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You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream. – C.S. Lewis  #quote #quotesaboutlife #motivationalquotes #inspirationalquotes #dream #purpose journeytoleadershipblog.com

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

Santiago, humbly raised in the Spanish countryside, loved to read, wanted to travel, see the world and find his “treasure”.

Instead of being a priest like his parents desired, Santiago became a shepherd in order to wander throughout Andalusia.

The “Young Boy” was obsessed with discovering and accomplishing his Personal Legend.

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The Discovery Of A Personal Legend

Everybody has a mission in life, a Personal Legend.

A Personal Legend is what you Always wanted to accomplish ever since you were young.

In your childhood, realizing your Personal Legend seems clear and feasible. However, the older we get, your belief that you can accomplish your Personal Legend seems to get dismantled by a mysterious force.

This mysterious force, made of negativity, deters you but also shows you how to accomplish what you truly want in Life.

The Courage To Pursue Your Personal Legend

Most people are afraid of following their dreams because they are:

  • Told from childhood that they would never achieve their Personal Legend. So, the dream stays buried deep inside of them.
  • Afraid of hurting the people closest to them, without realizing that those closest to them can help achieve their purpose.
  • Frightened by the many obstacles and failures that arise while pursuing their dreams, even if their life is already challenging enough.
  • Scared of realizing their dreams. They tend to fear success and self-sabotage.

On Your Quest Of Self-Discovery

According to Paulo Coelho, the Universe conspires to help us in accomplishing our Personal Legend.

It puts people on our way, good and bad, to guide us and redirect our course. The people we meet on our journey to accomplishing our Personal Legend are also part of the Journey.

Indeed, we can learn everywhere we go, with whomever we are and from everything.

For example, Santiago who has met a number of people on his quest of accomplishing his Personal Legend.

It first started out with a dream: one night, he had a wonderful dream about the Egyptian Pyramids. Then, he went to an old Gypsy woman to have his dream interpreted.

After that, he went to a village to change his book to a bigger one. While reading his new book at a well, he meets an old man who claims to be an old king of Salem and who encouraged the boy to accomplish his Personal Legend and to believe in Omens.

On his journey towards the Egyptian Pyramids, the Young boy sold his sheep and arrived in Tangier. There, needing to cross the Sahara, he met a Dangerous guide who would run away with his money.

After being robbed, the boy wandered to the door of a Crystal Merchant, whose unachieved dream was to travel to the Mecca and who against all odds gave him food, a place to stay, a job and who treated him fairly.

While crossing the Sahara desert, he bumped into an Englishman, believer in omens, avid reader, who introduced him to the discipline of Alchemy.

Stranded in an Oasis in the desert, he fell in love with Fatima, the woman of the desert who taught him Love and that Nothing should hold him back from accomplishing his Personal Legend.

Finally, while starting to learn the language of the desert, he bumped into the Alchemist who would teach him the language of the world and show him that lead can be turned into gold.

Review

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho explores the themes of following your dreams and achieving self-awareness while doing so.

The Alchemist, through the journey of Santiago the shepherd, helps you identify who and why you are.

This whole book is a metaphor for travel and purpose. Furthermore, each character represents a stage in the life of a person. In addition, I am not used to reviewing fiction but this book was long overdue.

The story of the protagonist Santiago is very relatable, applicable to every stage of our lives, and easily interpreted. Sometimes, we have ups and downs but if we stay focused on our dreams, we really achieve our purpose in the end.

I truly recommend this book for people who have spent their lives not achieving their purpose or who refuse to become bitter. It gives hope and comfort. It lets you know that it is never too late to accomplish your Personal Legend.

Let me know below what you think about this book!

Favorite quote(s)

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

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.

“People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being,” said the old man, with a certain bitterness. “Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too. But that’s the way it is.”

[…]intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life[…]

[…] before a dream is realized, the Soul of 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.

Ratings 4/5

About the author

Paulo Coelho

 

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Paulo Coelho is an internationally known brazilian author.

Paulo Coelho is the author of the Best Selling novel The Alchemist.

56 Most Inspirational Quotes To Lift Your Spirits

2020 has been rough so far…

It seems like everything has hit the fan.

We have individually and collectively been through a lot.

To lift our spirits up a little bit, I have put together a few quotes that describes what I feel right now.

Hopefully, they will inspire our day to day!

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  1. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do. – Rob Siltanen

  3. A Clear Vision, Backed By Definite Plans, Gives You A Tremendous Feeling Of Confidence And Personal Power. – Brian Tracy

  4. It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up. – Vince Lombardi

  5. Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough. – Og Mandino

  6. We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated. – Maya Angelou

  7. We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action. – Dr. Henry Link

  8. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. – Benjamin Disraeli

  9. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein

  10. The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. – Zig Ziglar

  11. The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

  12. Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident. Arthur Schopenhauer

  13. The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi

  14. Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield

  15. Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not. George Bernard Shaw

  16. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

  17. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  18. Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

  19. Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

  20. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

  21. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

  22. An obstacle is often a stepping stone. Prescott

  23. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey

  24. We become what we think about. Earl Nightingale

  25. Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt

  26. It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny

  27. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. – Bob Marley

  28. I love those who can smile in trouble. – Leonardo da Vinci

  29. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. – Marcus Aurelius

  30. Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth. – Arthur Schopenhauer

  31. You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. – William W. Purkey

  32. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard

  33. Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. – Naval Ravikant

  34. Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. – Naval Ravikant

  35. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde

  36. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.  Ludwig Jacobowski

  37. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

  38. Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. – Eleanor Roosevelt

  39. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

  40. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

  41. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein

  42. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

  43. Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. – Neil Strauss

  44. The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. – Tony Robbins

  45. Your best life will not be found in comfort. It will be found in fighting for what you believe in. – Maxime Lagacé

  46. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou

  47. The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. – William James

  48. In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

  49. When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

  50. I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward. – David Livingston

  51. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. – Christopher Reeve

  52. Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. – Mario Fernandez

  53. When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something. – Anita Krizzan

  54. Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. – Steve Maraboli

  55. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

  56. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Last Words Of Advice!

