The Alchemist's Lessons

While chasing one's dreams one must not give into their fears, they should do new things and they should follow their heart as shown in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist by the mentors Santiago meets in his travels.

The alchemist was explaining why one shouldn't be afraid "Don't give into your fears. If you do that you won't be able to talk to your heart." (Coelho 148).

In the song "If Today Was Your Last Day" by Nickelback it tells a story of a best friend giving advice. He says, "Each day's a gift and not a given right. Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind"

In these two pieces of advice it's talking about not letting your fears get the best of you, or forget them entirely for they could cause you to miss out on something essential to achieving your so called personal legend.

"When each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises." (Coelho 30).

"When you want something you've never had you must do something you've never done before." -Thomas Jefferson

These two quotes are very nearly saying the same thing; that one must try something new one must explore the simple things in life that are so often looked over even though if someone were to take just a second and observe they would notice the beauty.

As the alchemist leaves the boy to go find his treasure he gives him one last piece of advice that I find as more of a metaphor "Remember that where ever your heart us, there you will find your treasure." (Coelho 168).

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there heart will be also.

These three sources are all saying to follow your heart and will eventually lead you to where you're supposed to be, or now better known as your personal legend.

The Alchemist incorporates so many different elements from following your heart to and even getting over your fears. These life lessons are key to happiness and success. They are key to achieve what one is meant to do in their life: their personal legend.

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Jase Nicklas

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