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We were required to read a lot of books in college, most of which were great and relevant. Who Moved My Cheese? was not required but in the business world it was widely known and occasionally mentioned. I bought it forever ago and finally just read it.
Boy oh boy, do I almost wish I had those 40 minutes back. The only reason I don’t is because now I can say I read this strange little piece of writing.
The book’s overall lesson deals with coping with change. It includes a good visual of two mice and two little people (humans, more or less, mice-size) living in a giant maze. The four characters each have a talent or a dominant strength in their life that’s full of running the maze in search for cheese. It’s a cute, somewhat perceptive anecdote that certainly does hit on problems in today’s world involving people resisting change.
But seriously… WMMC seemed to be all about taking this parabolic idea and stretching it to enough physical pages to be able to bind. It was written in very large font, which for me is always harder to read, with giant margins. It’s written almost like they assume the reader is an idiot. I may be sounding harsh, but it’s just what I felt. I certainly didn’t go into reading it with this mindset; in fact, I was excited to finally read such a popular book. But it didn’t do much for me.
Granted, probably part of its non-effect for me was that I love change. I am usually the first to embrace it and ask, “when can we start?” So I honestly hope it affected more lives than not. I hope that people get something out of it, because it sure has sold enough copies. I just wouldn’t recommend it. 🙂
I can see now why this book wasn’t required in college. At least in all the classes I took… Props to my profs.