Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Who moved my cheeseSPOILER ALERT! I am going to save anyone who thinks they need to read this book time & money by summarizing the entire book in the next two sentences: Things change. Learn to adapt.

I was recommended this book during my session of Functional excellence with a reputed B School of India.

This is a book about how two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two miniature humans named Hem and Haw (that’s right) are trapped in a maze that serves as a metaphor for the inherent restrictions and vicissitudes of our lives. One day some invisible force beyond their control takes the cheese from a sector of the maze, sending our mice and little people looking for more, if, indeed there is anymore to be had. Sniff and Scurry, we are told, have the right attitude because “they keep life simple…they don’t overanalyze or overcomplicate things,” and rather than question why the cheese was taken from them they accept change and just get out there and bust their balls humping it through that maze like good little unquestioning furry mini-zombies looking for more. Hem and Haw, like too many humans, we are told, over-think things and fixate on their past comforts and expectations and spend too much time stewing over the unfairness of their loss of food rather than fearlessly getting out there and looking through the maze for more.

We might be the most evolved species on the planet but from time to time we do over-process. Adapting and forecasting change lurking around the corner is mark of sheer greatness.

The best quote perhaps was curbing the wrong interpretations that might be drawn out : that you should try behaving in a new way in the same relationship. Do not change the person but innovate your habits. If you love your partner, let them know about it in a million different ways that change everyday.

Novelty is what keeps things moving.

The story is perfectly written and takes up one hour of your life but may just give you a knowledge of a lifetime.

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  1. Like in childhood we all were told stories by great parents,this book is mostly recommended by management gurus or to say experts.And you rightly said it provide lifetime wisdom. It’s joy to run through the review and on the way enriching vocabulary as needed to refer dictionary.😊😊😊😊Thanks for double diwali bonanza.

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