What is a life lesson learned from the novel The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo?

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The second-to-last full paragraph in the book has a wonderful statement that might actually sum up a life lesson that Santiago learned; it says, "Life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend" (166). The boy could only come to this conclusion after all of the trials and tribulations that he faced as he pursued his dreams. He never would have discovered the secrets of the universe or the language of the earth had he been distracted from his dream. The boy could have stayed working with the crystal seller and had a good life, but he continued on to find his Personal Legend. He could have stayed in the Oasis and married Fatima and had a great life, too, but with her help, he continued on. With all of the distractions we face in life, there are many times we could make excuses and still be pretty happy in life; but there is only one true success and that is discovering what we are made of by following through to the end of journey that we begin.

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