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Yikes! Who Moved My Cheese in The Real Estate Market?

Some days you wake up and it feels like not only did someone move your cheese; they ate it and didn’t leave any crumbs! Did the buyer you’ve worked with for six months and driven all over the place suddenly disappear into thin air? Did your last listing appointment turn into a disaster? Are those newspaper ads and postcards not working anymore?

Hmmm, looks like somebody moved your cheese!

I just finished re-reading the book Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life.  This is a simple but powerful little book written by Spencer Johnson in the form of a parable or fable. The main characters are two mice called Sniff and Scurry and two "little people" called Hem and Haw. Its a cute story but it makes you think.

The book deals with how to handle change in your work and home life. Although not specifically written about real estate, it can give you a good attitude adjustment  and help you learn how to adapt to ever changing conditions. Its also a good book for your kids to read.

This book did receive some criticism when large companies tried to use it to promote compliance or shape behavior during corporate downsizing; but on a more personal level it can be a great motivational tool to help you overcome changing conditions in the real estate market, your business, and personal life.

Are you more like Sniff, Scurry, Hem, or Haw?




About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBetty Knowles • September 22 2009 06:36AM


I will have to read "Who Moved My Cheese" sounds like a good book.  An attitude adjusment never hurts.  Sounds like it could be motivational.

Posted by April Solomon, Broker/Realtor/GRI (Keller Williams Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like an interesting book! Change can be hard when it's not what you think you want..

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the comments. You can find the book at your library.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com) almost 10 years ago

I loved that book! I even took it into a youth group class at church and just read the actual story and the teens loved it. Great message to get out.

Posted by Larry Riggs, GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist (Century 21 Redwood) almost 10 years ago
I agree with your take on the book. It is a great read and very powerful win applied to your everyday life at home and work.
Posted by Thomas Hernandez (STL Buy & Sell Real Estate Services) almost 10 years ago