All I ever needed to know about the importance of setting goals, how to do it and how to achieve them, I learned when I was a teenager. I first learned about the importance of goals listening to a speech given by President Kennedy on May 21, 1961. During the speech he said:
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
At the time President Kennedy gave this speech the United States was far behind the Soviet Union in the space race. Some thought there was no way this audacious goal could possibly be accomplished. But, with a passion to accomplish it, detailed planning that included short term goals and execution, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong of the Apollo 11 crew took one step for himself and one giant leap for mankind.