Book Review – Who Moved My Cheese?, Dr Spencer Johnson
First Published: 1999 by Ebury Publishing
So, the questions are… What is your cheese? , What is your character type and are you of fixed, old, growth or new mindset? In times of rapid change, we need to know how we move and when to move with the times to grow and succeed in life and business.
The book which can be read in less than 1 hr is filled with motivational notes for others to follow, otherwise known as “the handwriting on the wall”. It starts with a friend relaying a story of change to a group of friends and completes with each person identifying to a character and revealing that some changes of their own needed to be implemented in both personal and professional lives and they realise what CHEESE actually means to them.
Change is such a big part of success and the fear of change is one of the biggest obstacles that people face on a daily bases. When we find our cheese we fall into a false sense of security in our cheesy comfort zone. It is tough to walk away from this comfort zone when it’s the only area that we know.
The surprise of the vanishing cheese is enough to knock most people, unless we understand how to move for change and greatness. Happiness is at the end of your cheese…. So change your habits, motivate yourself to make a change to create a new comfort zone but create with the lessons learnt from previous. “Taste and smell the cheese often”. Watch and anticipate for change in the future, head it off for your benefit.
We are taught that knowing is believing, being is behaviours and doing are actions. If you want something different then do something different about it. No changes ever came about from doing the same actions over and over again. As is proves in the book , going back daily to check in cheese station C if it was still empty , did nothing to change the situation.
Hem had fallen into the CHAOS and couldn’t get out until he hit rock bottom .“Organizations can only change if enough people in it change”. This is one of the main reasons that I will be passing this story around. As I see It, It’s safer to search in the maze rather than remain in a “cheese less situation” or any organization. This is the key to any success and it should be spread like wild fire.
Who Moved My Cheese is a very inspiring and thought provoking book that needs to be on every desk / shelf of anyone who wishes for more out of business.
Books that change lives – Who Moved My Cheese?, Dr Spencer Johnson
Review by Amy O Connor, a graduate of the Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching
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