“When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” from The Alchemist
This intriguing book shares with us the story of a young shepherd boy named Santiago who embarks on a journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.. Santiago believed the recurring dream to be prophetic.
Santiago encounters many interesting characters who each share their own experiences of life, disappointment, wealth and personal enlightenment.
Upon setting of on his quest, Santiago comes across a merchant who is stuck in the effect side of life — basically he created a lot of justification to reason why he hadn’t reached his full potential and fulfil all of his goals and dreams. The shopkeeper is unwilling to take risks. He tells Santiago, “When I was young, all I wanted to do was put together enough money to start this shop, I thought that someday I’d be rich…” He then shares with Santiago all that he had for and accomplished in life but could never afford.
Santiago meets an Alchemist who says that usually people only want to find the treasure, but not the thing that is responsible for the treasure itself…and without understanding this simple truth; they will never accomplish all that they wish and will remain unfulfilled.
Along his journey through Egypt, Sanitago meets the a beautiful woman, falls in love and asks her to marry him; however, Fatima insists that he seek out his Personal Legend before they marry. This confuses Santiago, though the Alchemist teaches him that true love never gets in the way of fulfilling one’s dreams. If it does, then it is not true love.
In the end, he realizes that playing it safe is often more threatening to his freedom than taking a risk. You could learn not just how to make money, but how to create real and lasting wealth in all areas of your life and reach your highest potential. .
Imagine if you could implement this lesson into your own life and stop searching for treasures and simply make your word law in the universe.
If you have not yet read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and want to live your fulfilled life, head to your book store and buy it today! It truly is a magical fable about following your dreams…