I happened to read this great book today, entitled “Who Moved My Cheese?” and I have to say it really made my day. It’s a motivational book written by Spencer Johnson about dealing with CHANGE in our work and in our personal life. It’s a fairly short book with only 96 pages, you can actually read it in an hour or so. A friend of mine suggested I read it, and I’m so glad I did, because I learned a lot! I can totally relate to the story.The story revolves around 4 characters, two mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry”, and two little people, “Hem” and “Haw”. They live in a maze and are constantly looking for cheese (a representation of happiness and success). The story reveals profound truths about CHANGE and the different reactions of each of the characters. Actually, after I finished reading, I could say that I’m been more like “Hem” in the story, who’s resistant to change and refuses to get out of his comfort zone.
You have to read the story for yourself to appreciate its meaning. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you’re already open to change or has been resisting it all your life, you can benefit from the simple but wonderful truths this book has to offer. It’s a beautifully written story, in a very simple context, but the message and lessons you get are remarkably clear.
Here are the footnotes I’ve jotted down while reading the book. These are the things I want to remember and remind myself often:
- When you’re afraid to change, you are holding on to the illusion of something that’s no longer there.
- When you can laugh at the wrong things you’ve been doing, that’s the time you’re ready for change. The fastest way to change is to laugh at your own folly — then you can let go and move on.
- Sometimes, things change and they are never the same again. That’s life! Life moves on. And so should we.
- Think about what you could gain instead of what you’re losing.
- Whenever you start to get discouraged, remind yourself that what you’re doing, as uncomfortable as it is at the moment, is in reality much better than staying in the cheeseless situation.
- Fears only make things worse. Ask yourself, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Let go and trust what lies ahead, even though you don’t know exactly what it is.
- When you’re not afraid, you feel good!
I urge you to get this book, and read it if you want to experience a profound change in perspective. The challenge is to be able to interpret the story and apply it to your own life. If you’ve read the book, please do share your insights. I’d love to hear your opinions.