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Resources to help you become comfortable with change

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Beep. You have a new message in your inbox.

It was a gloomy morning, and I was just about to set up my to-do list for the day when I heard the beep. No secret it was my boyfriend. Distance makes us use email and other technological weapons more often that we wish so. But this time it was not a usual good morning kiss accompanied with a new morning faced picture. It was plain and direct and rather boss-tasted:

“Start your day with this. Just read it!”


I opened the email and found a .pdf named: Who moved my cheese?

I frowned. And then typed:

“I am busy now and anyway what is this? You know I don’t like stupid stories.”

Beep. “Just read the story.”

Ok-ok relax, I said aloud to my virtual reality. I’ll read it...

I glanced through the document once again. It was too long to read it sitting in front of a staring screen, so I pressed: print. While listening how the papers started to pile up each after each, I made an espresso and reluctantly drew arrows on my to do list, saying: CHANGE.

40 minutes later I put down the pile of papers. Their virginity was gone. They were touched. They were read. They were marked. They were absorbed. They were alive. And so was I.

Beep“So, did you read it?”

“Yes, I did.”

Beep. “And?”

“I think I tend to be Hem lately. But actually, I am Haw. You know, I want to be Haw.”

Beep. “Yeah, me too.”

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Who moved my cheese?

Who moved my cheese? was written by motivational speaker/writer Dr. Spencer Johnson. Since its first publication in 1998 it was sold over 26 million copies. Add to it the unnoticed selling, aka, download, home print, email copy. Though the rule of big numbers are not in direct relation with the quality or life-altering properties, Who moved my cheese? is something that actually upholds as an example for both.

I could give you an active synopsis, a wonderful sum up, or even tell you the whole story. But I decided no to. This has to be Your synopsis, Your sum up. It has to be Your story. I can’t do the work for you.
What I can give you though are keywords that I underlined:
Keywords such as avoiding change, get lost, fixated on success, entitled to something, blame, frustration, comfort, excuses, I am too old, I am not ready, this is not fair, but what if, beliefs, fear and laugh at yourself.

Who moved my cheese? moved me. It is tag-lined as a business book aiming at CEO’s to run their business better in the maze and get more cheese.

However, it would be a pity to simplify or belittle the book to this point. Who moved my cheese? is bigger than that. It is a book for Life or about Life. Dr. Spencer Johnson uses known, almost cliché-echoing ideas. But what brought him success is his chosen tool to convey the messages.

The messages are not new either. He is talking about messages that we occasionally touch upon with our friends, neighbors, or family, but it never really sinks in. Like your need for a certified nutritionist: you know cheese is not good for you, but you will keep on eating until someone wiser will tell you to stop.

This is what I felt during Who moved my cheese?. The sentences rang familiar but up until his words they never really touched veins. His metaphoric settings, his clear character descriptions, his story developing that throws you to a maze to get dizzy only to build a journey out of it with step by step life lesson posters with glaring orange colours. Dr. Spencer made his trick. And it worked.

Who moved my cheese? is a mirror for you: where Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw, with their delightful clumsiness, tell you a moral story. It might hurt you a little. It might provoke you a little more. It might finally give you a wake-up call.

You can like it. Or you can dislike it. But what you can’t do is not to read it.


“I think I tend to be Hem lately. But actually, I am Haw. You know, I want to be Haw.”

Who do you want to be?

Who moved my cheese?


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Virag was born in Hungary but currently lives in Belgium. A former ballet dancer, who after leaving the stage started to build up her life #2. While being a diplomat and a communication & marketing coordinator, Virag slowly started to give in and listen to her heart. That is when she started to write and gave birth, first, to her own blog, and then to several published articles. She believes in honesty, openness and that women are the strongest creatures on earth.

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Virág Gulyás is the founder of MissCareer/Less, a startup dedicated to women who embrace change, and works as a freelance creative project manager. As a former ballet dancer, she faced the challenges of what it means to change a career and start a new life in a culture where success is defined in linear terms. She believes that raw, honest storytelling is the new generation of women empowerment. Virág is an author, speaker and develops workshops to empower women and young (un)employed people.

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