My Quick Summary: ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson


I just finished reading for the first time ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson. Its About How You Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life.

Spencer Johnson introduces the reader to his fable on how to cope positively with change. The story involves four characters who live in a maze: the mice Scurry and Sniff, and two ‘littlepeople’, Hem and Haw. All is going well because they have found a huge source of their favourite food, cheese.Cheese

The Big Idea

CheeseCheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life.

Whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, or spiritual peace of mind. Cheese is what we think will make us happy. It is when circumstances take it away, that people deal with change in variety of ways.

The Maze

Four characters live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. The maze is where you spend time looking for what you want. It may be the organization you work in, the relationships you have in your life, or the community you live in.

Parts of All of Us

Two of the characters named Sniff and Scurry are mice.

They represent parts of us that are simple and instinctive. Hem and Haw are the little people, representing those complex parts of us as human beings. Sometimes we are like Sniff, who anticipates change early by sniffing it out. Or we are like Scurry, who quickly scurries into action and adapts.

Maybe we are more like Hem, who denies change and resists it out of fear, or Haw, who learns to adapt in time when he sees something better. Whatever part of us we choose, we all share the common need to find our way in the maze of life.

Watch below video to get the cliff notes of the book:
‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson

I hope you at least watch the above video.
Though, I do recommend that you should give the book a read too.

Discover how you can get change work to your advantage.

Talk Soon,
Nicky Cane

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