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Who Moved My Cheese Paperback – 4 March 1999
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With over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide, Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths
It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.
In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you to discover. You'll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to.
Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights will last a lifetime.
Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world's leading authors of inspirational writing. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide phenomenon Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages.
Dr. Johnson has the rare ability to be interesting, provocative and succinct. My admiration is complete. ― Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking
It leaves you feeling upbeat, and excited, and ready to go out and find your own cheese. ― Better Business
A firm favourite with businessfolk ― Daily Mirror
highly influential ― Financial Times magazine
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You then have a couple of pages where old friends engage in a completely natural conversation with lines such as:
'He asked, "But, have you noticed how we don't want to change when things change?" Carlos said, "I guess we resist changing, because we're afraid of change".'
It also has the audacity to tell you that if people don't find this story life-changing or worthwhile, it's because in most cases, they're the "bad" character from the story - unwilling to change.
'They either knew the lessons and were already living them, or, more commonly, they thought they already knew everything and didn't want to learn' - p.23
'When one of our senior executives who was having a difficult time adapting, said the story was a waste of time, other people kidded him saying they knew which character he was in the story - meaning the one who learned nothing new and did not change' - p. 23
You then have the grand, life-changing story which is clunky, cheesy (pun intended!), simple and obvious. There's not much to say about the lessons this story is trying to convey, because it would take me more time I'm willing to waste on it. It simplifies things and offends the intelligence of anyone reading. Every other page is an image of cheese with some corny, quotable line such as "When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course". The story is written in the most patronizing and infantile voice that it almost seems like the author thinks he's speaking to idiots. He probably does think that, because the next chapter consists of the same gathering of friends talking about how wonderful the story is, how it changed businesses, each person talks about how it applies to their life, and what each thing in it meant - from the names of characters to events and absolutely everything in between. Just in case you didn't get it!
Horrible waste of time. I don't remember what was the last time a book offended me this much. But hey, I'm probably just a Hem - unwilling to change and understand the brilliancy of this story. The last quote from this book, probably my favourite, very much explains how I feel about all of it.
'That's what I got out of the story. I tend to take myself too seriously. I noticed how Haw changed when he could finally laugh at himself and at what he was doing. No wonder he was called Haw"
The group groaned at the obvious play on words.'
But it's meant to be so simplistic that the thought is focused on the message rather than the storyline. You are sure to find yourself associating with three out of the four characters and although most wont admit to being the character Hem there are many out there just like him and stuck in their past.
So many people see themselves as flexible but back up their stubborn stance as expertise gained from experience. Well we would all be walking around in loin clothes and grunting at each other if progress was restricted by experience.
This short easy to read book is well worth keeping in your library to remind yourself from time to time how easy it is to get stuck in the past. I have my copy, and purchased this one for my 17 year old nephew to help him see how to move on and leave his childhood old cheese behind.
Change is often seen as a bad thing and although it's not always easy to accept, sometimes there is no alternative and the best way to deal with it is to make the best you can out of it. Surely good advice.
Not everyone will want to contemplate the message of the book and often the ones stuck in their ways will argue the toss loudest. But there is an audience for this kind of book and out of the 26 million people who have purchased it there are bound to be arguments on both sides of the fence. That's what having an opinion is about isn't it?
I would like you to know I read Who Moved My Cheese? On my way home last night.
I found it so enlightening! I feel like even when it comes to managing change us humans tend to overcomplicate things and make simple tasks way more complex than they need to be. Seeing it put in such a basic format made the information easier to digest – Mice, littlepeople & cheese!
I also really appreciated how the book focusses on how most of the time we scare ourselves out of enjoying change because we don’t know what will happen, Its like spinning a wheel where 9 slots have £1m and 1 slot has instantaneous death😃
I see how people love to panic when change comes around (literally me as soon as any insignificant thing in my life changes) and it’s a waste of energy.
However, I will say the one thing I didn’t like in the book was when they mentioned that you should anticipate change – that made me a bit nervous because I would feel as if I’d always have to be on edge and that would make me feel almost paranoid that change is coming to get me, so I will definitely be taking that with a pinch of salt.
But overall, an amazing read I think my sister will benefit greatly from reading it too! Thanks Michelle 😊
Plus she has added today :
I’ve also spoken about the book on a couple of my social media channels and quite a few of my friends have decided it would be a very insightful read.
Are you afraid of changes? Are you glued to your comfort zone or do you feel lost and confused when it comes to career, love or life in general?
Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson works as a medicine if you are dealing with any of the above mentioned situation. It takes hardly an hour to read this book and it has a universal appeal. The four characters in the book look for "Cheese" in different parts of the maze which could be equated with a person's search for happiness, money, love or peace.
Why to read this book: It contains the adequate dose of motivation coupled with humour and philosophy which is capable of sparkling a new hope and enthusiasm in the reader. It enables one to look at the changes with a new outlook and the book has claimed to improve the life of millions of people. ⠀⠀
So go ahead and grab a copy for yourself and experience the magic of this one!