getting harder than they should be and they don’t seem to be getting easier any time soon (may be in August if Today is your Birthday), but I find your Holiday Tau timely.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

We used to imitate Steve Jobs with a similar motto, “It’s better to seek forgiveness that to ask permission.” And, I like how you tweaked your Holiday ever so much with pointing out sometimes it’s far better to stray from the beaten path.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Don’t ask other people for green lights. Green lights don’t work that way. Usually, they are on timers. And often, when you hit one, you’ll start to hit them all. Or you can always take the backroads.” Libra

Now, don’t read this any other way than it is intended, Steve.  Your TauBit of Wisdom is a core value of mine being in the helping and developing professions as I changed careers.  But, today I’m just not convinced I should rate your contribution a “5”.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your positive attitude is grounded in this: Everyone is capable of improving. So whether a person is innately talented or disadvantaged is really beside the point and certainly not worth dwelling on.” Pisces

The KnewsLetter

The Tau of Steves

    • “5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’re not looking to be consoled by things that affirm what you already believe, at least not consciously. To stay aware and honest, keep questioning what you think is true.  Capricorn 
    • “5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

What’s Next from the Labs

Headlines and Highlights 

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.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Progress — First hearing about his work in the Sam Harris podcast and then reading about him in Medium, I feel Matt Mullenweg’s take on the future of remote work as CEO of Automattic is now. And can be a strategy for others to follow if the pandemic worsens.

Speaking Volumes

    • “Volume Two — Work” manuscript: Role of intuition in both innies “I” and outies “E” — INTP and ENTP and my 16 Talent Profiles system for identifying the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.

Working on the Business

    • My followers increase on Flipboard from 1628 to 1703

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:

RelatedDay 19 of My 1-Year Experiment TauBits for the Taking

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

Day 4 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

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

AKA Day 180 of My 1-Year Experiment

Spring

March 2020

Sunday, 3/1/20 and it is spring, at least here in California.  Maybe I shouldn’t have, but it’s 6:30 am and I did.  

Besides I scheduled a little time last week for my muse by asking “What would Leo da V do?”  He brought me back to my childhood pain.

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

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

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

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

I hoped for 10%, she delivered 90%. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“In the Knews Letter”

The Tau of Steves

    • “5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The opening gambit is usually fun, filled with hope and promises.  Things become less interesting after that.  So in the case that the beginning isn’t great, don’t stick around for the sagging middle.  On to the next.” Leo 
    • “5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn 
    • “5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Usually, the thing people want in the beginning is just a way in.  You’ll gain something unexpected, exciting and vital along the way.” Leo 
    • “5”  Steve Nash, 45: “You are playing a sporting game that has nothing to do with sports at all, and the ball is in your court.  Don’t overthink it.  Know where you want it to go, and keep your eye trained on the destination.” Aquarius

Trends Fresh from the Labs

Headlines and Highlights 

Long-Form

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

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen
    • Began reading and taking notes on “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney — All human beings have 99.9 percent of  the same genetic prescription. Our individual differences come from the 0.1 percent of our genetic material that is just us — derived primarily from our neurochemistry,  a private reserve of about 150 different brain chemicals and recipes to formulate our neurotransmitters — guide messages from cell to cell, directing all brain functions.
    • A SURVEY OF 222 LEADING SCIENTISTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises and water crises

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V 
    • Progress —Early feedback from Finnmark:  Interesting concept. I think your opening salvos should be free so people can get a sense of what their Patreon membership will provide. Also, blogs are not going to reach a young audience if that’s what you want. Youtube is far more effective for that age group. 
    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Speaking Volumes 

    • My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts. 
    • Volume One — Is There a Bucket List of Best Western Places for Introverts
    • Volume Two — Which Work Cultures Fit You Best?
    • Volume Three — “How the Princess guarding the sign bit the hand trying to feed her.”

Working on the Business

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

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:

Related:

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

4/7/19. There it is staring me in the face again.  If I write for people who are just like me then I’m eliminating roughly 95% to 97% of the people who don’t fit my Introverted INTP MBTI. I need to pay attention to it.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you’re doing and how you’re thinking aren’t for everyone. You’ll win people by losing people.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now that’s a relief.  Sometimes I keep banging my head against the wall until I’m exhausted.  Which brings to mind a story I told in a forum I moderated for a client who urgently wanted to boost innovation.  

