S3 E5 — Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!

Wait, what?  Our extended family actually grew with a new baby this past week.  Does that count? She’s healthy as is her mom, but to my disappointment another child is brought into the world and not named Steve.

Today’s Holiday Birthday (actually 9 months ago on 6/7/20) … Results beyond your expectations will come at the start of the new year. Your family grows in March 2021.

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 5 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 5th day of March 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You have more stories than you think. The things you’ve done are so familiar to you that you cannot imagine how impressive they would be to another person, but if you share, you’ll find out.” Gemini

Evidence

Wait, what?  Our extended family actually grew with a new baby this past week.  Does that count? She’s healthy as is her mom, but to my disappointment another child is brought into the world and not named Steve. 

She could have been named Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but noooooo!

Today’s Holiday Birthday (actually 9 months ago on 6/7/20): 

“You’ll be called on to do something you haven’t done before. You’ll be both inspired and inspirational. A group will form around your leadership as you apply past experience to figure things out. Results beyond your expectations will come at the start of the new year. Your family grows in March 2021.”

Weirdly, as I scrolled through all the 109 news sources I track each day to fill 36 digital magazines I curate, the executive summary (which Brook asked for yesterday) popped into my mind. 

It feels like it is all about me — which is one of the experiment’s goals to answer the question: 

        • Does my horoscopes apply to me each day? My null hypothesis follows as something like horoscopes don’t apply to my experiences throughout the day. 
        • In the beginning I felt they might serve as fodder for fractured fairy tales or how greeting cards trigger my witty twists and the kind of humor I sprinkle into conversations. (Maybe the easiest TauBits to Twist are the ones I rated a “2” at the other end of the scale.)
        • And, for quite awhile I bracketed my Blog-to-LinkedIn posts with current and year old TauBits to make it easier for me to craft a headline.

Then, there’s the overarching goal from a life-story writer and an idea packager (me) about which “5” rated TauBits of Wisdom extend their wisdom beyond any specific Steves daily horoscope — wisdom-worthy for handing down as part of a legacy memoir no matter who or when I recorded them.

        • And, then there’s-by-the-numbers — the comparison of horoscope categories that I felt fit me on any given day, but showed up for Steve Zahn and Steve McQueen and Steve Carell, Steve Martin, Steve Wozniak, and Steve Jobs.
        • Why I decided to do it for the sake of the 4 day sampling each week and they represented a sample of the rest of the 12.

I began color coding the Big 4 to make it easier for me to tally by category of TauBits after the 1-year experiment terminated officially.

        • Those four categories morphed over time from what I loosely expected to find to what emerged as “Practical Project”, “Work and Career”, “Legacy Memoir” and “Love and Relationships”. 
        • How many could be characterized broadly and by which sub-topic.

Enough about this passion project.  

What about the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  

One of us likes to form opinions by tuning into news shows, and talk shows.  The other of us tries to filter out the noise and critically think about what is happening.  Does that count?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you ask the others, they’ll tell you what they see and you won’t be able to help being influenced. To find that truly original take on the situation, wait before you ask. Look at it a long time by yourself first.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

An inspiring relationship plays into the changes you make this year. That long list of things you didn’t have time for before gets a lot shorter as you check off many adventures. You’re not setting out to develop yourself; it just happens. Plans shift and expand. There are more people to care for and also put to work.

So, thank you Stevie and Steve.  Yes, please I’ll swipe this one since Brook’s offer yesterday during our somewhat meandering conversation helped me realize you two are on to something today.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You have more stories than you think. The things you’ve done are so familiar to you that you cannot imagine how impressive they would be to another person, but if you share, you’ll find out.” Gemini

Right, Howey’s Holiday Tau, while brilliant and told from the opposite view where you look back to your younger self and give advice that would have made a difference is not quite right for me today.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:The best and brightest version of future-you hinges on the ability of today-you to pay close attention. To stay engaged, figure out what’s in it for you, even when the scene seems to revolve completely around the other person.” Cancer

This seems like it would should come from Nash or Kerr instead of from two comedians and a founder.  It definitely would have encapsulated Kobe Bryant’s approach to scoring. 

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Sometimes, you have faith and you act on it. Today, your faith isn’t as strong, but you still benefit from action. Keep shooting for the goal regardless of whether you think you can make it.” Leo

Not quite a 5, guys, but I will say this — too many people over run pristine locations and don’t think twice about leaving their trash behind on the trails and beaches as if it were somebody else’s job to clean up after.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Messes occur. It’s not your job to clean them up, though you’ll probably do it anyway, or at least be involved, because leaving things better than you found them is in your creed.” Virgo

Wise, brilliant advice I’ll swipe from you Steve.  

