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Paulo Coelho's 5 Smartest Advice for Students

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When Paolo Coelho wrote and released "The Alchemist," his first publisher dropped the book because the sales were bad. Fortunately, he found another publisher who had more faith in it and the rest became history. "The Alchemist" encourages a person to reconsider how he views life and helped establish Coleho as an inspirational writer. Here are some of the smartest advice from the book that will prove helpful how you view life not only as a student but in general.

Action is the first step to success

Success will not come if you don't take a step first. Taking action is also the only way to learn. You can study more, read more, listen more but if you don't take any action, all those knowledge remains a knowledge. On the other hand, success comes when you turn that knowledge into action.

Compensate your weakness with your strength

All of us have their own weaknesses and strengths. However, weaknesses should not stop you from being successful and earning the respect of others. Instead, focus on your strength instead of your weakness.

Persevere

In "The Alchemist," there's a quote there that says if you really want something, the universe conspires in helping you get that dream. There might be something you'll encounter that will make you doubt your dream but yo have to keep your focus and be obsessed with your dream.

Rejection is normal

Paulo loved writing and believes in himself. He recounted a story where he passed some of his poetry in a reputable magazine but got humiliated in return. He took it personally at first but eventually got over the rejection. The experience encouraged him to make himself better.

Getting a corporate job does not necessarily mean success

Getting a job in the corporate world might pay you a lot of money but that does not necessarily mean success. Doing what you love doing is a gift that only a few enjoys but not impossible to achieve.

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