The Difference Between Want and Need

I think that too often people forget the difference between want and need. I am a chronically using these two words interchangeably, but let’s look at the fine print for a minute:

Want (verb): have a desire to possess or do (something); wish for

Need (verb): require (something) because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable

I want a new trench coat, preferably from Burberry.

I need to get my act together and stop losing my coats at the club.

I want Hawaiian pizza from Slices.

I need basic essentials like water, carbs and protein to live.

I want copious amounts of fame and fortune.

I need to put in the work to get there (Beyonce’s empire wasn’t built in a day).

I want to know if I’ll ever get what I really want.

I need to know that what I want isn’t always what I need.

Knowing the difference between want and need can put situations into perspective. While it’s okay to want something. You should realize that you may not need it. BOOM. Double entendre. Figure it out homies.

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