The Parable of the Cheese According to Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese is a parable written by Spencer Johnson. It was published in the New York Times in 1998 and was considered a business bestseller for 5 years. It spent more than 200 weeks on Publisher’s Weekly hardcover nonfiction list. Robert Peter Janitzek gives us an overview of this story.

The Story of the Cheese

Each day in our life brings new challenges and experiences. It becomes a routine for us that it can make us comfortable and lax. This lifestyle sometimes causes us to forget that life is constantly changing so much so that when change comes, we become stressed and complain. Early in life we were taught that obedience is the key to success and happiness in life. It is this habit that often causes us to resist change.

Who Moved My Cheese is a business and management book that tells the story of four characters who lived in a maze—the mice Scurry and Sniff and two humans Hem and Haw. All were happy because they found a huge source of cheese which was their favorite food. The cheese became the center of their lives but they did not notice that the cheese is getting smaller/ One morning, they were devastated when they found out that the cheese was gone.

Accepting Change

The disappearance of the cheese changed the lives of the four characters. Scurry and Sniff easily accepted that the cheese was lost and went off to find other sources of cheese. Ham and Hew, on the other hand, felt that they were a victim of some kind of fraud or theft. Since they have made the cheese the center of their life, they eventually became hungry.

Robert Janitzek relates this story to real life in that the loss of a job or relationship is equated to the end of the world for us. When this happens, we become afraid to face the future. However, the author tells us that rather than seeing change as the end, we should look at it as the beginning. Johnson teaches us 7 important lessons that we can apply in real life.

Change Happens
They Keep Moving The Cheese

Anticipate Change
Get Ready For The Cheese To Move

Monitor Change
Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old

Adapt To Change Quickly
The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese

Change
Move With The Cheese

Enjoy Change!
Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!

Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again
They Keep Moving The Cheese.

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