Spencer Johnson and “Who Moved My Cheese?”

Spencer Johnson, author of “Who Moved My Cheese?” died on Monday, 3rd July 2017 in San Diego. He was 78.

“Who Moved My Cheese?,” which was published in 1998, was the story ( in just 94 pages of large type and one can read it cover to cover in 20 minutes!) of two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two tiny people, Hem and Haw, looking for cheese in a maze. This book recorded a sales of 25 million copies and became a business and self-help phenomenon!

The four characters of “Who Moved My Cheese?” live in a maze, a representation of one’s environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success.

One day both groups happen upon a cheese-filled corridor at “Cheese Station C.” Content with their find, the humans establish routines around their daily intake of cheese, slowly becoming arrogant in the process.  When the cheese supply runs out at Cheese Station C, the mice leave without angst to find more. But Hem and Haw resist, refusing to accept change. Finally, Haw overcomes his anxiety and ventures out of his comfort zone to find better Cheese at Cheese Station N!

This story helps to challenge one’s perceptions with thoughts such as “If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct”, and “What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” and then “When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.”

Johnson’s main message is, instead of seeing change as the end of something, we must learn to see it as a beginning. To be successful in life, one has to keep moving.

The main take away from this book are (a) Change Happens, (b) Anticipate Change, (c) Monitor Change, (d) Adapt To Change Quickly, (e) Change, (f) Enjoy Change! and (g) Be Ready To Change Quickly and Enjoy It Again