Who Moved My Cheese

Title:Who Moved My Cheese
Author:Spencer Johnson
Published:Sep 8th, 1998
Genre:Self-Help Book
Characters:Sniff: One of the two mice, who senses change in its early stage
Scurry: The other mouse, who acts before thinking thoroughly
Haw: One of the two humans, who in time, adapts to the change
Hem: The other tiny human, who denies change, afraid of the unseen future

Review: One can always have a cause to live one’s life, but the cause or its course may vary. Simultaneously, the change of that course could lead to multiple reactions as well. While the book states that the discipline of change that occurs in all our lives is important to keep us motivated, yet we differ in the way we respond to that discipline of change too. The degree of that response varies form insightful acceptance to careful adaptation and denial.

Running after ‘cheese’, as the goal is called in the book, is quite relevant when considered from the perspective of mice but seems rather peculiar if seen through the human mind. Although it is mentioned that for the little humans the cheese may vary as the ultimate goal; in Hem and Haw’s life, the author continues to refer to it as ‘cheese’.

Whereas Sniff & Scurry are said to be perceptive of the changes around them, and are open to adaptability as it comes, the humans are referred to as more diligent in staying put in their old ways, determined to get the change undone, rather than moving forward to make good of that change. For the stubbornness, which is a trait of the human mind, Hem is portrayed as best as possible; for he has little to no determination to find the answer to his repeated question, ‘who moved my cheese.’

Haw’s initial uncertainty to step out of the maze and then the understanding of the need to change is directly proportional to his growth and enjoyment in life. However, while the three subjects in the story have one way or the other accepted the change and moved on with their life, the fact remains that someone from outside the maze was manipulating all of the events that transpire in the course of the story. In retrospect, the experiment was just a test between mice and humans, and to speak freely, mice seem to be more intuitive in comparison to human beings, who think that something might stay the same forever.

While delving through the fact of the comparison between humans and mice, it is rather obvious that while humans are hesitant to explore the unknown without making food the priority, to mice only “food” is the drive force that keeps them going on in search of their meal.

From the readers’ perspective, while I have come to point out some facts that might not sit well with the majority of our population, the moral remains the same, and the meaning definitely hits home. There is no meaning to life without change. Change is a challenge that makes you thrive for more or do what you might not have done the same way before. Change is the name of getting you out of your prior routine to explore outside your fence, and that is where adventure and life lies. You must accept the change and move forward, or you’ll be left behind, alone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • One shall always be perceptive of the changes happening around them
  • If you have a question, you must try to find the answer to that question.
  • If a change cannot be undone, you better make the best of it rather than wasting time on the same thing.

WinningGO Thinks:

Business does not change overnight. When you are keeping a close eye on the things going on around you, you will see the changes happening before the final call. And if the change you smell cannot be prevented, you can and should take steps to utilize it in the best way possible.