Essay on the the Alchemist

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Essay on the The Alchemist:
“Name any five lessons Santiago learned and how he mastered them”

The Alchemist is a journey of exploration and self-discovery as we follow the main character, Santiago, a young shepherd who lives in Spain, on a journey to fulfill his personal legend. The novel shows us wisdoms and gentle reminders of how to change our lives from what they may be today into the life we have always dreamed of.

The novel tells us that the fear of failure is the greatest obstacle to happiness. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” So often we hide behind excuses of not being able to do this or that, but the real story is that we are too afraid to take a chance. It is our
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We already know most of what we need to know. All we need to do is trust ourselves and be confident in our decisions.

Santiago had to learn this lesson along his journey. He spent days upon days on the back of a camel, traveling across the vast emptiness of the desert. This left him time to listen to the sounds of the desert, and to listen to what was within him.

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” We all make choices every day about who we are and what we are going to do with our lives, but we tend to miss out the most important one – what can we do to ensure we are living the greatest life ours? No one else will provide this to us. This is something we have to own and be accountable for.

Santiago made one decision to pursue his dream. He took control of what he wanted his life to look like and he followed that dream. That does not mean his path was easy. In fact, it was very difficult at times, and there were moments where he even thought about buying another flock of sheep and returning to be a shepherd. But his resiliency won out, and he continued on. Hard times will come to us all. This is a fact. But if we carry on and commit to living our greatest life no matter what, at the end of the journey we will look back with no regrets.

In The Alchemist, everything is possible when we believe in ourselves. “When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes

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