BOOK REVIEW: Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson

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Title: Who Moved My Cheese?

Author: Dr. Spencer Johnson

Publisher: Vermilion, London

Format: Paperback (borrowed copy)

ISBN: 9780091816971

Genre: Nonfiction, Business, Self Help, Psychology, Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Inspirational (according to goodreads)

Started: November 04, 2016

Ended: November 4, 2016

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Written by Spencer Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Management, this enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected changes. Who Moved My Cheese? is often distributed by managers to employees as a motivational tool, but the lesson it teaches can benefit literally anyone, young or old, rich or poor, looking for less stress and more success in every aspect of work and life.

Credits to GoodReads

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It’s another day and another month, and here I am sharing to you another book review. First thing’s first, I want to let you know that this is an exception from what I have previously said about not making reviews, if the book I am reading is a borrowed book. I really enjoyed this book and it would be such a waste if I couldn’t share my thoughts.

So upon getting this copy from my boyfriend, I was hesitant to read it because I thought it was going to be just a children’s book. Just look at the title, it sounds like it’s about a mouse trying to find cheese because someone is constantly moving it around.

Although it has that same sense but the book is beyond that. It has a lot of lessons to learn from, so much that it can actually help you in life.

This book is “One of the most successful business books ever”, according to Daily Telegraph. And I would totally agree with it. As much as I am just a business student, at the moment, I would agree because the foreword by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. shares real life experiences of people after reading this book.

Here is a little summary of the book (or should I say my own understanding of the book with my own words):

This book starts off, with a high school batch having a reunion. A certain group of people wanted to catch up with their high school friends, so they did. They ask questions to each other about how their lives has been then Michael shared to them a story that changed his view in life, or let’s just day, made him flexible with the constant changes in life.

The story is about two mice and two Littlepeople who are in a maze; they are to find cheese within the maze to survive. It took them awhile to find a pile of cheese. They went to the same cheese station every day, until the cheese was gone. The mice anticipated the change, while the two Littlepeople didn’t. The mice moved on and started to search for more cheese, while the Littlepeople stayed and got to the bottom why the cheese was moved or why it’s no longer there.

The mice found a huge pile of cheese after their long search in the maze. As for the littlepeople, they stayed in the same location where they first had the cheese. It took a while before one, Haw, one of them decided to search for cheese. But the other one, Hem, was too stubborn to move and was still waiting for the cheese to return. So, the first one journeyed to find more cheese, while the other one stayed behind. After the long search, Haw found a huge pile of cheese and there he found the mice. Hem just stayed and never moved.

Then after the story telling, the group decided to discuss the story and share the lessons they have learned from the story.

That was just a brief summary of what I gathered from what I read. Just like the group of people, I also learned lesson from the book and the story told by Michael.

You should be mindful of your environment. Observe things and see if there are changes around you. Then you need to be ready for any sudden changes. You should expect that change would come because we all know that change is the only thing constant in our lives today. We need to be able to adapt to changes in order for us to move on from the pass. You must also be flexible. This goes with adapting to changes.

It can help anyone with problems they think they can’t get over with or anything that has to deal with changes. It doesn’t only help people in the business aspect but to also real life experiences.

As a Filipino, a lot of the teenagers nowadays are too into relationships. Some even are having a hard time to move on. They kept on dwelling on the relationship that got ruined because of unknown reasons. I would say, read this book and you’ll be able to move on from that pass you’re dying to try and forget. Not just that, it can help you any so many things more.

So that’s all I have to say. I hope it encouraged you to read this book.

Thank you for reading!

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