Who Moved My Cheese is one of the easiest and most profound reads that you will probably come across in leadership. A “must read” even if you aren’t in business or management. It’s about who we are and who we can be by embracing and adapting to something that will ALWAYS happen: Change.
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The setting is a reunion of friends. The story finds our characters in a giant Maze. The goal? Cheese of course! So let’s begun introductions:
The Mice – Sniff and Scurry
These mice are preferable to nibbling cheese. Their Method is trial and error. Of course, they get lost but they also do find their way eventually.
The Little People – Hem and Haw
The Little People prefer Cheese with a capital “C”. Since they are people, their Method is more complex and involves beliefs, emotions, and at times clouded judgement. Complex is not always best.
Where we begin: Cheese Station
Station C is a comfortable treasure trove of cheese that both the Mice and Little People have found. And what luck! Both of their preferred cheeses are available.
The Mice, being mice, are fairly predictable in their routine. They get up, they hustle, and go to Station C for their cheese. They check first for any changes and then enjoy their cheese.
The Little People
The Little People started off strong and hustled each morning. Eventually, they start to become comfortable. They become arrogant in their success, don’t check for any daily changes, and expect the Cheese to always be there.
The Cheese is Gone!
Cheese = What makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be one thing. It can be several.
- Who do you identify with more? The Mice or the Little People? Be honest.
- Do you have a Cheese in your life that has led you to complacency? Maybe it’s a career, your family, something else. If you are complacent, what is one thing you can do for your “Cheese” to create hustle and energy again?
- Make a list of your dreams.
- Make a list of your goals for each dream.
Dreams = What you wish to achieve. Goals = steps on how to get there.
3. Honestly evaluate your work ethic towards your dreams and goals as well as to your day to day life. Ask yourself the following:
- Do I set time apart for my goals in order to reach my dreams?
- Are my goals reasonable and achievable or do I set myself up for failure?
- What does my “hustle” look like? What do I want it to look like and is it realistic?
The Players are set, the Cheese is now Gone. To be continued….