My thoughts about the book "Who moved my cheese?"

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This is my take on the book -- Who moved my cheese? by Stephen Johnson, M. D.

I finally read this book, it is one of the books tucked away in my bedroom after a friend gave it to me as a Christmas present last year. The dedication is printed with a scented pen and it goes “To my friend and that you may not fear change anymore, Happy holidays and I wish you find what you want in life“, Best, Jocelyn. I started to think about it and all I could think was how I was so misguided a year after, and now I am feeling better. I should have read this book a year ago.

About the book and how it came about:

The author explained why he wrote the book : because of his personal experience in dealing with difficult situation in life, and how he emerged to have a better life despite all the changes and the problems he experienced. After twenty years of sharing his story anywhere he goes, he finally write the book.

Main theme of the book:

In dealing with change in your life, you have to move with your cheese and know when to find it, don’t dwell on the things which you cant change anymore because there is nothing really permanent in this world except change. Cheese meaning good relationship, health, money, work and anything which will make you happy.

Synopsis:

The main characters of the story are two little mice, Sniff who sniffs out change early, Scurry who acts immediately and the two Little People, Hem who denies and also resists change as he fears it may become worst and Haw who learns to adapt to change and acknowledges that it will lead to something better in his life.

The book is divided into three parts:

First part is a gathering of old classmates asking each other what happened in their lives, and the second part is the story itself, the third part is a kind of reawakening that they need to move on in each of their lives and share the story of “Who moved my cheese”, to start their life with the lessons learned too.

The main part of the book: it is a story about the four characters who tried to look for their cheese in a maze (a thing called life). A cheese represents what you want in life, in business, relationship, new job, healthy freedom or any activity you are in for example being a write etc.. And yes every one of us in this life have also an idea about our own cheese and how to go and find it. Sometimes it can be traumatic if you are holding on to your cheese and somehow it was taken from you like your job and past lover etc. The Maze in the story represents where you spend your energies and time looking for your cheese. The first two mice upon learning that there is no more Cheese in the place where there are lots of it before, tried to moved away and followed the maze, and they found new cheese and settled there. However for the two Little People Hem and Haw it took longer time for Haw to figured it out and follow the maze so he can be with the two mice. He later found out that they were enjoying the new-found Cheese a long time already. The one who was left behind was Hem, he cant realized the fact that his cheese has been moved and he just sulk everyday, asking questions why there is no more cheese in that place where he stays. Towards the end, the two little mice and Haw are enjoying their new-found cheese but for Haw, the book didn’t specify what happened to him, who knows he might still be wondering why things happened the way they are?

My take on the book:

The book is very reader friendly: It is 96 pages including all the cover page and until the last page, the size and the font is reader friendly, I have astigmatism and wear contact lens 600, nearsighted so it is good for me. The last book I read a month ago is very long, 100 Years of Solitude by Marquez and they are smaller in print, it gives me headache at times. I like it that the book is so simple and I can read it in two hours while watching television, what the heck? I look at the price and it is 19.95 USD  and according to Amazon, it is the number one All Time best selling book ? Hmm, is that it, must be the simple lessons learned. It looks like it is common sense and the author is not the one who first said those words. “Accept, moved with the cheese and enjoy it”.

Lessons I learned from the book:

  • Change is inevitable, it happens, accept it
  • You can either change your views and act on it or dwell on it and just be stagnant
  • You can found the cheese if you widen your horizon and keep looking for it
  • You can smell the change, in every situation, most of the time we see it coming, it helps if you can monitor the change
  • Adaptation is important
  • You can change, move with the cheese depending on your goal
  • And lastly enjoy the change

Easily said, I was just thinking about an experience for example when you lose your loved one, it is not that easy to let go, but we can move forward, a good change of attitude will help us

Now, I better go get find my new cheese!

About change --

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Author is unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin
  • If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies“. - Author is Unknown

May you have a Prosperous New Year and may it bring you more cheese too!

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kirstenblog 6 years ago from London UK

This sounds like a good book, will have to keep an eye out for it in used book stores and charity shops (where I usually buy books). As for my cheese, ummm I think I ate it! :D I love cheese. Sorry but I had to get a bit silly there :D


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wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi pdh, very nice hub. I'll have to read that book :)


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ehern33 6 years ago

Maita, good lessons learned from the book. Change is not a bad thing if we know how to accept the positive things of change. Knowing what is good change and bad, that is a different story. You are right, we can't dwell on the things we cannot control. What will be will be and we must flow like the water through every curve of a river and nook and crany that it seeps through. Water can fill a tall glass, round glass, it fills a void, it basically accomadates itself to whatever form is there. Glad you finished the book, now what is your next one?..


