I am intensely focused on my work. The downside of academia is that I need to spend a number of years getting a degree that offers me no guarantee of job security. The upside is that if I succeed, I get to get paid to do exactly what I want to do. It certainly helps that I enjoy being in graduate school and being a part of the academic community.
I get great pleasure out of meeting new people. There's nothing quite like having a great conversation with someone I've just met and it is nice meeting people with whom I can share future experiences.