The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
This book written by the Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho - is a very very bad book - in a good way - because it has the potential to change your life upside down !! You can finish it on a weekend - 160 pages is all it is. It traces the journey of Santiago, the shepherd boy who goes in hunt of a treasure.
This book will have a huge impact on your life. While reading and after reading it will leave you disturbed, questioning yourself, and if you had suppressed a dream - a dream of starting your own business, or learning something like guitar which you keep postponing, or going on a crazy bike ride to another city - anything - these dreams will come alive and will dance before you.
The book teaches you to follow your heart. It is as simple as that. In fact all of Paulo Coelho's books have this recurring theme - do not suppress your dream, you have one life and you have to allow it to go where it is destined to go. Do not restrict yourself saying this is all you were born to do - a 9 to 6 job, slogging at work day in and day out. Take risks, and let your heart decide what is to be done - and 9 out of 10 situations your heart will pick the right path.
Go ahead hunt for the treasure by listening to your heart - your heart already knows where the treasure is.
Some memorable quotations from the book:
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
"There is only one way to learn. It's through action."
"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there."
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
If you are interested you can read what I wrote about this book a year back on my personal blog - when I was still working 9 to 6 - http://kvrlogs.blogspot.com/2008/07/alchemist.html