Friday, October 3, 2008

Book Excerpt Of The Week: "Who Moved My Cheese?" By: Spencer Johnson

"He knew he had learned something useful about moving on from his mice friends, Sniff and Scurry. They kept life simple. They didn't over analyze or over complicate things. When the situation changed and the cheese had been moved, they changed and moved with the cheese.

He would remember that Haw had also used his wonderful brain to do what little people do better than mice. He envisioned himself- in realistic detail- finding something better- much better. He reflected on the mistakes he had made in the past and used then to plan for his future.

He knew that you could learn to deal with change: You could be more aware of the need to keep things simple, be flexible, and move quickly. You did not need to over complicate matters or confuse yourself with fearful beliefs. You could notice when the little changes began so that you would be better prepared for the big change that night be coming.

He knew he needed to adapt faster, for if you do not adapt in time, you might as well not adapt at all.

He had to admit that the biggest inhibitor to change lies within yourself, and that nothing gets better until you change.

Perhaps most importantly, he realized that there is always new cheese out there whether you recognize it at the time, or not. And that you are rewarded with it when you go past your fear and enjoy the adventure.

He knew some fear should be respected, as it can keep you out of real danger. But he realized most of his fears were irrational and had kept him from changing when he needed to.

He didn't like it at the time, but he knew that the change had turned our to be a blessing in disguise as it led him to find better cheese." -From, "Who Moved My Cheese?" By: Spencer Johnson

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