The simple story of Who Moved My Cheese? reveals profound truths about change that give people and organizations a quick and easy way to succeed in changing times. Who Moved My Cheese? is an enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy. Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two are mouse-size people named Hem and Haw.
"Cheese" is a metaphor for what people want to have in life - whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. And "The Maze" is where people look for what they want - the organization they work for, or the family or community they live in. In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with change successfully, and writes what he has learned from his experience on the maze walls. When listeners come to see "The Handwriting on the Wall" they can discover for themselves how to deal with change and enjoy more success and less stress in their work and lives.
In the exclusive interview conducted with S&S Audio for this anniversary edition, Johnson speaks candidly on a variety of Cheese-related topics, including:
©1998 Spencer Johnson, M.D.; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This book is very helpful to those who wish to have a fundamental lesson in life portrayed. You will be able to see the contrast between acting proactively and reactively while in search of something we all desire: happyness. Some of lifes lessons can never be learnt too thoroughly, and therefore can never be said too often. I see in this book the application of many tools that can lead one to happyness and also into despair. try to examine your behaviors and see which character from the story you reflect.
You could read it from cover to cover in half an hour or less while sitting in your local bookstore or library. It's a great little story, but it might not be worth spending a credit on.
I have read this book several times, over years and it never losses its appeal. The message is timeless and in our current social order and state, it is encouraging. For me, it helps to bring a sense of stability; how ironic that may sound considering the topic is "change". The stability is in accepting that life is change and surrendering to change requires staying alert and vigilant, non-resistent to change. In the words of the author, "to sniff and scurry!" I recommend the book to everyone.
I think the most memorable moment was the point when HAW laughed at himself as he realized that he had let fear rule his judgement and kept him immoble and "lifeless". As he took the steps to change; he acknowleged his fearful thoughts, but did not let them keep him from moving. Also, it is amazing the way the book discusses the emotion and feelings that HAW experiences as he moves forward, from apprehensive to disppointed to hopeful to exhilirated.
Tony and Karen help to bring the story off the pages and into the real world experiences. Good addition.
I have listened to it in one sitting on several occassions. it is easy to listen to.
Yes - I thought it had a good message, and it was a pleasant listen.
I bought this book because the subject of the book “Factory Man”, John Bassett III, mentioned that he had read it and found it useful. I liked the man and his hard headed stubborn fight for domestic manufacturing, so I bought “Who Moved My Cheese” on that whim.
As I listened to the book and the 4 cute characters Sniff and Scurry, the mice, and the little-people, Hem and Haw, as they dealt with the trials and rewards of living in the maze; I found myself thinking that these life lessons should not have to be learned by smart business men as adults. I have sense learned that there is a wonderful children’s version of the book that is brilliantly illustrated.
Upon consideration, I believe that adult little people do know these lessons already. The problem is that complex little adults can become bogged down in their own business dogma. In their arrogance they have come to believe that they are entitled to cheese; thus, the MY CHEESE part of the title. They get so into team playing, herd mindedness, and focused on the now of their lives, they fail to appreciate that the business maze is evolving / changing and if one fails to adapt they go extinct as a company. The mice on-the-other-hand represents the less complex more childlike creatures keenly attuned to supple changes in the maze and adapt quickly to change, using their primary survival senses.
Anecdotal story is the best way of overcoming the group think, herd mentality, obstinate patterns of an ossified business thinking model. One must persuade the other individual to remove their blinders and see differently otherwise they remain convinced that (A) nothing is wrong or (B) nothing needs change. The beauty of this reminder is in its childlike simplicity. These lessons are best learned in childhood. But if they are not learned; this book is not a bad way to learn or relearn them. So business man, I recommend you get a copy for yourself and buy the illustrated children’s version for your progeny.
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