I’m a sucker for lists, and ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ is a book that’s been noted on so many ‘Top X Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read’ listicles that I felt the need to buy it and read it. After all, what if it had some amazing wisdom that I was missing out on? Plus, it’s in the form of an Aesop-style fable, and who doesn’t love those?
The cover made me pause briefly; it gave me the vibe of someone trying a little bit too hard to impress. But then I remembered that’s pretty standard for a lot of business books.
Nevertheless, I scrolled Amazon, bought a copy, and decided to kill two mice with one trap (eh-heh) and read it while on my exercise bike, over the course of three days or so.
What’s the premise?
It’s a 93-page analogy that uses mice and cheese in a maze to explain the big, scary world of corporate work, and how to move on when the love/money (e.g. cheese) runs out. The story starts with a group of (human) friends having drinks, when one of them decides to start telling this story of a few mice in a maze. (Forget the talking mice…who does this when you’re just trying to have a nice, relaxing evening with friends?) The story then starts in earnest (and oh, it’s so earnest).
TL:DR – See the big picture, tie your running shoes and move on. The maze really isn’t as scary as you think.
I’ve just saved you about £5.00.
Actually, that might be a little harsh. If you find a copy and have a spare afternoon, it’s a rather charming read, but don’t sit down with very high expectations the way I did if you’re the sort of person who keeps up to date with the likes of Entrepreneur.com, Forbes, LinkedIn articles and other such readings.
On the other hand, it’d be a nice starting read for anyone stuck in the corporate rat-race, who hasn’t got the time to read anything a lot chunkier.
Overall, I’m glad I took the time to read Who Moved My Cheese, but I was disappointed thanks to all the hype I’d seen around it, and I don’t think it’s a book that will be staying on my (limited-space) bookshelf.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
P.S. Yes, I know this is a short post, but this is a short book and I don’t believe in padding out articles.