Monday, March 19, 2012

Who Moved My Cheese

There is a book I read when I was lost in the world of corporate America. Who Moved My Cheese. The gist of the book was two mice kept going to the same place for cheese, once it was moved, one was brave enough to venture farther into the maze they were in, while the other was too afraid, and well, died I suppose I can't remember now. 

The point is he died. Wait no, the point was the other mouse was brave enough to move on, and look for something better.  The something better that we assume the brave mouse found was more cheese. Now, this is a very famous book, it works well to illustrate how people become stagnant, not only in business (corporate droid upgrade), but in life. The cheese metaphor can be applied to anything, jobs, love, life. Did I mention life? 

Einstein gave the definition of insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." This idea has been brought up several times in the past couple days. We are creatures of habit, there is no denying that, but how do we catch ourselves from falling into a rut? From falling for the same girl/guy? From getting in the same fights with the same people? Having the same conversations? Is it as simple as looking for cheddar instead of swiss?

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