I was reading an entrepreneur’s journal and learned that a person is a combination of five other people he or she spends more time with.
But then I thought, how about those of us who spend hours away tucked away on our couches reading books and entrepreneurship journals? How about the one who spends 20/24 hours of his time in a chemistry lab? I got confused about people like me. Those that choose our comfort zones of books and being lone travelers or even lone photographers, over the company of other people.
That was when I remembered. The Alchemist! Are shepherds like sheep? They say they learn more from staying in the wild with sheep than they do from minimal exchanges with other humans. So I opened my kindle and got back to this book. “The Alchemist”. And here are ten important lessons I learned.
- TRUE LOVE NEVER STOPS A MAN FROM PURSUING HIS PERSONAL LEGEND.
Yes. It is that simple. A person who truly loves you will never stop you from pursuing your dreams. It is the one who doesn’t love you, but think they are protecting you, that will. It is therefore that simple why your parent will let you go study in China. As much as they love to kiss your forehead every morning. At your house in Santiago. Simple logic. Love is simply love.
2. NEVER GET TOO COMFORTABLE RELYING ON OTHER PEOPLE.
At the beginning of this book, the shepherd boy thinks of how much his sheep trust him. He says,
“… They trust me, and they’ve forgotten how to rely on their own instincts, because I lead them to nourishment.” Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (Kindle Locations 38-39).
This simply means that as much as we are happy and comfortable being provided for by maybe a partner, lover, husband or wife, we should never forget to rely on our instincts, and find a way to have our own resources. Not be too comfortable just because we have a provider. We need to be aware of this.
- WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR CHANGE
In this book, the shepherd boy hated carrying his jacket in summer because it was too heavy. But, always remembered that he only survived the mornings/dawn because he had had that jacket then. Lesson? Always be prepared for change. Change in all aspects.
- It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
- Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
6. The World’s greatest lie. – “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
- THE MYSTERIOUS FORCE
“It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” [Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (Kindle Locations 233-235).]
8. To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation.
9. BEGINNER’S LUCK : Is a force that wants you to realize your destiny; it wets your appetite with a taste of success.”
10. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” [Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (Kindle Locations 485-486).]
Now I have shared the lessons I learned with you, I hope you use them to become a better person!After all,