Jakob Reiter

Entrepreneur, chief nerd and digital humanist

Food for thought

Old words are reborn with new faces. In that sense I have put together some words that make me think, inspire me and make me always find something new. May they also do so for you.

Sitting quietly,
doing nothing,
Spring comes,
and the grass grows,
all by itself

Master Bashō

Until we make the unconscious conscious, we will be dictated by it and call it fate.

Jerry Colonna

“People tend to divide everything into two parts – things they believe, and things they don’t believe.
I look at the world differently – there are a few things I firmly believe, and a few things I don’t believe at all, but in between there is a vast range of things I wonder about, and that’s what makes life interesting.”

Gene Roddenberry

Ego is a wonderful servant,
but a terrible master.

Alan Watts

DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) is great for coding, terrible for humans.

CTO wisdom

The cure to the pain is in the pain


Not knowing is most intimate.

Zen wisdom

Don’t move information to authority, move authority to the information.

L. David Marquet, Turn the Ship Around

The real maze is in the mouse

Strong back and open heart. This is warrior stance, I tell him. The strong back of fiscal discipline. The strong back of clarity and vision, of drive and direction. The strong back of delegating responsibility and holding people accountable. The strong back of knowing right from wrong.
But it’s also the open heart.
It’s giving a shit about people, purpose, meaning. It’s working toward something greater than merely boosting your ego, greater than just soothing your worries and chasing your demons away. It’s leading from within, drawing on the core of your being, on all that has shaped you.

Jerry Colonna

Control, we discovered, only works with a competent workforce that understands the organization’s purpose. Hence, as control is divested, both technical competence and organizational clarity need to be strengthened

L. David Marquet, Turn the Ship Around

Work is difficulty and drama, a high-stakes game in which our identity, our self-esteem and our ability to provide are mixed inside us in volatile, sometimes explosive ways…

Work is where we can make ourselves; work is where we can break ourselves.

David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

Für die Gefühle gelten nicht die vom Verstand gemachten Vorschriften. Die Logik lässt uns in unseren Wünschen nicht wählen. Sie ist der Terror des Verstandes gegen unsere Empfindungen, denn sie sind unsere gelebte Wahrheit. Sie sind die Boten unserer Freiheit.

Durch sie wissen wir, dass wir wählen können.

Uwe Timm, Ikarien

In the measurement world, you set a goal and strive for it.
In the universe of possibility, you set the context and let life unfold.

Benjamin Zander

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

L.R. Knost

The value of a cup is in its emptiness.

Buddhist proverb

Man trifft im Leben immer nur sich selbst.

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