The Alchemist! The Alchemist! The Alchemist!
Author: Paulo Coehlo
Length of Book: 182 pages (including “about the author”)
I’m so extra, but The Alchemist was such a pleasurable read that I had to type the name 3 times.
The Alchemist tells the story of a boy on a journey to find his personal legend. The author does a magnificent job at allowing the reader to constantly pull from the lessons the boy is learning and perfectly place them into our own lives. This is more than a story of motivation. It is a story that reminds you that your journey is not meant to be easy. However, in the midst of everything it is imperative to keep moving toward your personal legend. The reader is reminded that obstacles are inevitable, but the key to success is not giving up. When you truly want something and are working diligently toward it, the entire Universe will conspire to make it so.
It surprised me to find that so many people gave this book such low ratings. However, as I proceeded to read the comments that accompanied the 1 and 2 star ratings it quickly became obvious what the problem was. Many of the reviews read something along the likes of “it is ridiculous to believe that you can achieve something just because you want it bad enough”. I am willing to bet money that those that feel this way are deeply unhappy with their own lives and are not in a place where they can openly accept that things can get better for them. It is also very possible that they are simply bitter because they do not have the fortitude or the perceived opportunity to pursue their own personal legends. This is not shade, but simply an opinion based on observation, as I was truly shocked to see so many people unhappy with the book.
This book should motivate the hell out of you!
If you are trying to find yourself, or have recently discovered what you want out of this lifetime, this book is for you. If you have known what your dreams and goals are for quite a while but seem to be going through a hiccup, this book is for you also.
I do not believe the book is meant to be deep. However, it can be used as a tool to help you get in gear and keep pushing toward your goals!
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. If you have already read it come leave a review here! I would love to see what you think!