- To edit a successful journal.
- To write a successful play.
- To write a successful book.
- To become a Member of Parliament.
Although never becoming a Member of Parliament, he achieved his other three goals, and became very well known for his novel, Three men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog. This book continues to be popular and to exert its influence--for example, upon Connie Willis' very entertaining To say nothing of the dog.