Welcome to another edition of Gherit Reads. On GR, I talk about a book that I’ve read, list some points or share some nuggets from the book and also encourage you my dear readers to read the book too.
The book I will be talking about today is Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese”. It is a story within a story that focused on change and how we deal with change. The book is about a reunion of some old classmates and one of them decided to share a story titled, ‘Who Moved My Cheese’.
The story is about two rats, Sniff and Scurry, and two littlepeople, Ham and Hem. These littlepeople are human, but just as small as the rats. Their brains are complex just like the human brain. They all used to enjoy cheese together at a place within the maze, the cheese was moved/finished and the rats moved on immediately to find another cheese while the littlepeople were trying to figure out what happened to the cheese and stayed at the old cheese station.
I will stop here go read the book. It is small, so you should be done in a day or two.
Here are a few key points that literally jumped at me from the pages of the book:
- You don’t have to take yourself too seriously, but you have to take your changing situation seriously. Laugh at yourself.
- In the maze called life, we need to find our way to success;
- Four reactions to change: Those who sniff out change when it is a distance away, those who scurries to change at the sight of it, those who hams at change, but later accepts and adjust to change and those who just hem themselves in and never accept change thus fizzle out when change takes place;
- When change occurs, stop overanalyzing and get to finding New Cheese;
- There is a difference between activity and productivity. There is no productivity in doing the same unproductive activity over and over again;
- Fear keeps us where we are. It is not bad to be afraid but don’t let it stop you from doing anything;
- Imagine? Yes! But do too! Life moves on and so should we;
- Always ask yourself, ‘what would I do if I was not afraid?’
- Knowing you have a new direction nourishes you and gives you strength and vigor;
- Change will occur whether you expect it or not!
Hope you grab a copy and read too? Till next time!