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With over *28 million copies sold* Dr Spencer Johnson’s “Who moved my cheese?” is one of the best books you can read on change. He used tales of 4 individuals to explain how we deal with change, how we are supposed to deal with change, and how we can take control of change using Haw's little handwriting.

Lessons from who moved my cheese:

  1. Change always happens: Change is a universal phenomenon. From the birth of a child to the withering of a plant, change is everywhere. Being in charge of one’s circumstances can be incredibly satisfying but the acknowledgment and awareness of this can help us get better to anticipate and deal with change.

  1. Change is an emotional process: Change can be an emotional process and it is okay to be emotional about it. Change affects our emotions and can be deeply personal (whether it's progress or a setback). In fact, brain research shows that fear and anxiety are often associated with change. The human brain has a natural tendency to be risk-averse and to seek out the familiar. Therefore we must be watchful of our emotions when dealing with or going through change.

  1. If you don’t change, you can become extinct:  Cheese is the metaphor for everything good in life, whether it's love, friendship, money, or success - you name it. Michael narrated how they almost lost a business because they didn’t want to adapt to change. The cheese always moves or gets smaller as we grow. Therefore we must always be on a constant lookout. The quicker we let go of old cheese, the sooner we can enjoy new cheese.

  1. Don't get too attached to a particular thing or situation; Avoid becoming too accustomed to or devoted to your cheese. it makes it difficult to accept change. Balance your time out and do other things you love.

  2. The Handwriting on the wall: The first thing that happens to us is fear, the fear that we have lost everything and then denial. We deny what has happened until we can no longer. This fear is natural but it is a mirage. Haw’s little handwriting on the wall teaches us how we can overcome it.


  1. Beware of the Arrogance of success: There are times when change may not be imminent. We must seek to be that change because whether we do or not, a new cheese will appear.

  1. Recognize your folly: There are times we all miss a change right under our noses. We shouldn’t be grounded by it, be bitter about it or take ourselves too seriously but be quick to recognize our folly, laugh at it and adjust quickly.

  1. How people deal with change: Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw represent the simple and complex parts of ourselves. How each and every one of us deals with change. From the people who sniff out change early to the people who fear and deny change. We all bear a semblance to Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw.

  1. Everyone is experiencing change: When we are going through a change, it is easy to get all lost in our heads and think we are the only ones going through it. The awareness that we aren’t the only ones may be the solace we need. 

  1. We can all adapt to change: Change is a deeply personal process and the difficulty of learning a new behaviour or changing an established pattern can be overwhelming. However, the rewards are many: increased productivity, efficiency, and flow, to name a few.

Who should read?

  • If you are experiencing a change in your life

  • Want to understand how humans deal with change

  • Want to enjoy a good story of 4 uncommon individuals


Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

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