Paulo Coelho: I had a dream I could no longer live without fulfilling
PAULO: In 1982, I was already married to Christina, and I had a good job. But I was not happy. It was the enthusiasm thing. So I said, “Christina, we have everything that people dream of except joy. At least, I don’t have joy.” We had a few apartments and $17,000. So I said, “Let’s take the $17,000 and try to find the meaning of life. With that much money, we can travel for two years.”
OPRAH: Because you believed that our only obligation is to honor our Personal Legend.
PAULO: Absolutely. So we set out to travel. It was during that time—I was 39 years old—that I decided I had a dream I could no longer live without fulfilling. It was killing me. So I quit everything to write full-time.
[excerpts from Oprah’s interview with Paulo Coelho]
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” –Buddha