These are lessons learned from Paulo Coelho’s “Manuscript Found In Accra“:
- Discipline is important, but it needs to leave doors and windows open to intuition and the unexpected.
- The simplest things in life are the most extraordinary. Let them reveal themselves.
- People who seek only success rarely find it, because success is not an end, but a consequence.
- Real success means enriching your life, not cramming your coffers with gold.
- Do not try to make the road shorter but travel it in such a way that eery action leaves the land more fertile and the landscape more beautiful.
- Respect the time between sowing and harvesting.
- Let us be aware of the forces that move us.
- Be a master of your tongue. Not a slave to your words.
- Scatter your seed wherever you go because we can never know which seeds will grow and flourish.
- “We do not agree about dates or the best way to worship God, but in every other respect, we live together in peace.”
- “What is knowledge? It isn’t the absolute truth about life and death, but the thing that helps us to live and confront the challenges of day-to-day life.”
- Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.
- The defeated are those who never fail because they will never succeed.
- “And blessed be those who say: ‘I’m not brave enough.’ Because they know that it is not someone else’s fault.”
- “Ask the river: ‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is keep flowing in the same direction?’ And the river will answer: ‘I’m not trying to be useful; I’m trying to be a river.'”
- Walk neither faster nor slower than your own soul, because it is your soul that will teach you the usefulness of each step you take.
- Small things are responsible for great changes.
- “‘Difficulty’ is the name of an ancient tool that was created purely to help us define who we are.”
Judgement: This is a great book, similar to “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran. It will take you a day or two to read. Let me know which lesson above applies most to your life right now!