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Unformatted text preview: Paulo Coelho Copyright Philosophers Notes, LLC page 1 Paulo Coelho A Look at Some of My Favorite Big Ideas The Big Ideas One Great Truth The universe conspires... The Fear of Suffering Is the greatest threat. What Makes a Dream Impossible to achieve? The Extraordinary: Its your birthright The Warrior of the Light Are you one? If Youre Going to Fall... Climb! Bare Your Scars Like medals. Statutes For the New Millennium. Life Is Like A great bicycle race. The Art of Trying Something new! :) 90% There = Half-way there! Run Gods Risks! And LIVE!!! The Big Ideas GET YOUR WISDOM ON A philosophy of life: Im an adventurer, looking for treasure. ~ Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite human beings on the planet. I like to say I know a great book when I finish it and say, The person who wrote that is a *really* good person. Thats how I feel when I read Coelhos stuff and Im obviously not alone as his books have sold more than 100 (!!!) million copies in 150 different countries and have been translated into 60 different languages. Easily making him not only one of the coolest guys on the planet but one of the most read and influential! :) If you havent read any of his stuff yet, Id suggest you start with the magical fable, The Alchemist , where we meet a shepherd in pursuit of his dreams who discovers that when someone truly wants something, the Universe conspires to help him get it. (Some of my other favorites include Veronika Decides to Die (which is now a movie starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (see trailer here)) and Warrior of the Light and Like the Flowing River (thoughts and reflections from Paulos weekly syndicated newspaper column).) Im pretty sure Ive read all of his published books and Im excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas from a bunch of my favorites. Lets jump in! :) One Great Truth There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, its because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. Its your mission on earth... And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ~ from The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream This is the essence of The Alchemist (and a theme that runs through ALL of Coelhos work): If you have a deep-felt desire, something you TRULY want, its the universe beg- ging to express itself through you. To be clear, were not talking about something you want because you think itll impress people or youve been told you should have it, etc. Were talking about something that MOVES you and stirs your soul! When youve got THAT flowin through you, relax, know that its something much (!) bigger than you thats itchin for expression. AND, know that you wouldnt have that desire in the first place if you also didnt have the mojo to bring it Paulo Coelho...
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