Au­thor of self-help best­seller dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Dr. Spencer John­son, whose book “Who Moved My Cheese?” sold 25 mil­lion copies and be­came a busi­ness and self-help phe­nom­e­non, has died.

John­son’s ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Nancy Casey said Satur­day that he died Mon­day of com­pli­ca­tions from pan­cre­atic can­cer.

“Who Moved My Cheese?” was a slim, 94-page fa­ble on the need to em­brace change that was de­rived from a story John­son had told at par­ties and used in speeches.

Pub­lished in 1998, it fea­tured two mice — Sniff and Scurry — and two tiny hu­mans — Hem and Haw — and was set in a maze.

The ti­tle is a quote from one of the hu­mans, who can’t ac­cept that he needs to seek out food in new places, in­stead re­turn­ing to the same place for it re­peat­edly. Even­tu­ally, Haw learns to leave his place of com­fort in search of cheese.

“Be­fore long, he knew why he felt good,” John­son wrote. “He stopped to write again on the wall: ‘When you stop be­ing afraid, you feel good!”’

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