Life Lessons in Reading Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist"

Life Lessons in Reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

Life Lessons in Reading Paulo Coelho's “The Alchemist”

It was when I was still a college student, that I found about the Brazilian author. Some of my classmates were avid readers of his works and it intrigued me. They talked most of the times about the significant insights a reader can get from those novels that the author wrote. My interest to search and read Paulo Coelho’s best-selling novel which was “The Alchemist” was further boosted.

After reading the blurb, I became captivated by Santiago, the main character in the novel. He was an Andalusian shepherd boy who wanted to fulfill his dream of being able to travel. On his journey, he met different people who contributed in one way or another to his growth and learning. He had achieved his greatest life lessons through different obstacles in search of his Personal Legend.

I kept on talking about the book to my friends; however, I could not find it in the National Bookstore. Having found out how frustrated I was, a friend decided to send me the book as a gift.

Being full of enthusiasm, it did not take too long for me to finish the entire novel. From then on, it has been one of my favorites because of its simplicity and moving messages. I found the “Alchemist” fascinating, optimistic, enlightening and inspirational. In fact, I highlighted those quotes from the book that I wanted to reread.This is definitely one of the books that I would like to recommend to all readers. It had influenced me to a great degree. With that in mind, I am sharing you now the insights that I have from  reading “The Alchemist.”

1. Dare to Dream and Make It Happen

We need to push an action if we are aiming for something. We must not just let things happen, instead, we have to make it happen. That will only be possible if we are going to stop dreaming, and start doing actions. It is time to walk the talk. Nothing is impossible no matter how big our dreams are. Everything starts with one step.

2. Be Brave and Never Give Up

Crying does not mean we are weak. Santiago cried when his money was stolen from him after his arrival in Africa. Instead of giving up, he continued on his search for his Personal Legend. Crying just shows that we are human. We have our own strengths and flaws. It does not matter how many times we stumble and fall, what matters is how we rise after those cruel punches. We need to defy all odds. Stick to the goal and be stubborn in targeting the one that we really want.

3. Enjoy life by living in the present

Dwelling on the past or being anxious about the future is something that impedes us to appreciate those things given to us in the present. There are times that we get so fixated on things that are already finished that we cannot do anything about. Time spent brooding on those things are time wasted. What we need to do is to focus on our present in preparation to what we want to have in the future.

4. Listen to your heart and do not underestimate yourself.

We are here on Earth for a purpose, and that is to follow what God put in our heart to do. Limiting our capabilities just because of our present circumstances is a “Big No!” Obstacles and failures are there to make us stronger individuals. Don’t focus so much on roadblocks and setbacks. Instead, focus on what we want and stop bullying our own selves.

5. Aspire to be always better than what you are now

Learning is a continuous process; it does not stop at a certain age. In fact, behind every successful endeavor of a person lies a long history of struggles. Even though those struggles slow down our energy that sometimes results in errors but ultimately it creates a difference. We learn from our failures and that makes us smarter. We can always be better for there is always a room for improvement. In fact, progress should be one of the personal values that each one of us must possess.

Do you have a book that inspires you to become better?  Feel free to share about it on the comment section below.

 

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3 comments

  1. I still have to read the Alchemist! Good reminder. Interesting to read the life lessons. I really love the lessons! Make it happen is so important. I really believe in trying to achieve all your dreams and never give up. I love learning new things and I totally agree: Learning is a continuous process!

  2. I read this book a long time ago and I have to admit that I didn’t glean from it as much as I might have done. I’m planning to re-read it though. I love the lessons you have selected from it. They are all great advice for life, but that advice is not always easy to follow (for me, anyway) x

  3. I love The Alchemist, and I think it’s an inspiration for everybody to follow their own purpose, what Paulo Coelho calls “personal legend.” You mentioned this in #4. Today, it’s difficult to follow our heart because from childhood, we’re set with expectations on what we should do and how much money we should earn. For me, this book is one of the first ones I’ve read that urge people to listen to their inner selves, to follow their path and believe that by doing this, abundance and happiness will start to naturally flow into their lives.

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