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.
For starters everyone in the book keeps referring to the "actual book", and how that has impacted their lives. Well the actual story is never told!! I am definitely interested in getting the book who moved my cheese, but this was a total waste of money!
Why sell a book that has the title "who move my cheese", call it unabridged, and then spend the whole book referring to this life changing story, but then never actually tell the story??? Not sure what I'm missing but it was very frustrating!
It's a really good story with a lot to be learned and applied to ones life
Haw - took him a while to get where he needed, but eventually becomes the person we all want to be. I think most people will see a lot of themselves in this character.
Learn to laugh at yourself!
Everyone should read or listen to this book. It is a quick and easy read. I finished it in a single day, and am now trying to get the rest of my family to listen to it too!
I loved the reader's storytelling voice. I was drawn into the story with the sample, purchased and listened to the book right away. It was short and sweet. The message was clear.
I don't have one memorable moment. These concepts are all concepts that I have thought about. It is just really nice to have them all together and have a different way of sharing what we all need to know. Change is going to happen. How, not whether, you manage change is important.
There was great energy is how they narrated. Especially with the story portion of the book. They gave life to the characters.
There is quite a bit of insight to take away and apply in both my personal and professional lives. I immediately typed up the messages that were written on the walls and posted at my desk. I plan to pass it along to the person that recommended the book to me.
What would I do if I werent afraid
Although English being my second language. I had no issues with Tony & Karen performance. Both of them were crystal clear.
Ive been working as Aircraft Engineer for 15 years. Its been one hell of a ride for me working on different kind of aircrafts. Till today I take pride maintaining these beautiful flying machines. I thank God that I have made the right career choice after my high school, and I didnt look back. However, Ive been thinking lately to change my career and start a new one as "Airport Service Manager". I started to grow interest in customer service delivery and managing people in the airport. This is a major change for me but my reason for this change is because I'am currently too comfortable what I do and Am not facing challenges any more in my current role. For the past few months been really boring for me.As my company advertised the "Airport Service Manager" position. I was reluctent and afraid to apply for this job till I listened to Who Moved My Cheese? (My good friend recommended this book after we had a chat about how I am struggling at work) I loved it so much that i listened to it twice and I sat for hours reflecting on my personal and professional life. This book motivated me so much that I got up and worked on my CV straight away. If you ask me am still afraid. But I decided to go ahead and apply for this job because the thought of me being in that role makes me happy. If I dont get the job I will improve myself in any way possible so that the management consider my application again in case I fail the first time.
Its OK to be afraid. Feel the fear and move on. Embrace the CHANGE. And remember, believe in yourself and keep your spirit up. BE HAPPY!!!
Haw. Because I can relate to what he went through. The hesitation to change even though he desired to
Nathan I guess, didn't pay much attention to those characters
To sniff out change, be ready for it and adapt quickly
Everyone should get this book
Note this is my first audiobook ever, and after listening to Who Moved My Cheese I will be ordering more audiobooks. Great to listen to while on the treadmill or in the car on the way to work.
To always be ready for change, let go of those fears and move on.
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