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Trying to accomplish everything on the list will be too stressful and counterproductive. Decide on what you’re not going to do today and, suddenly, everything lightens up. Plus, you move quicker.” Sagittarius

As if!  I can’t claim it, but I’m working towards deploying my imagination for knocking out walls — kinda like a “Love It or List It” story telling project.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “No one knows how you do it, but somehow you’re able to draw vitality from lackluster scenes, badly illuminated in fluorescent light. Your imagination knocks out walls to install its own sun-streamed windows.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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S3 E4 — What a Fool Believes She Sees

Brook’s anger and frustration surfaced “as a former social scientist” when he described how unbelievable it was to him that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 4 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 4th day of March 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s hard to say which is more difficult — the battering down of instinct necessary to resist the temptation your inner animal is lunging for or the consequences that go along with giving in.”   Aries

Evidence

It was great finally talking by phone with Brook, one of my longer time friends, colleague and co-conspirator.  I told him I felt I’d been returning full cycle to my psychology days to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”. 

We talked a little about books and how much I’m really appreciating a connection to logic and both inductive and deductive reasoning passages in Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s “Mycroft Holmes” book.  

Is that an example of one of the “good old days” yearning which Kurt Andersen says used to hold sway, but now conspiracy theories reign supreme? 

Brook said he now finds himself saying more frequently, “At least I won’t be around long enough to witness how this will ultimately play out,” like the older last generation.

Okay, I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today: 

      1. Stories are a staple of humanity.
      2. Humans organize the world through stories. Perceptions are ordered through them, and roles are defined by them.
      3. The collective and individual human identity is forged in narrative — stories told to each other and stories told by each human to his or herself. 
      4. A string of facts is not a story. A string of facts is the raw material for endless stories.
      5. What makes a story is not what’s in it, but how it’s told.
      6. If you ever want to change who you are, then change your story. Don’t make things up; rather, use what’s there and think of it in another way.
      7. The first step in changing a story is in realizing that it is one.
      8. Humans tell themselves stories all the time (often unhelpful and fear-inducing stories) without realizing that is what they are doing.
      9. The best way to test a story is to tell it to different audiences.

So, our Holiday Tau might have been influenced by Oprah’s interview with her neighbors in Montecito, California — the Royals who fled Buckingham Palace.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “No one is born with the stuff that will automatically make them popular or rich. Even those born to the monarchy must earn their status in the eyes of their court and country. You rise to the challenge of creating yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is that the dynamic Brook and I discussed?  Someone who knows what they are doing incites our inner animal bypassing any critical thoughts?  Are some of us just too gullible? Do we have so much invested in our magical thinking that the mere possibility of disproof feels like the loss of a loved one or a divorce?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s hard to say which is more difficult — the battering down of instinct necessary to resist the temptation your inner animal is lunging for or the consequences that go along with giving in.” Aries

Funny, Brook told me how he devotes his morning to reading books that challenge his intelligence. Not only is Howey’s Holiday Tau for me, but it’s relevant for him as well

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Anything that pays off intellectually pays off — period. If you’re wondering if you’re going to make money, consider that may be an irrelevant question when it comes to pursuits likely to polish your mind and soul.” Cancer

Now comes the two comedians and the technology company founder.  Their Holiday Tau colored the professional leadership portion of my discussion with Brook since coaching and advising often boils down to better decision-making.  

But in our back and forth — me as psychologically trained experimental and clinical professional and he as a social scientist — we both set a date to continue our understanding about how context and culture help or hurt what’s been going on.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Context and culture play a huge part in people’s decision-making. Your work goes better when you dive deeper into understanding the values and challenges of the people you’re trying to serve.” Leo

We discussed my writing projects and Brook offered to help me bring them to completion as a cooperative “entity” which would require bridge building through trial and error to sharpen my clarity.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “To bring the vision of your mind into a form that others can see, too, you must build a bridge. It will require trial, error and excellent communication with cooperative entities.” Sagittarius

I’m down with the trees and mushrooms.  If you were to compare the slightly edited version which appeared in the print edition of the Los Angeles Times — I know, remember newspapers — you got the productivity cycle part, but not the nature lesson.  Just saying.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t forget about the part in the cycle of productivity in which nothing happens. This dormancy is as crucial as sleep, which all living things do in their own way, even the trees and the mushrooms.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

Long-Form

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

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S1 E87 — Pipe Bombs Destroy Vacation Bliss

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Yes, if you noticed we left a hole in our tracking of the Holiday Tau between 8/31/19 and today, September 19th.  Why?  

