This is Sun Tzu’s Art of War meets Marcus Aurelius’ Meditation. It is a short book filled with one liners of what constitute a perfect person – with all their demeanour, mentality, and flaws – in the eyes of Paulo Coelho. It serves as a manual on how to act and behave in many different situations, and it also provides us with plenty of strategies to best deal with anything that life throws at us.
Weirdly, or perhaps unsurprisingly, the universal messages in the book really resonate with what I’m going through in general. All the aspirations that I want to achieve, all the struggles that I’m facing, and the ultimate person whom I want to become, all perfectly portrayed by Coelho in the book. I guess this is why he’s one of the best writers in the world. This book is simply unmissable, definitely worth re-reading in years to come.