Two days ago a man dropped by my house that I'd met some time ago. He was a spiritual man, or else, he was a man who had become more spiritual as he'd aged. For the purposes of this story I am going to call him Harry. Anyway, Harry sat down and had a chat to me as I wasn't very busy. He wanted to know how my business was going and so I showed him the latest products and he was impressed with the quality, especially when I pulled out another brand of bow ties and explained the difference. On the one hand he had a flimsy printed silk from an English bow tie maker. It lacked any charisma and it made a small and pathetic centre knot. On the other he held my Wimbeldon bow tie and it had a lovely weight and handle in a woven jacquard silk that had been made on a loom in Como, Italy. I could see him appreciate the quality. But, as I am prone to do sometimes, I started to harp on about how difficult it was to convince Australian men to spend the extra money. Harry then turned to me and said 'don't complain, it could be that you are not adapting to the way people want to do business. Have you read the book 'Who Moved My Cheese'? '
Well, lo and behold he began to tell me this story which sounded more like he was telling me one of Aesop's fables rather than a 1998 New York Times Bestseller.... . The tale for me has a lot of Vedic elements to it, that one must have a lot of adaptive energy to cope with the shocks and changes in life rather than to dwell on past successes and consider that the cheese will always be in the same place. By the time Harry had left I felt like a big weight had been lifted off my chest as I now knew what I needed to do in order to move forward.
The cheese, ladies and gentlemen, will not always be in the same place. So it's time for us to go looking for new cheese. Individually and collectively!
As a side note, I would like to mention one last thing. I decided to look for a video of the fable on YouTube and I have to say that the American styled management video was itself very CHEESEY!!! You can view it here.
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