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I've heard so much about this book and will read it soon. Right now, I already have four books in front of me that I have to finish before New Year's so I'll pretty much set in terms of having something to read! Thanks for a great review, Maita! I'll have to read it soon :D

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Hi pretty.

I bought and read the hardcover back in 1999 and found it very enlightening. It put a creative spin on a lot of what I had learned in social work curriculum. I sold it on ebay a few years ago but highly recommend it. Thank you for bringing it to your readers attention. It really is worthy reading.

Love and hugs,


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

By the time I got around to reading this book, there was nothing it it for me that I hadn't already gleaned elsewhere, so I was a bit disappointed after all the hype. It's an airport book, I think, that treads a fine line between entertaining and patronising, but probably still worth reading if only because everyone expects you to have read it! Your summary pretty well encapsulates the book, so why did he need a hundred pages?


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Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

I agree with Paraglider. If the author didn't write it straight out, he could have lifted pages from many other books of like nature on the shelves of any library.

All good stuff. Little of it breakthrough thinking. David ERussell


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Kirsten, you made me smile, how are you BTW, I hope your sad moments are over, thanks for the read, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi wolfpack, I am glad you like the book too, thanks for reading this hub, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi ehern, thank you for the nice lesson you gave to me, it is always refreshing to hear moral lesson in a different perspective also, and I agree with you too, that you need to move and go with the tide so to speak, and not moving with it makes you stagnant,

thank you and di you get to watch football today, thanks for reading this hub again, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Dohn, four books before NEW YEAR, no lovelife for you LOL, anyway thnaks for reading this hub,

the Steelers won tonight YEHEY, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Revlady, oh you have sold the book I forgot to look though when the book was published, thanks for telling me about it,

everybody said they have to read it well, hmm after reading it, and I learnt about the lessons in it, I found the book just repetitive but nice to share it with everybody though,

thanks Rev, Maita


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Hey Maita, Good Hub and sounds like a good book, I will check it out. Thanks for sharing again! Kerry. Happy Holidays.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Dave, it took him nearly 100 pages alright, the book can be summarized in three sentences alright, but many likes to read it, I think it was distributed to different corporations etc too

thnaks for the read, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey David, thank you for reading this hub, and Happy Holidays to you, how are you? Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi K, hows your night going? thanks for reading this one, you might like to read the book soon,

I am happy the Steelers won tonight,

Happy holidays to you too,, may you be online until Christmas?

maita


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ehern33 6 years ago

Maita, no football for me today. Glad your Steelers won though, my Dolphins lost in over-time by 3 points. Ricky Williams went over 1000 yards. Maybe in a few years we will be contenders again. Hope you enjoyed your game.


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Oh yea, I'll be on line everyday Christmas too....see ya :)


"Quill" 6 years ago

Hugs and thanks for the insight in a must read...

Blessings


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great work as always Maita, I will have to read this soon, It sounds like it has a strong message. Enjoy your holidays. Thanks.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh ehern, yes I watched that game too, sorry for that, hmmmmm, I hope you are having a good start of the week now, Christmas week, Happy Monday, and Pasko on Thursday--, Christmas Yehey,

Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh K, no rest for ya then, are your chldren coming over for Christmas, have a happy monday, and Christmas week, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Truth, Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this one, Merry Xmas to you and your family, Truth,

Did your team won in football last night?

Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Quill,

Thanks, maybe you are very busy now, enjoy the holidays with your children and family,

Blessing, Maita


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

He'd already written the One Minute Manager, I think? That book could also be a bit patronising in its style, but there was plenty of useful technique in it. I suspect that if he hadn't made his name, he'd have found it harder to promote his cheesy tale ;)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I haven't red it yet, but after this I think I'll do. Thanks for the hint.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Yes and I have that book too, I will read it after next year haha, dont have time to read it now, and I think I dont need it because I am not a manger now, when are you going home to Scottland Dave, be safe, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi hypno, how are you, thanks for reading this hub and for wanting to read it too, I hope it helps you in a way,

Maita


ralwus 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing this Maita, I must get this book now. Good job. Merry Chrismas pretty woman. Hugs and flutterby kisses til I see ya agin. CC


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Charlie, thanks for reading this, how are you after the job in the bathroom done, you must be tired, I hope you enjoy the holidays and the snow, be safe, thanks again, maita


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Jersey Jess 6 years ago from USA

I read this book. I loved it and your ideas about it are very interesting. Very inspirational. Thanks for posting.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Jersy, I am happy you read it already and you liked it, I hope you are enjoying the holidays, thanks, Maita


Norman 6 years ago

Sounds like a really cool book to read. and its the truth too.

