Who moved my Cheese?
by Dr. Spencer Johnson
The book in one sentence
“Enjoy change! Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese”
My personal opinion
Telling the story of the two mice “Sniff” and “Scurry” and the two Littlepeople “Hem” and “Haw”, Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote one of the classic books about change, how we tend to react to change and how we can motivate ourselves to move on.
He describes how we establish a comfort zone, assuming that everything will stay like it is forever, how we get used to situations for too long and starting to ignore minor changes. Dr. Spencer Johnson shows the typically mindset of someone who do not want to accept change. But he also gives the right thoughts which help to move on and find “new cheese”.
The book itself is very well written. It has less than 100 pages and the story itself is even shorter. But it is so entertaining and straight to the point. I really liked it!
Oh, and I like one sentence which is on the first pages: “The author has commented that both the fans and critics are “right” in their own way. It is not what is in the story of Who Moved My Cheese? but how you interpret it and apply it to your own situation that gives it value.” – I love this attitude!
To whom I would recommend this book
A good-read for everybody! Change happens everywhere: in our private lives and in business. See the opportunity and be open to discover new things!
This book will help you establishing this mindset.
What I learned from this book
- In the comfort zone you start to establish routines without noticing it. You will establish a status quo, get used to it and stop questioning how long it will last. You start assuming that everything will stay like it is forever.
- After a while your confidence in the situation will grew into arrogance of success. You feel so comfortable that you will not see the change coming.
- If the situation changes, you have to change, too.
- Pay attention to small changes around you. Don’t take your current situation for granted.
- “The more important something is to you the more you want to hold on to it.”
- “‘No,’ Hem quickly responded. ‘I like it here. It’s comfortable. It’s what I know. Besides it’s dangerous out there.'” – do we not all know people like this? And do we not all had such thoughts ourselves sometimes?
- “That’s life! Life moves on. And so should we.”
- “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – yes, yes and yes! What a great questions to step back and make a decision.
- “Better late than never.”
- Take control of your life rather than letting things happen to you.
- “Expect change to happen and look for it.”
- “There is always new cheese out there.”
- “An organisation can only change when enough people in it change.”
Want to read this book?
Check it out on Amazon.com – Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Thanks to the publisher for printing such a great book!