by Paulo Coelho
First published in 1988, The Alchemist is an allegorical novel of a young shepherd on his journey to the pyramids of Egypt. A recurring dream led the boy away from his flock of sheep on a quest to find his 'personal legend'. In the process of fulfilling his dreams, the boy realizes his true self.
A personal legend is something everyone knows when they are young. It is the one thing you've always wanted to accomplish. The universe will conspire for your wishes to come true when you really want something to happen. In the pursuit of your personal legend, you are the only thing that is stopping yourself.