Every once in a while, you encounter someone truly remarkable who ventured outside his or her comfort zone to make a mark on a person’s life, an industry or even history. Perhaps this individual is a well-known figure, or maybe the extraordinary influencer has a story that is yet to be told. They made you wonder at their attitude and achievements, their actions reflected their identity and they stretched your understanding of what was humanly possible. Author Dr. John Shufeldt calls these individuals “outliers” or, “An exceptional person for whom excellence is merely a starting point toward a destination far beyond our normal definition of achievement.”
While writing Ingredients of Outliers: A Recipe for Personal Achievement, the first book in the Outlier Series, Dr. Shufeldt uncovered a pattern among outliers: the characteristics they shared were: humility, persistence, preparation, communication, imperturbability, tolerating risk, kindness, optimism, perspective, indefatigability, efficiency, integrity, a keen intuition, and uniqueness. While many of us are well versed in the tales of our forefathers and can quickly name the top achieving men of our time, the gap exists between the presence of brave, confident and accomplished women, and the availability of books which represent their voice and stories. Consequently, Dr. Shufeldt interviewed six remarkable women whose bravery, innovation, charisma and persistence paved the way for others, both men and women, and he began writing the third book in the Outlier Series, Ingredients of Outliers: Women Game Changers.
The women in this book include Jenny McClendon, PA-C, former star of the WEtv series,Raising Sextuplets and mother of nine who is working full-time and caring for her family; an Attorney-CPA and Arizona public figure, Christine Jones; the first woman to be Supreme Court Chief Justice in Iowa, Marsha Ternus; Jane Hamilton, bestselling and award winning author of A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth, both Oprah’s Book Club selections; ophthalmologist, humanitarian, and physician-educator, Mildred M. G. Olivier; and, award winning environmentalist and author, Sharon Guynup. Dr. Shufeldt was humbled to interview these women, and honored to pen a piece of their stories. He captures in these pages what makes these women so outstanding, what sets them and others apart from the rest, and makes them outliers.