Katherine Milkman

5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals

When I was in fourth grade, I was responsible for selling a box of chocolate bars for a fundraiser. I tried my best, but I was a ten-year-old Hmong girl with little confidence and no business skills. On the Saturday I was supposed to be selling chocolate, I ended up at the park, eating all the chocolate underneath the shade of a gigantic stone turtle. Don’t ask me how it happened. To this day, I’m still not quite sure. This was the first goal I remember setting, and it failed terribly. I’ve learned a lot about goals and goal setting since fourth grade, and much of what I’ve learned is that achievability depends on a few key steps.