In this video, Paulo Coelho discusses the fear of failure. Let his words inspire you to do what you love and let your passion for web design conquer any fears you may feel.

the alchemistPaulo Coelho wrote the book, The Alchemist, which allegorically portrays a web designer’s quest for success and riches, overcoming the profession’s learning curves (ie. the vast array of tools, codes, software and trends). Just when you (web designer) thought you mastered web design, you discover something new to learn. Each challenge gives you knowledge and skills to move forward.

Here are some quotes from The Alchemist to inspire your web design journey:

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.”

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck and ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“Each thing has to transform itself into something better, and to acquire a new destiny.”

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world.”

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Action Steps

  • Is web design your destiny?
  • Are forces greater than yourself directing you towards a web design career?
  • Let your passion for web design conquer any fears.
  • Follow your gut.
  • Watch the Paulo Coelho video and read The Alchemist to inspire your current web design projects and future web design achievements.


The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (Unabridged) – Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist, graphic novel – Graphic novel.

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