Who moved my Cheese is an interesting piece of work. It is a story revolving around four characters (Sniff, Haw, Hem & Scurry), all of whom represent a certain trait in each one of us. All these characters live in a maze and move through it searching for their cheese. Now, it’s really well represented in the book and one can identify what this cheese means to him or her. It can be anything from a job to a new home you were planning to buy or anything that gives you a feeling of being successful. All these characters are in pursuit of their cheese and one day they get it. But what follows these successes is of real essence. And how these characters behave at the point will add a new dimension to your thought process.
The book makes you realize what you do on a daily basis. Not that it reveals some secrets hidden since the ancient times or anything, but rather just points out the little things that all of us little people do. And how these small but profound habits mould our lives on a day to day basis. The story will take just an hour to read. And while reading it, one can’t help but feel that this is not something I was never aware of. It is something we all know as grown ups, yet you will be surprised when you picture yourselves as one of the characters in the story and find out how you had behaved on a particular instance in your past; and that very instance might have been the most impactful one. It might be from when you took up a new course or a new job or anything that was in reality just a consolation of what you had started out to achieve differing from your original goals.
This story, I think, would really prove to be useful for people who have found themselves in the professions they never thought of getting into. Because accepting that change is the most tough one to do. Changes keep on happening in our professional lives too. With experience a lot of our concepts change as it is very well said, “A little experience, upsets a lot of theory”. Sometimes accepting these changes becomes a challenge altogether. Because once we achieve something, we cling on to it. And certainly, because it took a lot of hard work to achieve it. But life or work is not a bed of roses. Things might turn against us and it is bound to happen somewhere in life. A little patch of disappointments which change the whole scenario. And this change is inevitable, it is bound to happen. No matter how hard you try to avoid it. Its just the way it is meant to be. And anticipating that change, accepting it and moving forward with it, is the only chance you have. As the book says ‘if you don’t change you’ll become extinct’.
The one thing I honestly feel, contradictory to the book actually, is that one cannot live by becoming just one of the four characters in the book. Rather a better approach is to be flexible enough to move through the characters according to time and situations. You cannot always keep sniffing change like Sniff or acting upon it like Haw or just being stuck in the situation like Hem or immediately take actions like Scurry. It will be disastrous. Rather, an easily adaptable approach inheriting the traits of all the four characters would prove to be much more fruitful. Overall all the book is a nice read and helps to understand our decision making process in a new light.
I strongly suggest you give it a shot. You can get it for a great bargain on Amazon.in / Amazon.com
Have a great read!
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Ekach no. bhai…keep it up
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