A friend of mine had sent me a book called “I Moved your Cheese” by Deepak Malhotra many years ago. I had written a book review of it because I had enjoyed it so much. I recently found the review, and adapted it below. Even after all these years I still feel this is one of the best books I have read. I really am grateful that he sent it to me. Please see the review below.
Had a really bad at work? Need an instant pick me up? Read “I Moved Your Cheese” by Deepak Malhotra. This book will leave you smiling, and as the author says, ‘you will be left wondering exactly why’.
Granted, this book may be like other short, self-help, motivational books; but what I love about this one in particular is how easy it is to read and comprehend.
At the very beginning the story mentions the ‘good book’. From my understanding, the ‘good book’ refers to ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson (see below for further details).
It explains the journeys of three mice. Their journeys are somewhat connected to each other, but they each have different goals.
The story leads me to question the goals I have in life. It makes me wonder if the goals I have are actually going to make me happy or if I’m pursuing them because someone had told me to do so. It shows that people can be successful but not necessarily happy because of the success acquired.
I love how the story makes you think!
Discussion questions are given after the story to help foster continued reflection and discussion. This is a nice touch because it probes you into thinking deeper. It also helps you apply the concepts you have learned.
Who moved my Cheese?
‘I moved Your Cheese’ can be viewed as a contradiction to or continuation of the best-seller ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ by Dr Spencer Johnson. Personally, I feel the two books should be read one after the other, although they can very well be read as stand-alone entities.
In my opinion ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ caters for people who find it difficult to accept change. ‘I Moved Your Cheese’ goes one step further by inspiring people to not just accept and adapt to the change, but question the boundaries, limitations and actual happiness that comes along with the change and the goal they are pursuing.
The main characters:
- Max – He is different from the rest as seen by his out-of-the-box thinking. He is highly curious and determined to find answers to his questions. He decides on a goal and shows great conviction in achieving it.
- Zed – He doesn’t follow the sheep. He sees the big picture and is utterly content and happy because of this knowledge. He is inspiring and wise, and does not care for material things.
- Big – Perhaps the most determined of the three, he is strong, focused and works hard towards his goals without thinking of what people around him are doing, or the paths that they are following. He has great problem solving skills.
A list of my favourite quotes
- They knew a whole lot, but they understood very little
- I am the purpose
- Is it possible to pursue happiness if the pursuit itself does not make you happy?
- You, Zed, are asking them to be, but they have learned only to do.
- You had a thought. And that thought directed actions that gave physical shape to your thought – to your vision.
- The problem is not that the mouse is in the maze, but that the maze is in the mouse.
As stated previously, I love this book because it makes you think! It will greatly aid anyone who is trying to find contentment, fulfillment and happiness – be it in the workplace or life in general.
Please do go out and get this book. You would want to read it more than once.
Wishing you lots of happiness.