It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day, but it’s important to stop ask: what’s the end goal?  Knowing where you are trying to go is step one in getting there and so we’ve asked some folks we admire to tell us their end goal and where they want to be by the end of their careers.

Ayshia Calderon | Wedding and Elopement Photographer

If I were to be honest with you, there is never going to be an end goal for me in my photography business. I am always trying to learn new ways and techniques to make my business stronger. When I accomplish a goal, a new goal pops up that I want to try to achieve. I do have to say, owning and maintaining a business can be difficult at times, especially when you are new to finances and scheduling. So, depending on which occupation you’re in, your line of skills could be really popular in your area and extremely competitive. That can make it hard to set out a list of goals since everyone around you is already planning on achieving the same ones. I always strive to be different in order to stand out, and I do that by means of research on the latest trend(s) in my field of work, being outgoing and fun. Read more>>

Taryl O’Shea | Executive Director

The end goal is to look back at my career and know I accomplished something great! I would like to clearly see that: I used my skills for their greatest glory, I would hope to see that my effort helped to make the business better and was beneficial to those who relied on it. I want to clearly see that I was a leader and not a boss or manager.and that my time was well spent mentoring people to help them achive their best potential, I want to know I learned from my mistakes and became better and more resilient each time. Most importantly would be that I was able to find balance between work and my personal life and that both had very few regrets! Read more>>

Oliver Madison | Author

There are different layers to my goals. First and foremost, I want to enjoy what I write. When I craft a story, I truly feel like I’m able to escape negativity, drama, news, and politics. I’m transported to a world of my own design. From every brick holding up my fictional buildings, to each of my characters’ quirks and strands of hair, I feel honored to bring my world to life and share it with my readers. Sometimes, friends will ask me to write about romance or to write self-help books because they are more marketable. I normally respond by telling them that if I don’t write what I’m interested in, then there would be no point in writing at all. It’s not about the money. Enjoyment is always my first goal. That being said, in a perfect world, of course I want my books in the hands of as many readers as possible. Read more>>

Dan Hausel | Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo grandmaster, Arizona Hombu Dojo, Mesa

Teaching Karate, Kobudo (Okinawan weapons), Samurai Arts and Self-Defense is embedded in my DNA. In 2008, I opened the Arizona Hombu Karate School in Mesa, after teaching karate at ASU and Gold’s Gyms in Arizona, so I could share my interest in martial arts with Arizonians. At a early age, I had recurring day-dreams, which drove me to follow them. It wasn’t until later in life that a friend loaned me a copy of “Investment in Excellence”, a motivational seminar that explained how my day-dreams were essentially affirmations. Affirmations are present-tense, positive thoughts, designed to change one’s life, or goals. These affirmations led me to a variety of jobs and careers including teaching, music, art, public speaking, geology, astronomy, writing, and martial arts. Read more>>