The Skills, Habits, and Strategies of Successful People

For our March meeting, we welcomed Dr. Todd Jochem as our speaker. Dr. Jochem has his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University and his PhD in Robotics and his work includes the development of autonomous vehicles.

During his time speaking, Dr. Jochem focused on the skills, habits, and strategies that make a person successful. He began by stressing the importance of communication - “You need to learn over time how to be an effective communicator with everyone you interact with.” Within this, he explained that becoming an effective writer is crucial as well. No matter what line of work you go into, being able to put what is in onto a piece of paper so that others can understand it is a necessity. Additionally, by cultivating a sophisticated writing style will present you as credible and, therefore, more persuasive. Additionally, keeping track of your presentation on social media builds up others' perceptions as well. Bad grammar always presents itself as a demerit, whether it be in a professional setting or a social setting, such as social media. Dr. Jochem underscored the importance of persistence as well. With everyone working towards their own goals, it is important to not quit. Life will produce many setbacks, Covid-19 being one of them, but it is important to overcome them. Trying to discover a middle ground in any situation, he explained, is a helpful skill to develop. Identifying what you want, and what the other person wants is the best way to maximize what you have at hand and potentially build relationships in the process.

Some of the habits Dr. Jochem suggested were developing the habits of being dedicated, being a hard worker, and being willing to make sacrifices. He explained that many people in life will tell you that your goals are unreasonable, and that they are unattainable for you. In this case it is important to be dedicated to a cause because this provides motivation to identify the cause of failure, and how to overcome it. Largely independent of actual skill and knowledge, putting in hard work creates the perfect environment for success. Making sacrifices that others are not willing to make can put you ahead of your competition. He provided the examples of going back to school for a higher education while your peers are making good salaries.

Finally, Dr. Jochem touched on some strategies that build a successful person. Having something to work towards and staying firm in those goals, in other words, being goal oriented, is one. He suggests making a list of who you want to be and what you want to achieve in the long run - in one year, or in 10 years. It is important to take a step back from the small details and look at the big picture. Furthermore, telling other people these goals allows for accountability. Thinking strategically also plays into his tip of being goal oriented. Thinking about how you will do on the next test, or what you are going to do this weekend may seem like important things to think about but in the long run, these factors will play no role. Rather, it is important to constantly look for things that will bring you closer to your long term goals, and to find people that will support you. He says that it is important to surround yourself with people that are comparatively better than you in specific areas because it diversifies your environment and can push you to be a better version of yourself. While this is true, he also stressed havingpeople around you that you can lean on emotionally and will provide you with the support that you need.

Finally, Dr. Jochem touched on some strategies that build a successful person. Having something to work towards and staying firm in those goals, in other words, being goal oriented, is one. He suggests making a list of who you want to be and what you want to achieve in the long run - in one year, or in 10 years. It is important to take a step back from the small details and look at the big picture. Furthermore, telling other people these goals allows for accountability. Thinking strategically also plays into his tip of being goal oriented. Thinking about how you will do on the next test, or what you are going to do this weekend may seem like important things to think about but in the long run, these factors will play no role. Rather, it is important to constantly look for things that will bring you closer to your long term goals, and to find people that will support you. He says that it is important to surround yourself with people that are comparatively better than you in specific areas because it diversifies your environment and can push you to be a better version of yourself. While this is true, he also stressed havingpeople around you that you can lean on emotionally and will provide you with the support that you need.

As an entrepreneur, it is important to never be afraid to take risks, Dr. Jochem explained. The worst thing that can happen is failure, and like he stated before, if you are dedicated enough, you will find a way to overcome this failure. Once again, believing in yourself and staying true to yourself builds success as an entrepreneur. No matter how many times others will tell you that you are not good enough, if you believe in something, and put in the effort, you will be successful.

Thank you for all your insights Dr. Jochem.