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Who Moved My Cheese?: The 10th Anniversary Edition | [Spencer Johnson]

Who Moved My Cheese?: The 10th Anniversary Edition

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Few books remain on best seller lists 10 years after publication, but few books have the timeless, universal message of Who Moved My Cheese?. The tenth anniversary of this incredible #1 best seller will both remind listeners familiar with the story and reveal to a whole new generation the unique power of this deceptively simple fable, and comes with exclusive audio material, direct from Spencer Johnson himself, that can enhance the listener's experience and appreciation of this life-changing one-of-a-kind tale.

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:

  • the origins of Who Moved My Cheese?
  • its incredible impact to a variety of readers and listeners
  • the secret of its uniquely broad appeal and unending timeliness of its message
  • insights into how to make the most ...

    ©1998 Spencer Johnson, M.D.; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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      Alberto brooklyn, NY, United States 12-18-09
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      "Very practical"

      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.

      9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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      Laura Collinsville, VA, United States 12-25-10
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      "Probably better to just read it"

      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.

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      jarcelyn Woodbridge, VA, United States 03-06-13
      jarcelyn Woodbridge, VA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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      Would you listen to Who Moved My Cheese? again? Why?

      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.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Who Moved My Cheese??

      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.


      What does Tony Roberts and Karen Ziemba bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      Tony and Karen help to bring the story off the pages and into the real world experiences. Good addition.


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      I have listened to it in one sitting on several occassions. it is easy to listen to.


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      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Yes - I thought it had a good message, and it was a pleasant listen.


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      Ben 05-27-15
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      Very important and under stressed lesson in this book. It can be applied to all aspects of life, both personal and professional.

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      "Impactful, relatable, and enjoyable"

      This book is definitely a mindset changer- especially for young folks who are going through rapid change in this crazy, awesome world.

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      Connor T. Gilson RI 04-23-15
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      "Ignore all 1 star reviews."

      I see a lot of 1 star reviews on this lately. I knew it was a best seller so I bought it. Then I looked at the reviews and almost did not listen to it based on all the bad reviews. However this book is great. I see that it can be viewed as a childish story but that is because most people would rather not apply what they think is beneath them.

      Here is the problem you want to find a book with a lot of good reviews however 98% of the population is poor so don't always listen to the poor people.

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      "You'll never regret listen to this !"

      I'm facing a major change now. Was truly immobilized by fear. A friend recommended this book. I'm still afraid but, now I'll be the first person standing when asked "Who's Afraid of Charge ". I know I'll pull out of this faster,better, smarter. If I had had this book 6 mo. ago,I would have acknowledge the things I had been seeing and done something about it. This should be read by every person every 6 mo. minimum ! Will be buying this for family & friends.

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      "easy to digest"

      It's a good story and a quick listen. reminded me of Aesop's fables. simple stories with deeper meanings.

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      James 03-23-15
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      "Learn to change now or go without cheese and die"
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      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.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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