Somebody interviewed a well known entrepreneur who described the real story of what it was like to start an enterprise from scratch, basically against all odds. 

An eager audience member raised her hand hoping to tease out a secret she could apply.  What’s the most important thing you’ve learned?” she asked.  Take showers,” he said.  Huh?” was her reply not quite sure if he was making fun of her or not.  

He then explained the major breakthrough he and his team of co-conspirators couldn’t quite find was driving him nuts and keeping him at his incubator on many late nights. 

But, on this night his phone rang. 

It was his wife reminding him in that scolding way that only the loves of our life can, that he was late for their date. 

While showering to freshen up, something clicked in his unconsciousness or something he said and it was like the solution fell out as soon as the water hit his face.  So shower more often.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You really need to focus by yourself for a while if you’re to make significant progress today.” Pisces

If we were to twist the Holiday Tau for Howey, then it might apply a bit more to my current situation.  I’m trying to figure out if I need to pivot to a new theme that covers each of my 6 website blogs.  And if I do will that move attract more followers?  And how can I close my comments section since all I’m really receiving is SPAMers.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:To move forward, you’ll have to change your position and commit to a whole set of different moves.” Cancer

To get to the bottom of my WordPress issues I’ve been attending the weekly MeetUps for Orange County held in Huntington Beach.  Many of the attendees have more advanced understandings of the ins and outs of WordPress since they’re in the business of developing and hosting sites themselves.  I feel like I did when I switched careers once I translated their jargon into my language and then asked questions back in their jargon.

“4”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69:Go into problems like a sleuth.  Don’t adopt the commonly accepted theories until you’ve tested them.” Leo

Wait.  I don’t know at this point what to ignore at my peril and what to follow as best practices.  I’m guessing at the end of this steep learning curve, G&G’s Holiday Tau will make more sense.

‘’2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Double down on what’s always successful and ignore the rest.” Virgo

Now, Aoki’s Holiday Tau describes what I’m feeling in my DIY blog-to-website transformation.  Without a bone to feed the dog, I’ve been standing by myself too long at the gate of misfortune.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41:It’s like you’re standing at the gate of fortune waiting for it to open.  Make sure you have a bone to feed the guard dogs you might encounter.” Sagittarius

Can I weave three Holiday TauBits together well enough to increase their value again?  Let’s try by stealing the TauBits from two ex-professional basketball players and a universe denting innovator. So, let’s stipulate I’m either nuts or totally engaged in what seems like a fool’s errand.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:Go forward with whatever excites you, as it will be your path to total engagement and an interesting existence.” Libra

There is a payoff in the near future I keep telling myself as I dwell in the land of endless loops of frustration.

“2”  Steve Nash, 45: You’ll handle today with an eye to the future, accepting full responsibility for your part in creating it.” Aquarius

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

TauBits for the Taking

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

Spring

April 2021

It’s Thursday and this is another edition of “TauBits for the Taking” on 4/29/21. Diving deeper into Wikipedia I found luck.  Isn’t that what we all hope for? Yeah, I thought so and that’s why this section of the natural experiment’s conclusions is:

Do I Feel Lucky?

Harry Callahan: You’ve Got To Ask Yourself One Question: ‘Do I Feel Lucky? ‘ Well, Do Ya, Punk?

There’s Dirty Harry and Harry Bosch.  While Michael Connelly’s  Detective Harry Bosch doesn’t believe in coincidences I just read a passage in “Black Box” where he drew energy after getting lucky — he knew reporters follow a story which leads to another story and then another or to a trusted source. 

“But Bosch stayed positive.  He’d gotten lucky with Pistol Pete and the serial number.  There was no reason to think it wouldn’t hold.”  

Of course, Harry had a run in with his newer Lieutenant a page or two later … “So much for his luck holding … he felt that more than his luck suddenly ebbing away.  His momentum and positive attitude were eroding. It suddenly felt like it was getting dark out.”

We talk about luck in improbable, negative or positive terms when we’re faced with random or chance events beyond our control.

Luck is a form of superstition. We already mentioned how Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity, which he described as “a meaningful coincidence”. 

Some evidence supports the idea that belief in luck acts like a placebo, producing positive thinking and improving our responses to events.

Richard Wiseman did a ten-year scientific study… concluding, to a large extent, people make their own good and bad fortune. His research revealed that, “Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. 

