A Discussion on People Choosing Their Jobs Based On the Money They Would Earn in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Firstly, People make their own decision about their job from what they want to do, not only based on the amount of money they make. This means that people don’t focus only on money for a job, instead they do what they want because they have an idea of what they want to become even if the other option is better. Santiago went to a primary school to become a priest and his family wanted him to become a priest because priests are respected more and have more power. To become a priest means to get more money. Santiago’s family wanted their son to support them.

Santiago wanted to see how the world looks like, and he wants to travel and understand how the world works. So he refused to become a priest. “The people who came here have a lot of money to spend, so they can afford to travel,” “Amongst us here are the only ones who travels are the shepherds.” “Then I’ll be a shepherd.”(Page 9) This quote connects to the main idea of the paragraph because Santiago isn’t being dependant on how much money he could earn instead he’s trying to do something that would make him happy. Santiago wants to follow his own dream not what his parents want. To achieve his dream, he accepts his decision to become a priests or whatever is the option. In conclusion money is not only what people want but they also want themselves to make a decision that keeps them happy.

Secondly, People should make a decision to live out their life and hold their dream/goal while they’re struggling. This means that when a person is struggling and facing a conflict, he has nothing to do but to come up with another idea or a way to overcome his decision, so that he doesn’t feel stressed. He tries to stay away from all the conflict and it gives him more time to think about his decision and also he’ll be close to his succes.

Santiago was in the fields of Andalusia, while he was drinking tea and he heard a voice of a guy speaking pish. Since the other guy was the only one who spoke Spanish, Santiago thought that the guy would be trustful. Santiago gave away his money to the stranger, so that they could go to Egypt. While they were walking along the market, Santiago was distracted by a beautiful sword and he wanted to buy it. The distraction of the sword made him unconscious that he had given his money to a stranger. As soon as he turned around to call the guy, he was nowhere around. Santiago became a victim of robbery and now Santiago was broke. Santiago kept moving forward where he met a crystal merchant and started to work at his place.

“Santiago worked with the merchant for a year and also after he had enough money he decided that he’ll buy flock of sheeps and continue to travel around seek out his dream.” This quote connects to the main idea of the paragraph because even though Santiago was broke, he didn’t give up and also he wanted to keep himself happy and focused towards his dream without feeling sad and lose hope. Santiago still made a decision to go to Egypt after struggling and keep his dream alive which will make him successful. Whenever you lose hope, never give up and don’t leave your dreams behind, follow it.

Thirdly, You have to believe in yourself and your loved ones, it will help to achieve success.. This means that if you believe in people’s word and someone who’s trustworthy, it’s more likely to help with achieving your dream and make the decision and you’ll be closer to your dream. Santiago met an englishman when he was about to go to find his treasure. They both had similar dreams. The englishman wanted to learn about Alchemy which was turning metal into gold but he was into seeking deeper knowledge about it.

As well as, Santiago wanted to understand the language of the world because he was interested about knowing how the world really works since he was back in Spain. Santiago was annoyed by the englishman’s action because englishman was reading the book, not enjoying what was around while he was travelling the desert. Santiago did ignore the englishman because he thought that it would be disrespectful to ignore someone just because they’re doing their own stuff. They both had to go to the oasis which they expect the place as a small deserted place with less houses. When they reached Oasis, it was big which included three hundred wells, fifty thousand date trees and innumerable colored tents. While Santiago was looking around for the alchemists he met Fatima “the love of his life”. “You have told me about your dreams, about the old king and your treasure. And you’ve told me about omens.

So now, I fear nothing, because it was the omens that brought you to me. And I am part of your dream, a part of your Personal Legend, you call it.” That’s why I want you to continue toward your goal. IF you have to wait until the war is over, then wait. But if you have to go before then, go in pursuit of your dream. The dunes are changed by the wind, the desert never changes. That’s the way it will be with our love for each other.” “If I’m really a part of your dream, you’ll come back one day.” This quote connects to the main idea of the paragraph because even though Santiago didn’t want to leave the Oasis because he wanted to marry Fatima but Fatima wanted him to leave.

However if he didn’t listen to Fatima and stopped following his dream and married Fatima, he wouldn’t be successful because He would stop believing in his personal legend like said in the book “adults stopped believing in their personal legend and lose the hope to achieve it whereas kids believe on achieving and they think it’s possible. Santiago wouldn’t be able to understand the language of the world and wouldn’t even be able to know what an alchemy is and the soul of the world.

Santiago would be like the Merchant because Santiago would have no option but to look after his Family, if he marries and he wouldn’t rejoice what is around him like he used to or he won’t have time to go for what he really wanted. Since he believed in Fatima and continuing his dream allowed him to understand his personal legend, how the soul of world works and achieve his dream. Trust your dear ones, they can really help you.

Finally, To achieve success in your life, you have to make your own decision and try to figure out what you have to do to get away from conflicts and also understand how the world really worked. This means that it’s not easy to achieve success but you also need to understand life and it’s value to achieve your dream and move forward. After Santiago left Fatima, Santiago’s heart was playing with him because he wasn’t able to understand how the soul of the world.

Santiago was worried about leaving Fatima and becomes emotional and also it tricks him by telling him to achieve the treasure and also don’t go for the treasure instead stay with Fatima. Santiago couldn’t sleep because of his heart. Santiago asks the alchemists why he should listen to his heart. Alchemists says that if he doesn’t listen to his dream, it wouldn’t be quiet and always be with him asking questions that would make him irritated. Santiago tried to listen to his heart instead of arguing with it. He understood how to control his heart and he lost fear and wanting to go back to oasis. His heart told him to be happy.

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him. We people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness. From then on the boy understood his heart. This connects to the main idea of the paragraph because Santiago’s heart showed him that he shouldn’t give up and forget about his dream and personal legend. He has to seek and reach out for something that’s possible and made for him. Santiago’s decision to leave Fatima made him think more clearly about achieving the treasure and being successful. Sometimes it’s best if you listen to yourself and try to conspire with the world.

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