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Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My CheeseWho Moved My Cheese? is  a simple parable that reveals profound truths.  It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.

Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in your life – whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or spiritual peace of mind.

And the maze is where you look for what you want – the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in.

This profound book from best selling author, Dr Spencer Johnson will show you how to:

  • Anticipate change
  • Adapt to change quickly
  • Enjoy change
  • Be ready to change quickly, again and again

Discover the secret for yourself and learn how to deal with change, so that you suffer less stress and enjoy more success in your work and in your life.”

In his Foreward, Ken Blanchard said “I’m such a strong believer in the power of ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ that I recently [c 1998] gave a copy of an early pre-publication edition to everyone (more than 200 people) working with our company.  Why?  Because like every company that wants to not only survive in the future but stay competitive, Blanchard Training & Development is constantly changing.  They keep moving our “cheese”.  While in the past we may have wanted loyal employees, today we need flexible people who are not possessive about “the way things are done around here.”

Over 24 million copies have been sold.

I first read this little book in 1999 and I still find it useful.  I personally relish change (and deliberately seek it out) which sometimes makes it hard for me to understand what other people (who find change difficult) feel and think.   This book gave me considerable insight.  I’ve read some reviews where people have said that this book “states the obvious” and therefore isn’t worth reading; but I strongly disagree.  Sometimes what is obvious to one person is hidden from someone else and sometimes the simplest metaphors contain the most profound truths.

Get Some Headspace

Get Some Headspace – 10 minutes can make all the difference

By Andy Puddicombe – ‘The expert’s expert – Britain’s top meditation guru’ THE TIMES


“If you’ve ever wished you could quiet the chatter in your mind, focus more easily, experience an increased sense of calm and well being, or just get to sleep at night, then it’s time to get some headspace.

This is meditation – but not as you know it.  There’s no chanting, no sitting cross-legged, and no need for any particular beliefs.  What’s more this easy to learn skill takes just 10 minutes a day, and can bring about life changing results.


Inside you’ll find everything you need to make these tried and tested strategies an essential part of life, including audio downloads and online tools.

So let Andy Puddicombe, registered clinical consultant, former Buddhist monk and self proclaimed ‘meditation mistake maker’ show you how to take 10 minutes and get some headspace.”


“Mindfulness is a hot topic in neuroscience.
I consider the techniques in this book essential for maintaining a healthy brain and a happy mind.
Andy is living proof that the ancient practice of mindfulness benefits modern day living.

Dr. E. Antonova, Neuroscientist, King’s College London


Here are some quotes which have already caught my eye and captured my interest and I’ve only just started reading the book:

“The more I spoke to people about the benefits of meditation, the more I found that many desperately wanted to find a way to relax, but were uncomfortable with the religious element that [monk’s] robes automatically imply.  They simply wanted to find a way to cope with life, to deal with stress – in their work, their personal life, and in their own minds.  They wanted to regain the sense of openness they remembered from childhood, that sense of appreciation in actually being alive. …  The integration of meditation into everyday life was key to my decision to stop being a monk
and to live instead as a lay-person.”

“While the transition from monk to clown may not sound like the most obvious one, there are perhaps more similarities than first meet the eye.”

“Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person.  It’s about training in awareness and understanding how and why you think and feel the way you do, and getting a healthy sense of perspective in the process.”

“So mindfulness means to be present.  It means being ‘in the moment’, experiencing life directly as it unfolds, rather than being distracted, caught up and lost in thought.”

“Even if I ignore all the anecdotal benefits that I’ve heard and seen over the years, there’s now substantial scientific evidence … to support the health benefits of short, regular, daily meditation sessions.”