Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Monday, 28 February 2022

A quote of Steve Jobs

 Yesterday I saw the weekly German Sunday institution "Tatort" = "Scene of Crime". 

It exists since 1970 (!) and till today broadcasted more than 1200 episodes - the very special is that the detective superintendents are representatives of one of each federate state - as Bavaria or Nordrhein-Westfalen, scene always in the same city. 

Yesterday it was Munich's turn.

It fell into the category of: "Everything was better in the old days" - a sentence I disgust, but here it was true :-) 

Yet you also can learn by junk, and a little marvel I found in this scrap was a quote by Steve Jobs: 

"You are the intersection of those five people with whom you surround yourself

(as my translation sounds somehow bumpy I will quote the German version: "Du bist der Durchschnitt der fünf Leute, mit denen du dich umgibst."     

I look into the beautiful cold sunshine and brood: Do I believe that? 

And: Who are those five?  




10 comments:

  1. I think that whoever Steve Jobs surrounded himself with, he saw them as circling around him as planets circle the sun. He probably only had 5 close associates.

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    1. If, Tom, if - if he had 5 and he could see them in all the glittering sunshine he bathed them in :-)

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  2. That sounds like an arbitrary number.

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    1. I found many translations for "arbitrary", and all sounded right, Tasker.

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  3. To surround himself with 5 people Jobs would have had to go our and round them up and it would have been reluctantly I might add.

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    1. Haha, Rachel, he used his time for other things than going out :-)

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  4. This sounds like a powerful person (Jobs) making himself the center of his universe. Maybe I'm just cynical.

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    1. Dear Susan, that was my first impression too: to "surround" makes oneself the center of the universe, planets just circle around him (and do not come near) - Roi-Soleil.

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  5. Narcissus didn't need five people, a pool of water was sufficient. I should say five is way too many.

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    1. A fascinating view, Pip - I always thought Narcissus way, way more beautiful than Steve Job - but: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - in this case logically: his own.

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