The first time I read The Alchemist, it felt magical. Whereas the second time, I truly understood the idea behind this magic.
This story talks about he who goes after that one thing in life and achieves it no matter what.
Cliche? Stay with me.
That one thing may take everything else away from you , all the things and people you love.
It tests you time and again. Makes you question everything. Do you still continue to work towards it? Are you still undefeated?
In that case, you’re on your way to your destiny. The one and the only thing you truly want. Rest are mere distractions which guide you away from that one thing. To figure out what it is, is only in your hands.
“People know, very early in their lives what it is that they want”
This story is simply beautiful and teaches you more quantitatively than the mere 177 pages. Something you’d carry with you, your entire life. Even if you don’t agree with such perspective, give it a read with an open mind. For the magic always happens outside the comfort zone!
Lines from the alchemist that struck a chord with me:
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting
It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary, only wise men are able to understand them
People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.
When every day is same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
Making a decision is only the beginning of things
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
Once in a lifetime, you’ll see the omens that lead you to your destiny. Follow them without any fear of losing other things in life, for it’s the only thing you truly desire , where your heart lies. If you don’t pursue it, it will leave you in regret of not achieving your destiny.
Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.
Wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.
“My heart is a traitor”
If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know it’s dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with the fear.
You will never be able to escape from your heart. so it’s better to listen to what it has to say.
When something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well.
No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.
Have I convinced you to read the book yet? :P