Great Job!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Norman, thanks for the read, and yes it is a cool book indeed, Maita


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Hi Maita...Merry Christmas to you and your family...

I have to agree with Dave; Nothing really new in the book that hadn't been beat over the head by others...pretty much stating the obvious in many examples of dealing with change...But I agree, very readable ...

I taught ModelNetics and one of my favorite models is The Change Curve, which essentially states that when you know what will be the progression of change you are prepared, in real time, to deal with it in a positive manner...

I liked your take on the book, and your positive attitude is reflected here in Hubpages...Larry


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Nice Maita.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Larry, I like your positive curve, I think that is better, I found the book, Who moved my cheese a bit repetitive of what other people said already...too

maligayang Pasko (merry Xmas) to you and your loved ones!!

thank you Larry and I always looked up to you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Micky Dee, thanks you found this hub nice, hope you are ok and the holidays too will bring you good positive aura,

how are you? Maita


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

I read this book a couple of years ago, and simply loved the concept of embracing change. However, my manager who gave me the book to read did not embrace the concept of change like I did. When it was time for me to be promoted, she attempted to hold me back...:(

Anyways, Great book and a Great idea Maita to turn it into a hub. Thanks for sharing! :)


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maudine_05 6 years ago from United States

Your article/book best described what I'm going through right now, Im kinda having a culture shock with the new job and honestly,most of the times I find it difficult to adjust, but with our Lord's grace I am getting along with it and managed to emerged successfully little by little.

Another nice hubs though..congrats again for this.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Money, I am sure that event gave you some opportunities in life, and you are what are you now, I believe that you are successful too learning from the book,

Hope your having a good holiday, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Maudie, I am glad this book helped you a lot, I know you can be successful in your newfound job becauese you believe and you have a firm ground, Thank you, maudine,hows your first christmas going on here, Take care, Maita


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Rascal Russ Miles 6 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

Hey Sweet Maita, you really do a great Hub & synopsis of this neat book. The concept is very valid. I've often said, "There's no cheese in this tunnel."

Here's a little song I wrote about change & gettin' loose. It is posted to YouTube as 'Hang Loose'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c3aRjHEDzQ


runawayslave 6 years ago

Now I know I have to get this book. Dr. B. Waine Kong invokes "Who Moved my Cheese" in his latest column in the buffalo bullet. Good review prettydarkhorse.

http://www.buffalobullet.blogspot.com


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Russ, thats a good song indeed, change and gettin loose, how are you now? Where are you getting your inspiration to write nice songs and posting them in youtube enjoy your songs there too,

Thank you for sharing that one, Maita


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Rascal Russ Miles 6 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

OH You Pretty Dark Pony,

I've just been horsing around these days singing and putting up songs I wrote when was about 24 years old.

Thank you Sweet Maita for your kind words... Russ


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Hey Maita, you just featured one of my favorite books. I read it like last year (I think) when some of my friends recommended it to me. The lesson is really simple but I like how he told it in his book. I've also read the One-Minute Manager and The Present, great books also :).


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Russ, oh it was good that you can still remember your songs when you are 24, and you have time to put them together, they are nice though,

hope your enjoying the holidays,and t5oday too..

Maligayang Pasko, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi emeivil, salamat, yes next year I might go home, it must be Christmas there now, what did you cook? Lovely Christmas celeb in our country,

Thank you, and all the best, Always, Maita


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kirstenblog 6 years ago from London UK

Maita, I thought you might be happy to know that I just finished an article where I have a link to this article :D


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey Kirsten, am glad about it, will check now, have a good day and thank you very much, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey Kirsten, am glad about it, will check now, have a good day and thank you very much, Maita


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Alicia Crowder 6 years ago from Everywhere

Thank you for writing this! I read this book about 8 months ago. While I am not a fan of "cheesy" forgive the pun, writing styles and it seemed to be excellently written for children (I actually read it to my children and they related to it very well) - I still felt that it made many valid points and apparently was written in a fashion that appeals to the general public as it has been such a popularly read book.

