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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

It’s not easy being a human being, and we’re not capable to rule everything in life. A fatalistic belief can be helpful. But you say everybody can influence their own destiny. What was it in your own life that convinced you?

The absolute conviction that my life would be meaningless if I didn’t go after my dream: being a writer.

This happened to me when I was locked away in an asylum when I was a teenager. I had two choices back then: to convince myself that I was crazy and therefore step out of the world, or to fight for my place in the world. I choose the toughest : life.

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