Book Profile: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

By Sophia Brewer


“When you really want something, the Universe will conspire to help you achieve it”–Paulo Coelho

The opening quote to this article is an excerpt from “The Alchemist” and is one that I remind myself of constantly whenever I open up an email from numerous communication positions I apply to that start off with, “We regret to inform you…” Any of my (currently) unemployed young professionals out there know the rest.

I interpret the passage to mean when you really take chances and put your energy in working towards something that is in alignment with your dreams, the right things and people tend to fall into place.

International bestselling book, The Alchemist has sold more than 30 million copies in 65 different languages and won the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.

Originally published in 1988 by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, the allegorical novel is centered upon a young Andalusian boy named Santiago that continues to have a reoccurring dream about discovering a treasure. After speaking with an elderly gypsy to seek clarity on his vision, Santiago is informed that his treasure can be located near the Egyptian pyramids.

After making the decision to leave home in order to fulfill his personal mission of going after his dreams, Santiago faces many obstacles that will have him questioning if it is all really worth it.

From the novel, I grasped the perception that it is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and being opened to following your destiny, no matter the hindrances, and always trusting your instincts.

I found this book to be so powerful that it served as my guide in helping me make the decision to leave Atlanta and move to NYC with no job offers in sight. Of course, I sought the counsel of various individuals for advice; some were positive and some were discouraging. However, in the end my opinion was the only one that mattered. So as nervous as I was and unsure of the outcome, I feel that this was the best choice I have ever made.   If anyone is looking for some inspiration that will assist them in making major life decisions or just looking for a good read, The Alchemist is for you.

About the Author, Sophia Brewer

sophia-brewerSophia Brewer is a transplant to NYC from Atlanta, Ga. She obtained a M.A Journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from CAU. Throughout her studies, she interned at top news stations in Chicago and Atlanta. In addition, she served as a Publicity Assistant for a NFL player.


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