Whenever I think about it, 2018 taught me a whole lot and reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Cohelo was one of its highlights. Ironically, reading has become more frequent in my life seeing as I used to hate books. Growing up, I was encouraged to read but I refused. I preferred math: English was for losers and books were a lot of big words.
This book found me. Ok, that was a little extra but it came at the perfect time. I had just finished reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and was looking for something less financial and more connected with my spirit and then, I checked my Pinterest and it was on the list of books in one of the pins.
Although I can’t figure out why I chose to read this book, I know that it made me happy for some weird reason and the book cover was very appealing to my eyes. Reading this book was an exciting journey. Just because it showed up in many self-help books, I assumed it was the regular self-improvement book but I was wrong. The Alchemist is a story – a story of life and love that resonates with almost every living human.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM “THE ALCHEMIST”
Nothing and everything. Don’t look at the cover and think it has all the answers to your problems but at the same time, don’t underestimate the power within those few pages.
The first mistake I almost made was kicking it off because it was a short book. not like I can’t read a short book. I just feel like I’m reading a storybook when the pages of the book I’m reading seem fewer than 300.
The second mistake was judging the book by its first paragraph. In my defence, I didn’t want to read a novel and it started off as a story.
- You have to be prepared for change
- If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you will lose your desire to work toward getting it
- You have your unique way of learning things
- When you really desire something, all the universe conspires to help you realize your dream
- Wherever your heart is, there you will find your TREASURE
- Love never keeps you from pursuing your PURPOSE
- You are Loved because You are LOVED. No need for a reason
- Listen to your Heart
- When you possess great treasures within you and try to tell others, they probably won’t believe you
- Your eyes show the strength of your soul
- Every person on Earth plays a central role in the history of the world and usually, he/she doesn’t know it
GOOD READ OR NAH?
Definitely a good read. While you’re at it, check out other books like “The Secret” , “The Power” and “The Magic” all by Rhonda Bryne.
What lessons did you learn from “The Alchemist”
What books do you recommend to feed the mind and spirit?