For me, it’s meeting a woman I love, marrying her, and having a children. In other words, starting a family is my #1 most important goal. It’s my most important goal because at the end of the day, I could live with not accomplishing my career dreams, but I can’t live with never meeting a woman I love and marrying her, and never having children. I just can’t. Perhaps it’s biology and perhaps it’s how I was raised. If I couldn’t fulfill my career goals, it will be greatly disappointing and saddening, but I’ll just find some other goal (s) and purpose in life. I’ve always wanted to do the whole gamut of being a father, such as: taking my children to school, going grocery shopping with my wife, taking my children to sports practice, tucking them in bed, going on vacation with my family, etc. All of the traditional family stuff, stable and consistent.
Of course right now, my career goal takes priority but if I have to rank my goals on a hierarchy scale of importance, the above mentioned goal would be the most important.