Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, is a master of metaphor through story. In this book, The Archer, he uses the life of a legendary, successful, but now retired archer to convey the ideas of hard work, devotion towards a purpose, thoughtfulness, being open to failure, and the want to make a difference.
Everything in life is connected and you cannot just do without feeling nor understanding. One should understand the effects that his or her actions have on others. One should lay foundations and build on top of them. One should be willing to risk to succeed. One should live life without fear and learn from experience.
While the book is not a complete story but a collection of maxims and adages bookended by a short story, the messages are clear, and the connections are evident. There's plenty to learn from The Archer.
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