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Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by [Johnson, Spencer]

Here is a list of my favorite quotes from this book.

Capitalism, Here I come

‘it’s the “doers,”, the lean and hungry ones, those with ambition in their eyes and fire in their bellies and no notions of social caste, who go the furthest and achieve the most.’

‘Life, I’ve found, works the following way: Daily, you’re presented with many small and surprising opportunities. Sometimes you seize one that takes you to the top. Most, though, if valuable at all, take you only a little way. To succeed, you must string together many small incremental advances – rather than count on hitting the lottery jackpot once. Trusting to great luck is a strategy not likely to work for most people. As a practical matter, constantly enhance your skills, put in as many hours as possible, and make tactical plans for the next steps. Then, based on what actually occurs, look one more move ahead and adjust the plan. Take lots of chances, and make lots of individual, spur-of-the-moment decisions.’

I Love Mondays

‘Think about the percentage of your life spent working and commuting. If you’re not content doing it, you’re probably pretty miserable with the situation. Change it! Work it out with those next to you on the production line. Talk to your boss. Sit down with those you supervise. Alter what’s in your own head. Do something to make it fun, interesting, challenging, exciting. You’ve got to be happy at your job. Sure, being able to feed the kids is the first focus. But when layoffs and promotions are announced, those with surly looks on their faces, those who always try to do less, those who never cooperate with others get included in the layoffs and miss the promotions. This big part of your life affects you, your family, society, and everything else you touch.’

‘If you’re going to succeed, you need a vision, one that’s affordable, practical, and fills a customer need. Then, go for it. Don’t worry too much about the details. Don’t second-guess your creativity. Avoid overanalyzing the new project’s potential. Most importantly, don’t strategize about the long term too much.’

We Can Do That

‘Today at Bloomberg, we use algorithms we developed to detect anomalies in data, such as a stock that’s rising in an economic report with slow sales. We automatically turn those findings into news stories, which are written and published by computer without involving human hands. At first reporters were concerned that this kind of machine learning, or artificial intelligence, might take their jobs away. But they came to embrace it as they saw that the computers actually freed them to do the kind of reporting they wanted to do – not merely transcribing, but more in-depth writing and analysis, using their knowledge and skills to help readers understand data and events. The computers are sparing them some of the drudgery of their jobs – exactly what computers have done in so many other industries  – and allowing them, and us, to cover even more news.’

“No’ Is No Answer

‘What’s required for success in these businesses?