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Who Moved My Cheese

This is a fable about 4 characters – Sniff, Scurry, Hem & Haw.

They live in a very dark, complex maze.

Yes, a maze.

All 4 of them were searching for their own cheese.

The cheese was the only source of nourishment in the maze.

They worked really hard in finding the cheese…

…until 1 day they actually found it in Cheese station C.

This station had their favorite cheese!

It seemed like an unlimited supply of cheese in this station.

They struck gold!

Their eyes lit up – and they gobbled the cheese.

They decided to come to walk to station C every morning and feast on the cheese.

This went on for a really long time.

A routine was established by now.

They were now confident that there will always be some cheese whenever they come to the station.

One morning something strange happened…

Station C ran out of cheese!

They no longer had any supply of it.

Hem & Haw were not able to accept it.

How can somebody move their cheese?

Who took all the cheese away?

They deserve their cheese after all.

Both of them were winning and complaining.

But Sniff & Scurry anticipated this change.

They saw the cheese reserve reducing every day as they feasted…

They moved on and went in search of new cheese.

Shortly after their search, they discovered cheese station N

which had the biggest cheese supply they have ever seen.

They wished Haw & Hem left station C and came here as well…

…but it’s too far now. 

In the meantime…

Haw suggested to Hem they go in search of new cheese as well.

Hem disagreed.

They stayed there – hoping that someone will restore justice and give them their cheese back.

After living in denial for a long time, Haw decides to go look for new cheese.

While Hem still stays in Station C.

Over the next several days, Haw finds some cheese here and there but nothing lasts for long.

Hem finds one empty cheese station after another…

Filled with disappointment…

He felt he would never get the same amount of cheese he got in Station C.

Despite the fear Hem kept searching – he had no other option to survive.

Finally one day…

He found the cheese station N.

An abundant amount of cheese was overflowing, a lot more than station C PLUS new varieties as well.

He also met his old friends Sniff & Scurry there.

Hem feasted on the cheese and moved towards the big wall on station N…

And he wrote these on the walls:

  1. Change Happens. They Keep Moving The Cheese
  2. Anticipate Change. Get Ready For The Cheese To Move
  3. Monitor Change. Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old.
  4. Adapt To Change Quickly. The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese
  5. Change. Move With The Cheese
  6. Enjoy Change! Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!
  7. Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again. They Keep Moving The Cheese.

Most people are living in denial of something…

It can be a relationship that changed.

A job that changed.

A market that changed.

Or an Industry that changed.

Stop searching for justice and start looking for new cheese.

The sooner you change, the sooner you get to taste the new cheese…