who moved my cheese recensie

Wat zou je doen als je niet bang was?

Ik las een tijd geleden het geweldige boekje Who Moved My Cheese. Een heerlijke thought provoking pageturner, aangeraden door m’n marketingcollega Nally. En ik mocht het gelukkig gelijk ook lenen (thanks N!).

De dag daarna schreef ik dit in het Engels.

Many of us find it hard whenever we’re bound to change – if we’re even able to recognize the call for change from the start. The reason behind this is because change will affect our everyday, personal lives. We’re pretty attached to our warm and cozy comfort zone. Once we’re in it, we’re bound to stay and steer away whenever change comes looking around the corner. And we get frustrated every time something of someone tries to drag us out of this safe area.

Who moved my cheese is a thought provoking book about adapting change. Cheese is a metaphor for everything you hold dear in your life – Your family, your job, growing up, happiness, materials. And this is not where the books stops with using metaphors.

There are four characters in this book. The two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and the two Littlepeople, Hem and Haw, are chunks of what we as humans are. And then there is the Maze, which is representative for the place our ‘cheese’ takes place. There are many dark areas and dead ends in the maze. It is never clear which is the right way.

The mice and the two Littlepeople are both in a room full of cheese. Everyday they take the same route to the same room to eat the same kind of cheese. But one day, the cheese is gone. Flabbergasted, the mice begin to search for the cheese. For about half the time the cheese is not found, because the mice and the Littlepeople keep searching in the same room. Until one day, one of the mice walks out of the room and start exploring the maze. And so it begins…

I will not review the entire book in here, but I have someclear thoughts about the book. For example, the main reason I’m not very change adaptive is fear. Fear is great for NOT taking action. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

There is one question in the book I’ve never ask myself before in situations that could lead to new change, and thus to new cheese. It was so thought provoking to me that I’m writing this down.

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”


I’m going to ask myself this from now on whenever fear of changing is holding me down. It won’t be easy, but it’s worth the shot.

Great book. Thought provoking.

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