They are skilled at: 

            • creating and noticing chance opportunities, 
            • making lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, 
            • creating self-fulfilling prophecies via positive expectations, and 
            • adopting a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”

We’ve heard from two Harrys, a Michael, a Carl and a Richard.  What say we turn our attention to four of my favorite Steves?

You know Zahnny, I have to disagree with your opening premise.  I could agree if you added “but there certainly ideal tribes which I call Talent Cultures in organizations, and (this is a big and) if you know which of 16 Talent Profiles you can claim, then you can more easily select the best and worst organizations and growth stages to pursue.

To your second Holiday Tau observation — yes, organizational change happens slowly and, thank you that fact alone provided years of consulting fees for me in mature companies heading towards decline, but desperately wanting to reinvent themselves.  

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There are no ideal groups, though it’s fun to imagine things being better. Organizational change tends to happen very slowly; changing yourself is relatively quick and doing so will affect the entire group.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Which way should I interpret your TauBit of Wisdom, Steve?  My first take more easily fit this passion project, especially as I write up my natural experiment’s report. 

But now rereading it — probably influenced by Zahnny — I might reclassify it from practical, project and task orientation to how I went about my role as an external consultant and an intrapreneur in those declining organizations.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Because you want to make your work the best it can be, you’re willing to entertain new ideas. You’ll banter, twist and play around with your resources. Changes and add-ons will take it to the next level.” Aries

WTF G&G?  How lucky am I?  All three of today’s Holiday Tau, yours included, describe what was foremost in how I approached my professional career and peeled away the onion layers to find the simplest answer to complicated challenges. Thanks, Steves.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Complex problems may not require complex solutions. However, finding the solution that works may be a long and winding journey that seems complicated indeed! Regardless, stay in it for the long haul and the satisfying end.” Virgo

“In the Knews Letter”

The Tau of Steves 

  • “5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “While emotional energy, like love, may be invisible, to your eye, it animates the physical world quite obviously. You will easily tell how people are feeling, especially when they are trying to hide those feelings.” Leo
  • “5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There are no ideal groups, though it’s fun to imagine things being better. Organizational change tends to happen very slowly; changing yourself is relatively quick and doing so will affect the entire group.” Scorpio

Trends Fresh from the Labs

Headlines and Highlights 

Long-Form

    • I enjoy any of the Harry Bosch detective books in the series authored by Michael Connelly.  “A Darkness More Than Night,” described “A strange constricting feeling filled his gut. He didn’t believe in coincidences… (It) was a coincidence that even a believer in coincidence would have a difficult time accepting.”So much for detectives, tying up loose ends, relying on their hunches and reordering data, information and witness first hand accounts. 
    • Or, in “Black Box,” Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch adventure he writes, “But Bosch stayed positive.  He’d gotten lucky with Pistol Pete and the serial number.  There was no reason to think it wouldn’t hold.”  Of course, Harry had a run in with his newer Lieutenant a page or two later … “So much for his luck holding… he felt that more than his luck suddenly ebbing away.  His momentum and positive attitude were eroding. It suddenly felt like it was getting dark out.”

Progress and Procrastination

    • Progress — Composing a draft of the Conclusions Section of the Report

Speaking Volumes

    • Can I structure the “Volume Three Manuscript” story like in “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen? He describes the writing of a memoir and the horrible secret as the heart of his story, but in a fictional story.  

Working on the Business

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 8003 to 8088 organically grown followers

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:

Related:

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

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

Day 179 of My 1-Year Experiment

Winter

February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Am I correctly interpreting your answer?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the Knews Letter

The Tau of Steves

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

Trends Fresh from the Labs

Headlines and Highlights 

Long-Form 

    • Is’The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.”
    • Began reading and taking notes on “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney — All human beings have 99.9 percent of  the same genetic prescription. Our individual differences come from the 0.1 percent of our genetic material that is just us — derived primarily from our neurochemistry,  a private reserve of about 150 different brain chemicals and recipes to formulate our neurotransmitters — guide messages from cell to cell, directing all brain functions.
    • A SURVEY OF 222 LEADING SCIENTISTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises and water crises

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V 
    • Progress —Early feedback from Finnmark:  Interesting concept. I think your opening salvos should be free so people can get a sense of what their Patreon membership will provide. Also, blogs are not going to reach a young audience if that’s what you want. Youtube is far more effective for that age group. 
    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Speaking Volumes  

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

Working on the Business

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

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:

Related: Nouns, Zips and Horoscope Heists

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips