​7 Things Youngsters Can Learn from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

This acclaimed novel by Paulo Coelho snatched the hearts of many due to its simplicity and erudition. The story presented a 16-year old boy from Andalusia, Santiago, who ventured into the unknown in search for his treasure which was revealed in a dream.

There were many obstacles along the way plus numerous life threatening situations but our protagonist did not give in. His dream became a reality when he chose to move forward regardless of the circumstances.

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Paulo Coelho

Here are the 7 things youngsters can learn from the book The Alchemist.

1. You have to know your “Personal Legend”.

Personal Legend is what you always want to accomplish, it’s your mission on earth. Maybe you dreamed of becoming a doctor, teacher or businessman. It is something that gives you an “itch”. It gives you a sense of purpose and joy.


2. Don’t give up on your “Personal Legend”.

According to the book, when we were children we know what our Personal Legend is but when we get older a mysterious force tells us that it’s impossible to realize our Personal legend.

King Melchizedek recounted the story of a miner to Santiago. The miner abandoned everything to go mining for emeralds. He had examined hundreds of thousands of stones but none of it was emerald. After five years, he was about to give up, right at the point when he examined the last stone, which turned out to be emerald.

Don’t give up!


3. Invest with what you have, not what you don’t have.

The King asked for one-tenth of the boy’s flock so he can tell him where the treasure was but the boy offered one-tenth of his treasure. The king told him, “If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it”.

You cannot invest with what you don’t have. Even schools ask us to pay tuition fee before we can study.


4. Enjoy every moment.

Achieving our dreams can be a tedious task. There can be a lot of study, preparation, brainstorming, work and waiting and waiting. But this does not mean that we will just focus on the dream without enjoying. We have to enjoy the moment inch by inch. Enjoy your study, your preparation, your work and even your waiting. But don’t enjoy so much that you forget about your dream. Said the wisest of wise men, “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”


5. Look at the bright side. 

Achieving your Personal Legend is not a walk in the park. There can be a lot of hedges and even monsters in a form of negativity, people who don’t believe in you or lack of money to go to school but you have to look at the brighter side. When Santiago was robbed which made him sort of a beggar, he did not complain or clench his fist against heaven and made bitter complaints as a poor victim of a thief. Instead he said to himself, “I am an adventurer, looking for treasure”.

Keep going no matter what.


6. Work/Study Diligently.

Since Santiago had nothing to eat, he worked on a glassware store. He never had a work experience except for shepherding. He tried to do something new so he can live for the moment and earn money so he can go to the Pyramids where his treasure was.

Studying can be boring or working in a call center is too far from your dream but most of the times you have to do it. It can be your step toward your goal. Even Millionaire college drop-outs know how to read and write.


7.  Love never keeps a man from pursuing “Personal Legend”.

Santiago was also human and he had expressed love to a desert woman. Though he wanted to to just settle down and forget about his treasure since his love for the woman can be “his treasure” but he still pursued the real treasure. The woman also loved him but she was willing to wait. That is the true essence of love. Love can wait.

The Alchemist said, ” You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love…the love that speaks the Language of the World.”



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