Updated: May 14
Years back I came across this book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Back then I couldn't read the book past 2 pages and found the book very boring and moved on with my usual life. Recently, I don't know why but this book kept calling me. I saw the signs everywhere to read this book and finally decided to listen to its audiobook. I cannot stop believing how amazing this book is and why didn't I read it back then. Like people, houses, places, things, a book also calls you and it reaches you when you are ready for it. I believe now I was ready for it and that's why I came across this book. The book is a fiction story about a boy who is a Shepherd & has a recurring dream. He travels places in order to fulfill that dream. The entire book is filled with metaphors and motivates you to fulfill your inner calling no matter what the obstacles are. If you are someone who has a constant calling for a particular thing but are not motivated enough to go for it, you should definitely read this book! Here are top 10 lessons that I learnt from this amazing book:
Paulo Coelho talks about everyone having a personal legend. Personal legend is your purpose, your calling, your inner knowing, why you are here. It is your dream that you see in the daylight and you know you have to fulfill it. According to Paulo everyone is obligated to fulfill their personal legend but not everyone chooses to do so. Life becomes interesting when you see the possibility of a dream coming true. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure", says Paulo in the book. The Alchemist feels that the heart is more important and trustworthy than the mind because “Wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.” Your inner calling need not be a big grandiose thing. It could be simple things like travelling, gardening , meeting your dream person etc.
2. What is true will always remain-
Paulo talks about true love being like pure matter; no matter what happens, it always remains but if it's a vague inclination or infatuation it will be like the explosion of the star. It will shine momentarily and then vanish. When you’re searching for the “right” decision, it will be the one that withstands the tests of time and the weight of scrutiny. Love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it's because it wasn't true love. That means if you are on your mission of living your personal legend, true love will never come in it's way. Some of the very famous quotes in the book is, “Ever since time began, people have recognized their true love by the light in their eyes.” – The Alchemist. “The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes. That's the way it will be with our love for each other.” — The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
3. Take Action
"There is one way to learn, it's through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey", says Paulo in the book. The best way to realise your personal legend is through taking action and making mistakes. Most of us don't take any action for the fear of failure or waiting for the perfect time. But there is no such thing as the perfect timing. The moment you take the first step in living your personal legend, that becomes the perfect time.
4. Universe will Test You
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
There was a moment in the story where, just before reaching his destination, the boy was tested to the extreme. The Alchemist had warned him that this was the Universe's way of testing hin. “Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up.” – The Alchemist. The “language” or “Soul of the World” is mentioned several times in this book.