Skip to main content
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. View our Privacy Policy for more information.
News & Updates

Keep up to date with our recent project launches, award recognitions, industry insights, and behind-the-scenes peeks.

News and Updates

Sammy’s 2nd Pick: The Alchemist

Samuel Ashe

August 26, 2016

Book Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Narrated By: Jeremy Irons

Synopsis: (Publisher’s)

Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

My Thoughts

I have heard great things about “The Alchemist” over the years and how the book was such a transformative work for their lives. It was actually one of the first audiobooks I wanted to listen to when I signed up for Life happened and I put the book off for many years. Here we are #SummerAudibleBookClub creates the perfect opportunity to check it out.

Since it’s been years since I’ve actually known about the book and I’ve since seen interviews and read different reviews it is important that I point out that my perspective going in is much more educated than that of someone knowing nothing about the book beyond the synopsis.

I didn’t receive this book as simply a story of Santiago searching for treasure but as a book that can give us all inspiration to follow dreams no matter what. One could simply take the text on face value as a fable with our protagonist being guided by various characters including the Alchemist but there is much more going on here.


My biggest take away from this (as it is reiterated in the book quite often) is the quote “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Doing a little reflection on my own life in terms of what I’ve wanted in the past and what I thought I had wanted there’s definitely a discrepancy between the things that were wants that aligned with needs and frivolous wants that weren’t necessary and also didn’t make sense. Remember that time I wanted to go to law school?

Another big take away from this book is the spirituality. I definitely get a sense of needing to step out on faith the way that our journeys may not have the best lit pathways but we will always end up where we need to be. That being said, it isn’t easy, not even in the slightest bit. We’ll all open new chapters in our lives without any proof that the seeds we’ve sown will reap any fruit but that shouldn’t stop us from continuing on and following our dream, whatever it may be. In many cases it isn’t the destination or the treasure, it’s the journey itself that’s more valuable when everything is said and done.


The Personal Legend is the path chosen that fills us with enthusiasm, in other words, the path of our dreams. So the quote “Love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love” means a couple things to me. It means that your destiny will take care of you in terms of passion and romance intersecting as long as you’re following the right course of action. If this isn’t happening, possibly you have deviated from your Personal Legend and need to get back on track. That fleeting-love will probably become a lesson, or at least a whisper, stirring you back towards where you need to be. Alternatively, I see this as a reminder not to let anyone change you. I know, how did I render that from this quote? Well, I figure if no one has the right to request the very thing that makes you be you be stifled for the sake of that relationship. Relationship can be romantic or simply an acquaintance. You are the only you we’ve got, DO THAT, BE YOU!

Now without getting any deeper on the subject (because I could go on and on!) I’d love to hear your thoughts! What were your favorite parts? What is your biggest take away?

Did You Miss “The Alchemist”? Click Here To Check It Out!

Lisha Yakub And ReKon Productions Attach To “The Jessica Cabin”
ReKon Productions Produces The Independent Feature Film “A Moment For Love”
ReKon Rentals Adds New Gear
Bolivar Feature Explores Grief At Its Premiere In Hollywood
“A Leading Man” Now Streaming On JoySauce
Saban Films Takes North America On ‘The Hyperions,’ Starring Cary Elwes
ReKon COO Lesley Lopez Talks About Passion And Purpose
THE HYPERIONS Partners With Archstone Entertainment For Worldwide Sales
Spice Up The Fall With Heidi Kim
Chasing Grace: A First Time Experience
Dive Into Summer With Connie Zitle
Dive Into Summer With Tre’Shonda Sheffey
Dive Into Summer With Rory Macrae
Skipping Into Spring
International Women’s Day
A Night Of Surfing, Short Films & Firsts
ReKon’s Film Festival Circuit
Seeing Shadows With Ben Farber
New ReKoner Alert!
Her Inspiration, She Is | Resource List
ReKon Reports 02.08.18
Seeing Shadows With Garrett McKenna
ReKon Reports 01.17.18
The ReKon Way
On Inspiration And Directing And Everything In-Between
Blue’s Pick: Born A Crime
ReKon Reports 08.10.17
Schrad’s Pick: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*Ck Review
Auxiliary Route
Summer Audible Book Club 2017
Catch A Wave With Devin Foster
Sammy’s Pick: I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
Catch A Wave With Stephanie
Catch A Wave With Hannah Pajo-Bickley
ReKon Reports 06.23.17
ReKon Reports 05.03.17
Tilt At Tribeca Film Festival
A Week Of Spring Break Mixes
ReKon Reports 03.23.17
On Set With A First Time PA
ReKon Reports 02.28.17
Spring Blooms With Fiona!
Spring Blooms With Nazia!
ReKon Reports 01.24.17
The Mothers Casting Announcement
The Win – Pilot & Behind The Scenes
ReKon Reports 12.07.16
ReKon Holiday Musts
Field Notes: GAFFER
First Annual Kan Drive
ReKon Reports 11.03.16
ReKon Reports 10.21.16
ReKon Points 001 – Pre Production
Meet Fall Leaf: Grace Neely
Meet Fall Leaf: Hailey Weyer
ReKon Reports 10.05.16
Challenge Accepted: 20 Hours And 50 Minutes With American Gods
Caitlin’s Pick: The Girl With All The Gifts
Sammy’s 2nd Pick: The Alchemist
Kristina’s Pick: “Yes, Please”
Introducing Summer Intern: Scott Sullivan
Introducing Summer Intern: Matt Waxman
Caitlyn’s Pick: Assassination Vacation
Summer Audible Book Club
On Facts Of Common Knowledge And Obscure Nature
ReKon’s Summer Audible Book Club: Sammy’s Pick
Dating Daisy Goes To Dances With Films!
ReKon Productions Turns 7!
ReKon Opening – Open House Candid Photos
Oscar Picks – How Did We Do?
A Week Of Spring Break Mixes
“Dating Daisy” – Audience Choice Winner At Sedona Film Festival
Full Of Grace Hits The Shelves!
30 For 30 Or Die – Farewell To The Stage
Drop The Beat…I Mean The Music Video
Summer ’15 Music Videos
“Duckface” Music Video Dropped Last Week
“Full Of Grace” Acquired By Cinedigm
It’s All Fun And Games Until The Lama Gets Abducted
“Dating Daisy” Trailer Drops
Things Peter Cetera Hates
Susie Sunshine
Meet Summer Sparkler: Tetteh Canacoo
The Thing(S) In The Apartment
A Miley Cyrus Request
Meet Summer Sparkler: Brooke Frickle
Meet Summer Sparkler: Tori Adams
New Projects Added
A Week Of Spring Break Mixes
Our Last Night “A World Divided” Music Video
Game Night Event On 3/7
Welcome Spring Intern: Valerie Wittman
Welcome Spring Intern: Dante Vittone
For Sale: All Production Needs
Introducing Spring Intern: Sharon Wong
Darwin’s Theory As Applied To The Set Of Egan Hall
Year In Review: By The Numbers
Year In Review: Our Year In Numbers
Good Game “Alien Isolation” On Kotaku