Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom, and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world, and transforming the lives of countless readers that span generations. Furthermore, it is safe to say, the impact of this literary treasure will make a difference in people’s lives for countless generations to come.
From the first paragraph, Paulo Coelho effortlessly whisks readers into this mystical story about Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd, who has an unrelenting desire to travel the world in search of treasure. His journey ultimately leads him to uncover lessons and riches that far surpassed his expectations. The Alchemist is enthralling, hypnotic and magical, and teaches us multiple life lessons about wisdom, gratitude, opportunity, and destiny.
As MY BOOK CLUB's July read, we thought we'd share our 10 most powerful quotes.
1. “It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting...”
Imagine a life without hopes, dreams and aspirations. Dreams motivate us to act, help us to find a balance between a positive and negative mindset and drive us forward. Just the possibility of a dream coming true is enough to make the pursuit of greatness worthwhile. Don’t you think?
2. “Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”
Treasures await all of us. We need to have the desire and the will to seek them out. Opportunities come and go and present themselves in different forms. Dreams, goals, experience, treasure – however we find these things in life, the journey to get there is what matters.
3. “To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation.”
The Alchemist teaches us that a person’s destiny is written and is inextricably linked to fate. Fate in the journey, the lessons, and the experience.
4. "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
Ever asked the Universe for something? Did it happen?
A lesson that The Alchemist teaches us is that by shifting our energy into positive thoughts we can manifest our goals, dreams, and future into existence.
5. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
This one is simple, follow your heart. When you find your treasure, you will have done so from a place of authenticity and wholeheartedness.
6. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
The fear of failure can be completely inhibiting, but when we overcome this fear through either experience or guidance, nothing can hold us back from achieving our dreams.
7. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
In the book, Santiago is perplexed at how people have so much interest in his own life and individual decisions. He muses about how people judge others’ choices in life. The clear message is that we should follow our own paths without fear of judgement.
8. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too."
The Alchemist teaches us is to be resilient, push forward and always work on ourselves, even when life gets you down and when it seems impossible. The reward will be realised when you begin to draw like-minded people into your life. Positivity will abound and dreams will begin to unfold.
9. “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. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.'”
The message here is obvious - Nothing worth having comes easy in life.
You must be prepared to risk it all. To work hard, overcome challenges, fail but get back up again and learn lessons along the way. If you aren’t following your dreams, you are not fulfilling your personal legend.
10. “People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren't, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands.”
Ever thought about changing something in your life? Or starting a new business? Does the fear of change, failure or the what-ifs hold you back?
Anxiety can get the best of all of us, but what will be the bigger regret? Trying and failing or never trying and living with the burden of missed opportunities and fading dreams?
July's MY BOOK CLUB Development workshop with Positive Psychologist Michelle Falzon guided us on some key life lessons from The Alchemist. We would love to share some developmental exercises that our team and our members took from reading this incredible book and show you how to incorporate them into your everyday lives.
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