Who Moved My Cheese?

Have you experienced changes in your work and in your life?  It can be a job change, laid-off, health, immigration, or any change that affect you and your family.  Are you afraid of changes?  If you hate changes like most of people, I hope Spencer Johnson’s story of Who Moved My Cheese will influence the way you look at change and help you handle it in a positive and stress-free way.

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Who Moved My Cheese story is about two mice and two little people who lived in a maze and looked for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.  The two mice were named Sniff and Scurry.  The two little people were named Hem and Haw.  After some hard searches, they each found their own kind of cheese in Cheese Station C.  They enjoyed the fresh cheese for a certain time until one morning they found there was no more cheese in Cheese Station C.

Who moved my cheese?

Each of these four characters reacted differently.  Sniff noticed the change of cheese supply early.  Scurry moved into action quickly.  Hem complained about the change but do nothing.  Haw learned to adapt the situation and look for new cheese.

In this story, the cheese represents what you want in life – good job, financial freedom, a loving relationship, good health, etc.  “The Maze” is where you look for what you want – the company you work in, the city or country you live in.  There is going to be changes in your life and environment.  You have to be alert and be prepared to change.

Who Moved My Cheese Quotes

  • If you do not change, you will become extinct.
  • Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go.
  • The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.
  • It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situation.
  • Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
  • The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold on to it.
  • What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.
  • What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
  • When you stop being afraid, you feel good!
  • Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
  • Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
  • Imagining yourself enjoying new cheese leads you to it.
  • Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.
  • When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course.

What is your cheese?  If it is your job, you’d better be alert because it is getting less secure and unpredictable.  Are you ready for change?   Do you have a plan B?  Join our mailing list for Double Your Income Online tips and training.


  1. says

    This is a brief tale of two mice and two humans who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone moves their cheese. Reactions vary from quick adjustment to waiting for the situation to change by itself to suit their needs. This story is about adjusting attitudes toward change in life, especially at work. Change occurs whether a person is ready or not, but the author affirms that it can be positive. His principles are to anticipate change, let go of the old, and do what you would do if you were not afraid. Listeners are still left with questions about making his or her own specific personal changes. Capably narrated by Tony Roberts, this audiotape is recommended for larger public library collections.AMark Guyer, Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, OH Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

  2. says

    Sometimes Change could be extremely painful, but ready or not. You have no choice. The unknown is fearful, but not necessarily bad, at least 50% positive chance. It’s a process. You need determination, focus, action.