Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese?  Spencer Johnson, M.D.  2 min read


Who moved my “cheese” is a delightful book that reveals an amazing way to deal with change in your work and your life.

It’s a story about four characters that live in a maze and look for “cheese” to nourish them and make them happy.

Two of the characters are mice named Sniff and Scurry. The other two characters are little people – beings the size of mice who look and act a lot like real people. Their names are Hem & Haw (the names may give you an indication of their personalities.)  

Cheese” is the metaphor for what you have in life – whether it be a good job, a great business, a loving relationship, money, possessions, health, or just peace of mind.

The Maze is where you look for what you want – the organization you work in, or the community you live in.

In the book, like in real life the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with this change successfully, and writes what he learned from his experience on the Maze walls.

When you come to see the handwriting on the wall, you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life.

The writing on the wall reads below.

Change Happens They keep moving the cheese.

Anticipate Change – Get ready for the cheese to move.

Monitor Change – Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.

Adapt to Change Quickly – The quicker you let go of the old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy the new cheese.

Change – Move with the cheese.

Enjoy Change! – Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of the new cheese.

Be Ready to Change Quickly and Enjoy it Again & Again. – They keep moving the cheese.

This book is a less than an hour read. However with the Cheese” being the metaphor of what you truly want in life. This book gives you a very insightful understanding on how to maneuver yourself to anticipate, capture and enjoy the “Cheese” in life, whatever that may be for you.

Enjoy the read as I did.