Hi Friends,

With the speed of change seemingly picking up its pace every day, I'm reminded of a little book on the topic and I wanted to share it with you. 

The book is called "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson who explores the concept of change and provides insights on how to navigate through it successfully.

"Change is the only constant." It's a cliché we've all heard. But understanding change, truly grasping its nature, and knowing how to deal with it? That's the hard part, but it's essential. In my quest for personal and professional growth, few books have resonated as profoundly as this one.

So let's dive into this short tale and discover its ageless wisdom.


Who'd have thought a story about mice and little humans in a maze could encapsulate the intricacies of human reactions to change? This simple parable, set in a maze, acts as a mirror, reflecting our behaviours and emotions in changing environments. It is a story about four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. While the cheese is a metaphor for what we want in life, the maze is where we look for what we want. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving, forcing the characters to adapt and change their strategies.

The Allegory of the Maze: Life's Uncertain Terrain

The maze, with its winding corridors and elusive cheese, symbolises life's journey with its challenges, opportunities, and unexpected turns. Just as in real life, the characters are in search of "cheese," a metaphor for what we desire, whether it's success, happiness, money, or relationships. This terrain is ever-shifting, and our ability to navigate through it defines our success.

Four Distinct Characters: Which One Are You?

In the story, we meet Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw, each representing different reactions to change. Sniff detects change early, Scurry is quick to action, Hem denies and resists change, and Haw learns to adapt over time. Their behaviours force us to introspect: How do we respond when our 'cheese' is moved?

Embracing Change: Haw's Realisation

Haw's journey, from denial to acceptance, is particularly enlightening. His realisation, scribbled on the maze walls, is simple yet profound: "If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct." In our careers and personal lives, being adaptable isn't just an advantage—it's a necessity.

The Danger of Complacency: Hem's Struggle

Hem's resistance to seeking new cheese, even when the old is gone, is a stark reminder of the dangers of complacency. His attachment to the old and fear of the unknown hold him back. It's a warning to all of us about the perils of clinging to past comforts. When we become complacent and resist change, we limit our growth and potential. Hem's struggle serves as a cautionary tale, urging us to embrace adaptability and overcome our fear of the unknown.

The Timeless Message: Change Is Inevitable

"Who Moved My Cheese?" isn't just a story about seeking cheese; it's a reflection on life. It's about anticipating change, adapting to it, enjoying change, and being ready to change again. It's a tool for individuals and organisations to move from fear to empowerment.


In the ever-changing maze of life, "Who Moved My Cheese?" serves as a compass. It teaches us not just to endure change but to embrace it, to be proactive, and to find joy in the journey. As you navigate your personal and professional maze, remember the book's core wisdom: "Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese."



  1. Reflect on your reactions to change. Are you Sniff, Scurry, Hem, or Haw?
  2. Avoid complacency! Keep moving, even if it's uncomfortable.
  3. Embrace the journey. The maze of life is filled with unexpected turns, but it's those turns that make the journey worthwhile.

Until next time,


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Last Update: October 29, 2023