Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson: Summary And Notes

Embrace change and go get the all cheese you want.

Dan Silvestre
5 min readMay 21, 2021


“The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.”

Rating: 8/10

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Who Moved My Cheese? Short Summary

Who Moved My Cheese? makes you think about change in a different light. Spencer Johnson shows through a short story how to see change not as the end of something, but the beginning of a new chapter. The story will feel close to home and it will give you a different perspective on your life.

They Keep Moving The Cheese

Change is inevitable. You can see it in every aspect of your life.

But despite that, you hold on to what you have and ignore the writing on the wall.

“The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold on to it.”

This is your fear talking. You worry you’re not capable of adapting to the new reality.

Instead of evolving with the times, you get bitter and blame others (parents, spouse, boss, economy,…).

Change is very rarely fair. However, there is no point in fighting it.

Rather than denying change will happen, embrace it. Realize that your fears are holding you back and preventing you from maximizing your potential.

How to deal with change:

  • Recognize change is inevitable
  • Anticipate change. Evaluate what are the most likely elements to change in your life
  • Monitor change. Look out for new opportunities
  • Learn to change quickly. Invest in skills that allow you to change faster in the future
  • Change. Pull the trigger and act

“Sometimes, Hem, things change and they are never the same again. This looks like one of those times. That’s life! Life moves on. And so should…



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