Give yourself an early Christmas gift and pick up Spencer Johnson's The Present. In just 96 pages, the author of the best-selling Who Moved My Cheese? tells the simple story of a young man struggling to get more from life and work. When he is passed over for a promotion, he visits a wise old friend for help in finding The Present, an elusive gift that promises happiness and riches. Like the tale of mice and men living in a maze and learning to deal with change, The Present is a practical parable with deceptively simple life lessons. You'll breeze through the reading, but applying the concepts at work and at home will improve your focus, help you learn from mistakes and greatly reduce your anxiety about the future.