Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
This is a very old book that has been on the circuit for some time.
It was first copyrighted in 1998, making the book over 20 years old (!) and it boasts on the front cover that it is ‘one of the most successful business books ever’, according to the Daily Mail.
It’s a short and simple read that you can complete in one sitting.
About Who Moved My Cheese?
The book starts in the ‘real world’ with a group of friends meeting up for a few drinks.
One person mentions that he was told a helpful story and then proceeded to tell it to his friends.
This story is about two mice and two little people.
The little people are exactly what you would think them to be – the same as people, just little (about the size of mice)
Both the mice and little people live together in a maze, and every day they have the same routine of working their way through the maze to a block of cheese.
But (and there’s always a but) one day, when they go to the cheese, it’s no longer there.
The story then details how the two mice and the two little people handle this change and what they do about it.
After the story, the book then shifts back to the friend’s conversation as they discuss what they have learned and how they can apply the principles to their own lives and current situations.
The obvious isn’t always obvious
Who Moved My Cheese? is a very basic and simple story.
When reading the book, the correct actions that should be taken are very obvious.
However, when you apply these principles and lessons to our own complicated lives, you’ll notice that it’s not so obvious anymore.
Instead, we hold grudges, we feel entitled, we’re stubborn and overall less likely to deal with change in a positive way.
So simple a child could read it
I highly doubt that the book is going to win any fictional story writing awards. It’s written in a ridiculously simple manner – so simple that a young child could pick it up and read it.
In one sense, the simplicity makes it brilliant.
In another sense, the simplicity can make it tiresome and boring to read at times.
But going back to ‘so simple a child could read it’, I believe that this book would be very useful to help equip children to deal with change – even big changes such as parents divorcing or moving schools.
[Note: After writing this post I was notified that there is a kids version of the book. You can find it here]
My overall thoughts
Who Moved My Cheese? is a nice little book.
It is a very simple read, however, the lessons and the principles go a lot deeper when it comes to handling change in a positive and productive way.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It’s a very useful short read.
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