Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
Someone at work recommended I read this, as the project I am on is nearing completion, so I’m interviewing and applying for new roles. She said, “Your Cheese has moved, hopefully you’ve prepared for a change and are ready to adapt to a new environment.” I was a bit confused, and thought it was a silly comment, so I picked up the book and investigated further.
Each of us has our own idea of Cheese, and we pursue our Cheese because we believe it will make use happy and successful. When we get it, we become attached and can feel entitled. And when we lose it, it becomes traumatic and is often a surprise. When our Cheese moves, we have two options: adapt and change, or complain and question. If we don’t adapt, we won’t succeed.
Events happen without warning or explanation. Being prepared to adapt at times of distress puts us in a situation to always succeed. If we don’t change, we become extinct.
The majority driver in not changing is fear. If we let fear suppress our drive to compete, we become paralyzed by the unknown. Fear can be good, so we should often ask, “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?” When we are afraid things are going to get worse if we don’t do something, it can prompt us into action. But it is not good when we are so afraid that it keeps us from doing anything at all. What we are afraid of is never as bad as it is imagined. The fear built up in the mind is worse than the situation that exists. When we change what we believe, we change what we do.
By preparing to adapt to change, unfortunate situations will become speedbumps rather than road blocks.