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What Is the Main Message of The Alchemist?

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

The main message of The Alchemist is to follow your dreams. It tells you not to be a sheep, complacent and mewing in a field, awaiting a shepherd to tell you where to go, when to sleep, and when to eat. It advises you to venture into distant lands. You should stop at nothing. Don’t quit if someone robs you, you lose your homeland, or even your faith. Don’t stop when you find love. Don’t stop when you meet odd characters, or you need to pause to make money to further your goal. Do what it takes to find your personal purpose. In the end, this is your greatest treasure.

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