Book Review: "Who Moved My Cheese"

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

Kathleen Daniels has an ActiveRain Contest this month titled "Book Review | August 2021 ActiveRain Contest".  I don't read much, but what I do read needs to be short and capture my attention quickly.  "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, M.D. is such a book.  For some of you this may be a familiar title.  It is a book many sales people have read, and if they haven't they should. 


"Who Moved My Cheese" is about four characters Sniff & Scurry and Hem & Haw.  Sniff & Scurry are two little mice, not to smart, but rely on their senses to survive.  Hem & Haw are two special little people who are no bigger than the mice, but have very complex brains that enable them to analyze everything.


All four lived in a Maze in which there was all sorts of cheese stored.  The four of them found a part of the maze that had so much cheese that it seemed it would never run out.  All four settled in to a very comfortable daily routine, getting up in the morning and going to were their pile of cheese was.  It was just expected that it would always be there, and they were set for life.  That was until one morning when they got up and went to eat some of their cheese and it was all gone.


Now Sniff & Scurry the not so smart mice who relied on their instinct, had been noticing the huge pile of cheese had been slowly disappearing, and figured they would have to find a new pile of cheese soon.  But Hem & Haw with their complex brains, who had just taken for granted the cheese would always be there, had not.  So when each pair arrived that morning and noticed there was no more cheese, Sniff & Scurry moved on quickly to find a new supply of cheese, they explored new parts of the maze until they found a new supply.  But Hem & Haw did not, they just sat around complaining their cheese was gone.  They were unprepared for what had been slowly happening, and were unwilling to explore and find new cheese.


I am going to stop here in my recap of the book, and let you pick up a copy of it for yourself if you are interested in finding out what the outcome for the four of them.  But I do want to take advantage of the opportunity Kathleen Daniels has provided me with with her ActiveRain contest this month, and tie this story in with the times many of us are going through right now.


Now is not the time to relax and assume  business is going to continue like this.  That the phone is going to keep ringing and all we have to do is pick it up.  Now is the time to be looking for ways to keep the phone ringing and keep the source of our "cheese" fresh.  Now is the time to make sure we make time to do the things which caused the phone to ring in the first place.  If we don't, we like Sniff & Scurry, and Hem & Haw, will get up one morning and wonder where has our cheese gone.


The question is when that day comes, will we be prepared like Sniff & Scurry to move on and find a new source of cheese, or will we be like Hem & Haw and not know what to do, and just sit around complaining about it?


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Comments (26)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello George - a classic on many levels - and Brian England while you are not much of a reader - it's a short book and one that is a quick read but quite effectively written.  Pick it up from your bookshelf when you can - you might even read it twice in one sitting.  🙃

Aug 24, 2021 05:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've heard this book mentioned many times in the past but for some reason I never read it. I guess now is time to do so!

Aug 24, 2021 05:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It has been decades since I or Ron have read this book, as well as the books that followed.  They are great business primers, and Brian England I encourage you to read the book...A.

Aug 24, 2021 07:15 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great review, like a mouse trap, enough to nibble on and now your trapped into reading the rest!

Aug 24, 2021 07:47 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

This new to me on so many levels and my curiosity will get me to read it to find out that happened to the cheese

Aug 24, 2021 07:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi George... I can't remember how long ago I read this book... it's a classic at this point in time.

Aug 24, 2021 03:27 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

George Souto - thank you for another outstanding book review.  I like how you left us "hanging" with an invitation to get the book and read it to find out the outcome for the four of them. 


Thank you for participating in the challenge. 

Aug 24, 2021 04:02 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there George! Loved this book as well. Think I read it over 30 years ago and it is still powerful

Aug 24, 2021 07:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Who Moved My Cheese sounds like a good read for those folks who have dealt with a lot of turmoil and change during these past months, George.

Aug 25, 2021 09:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - I remember that book very well and my copy is still on my book shelf. You gave an excellent review. 

Aug 25, 2021 04:53 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning George - that is an excellent book.  Yes, I know it well.  We made our restaurant managers read it.

Aug 26, 2021 03:08 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Never read this and  I am ordering it now George - thanks! remnds me of a quote - Life is not static, you either evolve or dissolve.



Aug 28, 2021 10:57 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Thank you everyone for your comments, and if you have not read this book I highly recommend you do.

Aug 28, 2021 03:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Aug 28, 2021 06:46 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning George. It has indeed been years since I read the book. The principles still apply. Enjoy your day.

Aug 29, 2021 05:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning George Souto ,

I have a copy of this book I received from a dear friend in 1998 and recently read it again. So appropriate now as well as earlier!! What an excellent choice for the book review challenge from Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist !

Aug 29, 2021 07:39 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

George Souto Thank you for the reminder review. The cheese can move in many areas of our lives. We have to keep on the look out in many respects!

Aug 30, 2021 11:13 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto,  A few years ago, I blogged  On This Book

 It doesn't matter who moved the cheese. Go figure out how to find it!

Sep 02, 2021 07:58 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is so intriguing just on the title alone and if Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  is into it, that makes it even more interested! Sounds pretty good to me

Sep 05, 2021 09:57 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I can't wait to see the rest of the books that are reviewed.  this is a great idea for a contest - I feel stressed just reading the summary though because truly our cheese keeps moving! 

Sep 06, 2021 07:53 AM