Evidence

We knew our vacation bliss had evaporated with the news of pipe bombs being planted at Donald Trump’s political enemies’ homes and offices played on the radio in the shuttle car on the 405 freeway.

Emma the Baroness and I with her brothers sampled the best of Norway mixed in with intimate time with her cousins and their children and in some case grandchildren.  

Our plane touched down at LAX on schedule yesterday at 5 pm Pacific Coast Time — which is, what, nine hours difference? 

We flew from Oslo to Heathrow and to LAX  and suffered reentry transition trauma to our sleep patterns. 

As much as I could mentally expend the energy, I realized I had become my mother writing everything down. She took short hand to type up later. I waited until after the experience — day-by-day in the evening after a days adventure,  while she wrote during vacations and missed witnessing the sights. Sis and I teased her on Hawaiian bus tour when she couldn’t match up her notes to the photographs we took for her vacation album. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hello again Steve.  Your Holiday Tau intrigues me — our plans had been interrupted and disrupted frequently in transit.  Airlines mostly. But, you learn to go with the flow except for a few times when a member of our party, who is easily angered, lost it several times.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Hi Steve, I get it and will look forward to experiencing it, but honestly I’m too tired and burned out to appreciate your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “Oddly enough, putting too much thought into a thing can make it less effective.  The slapdash version will contain the most honest information.” Cancer

Hi Steve, Steve and Steve.  I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau, but will need to come back to it sometime in the future.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Don’t aim your message to all.  Aim it from the most specific part of you toward something particular in another person.” Leo

First reaction?  Returning to both freeway traffic jams and pipe bomb news crushed my vacation bliss.  I’m too tired to react anyway but cynically today.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Some interpret news hopefully, and others defensively or cynically.  Optimism and pessimism are just different interpretations, though optimistic people are usually happier.” Capricorn

Nash’s Holiday Tau shimmered enough so I could glimpse it before my brain and entire body shut down as I contemplated where I had left off in each of my passion projects.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’ll be busy with many areas of life at once, but you’ll also have a sense of spiritual alignment that makes this easier than it sounds.”Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E67 — Don’t Misunderstand Me

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

Summer July 2019

Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When you’re not interested in what you were, travel.  You needn’t too far or be gone long to gain new appreciation of your status quo.” Taurus

We’d have to travel back in time — Day 64 — to catch a Holiday Tau break for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  So, let’s consider swiping from the rest of the Steves, shall we?

Hi and welcome to Episode 67 in our First Season on this fine July 27th.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Emma the Baroness and I are between trips.  Our last one to Italy ending in Rome shifted my perspective after absorbing history, civilizations, art, religion and made me consider legacies. Maybe, I’m not appreciating my status quo, but I’m diving into my life.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When you’re not interested in what you were, travel.  You needn’t too far or be gone long to gain new appreciation of your status quo.” Taurus

As I’ve done before — so I’ve set a precedent — I’m going twist Harvey’s Holiday Taubits to suit what I’ve been authoring.  Not only are words important, but a community and a neighborhood contribute to happiness.  And, here’s my twist, you can identify your next home by following 11 simple steps and by selecting from 66 kinds of neighborhoods personalized by age, stage, status and affluence and population density.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Words signal to culture, status, age and more.  You’ll note with interest the evolution of your own vocabulary.” Capricorn

Diffusion.  I like that from Nash’s Holiday Tau.  Often the membrane between my inner and outer worlds feel more like confusion until a pattern emerges.  Then I can visualize a path forward.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “The emotions live inside of you, the circumstances live outside, and diffusion has to happen for you to move comfortably in the outside realm.” Aquarius

So diffuse my emotions and environment with sufficient time to see clear to the right decision.  Maybe I can combine the Holiday Tau for Nash and Smith.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: “Once you’ve made up your mind, you’ll be unstoppable.  Take your time: Deciding on the right goal is more important than what follows.” Gemini

Don’t misunderstand me.  Integrity and respect should be the top of the line.  But, for me today I have to pass on Aoki’s Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “As far as improvement tools go, integrity and respect are top of the line.” Sagittarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E59 — Where Did All the Dillon Millennials Go? Eureka!

