The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist favorite quote

And then I’ll have to change my way of life. Well, isn’t that good? I’m already used to the way things are. – The Alchemist – Page 59

Lessons learned from the Alchemist

1. Stop playing the victim

He realized that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief and as an adventurer in quest of a treasure. The Alchemist – Page 44

At some point in life we face a situation where we are a victim. Something happens beyond our control and is not a result of a direct action we take. Unfortunately, because of this many people begin to see themselves as victims and adopt this role and it affects the rest of their lives. Living life with this mentality causes one to constantly settle for less and blame others for everything in life.

The people who are successful in life are able to realize they are an adventurer on a quest and the things happen that is beyond their control they walk right through it as a part of the adventure. When you adopt an adventurer mindset you are able to make it through life’s twists and turns and come out on the other side with the treasure or another clue closer to the treasure.

2. Don’t be afraid of change

And then I’ll have to change my way of life. Well, isn’t that good? I’m already used to the way things are. – The Alchemist – Page 59

Change is so scary for so many people. But change is inevitable and often very necessary. Don’t be afraid of change. Yes it is uncomfortable and yes it can be painful but it is so worth it. We get so used to the way things are that we begin to get comfortable and think it is the best way because it is comfortable. Please, don’t stop growing, don’t stop changing. Challenge yourself as much as you can until you take your last breath.

3. If it were easy it would lose its value.

Imagine if everyone went around transforming lead into gold. Gold would lose its value. It’s only those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the Master Work. – The Alchemist – Page 85

Greatness is expensive and hard work. Too many people are looking for the easy win, the blue pill that skips all the hard work. It doesn’t exist because if it did then it wouldn’t have any value. Most humans just need to get to work and do the hard work of achieving greatness. It requires sacrifice and work but that’s what makes it valuable. You want to have value make it worth it.

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