Who moved my cheese? is an easily, humorous and at the same time profound written story about the exposure to abruptly appearing changes in business and private life. For these purpose the author chooses as a narrative style the form of a parable with mice and people as acting characters. With the aid of them the author handles philosophy of life directly and comprehensible. The message of the short story is not to accept changes in life as fate, but comprehending and using it as a kind of chance.
The book is swiftly read, but its effect could be immense.
The scene of Who moved my cheese? is a labyrinth and represents that place where people are searching for what they want to achieve in life. This could be the company of employers, the place of residence or interpersonal relations. Inside the labyrinth petty living beings are searching for cheese. The cheese represents as a metaphor things that people wish to have. This can be money-oriented like houses, money, cars, but also intangible assets like health, freedom, recognition, inner balance. Every individual has its own idea for what cheese could stands for. People are hunting their whole life after these ideas in the good faith of happiness. When people have found their cheese they accustom to it and in most cases they fall into stagnancy. People put that on a level with a traumatic experience when they loose their cheese or their cheese would be taken from the outside.
To transfer the substance of the parable to the human world, the well-disposed reader has to determine their signification by the means of analogy conclusion.
That means practically: Being prepared and flexible for imaginable changes in business and private life and acting fearless, but with caution.