Dealing with change is something that so many of us struggle with, myself included, and it is always excellent to read various writings of encouragement on how to move forward productively in the process of dealing with the constancy of change.

Well written hub and thanks again for reviewing this book!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Alicia, you're right children can relate as well as it is easy reading and it may look common sense but it really needs to be shared to children as well, They have books by the same author and it is for children too,

I wish you find courage and strength in dealing with change I know you are doing everything and reading this book also helped a lot, Thanks for readign this one, Nice day for you, Maita


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Hannah Ministries 6 years ago

i read this book two years ago and I loved it! Thanks for sumarising it so nicely! I keep losing my copy because everythime I lent somebody something happens and I don't get it back!

God bless you. Thanks for this hub.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Hannah, how are you, thanks for dropping by here and I am glad you like this one, Bless you, Maita


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I read this book about a year ago. You did an excellent job of reviewing it. Thanks for the hub.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi samboiam, thanks for the nice compliments, maita


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

This sounds like a very good book Maita! Now, if Hem and Haw are asleep, I might just scurry out and buy some Cheese! Thank you for writing this wonderful review!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks Beth, I appreciate your kind response, HMMM that cheese, hehe.. Thank you, Maita


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Now I'm going to have to read it. I've heard of it but never wanted to check it out. Now I will.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi lovely, thank you dear, Maita


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Dviews 6 years ago from Canada

I read the book and loved it. Thank you for a wonderful review making it all fresh in my mind again. In fact I think I will definitely read it again :-)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Dviews, thank you, Maita


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TINA V 6 years ago

I liked this book. It is short and simple, but it is full of insights. Try reading his other book, Peaks and Valleys. Have a great week!


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Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Cheeky Girl bought me this book, she said it would be "good" for me. It was good. It made me stop being so darn lethargic and being in a rut. Embrace change, and go with the flow and not stop and sink, that kind of message. It is almost like a kids story, the way it is written. A confidence booster. People respond to positivity. Thumbs up from me, Maita. Who moved my cheese, made me think more about my life. : )


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Go Astra, thanks my dear and I hope you stay as sweet as you are too, Maita


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rembrandz 6 years ago from Dubai Media City

Hi there Maita

I read the book a couple of years ago, right on time getting ready for a change that is the recession.

I loved your review...it helped me brush up and think about the details in that wonderful read.

Thank you


the fix 5 years ago

Thanks for the review it is a book I have been wanting to check out. I think I will keep coming back to this hub when I have to deal with change. By the way, you should get an e-reader. That way you can change the print of any book to a large size so you can read with no eye-pain! cheers!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Good book review. I read and enjoyed the book a few years ago. Yes, it was simplistic but its message was important, especially in today's rapidly changing world.

I love the photo you put in the hub!


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Shopping-Online 5 years ago from Mumbai

Who Moved my Cheese is one Book I keep reading again and again and every time I read it I come up with new insights. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it.


funky23 5 years ago from Deutschland

i belive i saw this on NYT the other day


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PR Morgan 5 years ago from Sarasota Florida

Good read...thanks for a great hub!


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Bilalnr 5 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

Good Hub prettydarkhorse!!!


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You did a great job encapsulating the message of the book, Maita. Like with most material that is motivating, yes, we already know the principles, but we need to be reminded of it sometimes. We received this book at my company and as usual, some read it and some didn't.


hey book lover 5 years ago

i love this book

read it read it read it


Gryphen 4 years ago

As others have said this is just a well known message written in a simplistic and childlike manner. Okay if you've never heard it before, or if your a child. This can often be misused by inferior managers to try and transfer guilt to the employees by giving the employee a copy of this book, and trying to force them to accept that if they aren't enjoying the change or the change fails that its their fault for not accepting it. Which of course is an attempt by an inferior manager to accept that not all change is good, and not all changes succeed. Yes change is needed at times, but theres no need for change for changes sake alone.


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happypuppy 4 years ago

A friend recommended this book to me many years ago, but I only read it last year. It really helps, as I need to adapt to some changes at the that time. A great book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think I will reread it before this year comes to an end.


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readtoawakecom 4 years ago

Good work done by prettydarkhorse. I like Who moved my cheese book. I have also watched the video on Youtube. This book teaches that change happens and we should be ready to change quickly and enjoy the process.

When You Move Beyond Your Fear, You Feel FREE.


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SweetiePie 10 months ago from Southern California, USA

I have been meaning to read 100 Years of Solitude one day, but I might also need to read Who Moved My Cheese.

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