I’ve been busy with work these past few days that I have not had the time to post about the latest book I’ve read. After reading Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, I decided to continue my Coelho experience by reading one of his most famous novels, The Alchemist.
Lots of people have proclaimed that their favorite book is The Alchemist. It appears to have a very influential and motivational message that some even deem the book very life-changing. I’m not surprised to hear this since the novel tells the story of a shepherd named, Santiago, who goes on a journey to find his Personal Legend. Stepping out of the comfort zone of tending his flock of sheep, Santiago goes on an adventure to look for the treasure that he was told he would find. This is something most people are not willing or afraid to do because of risks involved. Imagine leaving everything – family, stable job, familiar environment – and travelling to look for something that might not even exist or something that you are not sure would lead to success. It’s an extremely terrifying journey to embark upon and this is why it has motivated and influenced readers to also follow their dreams without fear, just as Santiago has done.
Santiago’s journey was not always smooth-sailing. He encountered a number of hardships and misfortunes but that’s part of the adventure. You know how people say, “Everything happens for a reason.” That was definitely appropriate in Santiago’s case. Had he not experienced the trials and harships, he would not have found success in the end. It is through those unfortunate circumstances that he found his way closer towards his goal. This is one of the lessons we should learn from this novel. There will be times when we would think that everything is going wrong for us. There are even times when we would want to just give up. “The Alchemist,” however, is one of the best examples of how some misfortunes can actually lead to a good fortune. It might not seem that way at the beginning but if you look back to that moment years later, it would seem apparent that such misfortune was necessary after all.
Another message one can learn from “The Alchemist” is to take risks. More often than not, it pays to take a risk. It does not mean we should just go ahead and gamble our way through life but sometimes it is necessary to step out of the box and see where the path may lead you. If it made you worse off, then at least you know you should not take that path again in the future. Every failure is one step closer to success. (That is, of course, if you know how to learn from your mistakes. It would be pointless if you keep repeating the same mistakes.)
Read this if you want to be inspired. Read this if you want to be motivated to be who you are meant to be.
Don’t read this if you want to be an ALCHEMIST.
NinthMelody rating: 3.75/5