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Who Moved My Cheese Hardcover – 7 February 2002
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- Publisher : Vermilion (7 February 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0091883768
- ISBN-13 : 978-0091883768
- Item Weight : 192 g
- Dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.4 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2. The cheese story is about 4 mice how they react to situation when the their loved cheese gone
3. We definitely can feel the story being us as one of the mouse or a friend in that situation.
4. Definitely the books says that it's good to change and change unavoidable and we already know it but reading the cheese story will make you think again .
5. The whole book took me 1.25 hr to read may be good book to read while traveling
I m happy to review & recommend this book to read.
Author has painted this story by using d same brush which was used for Rabbit & Tortoise story, but this one has many colours, some merging into another & some contrast to each other. Maintained simplicity though to show big picture.
Michael is sharing this story to his few classmates after lunch, having attended their highschool reunion d night before.
Qualities, behaviours r characters & how our emotions & beliefs can make impact on our decisions while reacting to changes & being afraid of changes & more importantly denial of d same r explained very well.
Haw's journey to find new cheese, when d existing pile of cheese vanishes from the section, teaches us to grow & shine even in d failures. He keeps on writing on d wall about his past & present experiences during his search in d maze of labyrinth for new cheese.
Story starts with d search of daily cheese with 2 mice following KISS (Keep It Simple & Straight) strategy with their natural instinct & ability (merging colours) & 2 little people with their brain capability (contrast to each other). They keeps on getting their cheese everyday after searching it thoroughly in d maze.
One day they found a section of abundant cheese & noticed that every morning new cheese is also being kept there by someone unknown.
Yes, then little people (Hem & Haw) decides to move their home permanently there. Author describes d feeling of security, arrogance of richness in d minds of little people (Hem & Haw) & unchanged behaviour of 2 mices (Sniff & Scurry).
One day due to not paying attention to d small changes that had been taking place each day, unprepared for what they found is No cheese at their section & Hem shouting loudly “Who moved my cheese?”. Before that, Mice group following their natural instinct had left d spot in search of new cheese, without reacting on no cheese at that section. Eventually after their efforts, Mices found what they had been looking for: fresh & new cheese section which is bigger & with lots of variety of cheese.
Hem & Haw out of stock & hungry, spent so many days in waiting to get cheese some day there itself. Haw decides to move on, but failed to convince Hem, he leaves Hem by writing down on d wall for Hem, “If u do not change u can become extinct” speaks a lot.
Hem's old beliefs of following old path even after continuous failure & then Haw's weakness in search of cheese due to time spent at old section. He comes to know that may be ‘he thought MORE about what could go wrong than what could go right’, this needs to be read carefully with word MORE in it.
Haw after finding traces of new cheese station, decides to go back to see if Hem is there in old section & ready to join. But Hem wanted to have his old cheese only & not ready to even taste it. Haw had to return to d new cheese station leaving Hem alone & he settled down at new cheese station with alertness to surroundings this time.
Well, what happened to hem ? Story ends, where Haw listens some sound. Then author opens door for readers & listeners of d story for fruitful discussion. The discussion is explained separately, which is actually main part to read now. Actually writer has given liberty to readers & listeners through discussion & Re-View. As far as Hem's part, some say those people will not change, some say he might HV changed. As far as my experience with Hems. There r 2 types of such Hems I HV faced so far. One types of HV thinking ‘not to fix until it breaks down completely’ & other types of, wants to be saved by God directly & solution sold occur miraculously. For me story never ends even if Hem decides to change with d situation & returns to Haw, point is that will Hem literally learns & become vigilant to change even then, just like Haw has became even after finding
new cheese section.
Well, I will keep on trying for Hem, if I HV special feelings in my heart for Hem, at least until, there is agreemental reflection of friendship in d behaviour of Hem. my brain might do calculations of staying away from Hem, but my heart will always put me back behind Hem, knowing no one is there to take care of Hem. But Author had to do justice with d natural flow of story to show Haw trying twice & then eventually leaving Hem to make him realize & then change on his own.
