Thursday, July 22, 2010
Review by: Adeagbo Seun.
Who moved my cheese by Spenser Johnson is one of the Life changing books I have ever read. It is a mini story like book of about 150 pages which one can finish in less than 3hrs and the impact is Life long, and I thought it well to share some vital Life lessons I learnt while reading the book. I first read the book in 2003 which I have read so many times.
The story is about four characters, Scurry and sniff are the mice, while the hem and haw is the little people. They face unexpected change when they discover their "Cheese" has disappeared .Each character behaves differently and responds to situation differently. Some of us act like exactly the way each of the character behaves. It is either you are a sniff, scurry, hem or haw.
Sniff- He sniffs out change early.
Scurry- Scurries into action.
Hem- He denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse.
Haw-He learns to adapt on time when he sees changing can lead to something better.
CHEESE represent what we want or desire in life which could be a job, money, house, wealth, health, relationship and so on. Everyman desire to have a cheese. We need it because our happiness depends on it. Most times, cheese are not always where we think it should be, so we have to be determine to move ahead and take a new approach to look for it.
MAZE represent where one looking for what we want in life i.e. the CHEESE. Maze could also represent Life. We each live in a "Maze", a metaphor for the companies or organizations we work with, the communities we live in, the families we love places where we look for the things we want in life, In as much as everyman desire a cheese, it must be look for so as to get the good things of life which brings happiness and fulfillment
And how we look and where to get our cheese are different. Each individual determine the cheese he is looking for and where to find it. Failure to get our cheese in life could lead to frustration. Our character most times help us to locate on time where to get the cheese. When we get our cheese on time, we are refers to as been lucky or favour.
Like sniff and scurry in the story, they were able to locate the new cheese station ahead of others. But unfortunately for hem because of his character and attitude,it was difficult for him to locate the new CHEESE STATION. I pray that will not be our portion in the journey of life.
I need to quickly share 6 lessons I learnt while reading this life transforming book.
LESSON 1-HAVING A CHEESE MAKES YOU HAPPY.
LESSON2 – IF YOU DO NOT CHANGE, YOU CAN BECOME EXTINCT.
LESSON 3- OLD BELIEFS DO NOT LEAD ONE TO FIND NEW CHEESE.
LESSON 4- IT IS NATURAL FOR CHANGE TO CONTINUALLY OCCUR, WHEATHER YOU EXPECT IT OR NOT.
LESSON 5-WHEN YOU CHANGE WHAT YOU BELIEVE, YOU CHANGE WHAT YOU DO.
LESSON 6- LET GO OF THE PAST AND ADAPT TO THE PRESENT.
Above all, I highly recommend this book for you, this is one book that will help you to adapt to change ,with =N=500 or less you can get a copy, and I bet it with you ,it will give you a new approach in life to develop a positive change attitude to get the next cheese you desire in life.
You may be asking, who moved my cheese? Oh it is no more there, While asking, you have got to move ahead to locate it.
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