What inspires Santiago to become a shepherd in The Alchemist?

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The desire to travel prompts Santiago to be a shepherd.

Santiago's purpose is to travel.  As a shepherd, he is a nomad.  He goes from place to place, and never settles down.

When Santiago was younger, his father told him that only rich people and shepherds were able to travel.  The boy decided to become a shepherd.

His father gives him...

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