Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is one of the most inspiring and beloved authors on the planet (can you believe he’s sold over 100 million copies of his books in 150 languages?!?) and in this Note we'll explore some of my favorite Big Ideas from a bunch of his great books. We'll explore the one great truth that when we *really* want something, it's because the desire originated in the soul of the universe and the fact that the extraordinary is the birthright of all of us. I love Paulo and trust you will, too, if you don't already!

“A philosophy of life: I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure.”

~ Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

Paulo 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 languageseasily 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!

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Brian Johnson

Founder + CEO of Heroic