Review – Out of the Maze | Spencer Johnson


  • Title: Out of the Maze: An A-Mazing Way to Get Unstuck
  • Author: Spencer Johnson
  • Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin
  • Release Date: November 13th 2018
  • Pages: 96


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.

Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.

After 20 years of success with Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson returns with a sequel, Out of the Maze. Unfortunately, due to his passing in July 2017 from pancreatic cancer, he was unable to feel the finished copy in his hands. This book was made possible thanks to his 3 sons, and Ken Blanchard, his coauthor and good friend.

“I’ll bet you can do a lot more than you think you can…”

Out of the Maze is a continuation of the first book, Who Moved My Cheese?, now sharing littleperson Hem’s journey in looking for cheese to eat. Ever since his best friend, Haw, left to find “new cheese”, Hem felt helpless and sad. There was a lot of regret oozing through his veins – why didn’t I follow Haw when I could? From his initial times of appreciating his comfort zone over the great journey towards “nothingness”, as Haw did, he soon felt that he needed to do something, for fear he would die of loneliness and hunger.

“I don’t think things ever go back to how they were,” said Hope. “Here’s my thought, though: Maybe they can turn out better than they were.” 

We will follow Hem’s journey closely as he discovers new opportunities and hope, deals with self-doubt, experiences stages of realisation and ultimately, masters the art of letting go to gain something so much better. Sometimes, we tend to be so used with our old ways that we close our eyes to possibilities out of our space. This simple story of Hem teaches us that there is more to discover if you allow yourself to just, try. Baggage of the past should be left where it belongs, the past. Instead, take those lessons and be the best version of yourself today, and in the future.

Towards the end of the book, you will find a short letter written by Spencer Johnson before he died. It is both heartfelt and inspiring, so I share this review with hopes that more people will read his story and appreciate all the simple yet meaningful lessons he imparted and embodied during his life.

Now then, I leave you with this –

What would you do if you believed it was possible? 


I would like to thank Times Reads for this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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