The Alchemist ReCapped

I said that I would not want to write a book report… but I feel like the book is good enough to at least write a second blog post about it :).  If you have stumbled on this page and wonder why we have gotten so off topic, understand that I am on a journey that started with my dog, Allie.  The Alchemist is a book that has gotten me to continue to journey with flexibility and I feel like having boundaries on this site as to what I can talk about is against the will of every cell in my body…

My biggest nugget from The Alchemist and my conversation with Mr. Gary a business owner of many things including a towing service here in Lafayette…

From reading the book, I have come up with a list of questions that I will start to practice to ask myself when deciding to move forward on a project or commit my time.  At dinner with Zoey, I went through the series of questions with Mr. Gary and his answers were interesting, opening my mind to the fact that we don’t have to like the job or task of the employees to run the business.  I’ve learned that Mr. Gary’s a true business owner and enjoy putting a team together to make money.  He has the knowledge needed to run the numbers, secure funding, and minimize his risk as a business owner.  Below are the series of questions and Mr. Gary’s answers.

Before Committing, Stay Curious and Ask:

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So… I joined a book club!

After reading/listening to “The Alchemist”, and realizing that I may have been living under a rock, I decided to stop watching TV and start reading more books.  Well not really reading, I’ll listen to them since I have a 15 to 20 minute commute to and from School sometimes twice in one day… And if I have dinner at Zoey’s, maybe I’ll have a book for Mr. Gary to checkout.  I picked up Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Influences the Way we Live” and did a little research on it before I invested my travel times to it… It seems like it will be a great book.  I checked a Ted Talk that she did a while back and it got me intrigued.

She’s a self proclaimed researcher on the subject of guilt and shame…  She also claims to be a researcher/storyteller.  The audio book was under $12 on ibooks and its only 4 hours long at 2 times audio.  I started listening to my books faster to save time and still through the material.  At times, I Continue reading “So… I joined a book club!”

My Thoughts on The Alchemist

Wow, what a great book… I’m not sure why I’ve never heard of this book.  After listening and letting it suck me in, I wanted to spread the word.  It turns out that this book is a internationally known and translated into over 65 languages selling over 145 million copies.  After finding these facts I feel like I was living under a rock, ha.  Then I realized that I am curious to learn more.  My mind is young :).

I’m not in love with giving a book report, or am I all about giving the story away…

I feel like it should be a required reading for freshmen in college or a graduation present to anyone that has just graduated high school.

I posted a link to order the book on tape yesterday… if you wanna listen you go here.

The book will relate to almost anyone, the person who is exploring and the person that is grounded.  Its speaks about the nomadic shepherd and the storekeeper, the psychology behind their decisions to chose the way they make money, and pointed out the way one looks at the other pasture and sees it as greener at times.

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Dinner at Zoey’s: The Alchemist

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I went to dinner last night at Zoey’s house, her dad Mr. Gary is really successful and their house is really nice.  Zoey is an only child and they don’t have any pets, so it’s nice and quiet so that we can get a lot of work done.

Karen’s mom, Joy, keeps the house really well organized and everything seems to be right on schedule.  Mr. Gary gets in from the office, the dinner is served and we all sit down to eat.  It’s great we can actually sit down together and speak about our days.  Mrs. Joy had us all go around the table and speak about the roses and thorns of the day.  The first time I had dinner with them, I was unprepared as we rarely can get everyone at the table at my house, and when we do, there is no way we can have an adult conversation.

So we went around the table and I shared the fact that I had started a new blog and got it up and running.  Mr. Gary wanted to hear more and asked us loads of questions.  I shared with him the idea of people and their pets, and pointed out that their family didn’t have pets… He quickly responded, we don’t have a whole lotta kids either, and started talking about being flexible with our time and not being weighed down with too many obligations that don’t align with your ultimate goal.  He knew that we were at a point in our life that we were gonna be looking for the next step.  Mr. Gary seems to be  a really smart guy that said for us to use our free time while in school to figure out what we really want to do.  He says that school and grades are important, but life is about the journey.  Be curious and explore so that we lose the fear of wondering what the next step is.  Mr. Gary said to have a plan, but understand that the plan will probably change!  He recommended that we read a book called The Alchemist if we Continue reading “Dinner at Zoey’s: The Alchemist”

I’ve been doing some soul searching…

I’m in business school right now and have been taking some courses in psychology and find it fascinating.  I’ve never studied human behavior, but I’m very curious to notice people’s behavior and pay attention to the pets or company that they keep.

I find it interesting that most people that have pets, love their pets just like they are part of the family.  Some people are cat people, some are dog people.  While others love birds, snakes, turtles, fish, ferrets, squirrels, raccoons, and I know this one guy that had an iguana that he took everywhere he went.

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