Ok guys, I know that this is MacRumors but I have been here long enough to get a little bit more personal, plus I’d love to hear your opinion and suggestions. Background: I immigrated to the US in 2003, I became a (proud) citizen, I am law abiding etc., I have a wife, a 14 yo kid and a 10 yo kid. I am 35. I came to the US thanks to my job (aerospace industry; mainly avionics software, flight control computers, control laws etc), and I worked for the same company with the same salary from 2003 to 2013 when I was laid off with a bunch of other people (#insert rant about the status of our economy and your politician of choice#). Now, here’s the problem: I got too comfortable, and I never got a degree. The result is that once I was forced out of my comfort zone due to the layoff, I couldn’t find a high paying and rewarding job, especially in aerospace, due to the lack of a degree and an incredibly competitive job market. Fast forward to 2016, and I have a decently paying job (yet, half of what I was making) in a local government. I don’t dislike it, but it’s not… the job, if you get what you mean. I am currently working on two associates: Business Admin, and (slowly) mathematics. The goal is to get at least a Bachelor in the two fields (although I would love to go for a Master’s in Public Admin, and a Master’s in Mathematics). Since I was told that the key of success is setting measurable goals, after a lot of calculations and planning I set up the following goals: - Reach my associate in Business Admin by the end of 2017 - Reach my Bachelor in Business Admin by the end of 2020 - Reach my associate in Mathematics by the end of 2019 - Reach my Bachelor in Mathematics by the end of 2021 - Find a job with NASA/SpaceX (I am a space fanatic) before 2025. I currently stand close to my business admin associate, I will take five classes this fall and with some luck I should be awarded the degree by Spring 2017. I am bit late on the math associate, but I will certainly finish that. In your opinion, what are the best ways to accomplish these goals as fast as possible? Granted, I am studying like a madman (all while doing a lot of networking and being involved in volunteering and politics). Am I just crazy?