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Who Moved My Cheese; Reviewed by Okunade Toluwanimi
Genre: Self Development
Author: Dr. Spencer Johnson
Year of Publication: 2008
This book, for anything should be a classic. It has been one of the most talked-about books for personal development in the last decade and I was fascinated first by the title. Why on earth would the author of a book name be this way?
In fact, I only read it because it came heavily recommended by one of my mentors who had asked me to report back to him. Dare I say I read it with the intention of it being forgettable. I was however, in for a pleasant surprise.
The book tells the rather interesting parable-like story of 4 characters: Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw each of which represent parts of our individual lives and how we react to change [which is inevitable] regardless of our age, gender or nationality.
The daily routine of the characters comprises getting up, buckling their running shoes, and scurrying through the maze often wandering into unfamiliar and familiar terrains all in search of one common goal — A Mount load of Cheese.
After endless and futile searches, they eventually stumble one at Cheese Station C. The goddess of luck had finally smiled down at them. At last! A reward for their days of toil! They soon start feeding on the Cheese. Hence, each morning, they all report to the Cheese station C, to devour the cheese to their fill, not mindful of how it gets there.
Tragedy however strikes when one morning, they get to their Haven and find nothing. They were perplexed. It seemed impossible. The Cheese had somewhat vanished without a trace. For the first time in a long time, there was nothing to nibble on. And here comes the million-dollar question: “Who moved my cheese?” I’m sure you’re inquisitive too, how did the cheese disappear? Was it stolen? Did it finish? Well, the book tells you the rest of this story.
Another point to note about this book is how short, brief, and concise it is. When a book is extremely bulky, chances are that the readers fall out of touch with it and times than not, struggle to finish. The Author understands this and cuts through the chase and heads into the gist of the book, as soon as it begins.
According to Forbes in a 2017 report, the average millennial’s attention span is a paltry 12 seconds while the Generation Zers have a more disappointing 8 seconds. Certainly this book can’t be read in that record time, but it’s so short that you can finish it over a lunch break.
I’d however leave you with this quote I consider important for everyone considering taking on a new chapter in work or life.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
Roy T. Bennett
This book brought clarity to me.
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