Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, US Navy

“Young men and women are rightly encouraged to establish goals and work toward them with diligence, courage, and tenacity. But how is one to establish a goal? Many define their goals in terms such as: achieve command of a combat unit, become president of a major corporation, achieve some considerable net worth, or attain high rank. The trouble with these goals is that on attaining them one is left with two awkward questions: Is that all there is? What’s next? Rather, a goal should be lofty, laudable, and one which can be continually strived for but never fully attained in even a long life of dedication. And when someone says, ‘Well, that’s fine, but what is your ultimate goal?’, you will be able to respond, ‘Heaven!’”