The discussion that happens between friends after d story, speaks more ways about change at every level, should read that to understand what change means.
I want to give solid 5 gold star rating. & This story will definitely help me in my new year resolution.
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You then have a couple of pages where old friends engage in a completely natural conversation with lines such as:
'He asked, "But, have you noticed how we don't want to change when things change?" Carlos said, "I guess we resist changing, because we're afraid of change".'
It also has the audacity to tell you that if people don't find this story life-changing or worthwhile, it's because in most cases, they're the "bad" character from the story - unwilling to change.
'They either knew the lessons and were already living them, or, more commonly, they thought they already knew everything and didn't want to learn' - p.23
'When one of our senior executives who was having a difficult time adapting, said the story was a waste of time, other people kidded him saying they knew which character he was in the story - meaning the one who learned nothing new and did not change' - p. 23
You then have the grand, life-changing story which is clunky, cheesy (pun intended!), simple and obvious. There's not much to say about the lessons this story is trying to convey, because it would take me more time I'm willing to waste on it. It simplifies things and offends the intelligence of anyone reading. Every other page is an image of cheese with some corny, quotable line such as "When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course". The story is written in the most patronizing and infantile voice that it almost seems like the author thinks he's speaking to idiots. He probably does think that, because the next chapter consists of the same gathering of friends talking about how wonderful the story is, how it changed businesses, each person talks about how it applies to their life, and what each thing in it meant - from the names of characters to events and absolutely everything in between. Just in case you didn't get it!
Horrible waste of time. I don't remember what was the last time a book offended me this much. But hey, I'm probably just a Hem - unwilling to change and understand the brilliancy of this story. The last quote from this book, probably my favourite, very much explains how I feel about all of it.
'That's what I got out of the story. I tend to take myself too seriously. I noticed how Haw changed when he could finally laugh at himself and at what he was doing. No wonder he was called Haw"
The group groaned at the obvious play on words.'
But it's meant to be so simplistic that the thought is focused on the message rather than the storyline. You are sure to find yourself associating with three out of the four characters and although most wont admit to being the character Hem there are many out there just like him and stuck in their past.
So many people see themselves as flexible but back up their stubborn stance as expertise gained from experience. Well we would all be walking around in loin clothes and grunting at each other if progress was restricted by experience.
This short easy to read book is well worth keeping in your library to remind yourself from time to time how easy it is to get stuck in the past. I have my copy, and purchased this one for my 17 year old nephew to help him see how to move on and leave his childhood old cheese behind.
Change is often seen as a bad thing and although it's not always easy to accept, sometimes there is no alternative and the best way to deal with it is to make the best you can out of it. Surely good advice.
Not everyone will want to contemplate the message of the book and often the ones stuck in their ways will argue the toss loudest. But there is an audience for this kind of book and out of the 26 million people who have purchased it there are bound to be arguments on both sides of the fence. That's what having an opinion is about isn't it?
I would like you to know I read Who Moved My Cheese? On my way home last night.
I found it so enlightening! I feel like even when it comes to managing change us humans tend to overcomplicate things and make simple tasks way more complex than they need to be. Seeing it put in such a basic format made the information easier to digest – Mice, littlepeople & cheese!
I also really appreciated how the book focusses on how most of the time we scare ourselves out of enjoying change because we don’t know what will happen, Its like spinning a wheel where 9 slots have £1m and 1 slot has instantaneous death😃
I see how people love to panic when change comes around (literally me as soon as any insignificant thing in my life changes) and it’s a waste of energy.
However, I will say the one thing I didn’t like in the book was when they mentioned that you should anticipate change – that made me a bit nervous because I would feel as if I’d always have to be on edge and that would make me feel almost paranoid that change is coming to get me, so I will definitely be taking that with a pinch of salt.
But overall, an amazing read I think my sister will benefit greatly from reading it too! Thanks Michelle 😊
Plus she has added today :
I’ve also spoken about the book on a couple of my social media channels and quite a few of my friends have decided it would be a very insightful read.