Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective – and Who Moved My Cheese expounds this in detail.
Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice.
They are nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
The message of Who Moved My Cheese comes as a blessing if you understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives.
Hem and Haw are “little people,” mouse-sized humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese.
It’s not just sustenance to them; it’s their self-image.
Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they’ve found.
Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods.
- Our jobs
- Career paths or,
- The industries we work in.
But remember something guys, change can stand for anything, from health to relationships, work…
The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.
Dr. Johnson, the co-author of The One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable too:
- Church groups
- Military organizations
- And, anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change
And although more analytical and skeptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all-natural history in just 94 pages:
Things change. They always have changed and always will change.
And while there’s no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won’t happen is always the same:
Why read: Who Moved My Cheese
The cheese runs out. –Lou Schuler
It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.
Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example,
- A good job
- A loving relationship
- Money or possessions
- Health or spiritual peace of mind
The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.
The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.
In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected changes in their search for cheese.
One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you to discover.
This is a brief tale of two mice and two humans who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone moves their cheese.
Reactions vary from quick adjustment to waiting for the situation to change by itself to suit their needs.
This story is about adjusting attitudes toward change in life, especially at work.
Change occurs whether a person is ready or not, but the author affirms that it can be positive.
His principles are to anticipate change, let go of the old, and do what you would do if you were not afraid.
Making specific personal changes in your life is a great achievement. Grab yourself a copy of this book and read it.
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