Who Moved My Cheese – A Weird Name For An Excellent Book

In the world of personal development, new books come out every single day. And each day, they promise amazingness. They promise to rearrange your life, to make you a better person, to make you more attractive to men and women, everything.

So it’s interesting that I’m pulling for a book that came out in 1998 and I’m reading the 2002 edition when I have books on my Kindle that came out a few days ago. A book that came out 16 years ago. In personal development terms, that’s a really long time ago! An old book, even.

But Who Moved My Cheese is a bestseller and a classic for a reason. And I happened to get to it in 2018 because it apparently seems to be the time I needed it.

I’ve heard about this books for years and it’s been floating around my family for some time. I remember however seeing the cover and title of the book years ago and thinking “What a stupid book. Who Moved My Cheese is a retarded book for people who are just weird.”

I wasn’t interested in the book. At all. It’s a very small book and took me less than an hour to read through. But because it’s such a thin book, years ago when I read the cover and saw the cheese, then read the back and heard about the mice and the Little people, I was sure it wasn’t for me.

Fast forward to 2018 and my life is up and down and Who Moved My Cheese started looking interesting. It started to because I’m seeing a moving of goalposts in my own life as where I was initially is not where I am now and that there are further things to do and further places to go. But I picked up the book because I recognized that change is HARD. Who Moved My Cheese seems to appeal to me right now because it’s all about change.

What’s Who Moved My Cheese about?

Who Moved My Cheese is a book about two mice, Sniff and Scruffy, and two Little people, Hem and Haw.


Who Moved My Cheese is not a deep and profound book because of the name. It’s about the cheese moving. The story that is told however in the book is from the perspective of people who are attending a class reunion. One of the people at the reunion tells them a story that has had a huge impact on their life, career, and company and, it’s the cheese story .

It’s one of those parables, like Aesop’s fables, that gets you to thinking about where you are in your own journey and how the lessons apply to you.

The story is about moving cheese and change. The “cheese”, whatever you are trying to achieve is in one place and you work, start getting it, and get comfortable there. This is your place. And you’ve acquired that thing, whether it is a relationship or a job, some thing that you wanted in your life and you set up roots. This is where you are going to be.

There is nothing constant but change.

Change comes however, and it moves that goalpost, that thing that you were very sure that you had. And so how to you adjust, how to you move, and how to you react to it.

The story is all about figuring out if your reaction style is like any of the characters in the book and how that may help or harm you in the long and short-term. It’s a recognition that, if you’re going to be making progress in life, if you’re going to continue living and doing things, the goal posts will shift, they will change, and things will be different. And it’s all about assessing whether or not your way of viewing the world is compatible with actually getting up and starting once again when that change does come.

Whoa. Super useful to my life right now!

I’m grateful for having taken the book up. It’s a very very short book. And if you’ve been around for a while, especially in the personal development space, you’d have seen it around. But if you’re young or the world of personal development is brand new to you, it’s a really nice gateway into that mindset that YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES. That the change you want to see is completely up to you. That you must have that mindset that, even if you aren’t super excited or gung-ho about the change, even if it takes you a while to move, that the change is something that you are willing to deal with and to recognise that you need to move to something else. And then keep moving.

2018 and beyond are going to be really fast with regard to the changes that we will see in the world, in technology, in the sorts of jobs that everyone takes for granted and so, having that mindset, is going to be super crucial.

This book is so good that my brother read through it. My brother is much more an audiobook kind of guy and even he went through this book because it was short and easy to read. The information was useful and not super chunky.

I’m reading The 48 Laws of Power now and I don’t know when I’ll be able to give you a review of that book because it’s chunky and heavy. This book was a light read but filled with really transformational thinking.

Read it! I suggest it and think it’s a really good book for all the things it can show you, teach you, explain for you, and guide you.


And be kind to yourself!

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  • Kurt A. Lee
    Posted January 14, 2018 9:06 am 0Likes

    My first manager at Hewlett Packard gave me that book to read, analyze and apply to my career when I was first put in leadership. It had a positive impact and today, I gave my supervisors the same book to read and use to help them grow into better leaders. A short excellent read that will challenge your paradigm shifts and your own value system on what it means to be an effective game changer when change come. Change is inevitable. The real issue is can you embrace the change or do you just reject it.

    • Yoo Need More Jodi
      Posted January 14, 2018 6:28 pm 0Likes

      Yay! I’m so glad it was a powerful book for you too, Kurt! You’re absolutely right about that mindset shift. It lead me to assess whether I really embrace change as much as I claim to and if I’m willing to take all the advantages that it offers.

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

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