My all time favorite book is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho – I am sure it is a favorite of a lot of us. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It is a story about a boy, Santiago, who is on his quest for treasure at the Pyramids of Egypt – it is his Personal Legend.
The book, although is just a story, is pretty much a self-help book. It teaches us that we should all be on a quest for our Personal Legend. We all have a mission – a reason to be here. Some of us are in jobs we don’t like, marriages we are unhappy in, socialize with people we really don’t want to be with – all because we are afraid to change – afraid to give up the security that has become our life.
Do you know what your mission is? I have always had a idea of what would make me happy – what my mission would be, but life has gotten in the way. I found my way into my career, pretty much by taking chances, and having great bosses that gave me the opportunities to take those chances. I left the clinical side of the health care industry to get involved in management, and then in computer systems. Neither of these is fulfilling to me – they gave me a great career, a roof over my head, food on the table and lots of other amenities. But they don’t fill my soul. I am still missing something. Read more… “The Alchemist and my Personal Legend”