I always like books that take less than two hours to read. Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson is a helpful reminder that when you are not getting what you want, do something different (change). Who knew that great lessons can be learned through a story about by 2 mice and 2 little people.
10 Things I Learned from Who Moved My Cheese:
1. Entitlement makes you resist change, while pride and arrogance makes you believe that you do not need to change.
2. The more time you spend in shock, awe, and disbelief, the longer it takes you to move on. The same goes for spending too much time searching for the root of the problem; at some point you need to move forward.
3. Fear and comfort make people complacent, but in reality you may be less safe if you do not confront and adhere to change.
4. There is a difference between productivity and activity.
5. Instead of waiting for something to happen, choose what you want to do and do it. Having control over your next step is always better than having nothing.
6. Visualize your end result, because it will help you overcome the first and hardest step when making a change.
7. Question if your fears are rational. Always ask what you would do if you were not afraid.
8.Think about your gains instead of your losses.
9. Keep your ear to the ground, so that you can predict change. Investigate new options while you are happy with you current station. If you accept the small changes, it will be easier to accept the big ones.
10. If you are so smart, then why are all the simple people where you want to be.
If you have an hour and half to spare and are in rut, there is really nothing better to do then read this book. Especially, if you are like me and enjoy spending time wallowing. It reminds me that there is always another opportunity waiting for you, even when you think all you know is over.