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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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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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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