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Who Moved My Cheese?

by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard

Who Moved My Cheese? is self-help with a twist—its advice is illustrated with a charming fictional story! The characters of the story are two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two mouse-sized people, Hem and Haw. These four characters live in a maze and spend all day looking for cheese. One day, Sniff and Scurry find a Cheese Station that has cheese! Later that day, Hem and Haw find the very same Cheese Station. The two groups head to the same Cheese Station every day (at different times) and eat the delicious cheese. But nothing lasts forever, and one day, the cheese runs out. How these four characters deal with this change is the take-home message of this book.

We have compiled a list of actions that encompasses all the learning points from this book. The major theme of Who Moved My Cheese? is that change is inevitable, and we must learn how to adapt to it in order to be successful. Thus, the actions revolve around achieving success, and are mostly tips that will help you adapt to new changes, whether in your personal, familial, or work life. Try even one or two of them out, and you will see immediate positive changes in your life.

Great ideas from this book


1. Always have a back-up plan.

2. Take productive action—don’t waste time complaining.

3. Do not let your fears keep you from trying.

4. Picture yourself achieving your goals

5. Learn to adapt by changing your behavior and attitude.