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NerdReads : The Alchemist

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For those who have never has the pleasure and privilege to read a work by Mr. Paulo Coehlo, I strongly recommend that you add this gifted gentleman to your library and start with “The Alchemist”

The Alchemist  follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Santiago, believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, decides to travel to a Romani in a nearby town to discover its meaning. A gypsy woman tells him that there is a treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt.

Early into his journey, he meets an old king, Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend (which is always capitalized in the book). Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is”.[3] He adds that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”. This is the core theme of the book.

The Pyramids of Giza
Along the way, he meets an Englishman and continues his travel with him. They traveled through The Sahara desert and during his journey, he meets a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima, whom he falls in love with. He then asked Fatima to marry him, however she says she will only marry him after he finds his treasures. He was perplexed by this and he later learns that true love will not stop one’s Personal Legend and if it does, it is not true love.

Santiago then encounters a lone alchemist who also teaches him about Personal Legends. He says that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. Santiago feels unsure about himself as he listens to the alchemist’s teachings. The alchemist states: “Those who don’t understand their Personal Legends will fail to comprehend its teachings”. It is also stated that treasure is more worthy than gold.

Top 5 Reasons I love this book:
1.   The Alchemist reminds us that we all have a choice with regards to the life we live- we can either choose the safety of the mundane and traditional or dare to take a gamble on our dreams for greater things. We could do what our parents and their parents have always done; but greatness exists when we take the path less traveled and create new ways to be.
2.   The Alchemist teaches us that all to often if we do not dare to expand and investigate beyond that which we know, our dreams and goals will become as small and as limited as the world in which we exist. I have heard this often and believe it to be so true. Good is the Enemy of GREAT…never settlle and never play it safe.
3.   The Alchemist reminds us that our journey to greatness whilst challenging, overwhelming and sometimes terrifying is filled with guides, and tools to help us make our passions and purpose manifest.
4.  The Alchemist teaches us about the Law of Attraction and how our focus and commitment to our passion is true driver of success in life. I truly believe that what we think and focus on, we become. Be careful what you constantly and consistently think for Mind BECOMES Matter.
5.  The Alchemist teaches us that in order to achieve our personal pinnacle of greatness, we must focus on the passion and the purpose and not the accessories that come with achieving our purpose, for those are guaranteed and will never cease be present, but even in the absence of the accessories, one will always be fulfilled as long as they are living their purpose.

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