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Who Moved My Cheese? A Motivational Book About Dealing with Change

Updated on May 21, 2017
My "Who Moved My Cheese?" book
My "Who Moved My Cheese?" book | Source

Who Moved My Cheese? This Book Will Help You to Learn How to Deal With Change in Your Work and Life

With the recent changes in my life, I couldn't help but think of the book, Who Moved My Cheese, written by Spencer Johnson, M.D. I have a lot to learn and a few adjustments ahead of me. But, I will take the advice in this book and "enjoy the taste of new cheese"!

I recommend this book because I think the simple short story with it's cute imaginary characters can help anyone facing change in their workplace or lives. And, we need all the help we can get!

First published in 1998, this is a motivational story, written in parable form, about 2 mice and 2 LittlePeople who are in a maze looking for their own special cheese. There's more to it than that, but it's a very short book. It only takes about an hour or so to read, but the inspiration that you will get from it can last a lifetime.

Who Moved My Cheese? Written by Spencer Jackson, M.D.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

This book, written by Spencer Johnson, helps people get past their fear of change.


I Recommend This Book

I read this book about 10 years ago. You may have already heard the "cheese story" in a motivational talk, as it is well known. Many businesses give this book to their employees. It certainly changed how I look at things, and maybe if you read this little story, it will help you, too.

Change is a part of life. The problem is that most people don't like change. They are comfortable with how things are at the moment, and it's very upsetting to be asked to do things differently. Usually, after they have tried the change, they find it's not so bad, maybe even better.


The main characters in this book are two mice and two LittlePeople (beings as small as mice), who are looking for their own special "cheese", a metaphor for what you want most in your life.It takes place in a "maze", which represents where you look for your cheese.

Each of these cute characters goes out in the maze every day looking, in their own special way, until they all find their cheese. They all go to this same place every day to get their cheese, until...One day they find that their cheese has been moved! Yikes! The mice and LittlePeople are so upset!

The story goes on to tell how each character goes about finding their cheese again, and the end results. The way they go about it, reflects their personalities, and I'm sure you will be able to relate your own self to one of them. In the end, you will see how you might be able to adjust your own views about change

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List of Characters

The four main characters in this book include 2 mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little-people, Hem and Haw. Each represents simple and complex parts of every person. Most people will have one predominate part. It doesn't matter how old we are, our race, gender, or anything else. What matters is how we use these parts of ourselves.

  1. Sniff - sniffs out and detects change early

  2. Scurry - scurries into action when change happens

  3. Hem - denies and fears change and won't submit to it

  4. Haw - resists at first, but adapts when he sees change can lead to something better

Adapted For Teens

Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens
Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens

This book is specifically written for teens. It's the same story as the adult version, but the Gathering and Discussion sections feature teens, rather than adults.


Savor the Adventure and Enjoy the Taste of New Cheese!

— The Handwriting on the Wall

Change Happens

The Cheese will keep moving.

While Haw is searching for his New Cheese in the Maze, he leaves messages for Hem, to help lead him along the way. He calls these messages, The Handwriting On The Wall. One of my favorites is, Change! Move With The Cheese!

Thanks for your visit!

I hope you'll consider reading this one of a kind motivational book. I'd love to hear your comments on this subject. Have you ever read this book? Do you see yourself in any of these characters? If you haven't read the book, do you plan to? Please take a minute and leave your thoughts in the guestbook below.


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      golfspice 4 years ago

      Yes, I read the book many years ago. I think it was given out on a management course I attended. Sums up hopes and fears of change quite nicely.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I've read both the original and kid version - love them!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I've read it. It's really cute and has some basic wisdom on the human condition. Love the way you related it to current changes.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      The title's familiar but I'd never read the book, and find that your short synopsis takes the cake!

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      Gayle 4 years ago from McLaughlin

      I read this book at least 10 years ago and still think about some of the concepts it presented.