Alchemist is a fable about following your dreams. Paulo Coelho brings his best in this bestselling novel which has served to millions of readers worldwide. Following are my learning from this masterpiece:
Lesson 1: Simple things are the most extraordinary things and only wise can see them:
We all like to use jargon and talk sophisticated things but the fact is that simplicity is still the best and has no completion with anything at all. The way Alchemist deduces in plain simplicity things which are hard to explain by all scriptures combined speaks volume of its simplicity.
Lesson 2: There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure:
Doubt and fear of failure have killed more dreams than any other reasons combined. The way Alchemist trains the shepherd boy Santiago and asks him to remove this fear is awesome. The novel proves that all dreams are within reach if you succeed in keeping hope.
Lesson 3: If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you will lose your desire to work towards getting it:
This is what King of Salem tells San Diego when he is willingly giving everyone shares in the treasure which he has yet to achieve. We must not count our chickens before they are hatched.
Lesson 4: When we strive to become better, things around us become better as well:
Our eyes are the lens through which we see the world. Alchemist tells us to strive on bettering ourselves. How often have we heard that I could have done better had things around me been better or I was not given proper environment. Alchemist tells us that when we strive for betterment, things around us also improve.
Lesson 5: Have clarity in your life. Do not try to control life of others:
Alchemist tells us that if someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own. This is so true in our current lives. All we want is others to work as per our wish and understand us but we do not have any clarity on our own lives. It is so very true.
Lesson 6: People are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of:
As they say, there is never a wrong time to do a right thing. There is no age to follow your passions and dreams. We can always follow our dreams like Santiago and live that life.
Lesson 7: Rise up every time you fall:
Alchemist proves that secret of successful life is to fall seven times and get up back eight times. Santiago does not have an easy journey. Though he does have the beginners luck but more importantly he fell many times and faced lots of hardships but he rose every time he fell. This is what champions do.
Lesson 8: The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve it. And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better:
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery but today is a gift. Hence it is called present. We must live in the moment. More often than not, we are troubled too much by our thoughts of future that we fail to improvise our present. But we should strive to better each present moment and a good future will follow.
Lesson 9: My personal favorite: And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it:
The King of Salem and Alchemist both say this that when you want something, entire universe conspires helping you to achieve it. Have your goal with all your heart and you will achieve it.
For those who have not read this masterpiece, it is one of the must read book for anyone who wants to follow their dream!
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