Spencer Johnson appreciates the little things

Spencer Johnson has authored 11 international best-sellers, including “Who Moved My Cheese?” and “Peaks and Valleys” and co-authored “The One Minute Manager” with San Diegan Ken Blanchard.

He penned the original draft of “Cheese” and co-wrote “Manager” while he lived in La Jolla, and returns regularly to visit friends.

When did you live in La Jolla?

During most of the 1970s and 1980s.

What do you miss most about La Jolla?

La Jolla’s community of extraordinary people, especially my very good friends of many years. As much as I have seen of the world, La Jolla remains a favorite. There are more interesting people doing interesting things, including making the world a better place, than any community I have been a part of.

Where are you living now?

Honolulu, Hawaii, and Lake Winnipauskee, New Hampshire - also wonderful communities with marvelous people.

Who or what inspires you?

People who make a real difference in the world, big or small, have a sense of humor, and are willing to share what they know and have.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I’d invite four people from the past: Benjamin Franklin, Will Rogers, Wolfgang Mozart and Winston Churchill. And I would ask them to each invite one person from the present that they would most enjoy dining with. Then serve a great wine and enjoy the music of conversation.

What are you currently reading?

Novels by Nelson DeMille.

What is your most prized possession?


What are your five favorite movies of all time?

“Chariots of Fire,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Liar Liar,” “My Cousin Vinny” and “Ratatouille.”

Describe your greatest accomplishment.

Appreciating the little things I used to overlook and enjoying each day more.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Live well. Laugh often. Love much.