Title: The alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Genre: Selfhelp/ Self-development
My Rating: 8/10
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, a shepherd. He has one big wish and that is to see the rest of the world. Every night he gets the same dream and that dream made him look for this treasure. After a long journey and a lot of obstacles, he meets the alchemist in Egypt. The alchemist is a very wise and spiritual man.
When Paulo wrote this book, it wasn’t immediately a huge success. It took years before this book became a bestseller after an American translated it and celebrities were seen with this book. Paulo could have stopped after his first publisher broke the contract but he didn’t and it became a bestseller.
This is not a book that everyone should read because not everyone is interested in self-improvement and spirituality. But when you are interested in that and even the law of attraction, this might be the right book. You have to be open-minded.
Another tip I can give you is you should write everything down that sounds interesting. Or when you buy the physical book, take notes on the sidelines. Eventually, I wrote a lot of things down. Of course, you have to do something with the information you get while reading this book. I mean, you could read 100 self-help books but if you stay the same person, nothing will ever change. That is another free tip I want to give you. Read this book, write things down and then work on yourself. This book will only give you advice basically. You still have to do the work and never give up. Some people give up way too easily and you shouldn’t do that.
Another thing Paulo mentioned in this book is you should never listen to what other people are saying. Especially with social media these days. It is so easy to leave a hate comment these days. But if you ever get any hate comments, know that it is not you. It says more about the person who wrote that comment.
These are just two things that I’ve learned from this book but as I said, it is a great book for everyone interested in self-help or self-development. Maybe it sounds boring because it is about a Shephard but you will notice the important stuff when you pay attention.