Graduation is mostly about an end and a beginning. The end of studying and for many, the beginning of questioning and reflection: “Why did I pick that major?” “What am I doing with my life?” “Will I be happy?” Graduates are advised to pursue their passions, but this proves difficult sometimes.
This year, I am giving a graduate I know the book, “I Moved Your Cheese: For those who refuse to live as mice in someone else’s maze,” by Deepak Malhotra at Harvard Business School. Published last year, it provides a Wall Street Journal best-selling answer to the question posed by the popular business book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”
It’s a quick, compelling read to follow three mice -- Max, Zed and Big -- on their journey. It provokes thoughtful personal and professional reflection and reinforces the power of asking why. Why are things the way they are? Why can’t they be different? Why couldn’t I be the one to make a change?
The following is an excerpt from the book. “I Moved Your Cheese aims to help readers question their assumptions about what limitations they really face and to encourage them to take the steps necessary to change not only their behavior but also their circumstances…. Success in areas such as career development, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, problem solving, and business growth – and also personal growth – often depends on exactly that: the ability to challenge assumptions, reshape the environment, and play by a different set of rules… your own.”
This could be one message to share with graduates as they begin to pursue their dreams.