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Master the Lessons we’ve Learned

Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I recently finished reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. I highly recommend it to everyone.

I learned some things about myself as I read through it. If I read it again in 6 months, I would learn something totally different.

As we all go through this journey of life, we move through different phases or stages. The story told in the book will be impactful based on the current phase you are in.

From the quote above, this is the main topic I learned from the book based on my current phase of life:  “master the lessons we’ve learned”.

Duder’s Challenge

In my transformation journey, I have learned and incorporated many new ideas and aspects into my life. However, as I reflect, I am asking myself, have I truly mastered these lessons?

I am now doing an exercise, re-evaluating the ideas and new things have had the greatest impact. I will revisit them and start to truly master them.

As an example of something I am working to truly master, I joined my local Toastmaster club about a year ago. It is a great place to practice your speaking and communication skills.

Every year, Toastmasters has a competition for different types of speeches. I am competing in the International Speech Competition, 5 to 7 minute speech category.  These are bracket style competitions where you can eventually end up at the final rounds that includes winners from around the world.

So far, I have won 1st place at my club, my area, and my district, and next round is division.

Do the things to master the lessons you have learned.

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