Santiago went through many courses and obstacles to achieve his personal legend. "When I have been truly searching for my treasure I've discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepard to achieve" (135) If Santiago didn't take chances and had not done the impossible for a shepherd his personal legend would not had been insight. Santiago had many setbacks on his path to glory but he never gave up, he took risks and and kept moving on.
Time Will Tell
Fatima knows Santiago has to gone on and achieve his personal legend and that cost comes as time. " I always looked to the desert with longing" ... " Now it will be with hope" (126) Fatima will now have to wait and hope for her love to come back to her one day. She has looked back before and remembered that her father had come back to her mother and she now has to hope for the same.
Start To A New Beginning
Santiago requested that the crystal shop should start something new, instead of just selling crystals they should sell tea in the crystals and hope it would influence others to buy the glass as well. "Let's sell tea to the people who climb the hill." (58) The tea shop is on top of the hill, so usually by the time they get all the way up they are thirsty, so it came to be a great idea. This also came to be an extreme money maker and gave Santiago & the old merchant both to have enough money to achieve their personal legend.
Never give up
The miner had a legacy to mine for emeralds and spent many years just to find one. "For 5 years he had been working a certain river, and had examined hundreds of thousands stones looking for the emerald. only one more would he had found the emerald but he had given up" The old man was proving Santiago that he should never give up in order to achieve his personal legend, no matter what it takes in time eventually it will come to you.
Palace Of Dreams
Mecca is a place of dreams for many people, but not all are able to achieve. An old merchant said, "Because its the thought of mecca that keeps me alive ... I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living" The old man finally got enough money and could reach his final destination but is to scared that it will be all one big disappointment. He needs to believe in himself and live out to his personal legend, the universe already guided him now its his turn.