Who Moved My Cheese?


Who Moved My Cheese?
Publisher: Vermilion
Published: 3/4/1999
Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime. Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Have you ever struggled with a career change?

What about a step toward commitment in a romantic relationship?

Do you find moving to a new city incredibly difficult?

Life changes can be hard. Actually, let’s be real, they can be downright exhausting and stressful.

But with the help of Spencer Johnson and his book, “Who Moved My Cheese”, change doesn’t have to be so terrible.

“If you do not change, you can become extinct !”-Spencer Johnson

This book gives insight into how you can overcome your fear of major life changes and embrace them in the most delicate and graceful manner. And by handling changes like a pro, you will find your way on the journey you’ve been destined for.

Onward to your dreams with Johnson’s help! And, with the help of his fantiscized characters Sniff and Scurry, mice of course, and Hem and Haw, two humans.

Key Points

  • Humans Overcomplicate Things

When we are working toward something we want, we oftentimes tend to overcomplicate it. For example, a mouse looking for cheese is instinctive. They are hungry so they search and when they don’t find it, they look someplace else. For humans, it’s very different, we search for “cheese” for happiness and when we don’t find it, we find disappointment, which tends to halt our search.

When humans do find their “cheese” or their success, they become dependent on it. They schedule their lives around it and only find satisfaction when they have it. But, though they are very proud of their success, they begin to take it for granted.

  • Nothing Lasts Forever

The problem with becoming dependent on your success is that it doesn’t last forever. Everything is temporary. So, when big life changes happen, it tends to shake up most humans.

“The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.”-Spencer Johnson

Being aware that change can happen at any time is good because then you can properly anticipate it. Understanding that it’s a reality of life, not a fear.

“What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.”-Spencer Johnson

When you expect everything to stay the same forever, you can overlook signs that things are changing around you. It’s important to keep your eyes and ears open in order to prepare for changes. Learning to adapt will allow you to move forward with grace and determination when life throws a new direction at you.

  • Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Fear is what keeps us from adapting seamlessly into a new career, a new location, or a new relationship. That’s because change involves a whole new set of rules that we have to become accustomed to. This can be confusing at first. And, no one likes feeling confused or out-of-the-loop.

You must take steps outside of your comfort zone to accept change. If you don’t, you will remain in your broken past unable to move ahead toward your dreams.

Visualizing your goal in your head can be a great motivator to overcome the fear associated with change. Keep your eyes on the prize and your comfort zone will expand.

  • Make The Move

Sometimes change is not by accident. There are times when you actually decide to make a change, rather than life just throwing something at you! This is called embracing change.

In life, there are times when you realize that the things around you are changing and you must change with them. For example, maybe your partner is being unfaithful. Instead of just staying with your partner and being treated in a negative way, you can choose to call it quits on the relationship. Though, it’s a change, it’s one that is moving in a positive direction.

When you start moving forward and making decisions, while keeping your goal in mind, things in your life will begin to improve.

  • Knowing About Changes Can Serve You

If you understand how you react to changes, you can successfully move forward toward your goals.

“Life moves on and so should we”- Spencer Johnson

You can also bring your knowledge of changes to your career by observing how your co-workers react to adaptations. By understanding your co-workers you will be able to better navigate your business endeavors. Just like your personal life, businesses change, so it’s important to learn to go with the flow.

The Main Take-Away

Change is a reality in life. So, it shouldn’t be viewed as a fear. Adapting gracefully will allow you to move forward in pursuit of your dreams.

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