Don’t Forget Your Running Shoes

I love to read.  I read lots of books on a variety of topics.  Recently I decided to reread a few books.  One of the wonderful books I chose to reread was Who Moved My Cheese.  Last time I read this book was almost 10 years ago.  It was a great book then and it is just as good now.

Throughout my career, I am constantly asking myself – ‘What happens next?’  If the economy grows, am I positioned to grow with it?   If the economy contracts, am I in a position to take advantage of the contraction?   It is hard to be ready for everything but the more time you spend thinking about possible outcomes, the better prepared you will be.

Who Moved My Cheese reminds us that change is normal and should be expected.  The worse thing we can do is put our head in the sand and hope nothing will change.  The book reminds us to never take our running shoes off.  One of the best questions in the book is – Ask Yourself ‘What would you do if you were not afraid?’.  For many people, that one question changes everything.

Other lessons from Who Moved My Cheese
Change Happens – They keep moving the Cheese
Anticipate Change – Get Ready for the Cheese to move.
Monitor Change – Smell the Cheese often so you know when it is getting old
Adapt to Change Quickly – The quicker you let go of old Cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new Cheese.
Follow Change – Move with the Cheese
Enjoy Change – Savor the adventure and the taste of new Cheese
Be Ready to Quickly Change Again and Again – They keep moving the Cheese.

If you have not read Who Moved My Cheese lately, I would highly recommend rereading it.  It is hard not to learn something from this exceptional parable.