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

Summer July 2019

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Some things you think will be easy will take forever and what you thought was a big deal could snap together in an instant.” Libra

Happy 4th of July on Day 59 of My 1-Year Experiment. We enjoyed the fireworks show with neighbors and their friends.  The night lit up with an awesome spectacular which launched from the little league ball fields on the opposite side of Olympiad — so named for the Olympics cycling event — from the lake.  

Festivities were on my mind, believe it or not,  as I published “What Were Dillon and Keystone Resort Like Before the Great Recession?” At least the subtitle: “The Uncorked Mountain Wine Festival at Keystone, Colo features delicious wines, award winning jazz, and a juried fine art show in River Run.”

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s be honest, I’m force fitting G&G’s Holiday Tau for a humble brag sorta. I did figure it would be easy to identify who — most frequent lifestyles, that is — lived in each zip coded town I had on my bucket list.  

It wasn’t.  

My source changed hands as a business several times.  The big deal part that snapped together in a “eureka!” moment was realizing I was the only one who could tell you how many millennial lifestyle profiles used to live in Dillon, Colorado.  

How many left during the Great Recession and who replaced them.  And, if those lifestyles left, where their lifestyle showed up later in, say Lake Tahoe, California.  Not even my original source could tell you that! 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Some things you think will be easy will take forever and what you thought was a big deal could snap together in an instant.” Libra

Believe me taken together WW&C’s Holiday Tau with McQueen’s described my ups and downs.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “A person has to be pretty cunning indeed to outsmart his or her own worst tricks and self-sabotaging behaviors.  Such is the mastery of living.” Taurus

I can’t lie, this one is more aspirational for me,  I’m hoping to surface my real needs for it to come true.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Maybe the thing you’re trying to do with sheer willpower can be more easily accomplished with a better understanding of your real needs.”Aries

Thanks.  I’m sure this rings true for many, but not so much for me today.  

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “The thing that ultimately drives change is your desire for the change.  Seeing someone who has it will be the magic motivator.” Gemini

This one seems like something I should remind myself from time to time, but not for a different celebration of fireworks.  

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “There are those who turn minor criticisms into major arguments and take helpful comments as personal slights.  It’s not so much an invitation to quarrel as a call for help.” Sagittarius

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12 Hidden Secrets and Stolen Wisdom – Month Two

The first 30-days describe figuring out rules of the road, shifting decisions with implications for the whole 1-year time frame. Here are the “Top 12 TauBit of Wisdom” for the Second 30-day period.

“Evidence” highlights what I actually did on a day that influenced a rating from 1 to 5. “Experiment Methodology” highlights decisions made along the way about what’s changed.

Top 12 TauBit of Wisdom

Legitimate Holiday TauBits of Wisdom

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Self-doubt is the enemy of imagination.  Trust and lean further into your creativity.  Agree with and build on the goodness there.” Scorpio

 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ve got a secret that helps you move through events with grace: Change itself doesn’t hurt.  What hurts is our resistance to change.” Scorpio

TauBits Begged, Borrowed and Stolen from Steves

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Project yourself to the far future.  What you see there will help you create your best strategy.” Pisces

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you think too far into the situation, you’re likely to get lost in details and complications, making it impossible to take a stance.” Virgo

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “If you can’t do anything about it, then it’s not a problem.  Rather, it’s a circumstance.  Change what you can; accept the rest.” Libra

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Think of all of life as an experiment.  If this person’s not right, try that person.  Don’t take the outcome personally.” Capricorn

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Questions such as ‘why does this matter?’ or ‘what is important about this?’ will bring you past the symptoms and right to the root issue.” Taurus

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:If wisdom were a needle in a haystack, you’d find it.  Precious insights could come from anywhere.” Gemini

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Little thoughts come and go.  Write them down; record them somehow.” Aries

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Imagined problems can have as much impact (if not more) as real problems can have.  The good part about imagined problems is that they can be solved the instant you see reality.” Aquarius

Funny, reviewing them now only shows how in some cases I needed to twist and stretch the TauBits to fill my need to write about what I worked on.  

On Day 60  I rediscovered succinct descriptions for the knowledge path volumes one and two!! I can include the descriptions in the beginning of “Volume Two Manuscript“.  

And, for a couple of days leading up to it the ratings four the TauBits really sucked, I’ll point out a change in “Experiment Methodology” no longer including those I didn’t curate initially and those that didn’t score a “2” or “1” for relevance.

