Some books are so powerful that they completely change your perspective on life. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is that book.
I read it earlier this year and it filled me with so much positive energy. I’m certain I would read it again. To think that the book was originally published in 1988 and its still very viable in 2016! That is amazing.
As usual, I’m going to be talking about the lessons and inspiration I drew from this book but before I do that let me give you an overview of the book.
So, the book basically tells the story of a young boy(Santiago) who had a dream (a reoccurring dream to be precise) that there were treasures in the Egyptian pyramid. He believed the dream so much that he embarked on a journey from his small town, through the Sahara desert, to Egypt. The journey eventually turned out to be an adventure.
“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” (this was the theme all through the book)
1. The first thing I got from this book is that you have to have a dream in order to follow your dream. To have a dream, means to want something. We shouldn’t be afraid to think big or even believe that our dreams can’t come true.
2. Relationships should never stop us from achieving our dream: When Santiago met Fatima on his journey, he fell in love with her and asked her to marry him, but she insisted he completed his journey first before they get married. She was in love with him, but she wanted him to fulfill his dreams. The relationships you have shouldn’t discourage you from fulfilling your dreams.
This made me realize how blessed I am with the people in my life, I’ve had so much support and encouragement from the few people who I have shared my dreams with, but somehow, I have taken that a bit lightly. This leads to me my final lesson. (cliche but true)
3. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire: Avoid fear and doubt because every failure is part of your journey. When Santiago got to the Egyptian pyramid, he got to realize that the journey was not just about the treasure, but also about the journey itself.
The journey is what prepares us for our dreams. The only true failure is failing to go after your dream at all. So please, by all means, BE FEARLESS