Details – 8 Elements of an Elite STEM Professional No. 1
Ricky Venters Jr., Professional Engineer (P.E.)
ELEMENT #1 Attention to Details – [D]
The ability to concentrate and focus on information including insignificant material.
As a STEM professional, you are often given tons of data to analyze. To the common man or woman this would be overwhelming, and they would often find themselves zoning out or lost in the flood of papers. I remember when I received my very first engineering “exercise” at my first job. I was working as a mechanical engineer for an engineering consulting firm, and my boss laid a set of floor plans on my desk. It was the floor plans of a 3-story, 200,000 sq ft. building. He handed me a scale (ruler) and said, “Ricky, I need you to measure the square footage of each room. There should be 300.” In the excitement of my first assignment, I jumped right in and got started. But after I completed the first twenty rooms, I realized I hadn’t even made a dent in it. That was the moment I realized that in order to the complete this “exercise” I would need to eliminate all distractions and become laser focused.
The ability to pay attention to details requires individuals to be laser focused on the particular task at hand. Being laser focused means eliminating any and all distractions that can delay the progress of a goal. This can apply to assignments at work, physical conditioning, family or intellectual goals. After studying some of the greats in the STEM community you will find that innovation is a byproduct of consistent hard work over time. They all possess the ability to remove distractions and be laser focused on a particular task.
“The ability to pay attention to details requires individuals
to be laser focused on the particular task at hand.”
Think of some distractions that are preventing you from paying attention to details and being extremely laser focused. Some distractions could be text messages or phone calls. Many people feel as though they need to be in constant communication all day. This leads them to frequently check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snap Chat. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being on the social media, but when it’s consistently breaking your focus on tasks, then it is detrimental to your progress. Find those things in your life that are pulling you from completing your goals. Eliminating distractions and paying attention to details is only one element to becoming an Elite STEM Professional. Mastering this element will set you apart and position you for greatness.