With a wide-ranging bio, as an entrepreneur, physician, attorney, pilot and culinary enthusiast, John Shufeldt has had the privilege of meeting some of the most extraordinary individuals all along the way. Through serving alongside unassuming but high-achieving individuals in philanthropy and business, as well as studying the lesser told stories of highly regarded historical figures, and caring for patients from all walks of life in the ER, John noticed a common trend. The individuals who struck him as achieving greatness, shared unique qualities that couldn’t always be explained by their upbringing or circumstances, but rather choices they made on the way to accomplishing breakthroughs in history and everyday life. John was compelled to study these individuals who he calls “outliers”, and after gathering information that has the potential to push others past their own limits, he decided to write the Outlier Series and start Outliers Publishing.
The Outlier Series
Author John Shufeldt recently published the first two books in The Outlier Series, a non-fiction, professional and personal development series of books geared towards students and professionals pursuing growth. The first book, Ingredients of Outliers, was published in June 2013, and shortly after in March 2014 with the inspiration of some local fifth grade students, John published Ingredients of Young Outliers. John hopes to publish 8 more books as part of the series over the course of 2014- 2015. The books are intended for students, college graduates and anyone interested in entering or furthering their career. The goal of the series is to offer books specific to sought-after career fields with insider information and recommended channels for pursuing that career from experts in each respective profession.
The career fields featured in this book series include but are not limited to: Medicine, Law, Sports, Design / Engineering, The Arts / Entertainment, Entrepreneurism / Business, Service to Country/ Service to Mankind, Writing / Journalism, and Travel / Leisure.
The first book in the Outlier Series is Ingredients of Ouliters, published in July of 2013: a life and career guide packed with accounts from John’s personal endeavors, those of historical figures and influential acquaintances. This quintessential handbook exposes the x-factor, that extra something, which unleashes the potential in all of us. Ingredients of Outliers is a compilation of thoughts, tips and techniques that will guide you toward finding the ingredients that make an individual go from average to extraordinary and will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone to join the ranks of the outliers.
There is an abundance of humor and enlightenment in this 169-page non-fiction book. Each one of the 16-chapters in the book focuses on a different attribute that outliers demonstrate. The chapter topics include humility, failure, persistence, preparation, communication, imperturbability, tolerating risk, kindness, learning, optimism, perspective, indefatigability, efficiency, integrity, intuition and being one of a kind.
The second book in the Outlier Series, Ingredients of Young Outliers, was published in March, 2013:
Although John has spent 29 years in school, from elementary school through three graduate degrees, his life as a young student was rarely easy. His grade and high school years were marked with barely passing grades, and many seasons warming benches in sports. Although he pressed on to improve his academics, becoming a doctor and eventually a business entrepreneur, he could have avoided many pitfalls along the way with a little guidance.
John’s goal in writing Ingredients of Young Outliers was to serve as a surrogate mentor to young people, incorporating his most valuable lessons through his amusing misadventures, while also sharing the less highlighted stories of notable individuals who faced challenges on their way to success. Theses anecdotes are condensed into an approachable and humorous guide, making the pursuit of excellence a less intimidating journey for teens and young adults.