Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

I got this book from a friend names Cliff. Cliff likes to give me books to read that he himself doesn’t feel like reading. This, for example, and another one,
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson. (The latter I haven’t read, maybe because it’s thick. Thick fiction doesn’t scare me, but thick non-fiction a little bit.) He asked me to summarize the book for him.

So here goes. The book’s main story is about 2 mice and 2 little people. The mice don’t dwell on the loss of the cheese. The little people do. They make everything more complicated that they actually are. So they stay and they analyze why the cheese was gone, and they are angry about the situation. Meanwhile the mice have long run away to find a new cheese. Until one day one of the little people feels stupid for dwelling on thing that is not going to come back. So on he goes to also find a new cheese, writing lessons he learns on cheese walls, hoping that his friend will one day go on the same path as the rest.

The story is not bad. I like cheese and I like allegory. I just wish it doesn’t have the group conversation/discussion before and after the cheese story. Like a joke, it’s not funny anymore if you explain it. The bunch of people that discuss the story sounds like dorks. And the conversation is just badly written. I would prefer to come up with my own interpretation of the cheese story, and I don’t need to be convinced that it would change my life before the story is even told!

Anyway, my interpretation is, things always change, life always changes, nothing lasts forever. So knowing this, you don’t have to be surprised or hurt when they happen. Be dynamic, adjust yourself to the changes, and don’t look back (not for long anyway).

There. Pretty simple. The book is short, with super big letters and some cheese pictures. I read it in the toilet in the morning, during short commutes, and at night, in one day. Probably took me less than 2 hours in total. I soon read this book after watching Randy Pausch’s Time Management lecture. In that lecture he recommended 2 books: One Minute Manager by Spencer Johnson (the same author with Who Moved My Cheese) and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I’d like to read both books.

Pages: 94
Rating: 4 out of 5
I feel like giving it 3 stars because everything is too in-your-face. But the book is short and the message is clear. I imagine non-readers can even read it pretty quickly. So 4 it is.

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