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7 essential life lessons from Paulo Coelho books

These life lessons from Paulo Coelho books can help you become the best version of yourself.

Born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paulo Coelho is one of the most widely read authors in the world. His books have inspired millions of people across the world. According to The Washington Post, Coelho’s magnum opus The Alchemist has been translated into 56 languages in 150 countries and has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide since it was published in 1988. Some of his other works include Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, Veronika Decides to Die, The Pilgrimage, and The Winner Stands Alone.

Through his books, Coelho urges people to challenge how they think, how they see themselves and become their best selves. His expertise lies in answering life’s difficult questions, which can help you change your life for the better. If you are stuck and looking for your purpose in life, reading his books can help you find the path that can steer you in that direction. Here are some of the lessons you can learn from Paulo Coelho’s books.

Embrace solitude to learn more about yourself

Solitude is a state of being alone. This is a time you spend with yourself away from the external influence, which allows you to learn more about yourself and gain insight into your abilities and thoughts. You become more self-aware, which helps you in finding your own unique voice. In his book, Manuscript Found in Accra, Paulo Coelho writes, “Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement. Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. Therefore, blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge. If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.”

Trust your abilities

Trusting your abilities is easily one of the best things you can do for yourself. It can help build your confidence and boost your self-esteem. But it is easier said than done, especially when self-doubt creeps in your life and forces you to question yourself. Although is tough to overcome such negativity, this is exactly the moment you need to believe that you are good enough and that you can overcome the hurdles in your life. In his book, The Winner Stands Alone, Paulo Coelho says, “Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best.”

Never stop dreaming

Whether it is your dream of becoming a successful person or something as small as exercising every day in the morning, when you have something to strive for in life, you stay motivated, energised, and have a reason to get out of bed every morning. This sense of purpose not only provides you with things to do during your day but also adds meaning to your life. In his book The Pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho says, “We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.”

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Don’t let mistakes stop you from taking risks because only when you take a chance in life, you will learn new things and grow as a person. While it is easy to be passive and stay in your comfort zone, such an attitude will never let you access your true potential. Trying new things can help you step into unexplored territories and allow you to learn new things about yourself. In Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho writes, “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say ‘yes’ to life?”

Spread love

Spreading love can make you and others happy. It allows you to tackle the negativity in your life. Also, people feel good when they are with someone upbeat and energetic. And they will most likely respond to you positively. Simple things such as lending a helping hand to someone in need, lending an ear to listen to someone who wants to talk, or just being there for someone when they need you, are enough to make them and you feel better. In his book, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho says, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Life is the biggest teacher

You never really know what life has in store for you. One day you may find yourself on top of the world, but the next day you may struggle to finish a simple task. You can prepare yourself to the best of your abilities to face the unknown challenges that life throws at you, but you don’t know for sure whether or not you will be able to overcome them. Regardless, one thing that these experiences do for you is to provide you with life lessons that no other teacher can teach. In The Fifth Mountain, Paulo Coelho says, “There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”

Live in the present

Living in the present means not thinking about what’s left behind and not worrying about what you have to do later in life. Most of us, tend to replay the good experiences we have had in the past to find joy and plan for the future for the same reason. But amid all that, we usually miss out on the moments that are happening right now. We don’t take the time to enjoy the present moment. While it is okay to look back for lessons to prepare for the future, we must not let what have in front of us pass by. It is important to take breaks and enjoy what life has to offer now. This way, we can live a more fulfilling life.

In his book, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes, “The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children.”


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