Kevin Kelly points to an article about Paolo Coelho, author of one of my favorite books, The Alchemist. Coelho's story itself is inspirational, and Kevin makes some great observations. A quote from the article...
"Yet he told me that when he was young his parents thought his dreams of becoming a writer so crazy that they had him committed to a mental hospital. Eventually he became a successful songwriter. An inspiration for aspiring novelists he was almost forty when he wrote his first book. His second The Alchemist, sold so few copies in the first year that his publishers returned the contract saying it would not sell."
The Alchemist has now recorded sales of over 30m worldwide.
One of the themes I keep coming back to is that there is no magic carpet ride to the career of your dreams. If someone else got there, odds are good they got there because they worked hard, and odds are even better that they experienced some bumps in the road along the way.
If you're in the midst of your passion pursuit and find yourself frustrated because the road is feeling rocky, just remember that you're not alone in that. I've not met a single person that has created something very cool in their life that has experienced a smooth ride every step of the way. But it's so incredibly worth it!
Kevin has some interesting observations.
Much can be learned from his story:
- Taking the road less travelled can be a lonely path - initially; but then you open yourself to a life of magic and adventure.
- Believe, engage and watch the map appear before your very eyes. Expect an eventful trip!
- Life is a journey of light and dark, both of which should be embraced.
- Though the major influencers in your life can advocate a certain position - you can still choose differently. Life after all is a journey of choice.