• Nanci Arvizu

Life is More Than Peaks and Valleys

Updated: Mar 4

This book sticks to one bone.

Peaks and Valleys by Spenser Johnson, M.C.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Moved My Cheese?, a brilliant new parable that shows readers how to stay calm and successful, even in the most challenging of environments.


A young man lives unhappily in a valley. One day he meets an old man who lives on a mountain peak. At first the young man doesn’t realize that he is talking to one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. But in the course of further encounters and conversations, the young man comes to understand that he can apply the old man’s remarkable principles and practical tools to his own life to change it for the better. Spencer Johnson knows how to tell a deceptively simple story that teaches deep lessons. The One Minute Manager (co-written with Ken Blanchard) sold 15 million copies and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than twenty years. Since it was published a decade ago, Who Moved My Cheese? has sold more than 25 million copies. In fact there are more than 46 million copies of Spencer Johnson’s books in print, in forty-seven languages—and with today’s economic uncertainty, his new book could not be more relevant. Pithy, wise, and empowering, Peaks and Valleys is clearly destined to become another Spencer Johnson classic.


These questions are the same for each book. Note any questions you WISH we had asked you, as you read. Before you begin, contemplate this question:

What life problems are you currently working on, attempting to solve, or would like to solve, prior to joining the Mastermind Book Club?

Getting through the low peaks and hanging on to the high peaks, knowing things are going to change and I want to be ready for it.

Please note any A-HA moment you might have as you read or listen.

Staying in a growth mindset in good and bad times helps us move forward with better ideas to handle the good and bad times.

This story is repeated three times in 100 pages. It’s written for dudes.

If you had to explain what this book was about to someone who had never read it before, what would you say in just a couple of sentences?

Staying positive and active regardless of the circumstances, positive in bad times and active in good times, knowing the cycles come around.

What was your favorite part of the book? What section and why?

Noticing how the story had to be repeated three times by three characters in two different styles. This is such a dude book.

What three things would you like to discuss further in the mastermind for this book?

Why aren’t there books like this written by women for women MYTH?

How do you think this book changed your mindset, if at all, about why humans do the things they do? Be brief.

It’s always a good reminder that life is change and cycles of good and bad to keep up learning, having the experiences we’re here to have. We have to keep moving forward because that’s life.

Did you read a physical copy, or listen on audio? What are your observations about that?

Read it, physical copy.

What physical senses might you have felt engaged as you were reading?

Annoyed at having the (only) moral of the story repeated so many times.

Are there any quotes that stood out for you, that are worth mentioning in the mastermind group meeting? Make note of them.

Peaks and Valleys are Connected.

The Errors you make in today’s good times create tomorrows bad times.

And the wise thing you do in todays bad times create tomorrows good times.

Pg, 78, in conversation: The old man said, “I just got ’truth bumps,’ what most people call ‘goose bumps.’ It happens when I hear the truth.

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