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Book Content: "The Alchemist" by Paul Coelho

When Kathleen O & # 39; Grady, the founder and CEO of Raleigh Coaching, suggested I read this book, I could tell she was excited about me … and for good reason. Coelh's book was written 25 years ago and it is just as important today.

Alchemist is the story of a Spanish boy Santiago who loves his life as a shepherd and the time he gives him to read books and dream. Santiago wanted to travel from a young age, and a shepherd takes him across the country and from village to village, selling his wool. However, he longs for more; wanting to travel further, experience new things and "get to know the world".

In his quest, Santiago meets many people who have a profound influence on him. For example, one day he visits a Gypsy who he hopes can interpret a recurring dream in which a child tells Santiago that he will find a hidden treasure if he travels to the Egyptian pyramids. The gypsy has difficulty understanding the meaning of her dream, but she says it Santiago must travel to the Egyptian pyramids, because they will "find there treasure that will make him (the rich man)."

Skeptical of the Gypsies, Santiago continues with his pastors. In another encounter, an old man explains that the book Santiago is reading describes "the inability of people to choose their own Personal legends, "which, he explains, are things that people have always wanted to accomplish. Basically, that someone's personal legend is theirs mission on earth and their only real obligation. Santiago is curious about his personal legend and how close or far he is.

The old woman also tells Santiago Fr. the biggest lie in the world: that at some point in our lives, we lose control of what is happening to us and that our life becomes controlled by destiny. That there is a mysterious force that over time convinces each of us that it is impossible to realize our personal legend. The old woman tells Santiago that he should not believe this lie and instead suggests it when a person really wants something, the universe conspires in their favor and helps them achieve it. Santiago reflects on his many life experiences and wonders how the universe has helped him progress toward his (still unidentified) Personal Legend.

Another of Santiago's encounters is with a crystal merchant who doesn't like change, doesn't dream, and has owned and operated the same crystal sales business in the same location for 30 years. The merchant explains to Santiago that he does not dream because he fears that if that dream comes true, he will have no reason to live. And that he is too he feared that actually his achievement would be a disappointment compared to what she imagines it would be, so she prefers to only dream about it rather than follow it.

Santiago stays in that Moroccan village and works for a crystal trader who over time comes to appreciate Santiago's life aspiration and the realization of his dreams. He also believes that every neglected blessing becomes a curse and ultimately sees how vast his opportunities are; and that they dream of following them, saying "there is simply no way to contain the river."

After working with the crystal merchant for 11 months, Santiago decides to travel to the Pyramids to see if the Gypsy is correct that he will find his treasure there. He had some doubts, but he realized that making a decision was just the beginning of things. And that, when you make a decision, "dive into the strong current that will (take) you to places (you never dreamed of)"As Santiago travels by caravan through the desert toward the Pyramid, he feels it the closer he is to his Personal Legend, the more he becomes the real reason for being.

He comes to see that the obstacles a person faces during his journey to his personal legend are similar to the problems a caravan encountered during the desert.: large rocky areas, sand that was too fine for camel hooves, dried up lakes, terrible sandstorms, etc. But regardless of the number of slopes and adjustments, the caravan was constantly moving towards the same destination, just as Santiago sought to remain focused on his personal legend.

Santiago took risks during his quest, facing dangers and overcoming numerous obstacles, but he diligently returned to his direction. He discovered that the threat of death makes people much more aware of their lives and he came to believe what Allah said: people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want. And he understood that once you really commit to realizing your personal legend so that you can no longer return, then you only have to worry about the best way to go about ward.

In the end, Santiago found his personal legend while traveling the pyramids, but that was not what he envisioned, such as material wealth or fame. Learning that wherever your heart is, you will find your treasure there – and focus being and I'm becoming, not only working. He also learned that anyone who meddles in a Personal Legend of another thing will never discover their own.

He saw that people were afraid of fulfilling their most important dreams, because they felt that they did not deserve them or that they would not be able to achieve them. And that there is only one thing that disables sleep: the fear of failure. But that's it fear suffering is often worse than suffering itself.

One last thought in this book: The search for one's personal legend (a mission on earth) may seem like a big future-oriented act. However, Santiago has learned to appreciate life in the present and the dangers of living in the past or future. "If you pay attention to the present, you can improve it. And, if you improve the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future and live each day in accordance with the teachings, convinced that God loves your children. Every day, by itself, brings with it eternity."