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Review of the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" Spencer Johnson

Book "Who moved my Cheese" - Spencer Johnson

Today I am reviewing another book that is worth reading. This time it will be "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson. It is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, an almost cult book, with a powerful message:

“It is not true that changes are the most important thing. There's simply nothing else important. Be open to changes, don't fight them.

Title and author of the book: "Who Moved My Cheese?", Spencer Johnson

The book is preceded by a foreword by Kenneth Blanchard, co-author of another bestseller, "The One Minute Manager", written with Spencer Johnson.

1. What is this book about and what is it about?

"Who took my cheese?" is a simple and at the same time very wise, allegorical business parable, telling the deepest truths about the changes taking place in our everyday lives.


The world is changing constantly. The point is to be able to prepare for these changes.


The heroes of the book are four characters: two mice Sniff and Scurry and miniature people Hem and Haw. The names of the little people are taken from the phrase "hem and haw," a term for indecisiveness. These characters represent different attitudes towards life changes and are the personification of simple but complicated parts of our personality. Mice and people live inside the maze and search for cheese, which is their food and source of happiness.


Hem is one of the human heroes. At the beginning of the story, he is resistant to change and clings to his old but changing environment. His character evolves as the story unfolds and he begins to understand, accept, and adapt to new circumstances. He believed that changes lead to the better.

Haw is the second human hero. Unlike Hem, he is more resistant to change and believes that everything should remain as it is. How represents an attitude of resistance to changes and expects the worst from them.

Sniff is one of the mice that senses changes quickly. Scurry is the second mouse who acts without thinking.

The Cheese is a metaphor for everything we desire in life. For some it will be a good job, healthy relationships, money, and a big house, for others it will be health, peace of mind, stability, freedom, or quite prosaic things like playing golf or running.

The Labyrinth is a place where we look for what we want. It could be the company we would like to work for, the family, or the community in which we live.


The main idea of the story is that change is inevitable, and to be successful in your professional and personal life, you must be able to adapt to new situations. The book focuses on flexibility, adaptation, and a positive approach to change, encouraging readers to reflect on their responses to changing conditions and to seek new opportunities.


The book is divided into 3 chapters. In the first chapter, titled "Reunion in Chicago", graduates of a certain school talk about how they cope with the changes that are taking place in their lives during their annual reunion. The second chapter, the story "Who Moved My Cheese," is the core of the book. The third chapter, "Discussion", is about how the story should be understood and how it can be used in life.

Below are the key topics covered in this book:

Change is an integral part of life: changes are inevitable and necessary in the life of every person. The author encourages you to accept changes instead of resisting them.

Ways of reacting to changes: Through the characters of mice and people, the author illustrates different ways of reacting to changes. Some people deal with them more flexibly, while others are resistant and afraid of new things.

Obstacles to Dealing with Change: The book explores the various barriers and fears that can accompany change, such as fear of the unknown, loss of comfort, and stubbornness in maintaining the status quo.

Positive approach to change: Enjoy the change, taste the adventure, and savor it. One of the key ideas is that accepting change can lead to discovering new opportunities and achieving success.

Plan and adapt: Expect and observe change. The author points out the importance of planning, conscious decision-making, and readiness to adapt to new circumstances.


The book became a global bestseller, translated into many languages, and used as an educational tool in the fields of change management and personal development.

2. Who is this book mainly for?

The book can be read by a wide range of audiences because changes affect us all. Changes are constant, inevitable, and faster than ever, and their reach is global and affects business, the economy, social mood, and individual individuals.

We all need to develop and cultivate the ability to flexibly and courageously adapt to unexpected events both in the business environment and in our personal lives. Undoubtedly, the book is a source of inspiration and motivation.


I recommend the book to people interested in topics related to change management, managing teams in change, business psychology, and personal development. The book is for those who want to better understand themselves and cope better with changes in their professional environment and everyday life.


The book can be very useful to leaders and managers because it offers valuable lessons on how people react differently to change and how they can adapt. It can help them better understand employee behavior in the face of change and support them in the process.


3. What are the main advantages of this book?

The book "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson is popular because of several main advantages that attract readers:

  • Accessibility and simplicity: The book is written in the form of a parable, and the characters are presented in an easily understandable way. This makes the content accessible to different groups of readers.

  • The universality of the message: The book's main message of change, adaptation, and a positive approach is universally applicable to many areas of life, both professional and personal.

  • Short Form: The book is concise, making it easy to read in a short time. This is important for people who are looking for quick and specific tips.

  • Inspiring message: The book conveys an inspiring message about the need to accept change, cope with it, and look for new opportunities. This can be motivating for readers, especially in situations where change is challenging.

  • Educational business value: The book provides practical lessons on managing change in the business environment, making it popular with managers, leaders, and those interested in organizational psychology.

  • · Use in training and workshops: Due to its simplicity and message, the book is often used as educational material in training, workshops, and personal development sessions.

4. The reviewer's opinion about the book "Who Moved My Cheese?"

I wonder how many of you are afraid of change?


We live in a world of volatility, ambiguity and uncertainty. Changes arouse in us anxiety, fear, a sense of loss, lack of control, and influence on what is happening. Change involves disruption of the established order and well-known functioning patterns, and requires introducing new rules and learning to function in a new, changed reality. It also requires effort, work, going beyond established patterns, and sometimes some sacrifices.


“What would you do if you weren't afraid?”


Living in an ever-changing world can cause stress if we don't learn to look at change in a way that allows us to understand it.


“What we fear is never as terrible as our ideas about it. The fear you exaggerate in your head is worse than the real fear.”


"When you overcome your fear, you will be free."


That's why it's worth reading this book. The advice and tips contained therein have influenced many people, including me and those around me. I recommend this book to my coaching clients, managers, and friends. They thanked me for this recommendation, sharing how it helped them to look at changes in a new way, treating changes as an opportunity, and opening up to new goals and possibilities.


“Changes can only surprise you when you don't expect them.”

"Enjoy the change, taste the adventure, and enjoy New Cheese"

"Keep changing, don't let your cheese overtake you"

“Moving in a new direction helps you find a New Purpose.”

5. Rating of the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" on a scale of 1-10.

I rate the book 10. It is a small book with a simple story and universal values, provoking reflection. It's a book for one evening, but it brings so much to life, inspires, and allows you to look at changes differently.

6. A few words about the author of the book, Dr. Spencer Johnson

Dr. Spencer Jonson is an internationally renowned speaker and author whose ideas have helped millions of people discover simple truths. His career spanned clinical practice, as well as teaching and writing. He lived from 1940 to 2017. He was a trained psychiatrist. After graduating in psychology from the University of Southern California (where he also earned his Ph.D.), Dr. Johnson earned his M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, followed by internships at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. He was chief medical officer at Medtronic, where the pacemaker was invented. He was a consultant at the Center for Human Studies and the School of Medicine at the University of California.

He is the author or co-author of many books, including bestsellers. In addition to "Who Moved My Cheese?", he is the author of a book. "The One Minute Manager" - co-authored with Kenneth Blanchard. Johnson was known for his work in the field of management and personal development. His books often focused on simple, practical advice that applied to both professional and personal lives. The simplicity and comprehensibility of his books allow readers to more easily absorb the ideas he conveys.

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