I hope that you guys enjoyed these amazing quotes and have gained some inspiration.

Comment below if you know any great quotes that we missed out on!

 

 

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103 Questions Every Leader Should Answer To Get To Know Themselves Better

We spend most of the time with ourselves.

We go through life’s pains and joys with ourselves.

We are out best friend or worst enemies but we don’t really take the time to get to know ourselves.

How can we lead the way if we don’t  really know ourselves?

Indeed, leadership is all about self-improvement.

To be a great leader, you need to start by leading yourself.

Below are 50 questions that will send you on the path of self-discovery.

Wondering which questions you should pose to get to know yourself better?

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Childhood

1. What is your best childhood memory?

2. What is your worst childhood memory?

3. Which best describes how you were as a child?

4. What advice would you give your younger self?

5. What is the best advice you have ever received growing up?

6. If you went back to school, what would you major in?

Self-Image

7. How do you visualize yourself?

8. What do you like the most about yourself?

9. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?

10. What makes you unique?

11. What is your best quality?

12. What would you say is your kryptonite?

13. What are your skills, strengths and weaknesses?

14. What personality traits do you value the most in yourself?

15. What character traits do you value the most in yourself?

16. What personality or character traits turn you off?

17. What would you like to improve about yourself?

Mindset

18. What is your system of belief?

19. What are your 5 main core values?

20. Who and what fulfills you?

21. How well do you embrace solitude?

22. What do you think of before you go to bed?

23. If you had one last day to live, what would you do?

24. What do you believe to be true about the world?

25. If you could know the absolute truth to one question, what would you ask?

Comfort Zone

26. Where do you feel most comfortable?

27. What gets you out of your comfort zone?

28. How would you describe your perfect day?

29. What makes your day better?

30. What inspires you the most?

Life & Self-Actualization

31. What would you do differently if you could go back in time?

32. What is the worst that ever happened to you?

33. What is the most insane thing you have ever done in life?

34. What was one of the most amazing moments in your life?

35. What is the most valuable lesson have you learned in life?

36. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned about yourself?

37. What do you want to achieve next year? In five years?

38. Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

39. What would you say is your purpose is in life?

40. What do you expect most from yourself?

41. What do you look forward to the most in life?

42. What do you think is missing in your life?

43. What area of your life would you like to improve the most?

44. What legacy do you want to leave on the world?

45. When do you have the most energy?

46. Where would you ideally want to live?

Career

47. What is your best work experience?

48. What is your worst work experience?

49. What was your childhood dream profession?

50. Are you sure about your current career path?

51. What is your dream job and is it attainable? 

52. If you didn’t have a care in the world, what would you do?

Skillset

53. Are you comfortable with change?

54. What’s your decision-making style?

55. What is your leadership style?

56. What is your communication style?

57. When you have something exciting to share, how do you tell people?

Goals & Success

58. How do you define success?

59. What are your greatest accomplishments?

60. What do you want to accomplish someday? 

61. What are the obstacles that you regularly face?

62. What is one obstacle that you have overcome?

63. If money wasn’t an object, what would you do?

64. What is holding you back from achieving your goals?

65. What are your greatest regrets in life?

66. What keeps you up at night?

67. Has there been a time where you felt like a failure before?

68. How did you handle being or feeling like a failure?

69. Where do you get your best ideas?

Habits

70. How do you start your day? 

71. How do you rate your health habits?

72. What bad habit would you like to eliminate and why?

73. What good habits would you like to acquire?

74. Are your habits helping or hindering you from reaching your goals?

Emotions

75. What are your emotional triggers?

76. What really makes you angry?

77. What emotionally charges or drains you?

78. What is your worst fear?

79. When and why did you last cry?

Fun Activities

80. What is the most beautiful place you have ever been to?

81. What is your favorite or ideal travel destination?

82. What is your favorite way to travel?

83. Which movie title best describes your life?

84. Which TV shows or genres describe you the most?

85. What is your favorite book to read?

86. Which quote or lyric resonates most with you?

87. What is your favorite joke?

88. What are your favorite meals?

89. What activity brings you the most joy?

90. What are your passions and hobbies?

91. Which hobby or activity you would like to take on?

92. What is you favorite thing to do on a given day?

93. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Your Interactions With Others

94. What do you like the most about your support system?

95. Do you enjoy giving or accepting compliments?

96. Who are you closest to?

97. Who is closest to you?

98. How would your friends describe you?

99. What do you think people misunderstand about you?

100. What is the question you would like to ask people but are too afraid to do so?

Mentorship

101. Who inspires you?

102. Who is your ideal mentor?

103. Who do you model your behavior after and why?

Last Words Of Advice!

You may not be able to answer all these questions in one sitting.

However, you can always come back to these questions and work on your answers.

Just the mere fact that you are reading this says that you are on your way to self-discovery.

 

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