Book Review – Who Moved My Cheese? (Week 6 of 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge)

Who Moved My Cheese?

This week we look at an incredibly short (I read it in 50 minutes), but effective book entitled Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal With Change..In Your Work and In Your Life, by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Who Moved My Cheese is heralded worldwide for it’s simplicity and easiness to understand. Even children can be told this story and understand the concepts and learn to appreciate the lessons taught.

I’ve also included the video version at the bottom.

Who Moved My Cheese is the story of four characters living in a maze, in search of cheese. Cheese in the book represents all of our desires. A good job, good family, good health, etc. Whatever it is you desire, it’s represented by cheese. The four characters are Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw. They represent how we may act at times in our lives.

Sniff – sniffs out change early.
Scurry – scurries into action.
Hem – denies and resits change as he fears it will lead to something worse.
Haw – learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better.

Everyone can be characterized as one of these four characters, and we can also learn to change if we’re a Hem into a Haw.

The basic principals of the story are that change is inevitable in life. Failure to acknowledge those changes and trying to stay where we are can lead to unhappiness and disaster. Many times, when we see the environment around us changing, whether in business or in our personal lives, we must also adapt with it and change as well. I think it’s important to say that what we change is important.

A key point in the book is that sometimes we don’t need to change what we’re doing, but our behaviors within that context. Just because something seems old doesn’t mean it’s not worth it any longer. Sometimes it just needs to be done or approached differently.

One cool tip the book gives is to visualize yourself after the change and how you’ll feel afterwards. Will you like what you see? If so, it’ll help you get through the process of changing and ease your fears.

A fantastic book. It may be short, but it’s got a great message behind it and I would recommend anyone to pick it up.

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About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

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