I have just finished reading The Alchemist. This was a great and quick read for any of you that are looking for a little inspiration. Below, I will highlight a few key points that I took away from the book. Watch the 50 video at the end and listen to the lyrics. Turn shit into gold people….
“…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. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon’. Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
This is all too common. Most people finally have the balls to go after what they want and then they start on that path and give up within months, weeks or even days. No one will ever get success that fast or realize their dreams that fast. If you did, it wouldn’t last. Quick success is like a brilliant explosion by a bomb. It is quickly powerful, but if you try to re-capture it, you can’t. You only get one explosion out of it.
You will be ‘severely tested’ on your way to realizing your dreams. This means things are going to get uncomfortable, you are going to be tired, you are going to want to quit and 99% of the people out there will quit. You must do everything you can to fortify your spirit and will and then you will realize that you have a huge advantage over 99% of people because you know they are going to quit at some point, you just need to stay in the race on your path to your dreams. If people were given quick success, it wouldn’t mean anything. And to achieve lasting success you must have the mind, body and spirit in alignment. Use the gym to mold your mindset, push through when the reps hurt and get tough. Take time to clear your mind out for your journey. A clear mind is one that can be used to access your creativity and you certainly will need to be creative on your journey as obstacles come up. Definitely check this book out.