Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is worth reading many times and it falls into a category of reads that you never want to keep in a corner of your bookshelf for the dust to settle in. Whenever you are feeling down and want to give up on a project that you have been carrying out, take The Alchemist, go to a random passage and read, you may find one or two things that will help you to believe in your dreams again. Here are some of the important lessons Coelho has given in his best-selling book ever, The Alchemist.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting”
What is the motivation for somebody who is in his late 40s to start his own venture by quitting a high-paying job? The answer is simple, he has seen a dream that has the possibility of coming true. No matter who you are and what you are up to, if you have a dream and if you truly believe in the possibilities of it, then pursue it. Life is always interesting with a dream.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
For some, fear of failure is very important, as it makes them prepare more carefully before they give it a try. For some other, fear of failure is so bad, because, they may not even give a try. Throughout the book, Coelho tells the readers to overcome this fear of failure and make an attempt to live your life according your wish. Life may be challenging sometimes, but that is not the end of everything. There is always a way out, if you are willing to give another try.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times
Yes, keep on trying, never stop. You will be a winner one day. Imagine about a time that you were learning swimming or bicycle riding. You may fail several times before learning to do it properly. Every attempt to failure is an opportunity to learn something new.
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of”
We all wake up with a lot of commitments on our shoulder every day. We have families, kids, parents, bills, EMIs, the list hardly gets an end. If we think of giving time to follow our real passion after settling all our commitments, then that time will never may come. Believe in your capabilities and do it as if there is no tomorrow waiting for you.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too”
It is fairly simple. Be better and spread your positivity to others. Then you will see a better world around you.