May 16, 2021

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Book Recommendation – Who Moved My Cheese?

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Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson is one of those books that can provide deep inspiration or clarification to real-world problems. This book I have had in my collection for 20 years since its release in 1998. Every now and then I take out down and re-read it, which I did recently and thought I’d post about it.

The book’s main focus is around change and how to think about and deal with change. I felt in today’s situation change was something everyone had to deal with and still deals with. A book like this can be the little shot in the arm of motivation or clarity to help you look at your changes in a different light.

The book is written through a parable about two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two humans, Hem and Haw, and how they go about their daily search for the cheese. The mice have a laid-back approach where the humans are more complicit assuming the cheese will always be there. Then one day the cheese is gone, not where it’s supposed to be, hence the title Who Moved My Cheese?

Where the book delivers its value is showing how the laid-back mice and the humans deal with and work through this abrupt change. I find delivering insight and support through simplistic, silly stories like this better help get the message and bring clearer context to complex problems.

Who Moved My Cheese? is a short book, you can get through it in one sitting, about 45 minutes. It is also a book you will keep going back to from time to time. Change is difficult and learning to deal with and adapt to change is up to the individual. There is no right answer that fits everyone and I have always felt books like this come in handy from time to time. That’s why it has sat on my bookshelf for 20 years.

You can listen to the full audiobook here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcrcgLgEQcE

I recommend the paper copy, especially if you are someone who likes to take notes or jot down words of inspiration in the margins. This is one of those books that you would do that, I did.

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