Paulo Coelho is definitely one of the greatest and most popular author of the 21st century. Of course, his greatest creations are made in the past 50 years, but the need for his wisdom and rationalism is strongest today. People live in total prison of the consumerist and dynamic lifestyle. People often forget that they have a spiritual side too and decide to neglect their souls, while they bury their heads deeper in the ignorance made of materialistic conformism.
The wisdom of Coelho and his brilliant mind represent a true masterpiece of enlightenment called the Alchemist. In this article we share the most popular passages and lessons from this epic book that will help you improve your life and become fulfilled.
1. Fear is one of the biggest obstacle in life, bigger than the true obstacles
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
Exploring new ‘terrains’ may be painful and dramatic for most of us. We’ve all feared from the unknown, but deep inside, we have the greatest virtues out of all living beings on Earth. We are extremely adaptible and we have the opportunity to use our intelligence fast and base our decisions rationally. Fear is our abstract enemy that should be used only as motivation to become stronger and grow bigger, not to retreat and surrender.
2. The truth will always endure
“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
The truth can’t be reshaped- it is original and powerful. The truth will always stay firm and whenever you’re looking for the ‘right’ decision, be true to yourself.
3. Put an end to monotony
“When each day is the 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.”
Monotony is a silent killer. Do not let yourself fall in monotony’s traps. Be stable and strong, but be always open to changes and try to implement new content in life as soon as possible.
4. Embrace the present
“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.”
Let the past go… This is one of the best piesces of advice ever! Your existence is here and now, also, you need to remain in the best shape possible for better tomorrow. There is no point dwelling in the past.
5. Your success has a ripple-effect
“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
Your changes are your personal evolution. You can evolve faster by becoming the better version of yourself and, of course, bringing new activities and extending your list of contacts.
6. Be deceisive!
“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he has never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
Everybody knows how hard it is to enter the unknown and fight battles that you don’t know the outcome of. However, you MUST make the decision! Wasting time in unnecessary overthinking and delaying the decision will only make the outcome worse.
7. Let your imagination break free
“I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.”
Your imagination defines your spirt, among the other things that represent your individuality. You will be a lot happier and will have lot better achievements in life if you let your imagination free.
8. Keep getting back up
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
Never surrender and never give in! Your faith determines your success, so if you want to be a sucessful and fulfilled person you have to believe in yourself first, then to expected others to believe in yourself.
9. Follow your own path
“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
Others will always try to share their influence. You just don’t have to be easy target. It’s good to exchange views and opinion, but you have to always follow your own path and focus on your own journey. Of course, you will have to defend your views and opinion, but don’t engage in uselss confrontations.
10. Be the one to take action
“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action.”
The best way to earn experience and learn new things is by TRYING them. The pragmatic approach in life will bring great virtues to your personality.
Inspired by Thai Nguyen Huffington Post.