The thing I have noticed about my career-minded friends is that they tend to be very goal-oriented. Whether it was my doctor-to-be-roommate who vowed to finish her BS in three years (she did), or my sister who finished a full-time, 12-week training to upgrade her nursing skills while mothering three busy boys, or my friend who paid off her small business loan years early in order to enjoy more profits and pay less interest, goal- setting seems to play a crucial role in most successful ventures.
This goal-setting, of course, is not restricted to my friends who work outside their homes. I am amazed at my friends who run marathons or hand-piece queen-sized quilts or skillfully decorate for holidays. All these lofty pursuits can make us very focused on attaining an end result: