Ann and Liam
What is a Personal Legend?
"It's what you always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend."- The King pg. 21
The King was the one who told Santiago about Personal Legends. A Personal Legend can be viewed as a persons ultimate goal. Whether a person chooses to strive towards their goal is their choice.
Examples of Personal Legends in The Alchemist:
An example of someone not reaching their Personal Legend would be the crystal merchant. The crystal merchant has a dream of going to Mecca, because all Muslims have to take one journey to Mecca as it says in the Koran. However, the crystal merchant does not strive to reaching his Personal Legend and stays in his shop everyday selling crystals.
The Englishman is an example of someone in process of achieving their Personal Legend. Throughout his journey he carefully studies books, looks for omens, and seeks the help of an alchemist. And when the alchemist gave him instructions he started right away knowing that one day he too would be able to turn rocks into gold.
Santiago's Personal Legend was to find a treasure in the pyramids. Throughout his journey, his determination was continuously being tested but in the end, he achieved his goal.
Often, dreams can be the small start of a big adventure. Santiago dreamed of a small girl calling him to the pyramids, telling him to come to Egypt and find a treasure. This dream was what started Santiago on his Personal Legend.
For most of us however, the pursuit of our Personal Legends is not started by dreams but by sparks of inspiration from people and experiences. But dreams still play an important part in our lives. Often they show us whats important to us, give us new ideas, or open new ways of thinking which, in turn helps us achieve our Personal Legends.
"A dream is a wish your heart makes..." - Cinderella
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King wanted a world where all races were equal and where people weren't judged by the color of their skin. This was his dream (as stated in his speech). King worked hard towards his dream, eventually, achieved it.