PRODUCT: Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson, M.D.
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My Personal Rating: 8 out of 10
An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life…Who Moved My Cheese…take a look at my personal review!
Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life – whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, or spiritual peace of mind. Cheese is what we think will make us happy, and when circumstances take it away, different people deal with change in different ways. Four characters in this delightful parable represent parts of ourselves whenever we are confronted with change. Discover how you can let change work to your advantage and let it lead you to success!
What is the Maze?
The maze is where we spend time looking for what we want. It could be where you work, the relationships you have or where you live. Like the four characters in the story, each of lives in a maze and we look for cheese to nourish us and make us happy.
Start Here! Who are Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw?
Two of the characters named Sniff and Scurry are mice. Hem and Haw are the little people. Some of us are like Sniff, who anticipates change early by sniffing it out. Some of us are like Scurry, who quickly scurries into action and adapts. Others of us mirror Hem, who denies change and resists it out of fear and who among us recognizes Haw, who learns to adapt in time when he sees something better. Regardless of the character, the author suggests that we all share the common need to find our way in the maze of life and succeed in changing times.
What’s In It For You…Words of Wisdom to Reflect On!
• Anticipate change.
• Adapt quickly.
• Enjoy change.
• Be ready to change quickly, again and again.
• Having Cheese makes you happy.
• The more important your Cheese is to you, the more you want to hold on to it.
• If you do not change, you can become extinct.
• Ask yourself “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?”
• Smell the Cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
• Movement in a new direction helps you find New Cheese.
• When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.
• Imagining myself enjoying New Cheese, even before I find it, leads me to it.
• The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find New Cheese.
• It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situation.
• Old beliefs do not lead you to New Cheese.
• When you see that you can find and enjoy New Cheese, you change course.
• Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.
• Read the Handwriting on the Wall
• Change happens. They keep moving the Cheese.
• Move with the Cheese and enjoy it!
The foundation for the story is a group of former classmates who have met up at their high school reunion to catch up. The topic of change comes up and the conversation focuses on how each person has experienced it…the story!
Every morning Hem, Haw, Sniff, and Scurry – two mice and two little men went about their business collecting and eating cheese. They put on their jogging suits and running shoes, left their homes, and raced around the maze looking for their favorite Cheese.
They each found their own kind of cheese one day at the end of one of the corridors in Cheese Station C and their daily routine was set.
Sniff and Scurry woke up early everyday, always following the same route. Hem and Haw followed the same routine for a while, but later on, they awoke a little later each day, dressed slower, and walked to Station C, always assuming there would be Cheese waiting for them.
One morning the mice discovered there was no more cheese at Station C. Since they had noticed the supply dwindling, they did not overanalyze things and immediately ventured into the maze in search of New Cheese.
A while later, Hem and Haw arrived and were surprised to find there was no more cheese. Hem yelled, “Who moved my Cheese?”
The two little people couldn’t believe the Cheese was gone and spent too much time deciding what to do.
After much whining, Haw suggested,
MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST STOP ANALYZING THE SITUATION SO MUCH
AND JUST GET GOING AND FIND SOME NEW CHEESE.
Station N is where we find Sniff and Scurry with a great supply of New Cheese. They made this discovery while Hem and Haw were analyzing their situation. Haw imagined himself tasting and enjoying New Cheese while Haw refused to leave Cheese Station C. Haw realized he was afraid of leaving Hem and returning to the maze. In his eyes, Haw painted a picture of finding New Cheese.
Before leaving Station C, Haw left a note for Hem to read, “If you do not change, you become extinct.” What did Haw learn as he moved through the maze:
* He needed to let go of his fears.
* He realized what lies out there could be a lot better, not worse.
* He should be alert in order to anticipate change, and next time, periodically smell the cheese to check if it is getting old.
And to learn these important lessons he had to tell himself:
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
• The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find New Cheese.
• The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists. What you are afraid of is never as bas as what you imagine.
• When you change what you believe, you change what you do.
Haw soon found New Cheese at Station N, and met up with his old friends Sniff and Scurry who looked like they had been there for quite some time because they had grown fat.
As Haw enjoyed his New Cheese, he reflected on more things:
* He had been holding onto the illusion of Old Cheese that was no longer there.
* He had started to change as soon as he learned to laugh at his own mistakes, then he was able to let go and move on.
* Sniff and Scurry kept life simple. They didn’t overanalyze or overcomplicate things. They simply moved with the Cheese.
* The mistakes he made in the past can be used to plan for the future.
* Notice the little changes so you are better prepared for the big change that might be coming.
* The biggest inhibitor of change lies within your self. Nothing gets better until You change.
What’s In It For You?…THERE IS ALWAYS NEW CHEESE OUT THERE!
Haw realized it was safer to be aware of the potential of new opportunities rather than stay in his comfort zone so he went out and explored new areas in order to stay in touch with what was happening around him.
Back to our Reunion Friends and the End of the Story
Each of the alumni could identify with one of the characters in the story. They talked about how the story related to the changes in their professional and personal lives.
They summarized the behaviours of each character in the story like this:
- Sniffs could sniff out changes in the marketplace, and update a corporate vision. They identified changes as well as possible new products and services consumers would want.
- The Scurrys liked to get things done, so they took action based on the new corporate vision. They only needed to be monitored so they didn’t scurry off in the wrong direction.
- The Hems wanted to work in a place that was safe and where the changes made sense to them, turning them into Haws. If they didn’t change, they were eventually fired.
- The Haws were hesitant at first, but were open-minded enough to learn something new, and adapted.
WHO WILL WANT TO READ: Who Moved My Cheese?
Is it time to look for New Cheese…is it time to get out of your comfort zone…go for it, you won’t be disappointed!
Why am I glad that I read this book…
I absolutely love the suggestion that each of us is accountable for looking for New Cheese and not being afraid to leave our comfort zone…I hope you will look for New Cheese after you read this book!!
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