“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer Johnson: A Book Review
Dr. Spencer Johnson’s novel “Who Moved My Cheese?” is a business classic that has sold over 26 million copies and been translated into 37 languages. The book offers simple, practical lessons which apply to daily life like expecting change, being open to change, accepting change, and delighting in new things/ideas. The book follows the story of two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two “little people,” Hem and Haw, who live in a maze and search for cheese to sustain themselves. When the cheese is suddenly moved, each of the four characters reacts differently and the reader is able to identify with at least one of them. The book ends on a positive note, with all four characters having learned valuable lessons about change.
2. Summary of the book
The book begins with a quote from Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This sets the stage for the story that is about to unfold. The book is divided into four parts: “The Journey Begins,” “The Cheese Moves,” “Cheese Station C,” and “Say Cheese!” In the first part, we are introduced to Sniff and Scurry, two mice who live in a maze and depend on cheese for sustenance. We are also introduced to Hem and Haw, two “little people” who also live in the maze and depend on cheese for sustenance. When the cheese is suddenly moved, each of the four characters reacts differently and the reader is able to identify with at least one of them.
In the second part, we follow Sniff and Scurry as they immediately set out to find more cheese when their supply runs out. They are not afraid of change or uncertainly, but embrace it as an opportunity for adventure. Hem and Haw, on the other hand, take a while to adjust to the change and eventually become stuck in their ways. As a result, they starve while Sniff and Scurry thrive.
In the third part, we see that Hem and Haw have finally realized that they need to change their approach if they want to find more cheese. They set out for Cheese Station C, where they find an abundance of cheese. However, they soon realize that they are not the only ones looking for cheese at this station and must compete with other animals for their share. This leads to some conflict between Hem and Haw, but ultimately they are able to work together and enjoy the benefits of Cheese Station C.
In the fourth and final part of the book, we see that Sniff and Scurry have also found their way to Cheese Station C. They are not surprised by the competition there, but are prepared to work together with Hem and Haw in order to get their share of cheese. Eliza, a character who represents depression, rage, and disbelief, also appears in this section. She is not interested in finding more cheese or learning from her experiences, but would rather wallow in her own misery. In the end, all four characters have learned valuable lessons about change and are better off because of it.
3. The book’s main themes
The main themes of “Who Moved My Cheese?” include change, adaptation, growth, teamwork, and positivity. The book offers simple yet profound advice that can be applied to everyday life. It is relevant for anyone who has ever experienced a change that they were not expecting or prepared for. The book teaches that change is an inevitable part of life and the best way to deal with it is to embrace it, be open to it, and learn from it. The book also promotes the importance of teamwork and positivity, two important qualities that can help us thrive in the face of change.
4. Why the book is relevant today
“Who Moved My Cheese?” is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1998. In a world that is constantly changing, the book’s message is more important than ever. We all need to learn how to deal with change in our lives, whether it be a new job, a move to a new city, or the loss of a loved one. The book offers simple yet profound advice that can help us navigate through difficult changes. It is a reminder that change is an inevitable part of life and that the best way to deal with it is to embrace it, be open to it, and learn from it.
“Who Moved My Cheese?” is a classic business novel that offers simple yet profound advice about how to deal with change in our lives. The book’s main themes include change, adaptation, growth, teamwork, and positivity. These themes are still relevant today and can help us navigate through difficult changes in our lives. If you have ever experienced a change that you were not expecting or prepared for, I highly recommend reading this book.