There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. – Logan Pearsall Smith

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith

There are few things in life as worthwhile as having something to aim at; life would be devoid of fun or flavor had it not been for our dreams, which we work so hard to fulfill. However, contrary to what many would believe, realizing our ambitions is only the first – and, as incredulous as it might sound, the easier – part of the process.

Well, the sad truth is that most of us are not able to get what we set out to. This could be down to anything, from unrealistic aspirations to an inability to overcome the hurdles along the way to giving up way too easily. That said, even out of the few men who do succeed in getting what they wanted, the ones who are able to hold on to and enjoy these accomplishments are even fewer.

You see, man’s proclivity for aiming high in life is both a boon and a bane. While this hardwired instinct is what keeps him going through the trials and tribulations intrinsic to the pursuit of any worthwhile goal, this instinctive nature also keeps him from relishing a hard-earned victory, prodding him to aim even higher. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having new targets to aim at. If anything, life would be meaningless if we didn’t have a reason to get out of bed every morning. However, equally meaningless is a relentless quest for a satisfaction that we already should have had. Blindly chasing after one goal after another without stopping to enjoy it defeats the very purpose of having a goal in the first place.

Logan Pearsall Smith was an American-born British essayist. Well-known for his aphorisms and epigrams, Smith is known to have said: “There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”