When it comes to change, how do you feel about it? In this really short book, Dr. Spencer Johnson addresses the importance of change through a story of two mice and two people, who happen to be the size as the mice, that are in this maze with cheese. In the story, the people end up finding this block of cheese in a specific area of the maze and they become dependent on it everyday. However, one day the cheese is no longer there and the people are forced to look for new cheese. As a result, they end up learning their own lessons about change through this frightful event. Points taken away:
1. Change is a natural part of life. Learn to embrace it as the lack of change can lead to your downfall. “If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct.”
2. Learn to control your fear; don’t let it overwhelm you. By being controlled by your fear, you’re missing out on the plethora of opportunities that this world has to offer. “When You Move Beyond Your Fear, You Feel Free.”
3. Learn to adapt to the changes of life. The quicker you’re able to read the signs of change, the better your chances are of survival. “The Quicker You Let Go of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Find New Cheese.“
4. Sometimes having a strong belief in something isn’t the best thing for you to have to adapt to change. Billionaire Charlie Munger has said the same thing about avoiding extreme ideologies. You don’t want to be the person on the horse in a car race. “Old Beliefs Do Not Lead You To New Cheese.”
By Ryan Lee
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