Book Review: The Alchemist (2)

NB: The (2) in the title means this is the second time I have read this book.

The best book to read straight after 7 Habits! I cannot express this enough. 7 Habits gave the groundwork and then The Alchemist gave the motivation and encouragement. Now I plan to go through the 7 Habits workbook to solidify what I have ‘learnt’ in order to start using the tips and practises in real life.

The Alchemist is a parable of a young man who has decided to follow his destiny. It takes you through his good times but mostly his bad and how he got through them. I won’t go in to the storyline as I don’t want to ruin it but this story is very personal. I believe everyone can read it and see themselves reflected in Santiago (the main character) and take the lessons they need from it at the time of reading.

The first time I read it; while I was at University, I took something completely different from it. I think there’s something poignant about me reading it now at what I think of as a significant time in my life where my decisions are ridiculously important to my future. I have been an impulsive person up until now as I didn’t have a lot to lose and much more to gain from being experimental with my career choices.  Now my decisions are becoming more important, this book will be something I dip into regularly to refresh myself with the importance of Omens, destiny and strength of mind.

The main thing I have taken from reading it this time around is you can achieve your hearts desires only if you put your mind and heart into it. I would love to hear what you take from it! Get in touch 🙂


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