Skip to main content

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

I love a good story. In “The Alchemist”, Paulo Coelho weaves a captivating tale of a shepherd named Santiago who dreams of discovering a hidden treasure located near the Egyptian pyramids. More than just a journey across continents, the novel delves deep into Santiago’s spiritual voyage of self-discovery, love, and destiny. Using evocative prose, Coelho […]
83  / 100
My Rating

I love a good story.

In “The Alchemist”, Paulo Coelho weaves a captivating tale of a shepherd named Santiago who dreams of discovering a hidden treasure located near the Egyptian pyramids. More than just a journey across continents, the novel delves deep into Santiago’s spiritual voyage of self-discovery, love, and destiny. Using evocative prose, Coelho draws readers into an exploration of the universal human question: How do we realize our personal legend, or our purpose in life?

The novel’s strength lies in its powerful simplicity. Through the characters Santiago meets – the wise Alchemist, the Englishman who believes in the language of the universe, and the beautiful desert woman named Fatima – Coelho brings forth the concept that our individual dreams are intrinsically tied to the larger universe. The recurring motif that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” resonates powerfully, encouraging readers to pursue their own dreams fearlessly.

However, the narrative’s allegorical nature might not appeal to everyone, as some may find its philosophical musings repetitive. Still, for those in search of meaning or on their own journey of self-discovery, “The Alchemist” stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration.


Top Five Tips for Leaders Inspired by “The Alchemist”:

  1. Listen to Your Heart: Just as Santiago learns to understand the desires of his heart, leaders should be in tune with their intuition and values, making decisions that align with their true selves.
  2. Embrace Change and Challenges: Growth often comes from adversity. Embrace challenges as opportunities for learning and transformation.
  3. Learn from Everyone: Just as Santiago gains wisdom from everyone he meets on his journey, leaders should be open to learning from all team members, regardless of rank or experience.
  4. Believe in the Journey: The path to success is often winding and uncertain. Trust the process and understand that every step, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is moving you closer to your goal.
  5. Encourage Dreams: Recognize the potential in others and encourage them to pursue their passions, just as the Alchemist did for Santiago.

Top Five Tips for People Joining the British Army Inspired by “The Alchemist”:

  1. Follow Your Personal Legend: Understand why you’re joining the Army. Is it a calling? Passion? Ensure your reasons align with your personal legend or true purpose.
  2. Resilience is Key: Just as Santiago faced many obstacles, you will face challenges in your military journey. Cultivate resilience and grit to overcome them.
  3. Learn Continuously: The Army, like Santiago’s journey, offers endless opportunities for learning. Seize them, and be a lifelong learner.
  4. Value Relationships: Santiago’s encounters enriched his journey. Value the bonds you form in the Army; they can offer support, wisdom, and companionship.
  5. Stay True to Yourself: While discipline and conformity are essential in military life, never lose sight of who you are and what you believe in. Your unique perspectives can be invaluable.
– Jonathan Bowman-Perks

Sign up to my Newsletter

Sign up to Jonathan’s newsletter for regular updates.