Paulo Coelho

"One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving."

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

1. Do what makes you happy

Santiago's (the main character of the story) father wanted him to be a priest but he wanted to travel the world. Later on he chose to be a shepherd and was happy with life despite making less money.

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2. Be aware of our personal calling

What is personal calling?

It is God's blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our destiny.

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3. We fear nothing but fear itself

Fear holds us back and stops us from taking risks. Any new pursuit requires entering uncharted territory - that's scary. But with any great risk comes great reward. 

The experiences you gain in pursuing your dream will make it all worthwhile.

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4. Never Give Up

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. Because the eighth time could be your breakthrough.

The boy in the story lost his gold (all the money) about 2 times during his journey. But that didn't stop him pursuing his destiny. He worked again and again to earn more money and keep chasing his dreams.

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5. Be ready to be tested

Before a dream is realized, the World tests everything that was learned along the way.

It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we've learned as we've moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up.

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