As I continue to cull through my books to pass them on to other folks, I came across this management classic: Who Moved My Cheese? I believe it is one of those books that deserves to be read by everyone and to be read often. As I read it again this morning, I realized that I am Haw. It may take me a minute, but I will eventually realize my cheese has gone moldy, and it’s time for a change. Who are you? Sniff, Scurry, Hem or Haw, like me?
Axioms from the book:
- Having cheese (whatever it is for you – a job, a relationship, spiritual peace, jogging, golf) makes you happy.
- The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold onto it.
- What would you do if you were not afraid?
- Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
- Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
- When you move beyond the fear, you feel free.
- Imagine yourself enjoying your new cheese even before you find it, leads you to it.
- The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.
- Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
- When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change your course.
- Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that are to come.
- Move with the cheese and enjoy it.
Reference: Spencer Johnson M.D., Who Moved My Cheese? New York: G.P. Putnams & Son
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