Evidence 

Topics of the Day

  • Analytics of shared articles on LinkedIn
  • Sharing political economic news from the day
  • Feeling shock about election interference, obstruction of justice while reading Volume One and Two of the redacted Mueller Report
  • Deeper dives into the negative aspects of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter

Following my intuition today, July 5th, on Day 60 of My 1-Year Experiment, I pulled up a pdf of “New Lenses Field Guide” and reviewed the last two topics, 

Topics illustrating My Passions and Life Over the Last Few Days

What’s been going on?  I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

“What does an Idea Packager do?  That’s what I’m answering in Volume Two of the Knowledge Path Series.  The first volume answers the question, “If I can live and work anywhere in the world, then which community should I choose as the best fit for my inspiration, satisfaction and happiness?” 

The second series answers the question, “If I could work for any company or type of organization either as an employee, consultant or independent contractor which type or stage of growth brings out the best and worst in me?” Given the choice, which should I pursue and which should I avoid like the plague?”

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

Focus on conceptualizing a second manuscript about talent cultures, profiles, organization types and stages of growth

Recalling 5-year passage of time building a climate for innovation

Steve Jobs, mostly for his brand of disruptive innovation — creating new rules for an older industry.  His Holiday Tau reminds me of a quote, I believe came from Joel Barker originally:

Mastering new rules is like trying to cross a white-water river. If you can anticipate the whirlpools and the changes in the current, if you can anticipate the landing on the other shore, you have a much better chance of getting across that river successfully.

Recalling specific challenges a downsizing crisis presented to our team of internal consultants

I rediscovered my “CareerVentures DRAFT” which encapsulated what I branded as “Secrets for turning your passions into profits. 

The world was changing dramatically.  I wanted to document it, extract lessons learned and offer the best practices to clients. 

During the six years of moonlighting — getting up every morning at 5 am and writing for two hours before working in my day job as a Senior Vice President coaching executives how to find another job in the Southern California region, I realized that journal could be used another way. 

Through sophisticated “knowledge chunking,” something I had learned as a Chief Knowledge Officer and a Chief Learning Officer, the journal emerged as one of the first ebooks. 

While researching the top 10 trends everyone should plan their career around, I fell into a venture guidance contract where I coached entrepreneurs with start up ideas and products. 

That ebook also opened the door for co-authoring “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work” 

And that book, opened the door for the 2-year curriculum of online tools, tips and templates for my Executive MBA clients, as I advise them to change careers, buy a business or franchise and launch a start-up, consulting or coaching practice.  

And, for the more adventurous of them, to take advantage of the Mobile Knowledge Company opportunities.

Topics Which are Really True About Me Over a Long Time

  • Writing devises like the use of Holiday Tau and asking “What Would Leo da V Do?”
  • Sampling writing styles of several authors for sentence construction growth

From the Kindle version of “The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr. 

What appeals to me is her description of life-story writers like me:

“… a fiction writer starts with meaning and then manufactures events to represent it; a memoirist starts with events, then derives meaning from them.”

(A) memoir uses novelistic devices like cobbling together dialogue you failed to record at the time.

A fierce urge to try re-experiencing your own mind and body and throbbing heart alive inside the most vivid stories from your past is step one.

Methodology Changes 

6/6/19 

Researcher’s Note:  While curating raw TauBits of Wisdom for inclusion it dawned on me I needed to calculate the total number of possibilities for final results and comparisons. Total potential horoscopes / potential between 4536 and 4548.

6/16/19

Researchers Note: The previous day returned “5” rankings for each of the Steves curated TauBits of Wisdom.  Out of today’s three of the 6 identified scored a “3” and just as many rated a “2”.  Is there any value in including “2’s” and “1’s”?

6/22/19 

Researcher’s Note:  By this time, Day 53 of my 1-year experiment, I began saving a little time in my process of reading Holiday Mathis sayings in the print edition of The Los Angeles Times, by typing into a previously copied saying, like yesterday’s Steve Zahn.  It meant I’d have to search through a half a dozen statements.  I found by bolding the Tau, it made it easier to locate one to copy and then type over.  It wouldn’t be the last time I sought efficiencies.

Researcher’s Note:  At the end of the 30 days (Days 58 and 59) the rankings topped  under “2” again, so I decided going forward I won’t record any score under “3”.

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S1 E52 – Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to this June 21st Edition and Day 52 of My 1-Year Experiment.

What’s been going on? 

