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100 most influential books

Brian Johnson’sPhilosophersNotes

18-paulo-coelho

18-paulo-coelho

More Wisdom in Less TimeTMTHE 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:

It’s your birthright.

The Warrior of the Light

Are you one?

If You’re 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 God’s Risks!

And LIVE!!!

“We all have the ability… we just don’t all have

our dreams and to follow the courage to follow

the signs.”

Paulo CoelhoA Look at Some of My Favorite Big Ideas“A philosophy of life: I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure.”~ Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your DreamPaulo 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.” That’s how I feel when I read Coelho’s stuff and I’m 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 haven’t read any of his stuff yet, I’d 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 Paulo’s weekly syndicated newspaper column).)I’m pretty sure I’ve read all of his published books and I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas from a bunch of my favorites. Let’s 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, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s 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 DreamThis is the essence of The Alchemist (and a theme that runs through ALL of Coelho’s work): If you have a deep-felt desire, something you TRULY want, it’s the universe begging to express itself through you.To be clear, we’re not talking about something you want because you think it’ll impress people or you’ve been told you should have it, etc. We’re talking about something that MOVES you and stirs your soul! When you’ve got THAT flowin’ through you, relax, know that it’s something much (!) bigger than you that’s itchin’ for expression. AND, know that you wouldn’t have that desire in the first place if you also didn’t have the mojo to bring it to life. Emerson and Goethe say the same thing:Emerson: “There’s nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.” (Translation: Nature doesn’t play around!!! If you can dream it, you can achieve it! :)Goethe: “Desire is the presentiment of our inner abilities, and the forerunner of our ultimate accomplishments.”

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