Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese

I’m not a quick reader, especially with non-fiction books where I am trying to absorb information. So short books that read like fictional stories are more my style. “Who Moved My Cheese” is a short business parable that can be finished in just one day.

My Summary: The story involves four characters (two mice and two miniature people) living in a maze in search for cheese. The mice are simple and operate on natural instinct. The people are obviously more complex and critically analyze situations before making a decision to change. At one point, all four characters come across the motherload of cheese and make it home. Life is good and comfortable. However, the cheese supply isn’t endless, and the little people either failed or refused to recognize the depleting stockpile until one day it was gone. The mice, guided by instinct, quickly moved on in search for new cheese. The humans, however, were reluctant to move. Instead of accepting the change, they were scared and stayed put in hopes of the cheese returning. Additionally, they victimized themselves and blamed the world for their sudden misfortune. As expected, the cheese never returns. One of them eventually acknowledges the need to move on and faces the fear associated with change. He braves the unknown maze in search for new cheese, which he eventually finds (as do the mice), though after facing discouragement and obstacles along the way. His friend, unfortunately, never embraces the need to change and does not leave despite the current situation causing him to lose his happiness, health, friend, etc.