Today I want to share valuable and life changing quotes from one of my favourite books “the Alchemist”.
Many of you have surely heard about the author Paulo Coelho. If not I urge you to read his books. I have read all his books but my favourite is “the Alchemist”. In my previous emails I told you how you should create the habit of reading and that all successful people are big readers.
The book tells the story of a shepherd boy from the Spanish province of Andalusia who dreams to travel the world in search of a very valuable treasure. It is an unforgettable story about essential wisdom of listening to your heart and following your dreams. It is “one of my favourite books” said Will Smith, ” A beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep” as per Madonna and “his books have had life-enhancing impacts on millions of people” as per The Times.
I am confident you will also find the 5 lesson learned from the book “the Alchemist” useful and it may even inspire you to read the whole book and many more books.
1) First lesson: You have to take Action!
When the Alchemist said to the boy on the seventh day of their Journey that they are almost at the end of your Journey and congratulated him for having pursued his destiny. The boy however answered that you have told me nothing along the way and that the boy was expecting that the Alchemist will teach him everything he knows.
The Alchemist replied that the only way to learn is through action and that the boy has learned everything he needed to through his Journey. (from “the Alchemist”)
This is so true especially in the current environment. I, myself love to read books and go to seminars to learn. However, just by attending seminars or reading about something I won’t see any results or reach my goal. Until I take action and implement what I have learned nothing will happen. Gaining knowledge is better than wasting time through useless activities as you are preparing your mind to grab an opportunity when it shows up but don’t just sit around and wait – Start implementing today! Start your Journey and along the way you will learn what you need to learn to succeed.
2) Second lesson: Listen to your Heart!
The Alchemist told the boy that as he is in the desert right now he should immerse himself in it. The desert will give him an understanding of the world and anything on the face of the earth will do that. The Alchemist explained further, that the boy does not even have to understand and only have to contemplate a simple grain of sand, and he will see in it all wonders of creation.
But the boy did not know how to do that so the alchemist explained that he should listen to his heart as the heart knows everything because it comes from the soul of the world and one day it will return to it.
The boy did not understand why he had to listen to his heart so the ALchemist told him that treasure is there where your heart is.
(from “the Alchemist”)
If we follow our hearts I am convinced we will find happiness and success. However, most people don’t follow their hearts but go the route that everyone else goes, having a 9 to 5 job etc. Sadly most people are not happy with this kind of life.Their is nothing wrong having a job but never stop pursuing those dreams you always had. We live once and you don’t want to be the person who regrets when he is older about all the things he has not done for fear of other people’s opinion or going the “unsecure” way outside the 9 to 5.
3) Third lesson: Don’t let Fear come into the way pursuing your dreams!
We all have dreams, big dreams but are afraid to pursue our most important dreams, because we feel that we don’t deserve them, or that they will be unable to achieve them.
The boy said to the Alchemist that his heart is afraid to suffer. The Alchemist answered, to tell his heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself and that never has a heart suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is second’s close with God and with eternity. (from “the Alchemist”)
I am still surprised on the reaction of my colleagues and superior when I quit my job without having another one lined up. They all said we wish we could be so courageous as you are. I didn’t feel I was courageous but was just doing for the first time since long what felt right to my heart. Also, I did not see any risk as I was prepared, I had savings to survive even with no money coming in and I had started my online business. If the worst would happen, I am qualified enough to find a job again. I felt there was nothing I was losing and in the worst case scenario I would return to the 9 to 5. So have your back up plan ready and the worst scenario is sometimes not as bad as we imagine.
4) Fourth lesson: Don’t give up!
The Alchemist told the boy the last thing he still needed to know was that before a dream is realized the Soul of the World tests everything that he had learned along the way. It does this not because it is mean but so that in addition to realizing our dreams we can learn to master the lessons we’ve learned as we come closer toward that dream.
At this point most people give up. It’s the point at which according to a saying in the desert someone dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon. Every Search begins with luck and ends with a severe test. (quoted from “the Alchemist”)
5) Fifth lesson: Life’s simple lesson
One day during the Journey, danger appeared and three armed tribesman approached the boy and the Alchemist..The tribesman searched the alchemist’s belongings and found a small crystal flask filled with a liquid and asked him what those things are. The Alchemist explained that it is the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life upon which the tribesmen laughed at him, and the alchemist laughed with them. They thought his answer was amusing and allowed the boy and the alchemist to proceed with their belongings. Have you lost your mind? the boy asked the alchemist when they were walking away and why he did that.
The Alchemist explained to him that he did that to show the boy one of life’s simple lessons. When you possess great treasures and try to tell others very rarely are you believed. (from “the Alchemist”)
Be open to the miracles of this world. There is still so much out there our human brains can’t understand. But be open minded and don’t let a good opportunity slip away just because of our ignorance. Sometimes, opportunities find the way to us which seem too good to be true. Of course there are also a lot of scams out there so be cautious but not ignorant.
That is all I wanted to share with you today. I hope the quotes are as helpful to you as they were to me!
Sent with Love