Who Moved My Cheese?- Book Review

It is very well said that “In the present scenario it’s not the fittest that survives’ instead the glory is reserved for the adaptable”. ‘Change is inevitable’ but we resist change. This book helps us to cope up with change. The change can be at workplace, in family life or anywhere. People resist change because they are comfortable with their routine habits. This book tells us not to resist change but to handle change in a very lucid manner. If you adapt, you can fit in any environment and survive.

‘Who moved my cheese?’ is an amazing way to deal with change in your work and your life was written by Dr. Spencer Johnson in 1998. This book has stayed in the New York best seller list and has remained on the Publishers Weekly hardcover notification list.  Dr. Johnson has also written the book ‘”Yes” or “No”: The guide to better decisions. Dr. Spencer Johnson M.D. is also co-author of One Minute Manager with Ken Blanchard.

There are four protagonists who live in a maze. The first one is Sniff, who sniffs out early changes. Second is Scurry, who scurries into action. Sniff and scurry are two mice. There are two little people Hem and Haw. Hem, who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse & Haw, who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better. The story revolves around an unexpected situation when they discover that their cheese has disappeared.

Hem and Haw, along with two little mice Sniff and Scurry, search actively for cheese in a maze which is their livelihood. When they find it, they visit the place every day. Slowly, Hem and Haw become complacent. They begin to take the cheese for granted. One morning they find that all cheese is gone &they are taken completely by surprise. They stick to their old habits and attitudes, wishing that the cheese would come back by itself. When it doesn’t, Haw is the first to recover. He accepts reality and confronts his fear. He asks himself, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” This helps him overcome his fear and change with the changed situation. In doing so he regains his lost vitality and happiness and realizes that inactivity is worse than any activity. Soon enough Haw discovers new cheese. Sniff and Scurry were the first to discover new cheese as the responded quickly to change.

In my opinion it is a must-read book. The book teaches us to respond to change. People waste a lot of time analyzing the change and hoping that the situation will be favorable again. The biggest lesson that I got from this book is that we should not waste time in analyzing the situation instead they should respond and move. ”The Quicker You move, you will get it sooner. Movement in a New Direction may help you to attain it. Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come. Conquer your fear and behave as you are courageous.” Fear is the greatest impediment to change.

Jasvinder Banga