I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

Does that make me a paradox grandmaster?  Maybe.  But, not for the reason implied in the second sentence.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are the grandmaster of paradox today.  For you, doing nothing is more difficult than doing something.” Scorpio

More from what I described two months ago on Day 26th illustrating our Holiday Tau then: 

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And the paradox continues with how I responded in Day 45 on 6/7/19: 

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): As generous as an offer may be, if it doesn’t work for you, then move along without fuss or regret.” Aries

Is Howey’s Holiday Tau messing with me?  It feels like a hall of mirrors.  Should I read less into it?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: Yes, this looks a lot like what you’ve already seen, but it’s not.  If you approach it like you already know, you’ll miss what’s really there.” Cancer

Sure, I’m all about understanding.  And as an introverted idea-packager it’s my temperament and you might say obsession to drill down to identify all the variables and aspects to why somebody lies — like our current President.  My best reference, if anyone else is interested, is “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Sincerity is better than falsehood, but one person’s truth won’t make a difference for all involved.  You go 10 steps beyond to really understand and present solutions likely to help.” Aquarius

Not, just for today, but for as long as I can remember.  Thank you Jobs for allowing me to swipe your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

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Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

May 2019

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: Set yourself up so that it’s almost impossible not to fulfill your aim.  This isn’t cheating; it’s just smart management of resources.” Gemini

What’s it like to retire?  Emma the Baroness and I love Chris Erskine’s columns. They hilariously mirror our stage in life.  His more recent pieces, especially today on  5/11/19, can be bitter sweet and poignant. This is a passage I find inspiring: 

“In retirement, I’ll anchor a rowboat in the middle of a rural lake and take long naps in the Southern sun. If I forget to fish, so what? For me, retirement will be a verb. In a couple more years … As he left, I got the first bad buzz of empty nesthood, a profoundly life-changing condition for a generation of parents who have probably over-invested — emotionally and financially — in our kids. When he leaves for college in two years, my only dependents will be these idiot dogs, one of which might be a wolf.” 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, you’re saying this isn’t cheating? Just slightly illegal? Swiping another Steve’s Holiday Tau?  While there’s no rowboat in our future, we’ve taken care of the basics with financial planning.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: Set yourself up so that it’s almost impossible not to fulfill your aim.  This isn’t cheating; it’s just smart management of resources.” Gemini

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Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

Has our luck run out?  Is the magic gone? Is there an unconscious theme today, 4/19/19? I downloaded Dan Brown’s “Origins” novel to my Kindle and all 4oo pages in two volumes of the Mueller Report.  

I guess you could say I’m experimenting?  

Origins” pits a splinter sect of the Catholic church against technology development — a fictional story about artificial intelligence.  

And the Mueller Report, well, lays bare the guard rail breaking and legal case against Trump, who for whatever reason could not be convicted per Justice Department guidelines.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “This is the moment for playing around, which is different that standing sill. Experimentation will show you the way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, before and after our Italy trip to Florence where the Renaissance flourished I’d collected books and articles about Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance — especially a biography about him written by Walter Isaacson.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Creativity will be a response to the environment, a solution to the problem or a reaction to the limitations in play.” Aries

“You’ve got the same body, with the same organs and energies, that Cro-Magnon man had thirty-thousand years ago.” Joseph Campbell famously once said. I feel there’s overlap having to do with our history as Homo Sapiens as written about in a book of the same name by Yuval Noah Harari and further with his Homo Deus. Aside from and Leonardo’s fascination with nature, I recently read an article about the “15,600-year-old Footprint and the Oldest Americans”. So yes, Steve Howey’s Holiday Tau resonates with me today.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: You’re a part of nature, and it will feel better to think and act in accordance with that.” Cancer

Is this too much of a twist?  Once upon a time there was a debate between humans and technology which favored humans.  It went something like this humans provide knowledge and context while computers provide data and information.  If heaven forbid your database gets wiped out it’s lost.  But humans with context can reconstruct what was lost. Or maybe it’s the old not seeing the forest for the trees.  Take your pick.  I still like Smith’s Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Everything you see is perspective.  The less you need out of a situation, the more clearly you can see it.” Gemini

Yes of course.  Even our best cherished memories of how things were in the good old days aren’t real, but are necessary fictions we still believe.  I reminded myself of how cool I thought the future would be bridging from the current with this article about the 50th anniversary of the Whole Earth Catalog. But, clearly it’s time to Zen up.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: The problem with memory lane is that no one can live there.  This is the hour that matters.  Aquarius

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