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Book Summary: Who Moved My Cheese? – An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life

11/13/2014 Leave a comment

Circa 2002.

While doing some research today, I came across one of the papers I did back in graduate school.  It’s a good read (the book I mean).  You guys should check it out.

Who Moved My Cheese?

An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life

By Dr. Spencer Johnson

The cover of my copy of Dr. Spencer Johnson's 'Who Moved My Cheese? An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life."

The cover of my copy of Dr. Spencer Johnson’s ‘Who Moved My Cheese? An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life.”

Summary:

“Who Moved My Cheese?” is set in a far away land wherein four protagonists—two mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two “Littlepeople” (or men the size of mice) called “Hem” and “Haw”—would attempt to find their own kind of cheese each day in a vast labyrinth of corridors.

One day, after an extensive search, both groups found a reservoir of cheese in a place called Cheese Station C. In this station, both groups were able to eat cheese to their hearts’ content. In fact, Hem and Haw even moved closer to the Cheese Station as it provided for their daily provisions and eliminated the need to look elsewhere for more cheese. As time went by, Hem and Haw grew comfortable with their surroundings and became neglectful to the fact that their cheese supply was running out. Hem and Haw had always believed that there would be more.

Sniff and Scurry, on the other hand, braced themselves for such inevitability and scurried away to look for more cheese once it did run out. Hem and Haw, despite having the ability to think and learn from their experiences, did not follow suit as they remained firm on their belief that the cheese would eventually come back if they were patient enough.

Sniff and Scurry’s search for new cheese were laced with dead ends, bouts of fear, and hunger. But eventually, in an uncharted area of the maze, the mice came across the biggest store of cheese they had ever seen—Cheese Station N.

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