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LiLTweeks: From Author Paulo Coelho of The Alchemist


The Internet is loaded with gems archived in queue and ready to shine enormous amounts of light onto any corner of your mind you dare to discover.

Wisdom by Will

At the bottom of Annie Hart’s blog is a Youtube video titled Will’s Wisdom by TheMindGuru I hadn’t seen it, but you may have on one link or another. There was this one clip I remember of Will Smith’s interview with Tavis Smiley where he mentioned The Alchemist having been his favorite book. Some how author Paulo Coelho got bumped from my reading list over the years. I saw the video as a good omen and promptly went out and picked up and read The Alchemist.

I tend to do some sort of research on every project I undertake. This time a Google search landed me on a Harper-Collins’ 2008 Blogtalkradio podcast of both Paulo Coelho and the new film project’s director and actor Laurence Fishburne.

Worth every bit of Paulo press

Rather than elaborate on an iconic novel that has been translated in more languages than any other living authors book, I’ll share some of the most interesting highlights and comparisons made while listening to the radio show. I believe these lessons from Paulo will encourage someone thinking of starting a new career later in life. The discouraged author will find renewed drive for his passion. And if you feel like you are loosing everything [including your mind] you will find hope in Paulo’s story. Like millions of others, I was inspired by Santiago’s journey and thought I’d introduce his author to you.

• Published in over 60 languages, distributed in 150 countries, over 100 million sold.
• He started a new career writing his first book at 40, The Pilgrimage.
• The Alchemist was a metaphor of why it took so long to write his first book.
• Paulo came up with the title first. He said it came to him before knowing what he would write about.
• The Alchemist was considered no good and turned down at first.
• The book sold only two books the first month and a mere 900 the first year.
• Paulo was committed insane before writing the book.
• He was homeless and lived through much adversity.
• Completed several books that never made it to the press because he didn’t feel they deserved to.
• Values all his published works as equals because he has given his all to each project.
• Paulo says the book is successful because the reader likes it and tells someone else, not because of anything special the publisher is doing.

What’s really holding you back from making it happen?

Stay focused. Stay confident. Be bold and publish magical stories,
Carter | @laroncarter

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  1. March 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Oh LaRon, I love this! I love Paolo Coelho, he is one of my favorite authors and the Alchemist was life changing for me. I found it many years ago at a tiny bookstore in Little Rock, Arksansas. It wasn’t even famous then but the colors of the cover enticed me to pick it up and it was pure magic. How hopeful to read how hard his path was, encouraging for all of us writers and creative magicians. Thanks for your wisdom and insight!
    Annie

  2. March 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Annie, I hear you load and clear. From one content creator to another, sometimes all we need is a dose of inspiration from a fellow storyteller to ignite the creative magic brewing inside. May your week be filled with wonderful stories, Sister.
    Carter | @laroncarter

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