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Out of the maze : an a-mazing way to get unstuck / Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2018]
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xii, 84 pages ; 22 cm
The story behind out of the maze -- Foreword / by Emerson Johnson, Austin Johnson, and Christian Johnson -- A semina r: Chicago -- Out of the maze -- The original story of Who moved my cheese? -- The new story : what happened next -- Hem's dilemma -- The facts of the matter -- Hem ventures into the maze -- The stranger -- Trying harder -- Hem's dream -- Hem chooses a new belief -- What if you believed it was possible? -- What's outside the maze? -- Dark corners and blind alleys -- A discussion -- Letter / by Spencer Johnson, M.D. -- Afterword / by Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.
"The posthumous sequel to Who Moved My Cheese?, the classic parable that became a worldwide sensation. Who Moved My Cheese? offered millions of readers relief for an evergreen problem: unanticipated and unwelcome change. Now its long-awaited sequel digs deeper, to show how readers can adapt their beliefs and achieve better results in any field. Johnson's theme is that all of our accomplishments are due to our beliefs: whether we're confident or insecure, cynical or positive, open-minded or inflexible. But it's difficult to change your beliefs--and with them, your outcomes. Find out how Hem, Haw, and the other characters from Who Moved My Cheese? deal with this challenge"-- Provided by publisher.
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Wall Street Journal Bestseller

The long-awaited sequel to Who Moved My Cheese? , the beloved 28-million-copy bestseller that became a worldwide sensation.

In his trademark style that has won tens of millions of fans, Dr. Spencer Johnson once again shares a simple story that offers profound truths about how to transform your life.

When we first met them in Who Moved My Cheese? , two mouse-sized characters named Hem and Haw were faced with unexpected change, when the Cheese they loved suddenly disappeared. Haw learned how to deal with that change successfully by setting off in search of New Cheese. But Hem remained stuck where he was.

Now Out of the Maze reveals what Hem did next--and how his discoveries can help you unlock the riddle of whatever mazes you may face yourself.

When you follow Hem and his new friend, Hope, on their new journey, you'll discover how to get more out of life by thinking outside the box. Or, in this case, outside the Maze.

Written for all ages and backgrounds, this story takes less than an hour to read, yet its insights can last for a lifetime.

Author Notes

Patrick Spencer Johnson was born in Watertown, South Dakota on November 24, 1938. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Southern California and then graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. While working in a hospital, he grew frustrated at seeing the same patients return with the same ailments, as if they were not trying to get better. He left the hospital to work as director of communications for Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer. He wrote short books to help customers understand complicated technical information.

He went on to write short books about life and business including The One Minute Manager written with Ken Blanchard, The Precious Present, and Who Moved My Cheese? He died from complications of pancreatic cancer on July 3, 2017 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)



For days, Hem stayed in his home by Cheese Station C, pacing back and forth, fussing and fuming. He still expected more Cheese to appear every day, and couldn't believe it when that didn't happen. He felt sure that if he stood his ground and waited it out, things would turn around. But they didn't. And why didn't Haw come back? Hem came up with many different answers as he paced. At first he told himself, "He is coming back. He'll be here any day now, and things will go back to normal." But it had been "any day now" for days, and Haw still wasn't here.   As he grew still more upset, Hem's thoughts took a different direction. "He forgot about me." "He's hiding from me." "He's doing this on purpose! How could my friend betray me like this?" This last thought made Hem angry, and the more he focused on it, the angrier he got. He was angry that Haw had left him alone, angry that the Cheese was gone, and angry that nothing he did seemed to fix or improve the situation. Finally he stopped and shouted, "IT'S NOT FAIR!" Worn out from pacing and being upset, Hem collapsed into his favorite armchair and began to brood. What if Haw got lost? What if he'd been hurt, or worse? Hem forgot about being angry and just thought about his friend, and about what terrible things might have happened to him.   After a while a different question occurred to him. Instead of "Why hasn't Haw come back?" he began to wonder, "Why didn't I go with him?" If he had gone with Haw, he reasoned, maybe things would have been different. Maybe Haw wouldn't have gotten lost. Maybe nothing bad would have happened to him. Maybe they would be eating Cheese together right now. Why didn't he move with the Cheese like his friend did? Why didn't he go with Haw? The question gnawed at him, like a mouse gnawing on a piece of Cheese. Meanwhile, he was getting hungrier and hungrier.   Hem got up out of his chair again to do some more pacing, and he tripped over something on the floor. He bent down and picked it up. It was only after he blew off the dust that he recognized it. It was an old chisel. He remembered the day when he held that chisel while Haw whacked at it with a hammer until they made a big hole in the wall of Cheese Station C, looking for new Cheese. He could almost hear the sound of the hammer and chisel echoing off the walls of the room. Ping! Ping! Ping! He poked around on the floor until he found the hammer they had used, and blew the dust off that, too. He hadn't realized till that moment just how long it had been since the two of them, Hem and Haw, had gone looking for Cheese together. He missed his friend. And he was starting to worry. All this time he still expected more Cheese to appear, and for Haw to come back. But there was still no Cheese, and no Haw. He had to do something. He could no longer stay home and wait. He had to go out into the Maze and search for Cheese. Excerpted from Out of the Maze: A Story about the Power of Belief by Spencer Johnson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Emerson Johnson and Austin Johnson and Christian JohnsonSpencer Johnson, M.D.Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.
The Story Behind Out of the Mazep. ix
Forewordp. xi
A Seminar: Chicagop. 1
Out of the Maze
The Original Story of Who Moved My Cheese?p. 5
The New Story: What Happened Next...p. 7
Hem's Dilemma
The Facts of the Matter
Hem Ventures Into the Maze
The Stranger
Trying Harder
Hem's Dream
Hem Chooses a New Belief
What if You Believed It Was Possible?
"What's Outside the Maze?"
Dark Corners and Blind Alleys
Out of the Maze
A Discussionp. 69
Letterp. 79
Afterwordp. 81
Acknowledgmentsp. 83