Who Moved My Cheese Essay

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Who Moved My Cheese?

Before reading “Who Moved My Cheese?”, by Spencer Johnson, I scanned through it real quick and it seemed like a fairly simplistic read. I did not originally expect much out of the book with its sort of corny pictures of cheese and story about made up people and situation. Once I began to read it I realized it was a little more complex than a mouse going through a maze to obtain cheese. The beginning starts out with a group of former classmates gathered around discussing their current jobs and such. Then the story of Who Moved My Cheese is brought up and one of the alumni begin telling the whole story...
The story starts out with four made up characters, a couple of simple mice named Sniff and Scurry and two beings,
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Which eventually prevented it from moving on by accepting change.
The story refers to “Cheese Stations” often, which I believe could represent a broad spectrum of things. Some examples are a job, significant other, goals in life, being the top sales person in your office or maybe something you have bee saving up for. Whatever it may be there is always a road to take you their. The maze alone can best be described as the journey one must take to reach their “cheese” or something a person wants in life. The maze is very symbolic in that it represents the hardships and journey people must make to attain achievement. Not every turn leads to success, that is why people must be able to adapt and know whats around the corner when they are trying to achieve their goals.
The three characters that seem to reach the “cheese” every time are Scurry and Sniff. This is because they keep things simple and each have attributes that lead them to reaching their cheese. Later on Haw also reaches his goal, but only after he comes to the realization that he shouldn't be repeating the same steps over and over and expect different results. Doing this would lead him to insanity, something his friend Hem is familiar with.
I believe that in today’s world, with unemployment higher than usual, many people seem to lean towards the Hem state of mind. Which in a way can be toxic to people around them and lead to failure and/or a difficult life. I mainly associate myself with the three other types

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