I just read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho the other week. I heard Will Smith saying something about it in a video and I decided to head to the library.
This book is a story about following your dreams. It’s very much at the grade school / high school level reading, but the message in it should be read by all people. The Alchemist is not one of those cheesy stories that make you feel all dreamy. It opens your eyes on how the things you learn and the people you network with along the way can make a huge impact on your life.
The book is about a young boy named Santiago who decided to go against the norms of his family and become a shepherd. He then meets a bunch of people, some strange, that help him find his path in life. Santiago is on a mission to find a treasure, but there will be a whole host of obstacles he must overcome.
The main thing that I took from this book is that once you know your lives purpose, you should not be discouraged by set-backs, as these are what makes the journey so much more rich in learning. Embrace set-backs by looking for solutions instead of complaining about what happened to you.
This is a great book and i definitely recommend you read it. I knocked it out in a day (very easy reading).
Favorite Quote – “When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”