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Ingredients of Outliers: A Recipe For Personal Achievement (Volume 1) Paperback – June 26, 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
Book 1 of 11 in the Outlier Series

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  • Billy Cundiff, Pro-Bowl/All-Pro NFL football player- "John writes in a conversational tone that makes this book so enjoyable to read.  Educational and entertaining from cover to cover!"
  • Dan Cassidy, CEO/Founder Inspiyr.com- "In Ingredients of Outliers John Shufeldt provides real-life stories about those superstar performers we all aspire to become. Whether you want to improve your career, performance on the sports field, or just get some inspiration to step up your game in any aspect of your life, Ingredients of Outliers can provide the motivation and vision to help you get to where you want to be."
  • Nicole Drury, Esq. Executive, Director of Colleen's Dream Foundation- "This is a 'hard to put down book' written with inspirational and lesson-filled stories that not only stay with you, but make you want to be a better version of yourself."
  • Beverly Kidd, TV news anchor- "Ingredients of Outliers is a witty and charming guide to success and happiness told by a living example. Amid the real life stories of adventure and misadventure are the secrets to a fulfilled life. John's humor and warmth makes this book so readable and fun that you forget you're learning invaluable life lessons told by an author who's achieved great success in his life. John's enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious and each chapter leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible! And when you're done reading, give a copy to your kids. What a gift!"
  • Carrie Withey, JD, Judge, Municipal Court- "John Shufeldt is the ultimate (self-made) outlier and this book is a treasure trove of gold nuggets. His pithy, honest, and incredibly wise advice is essential reading for anyone from any background who wants to re-script their own destiny to ensure their brightest possible future.
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  • Brenda Rico, fifth grade teacher- "I feel inspired to take more leaps of faith without as much fear of failure. As a teacher, I can enhance my teaching tremendously by sharing these amazing qualities of leadership to my little 'outliers'."

About the Author

John Shufeldt is a serial student, an indefatigable change agent and a multidisciplinary entrepreneur who has studied the traits and qualities of extraordinary individuals for over three decades. John received his BA from Drake University in 1982 and his MD from the University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School in 1986. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in 1989 where he spent his final year as Chief Resident. John received his MBA in 1995, and his Juris Doctorate in 2005, both from Arizona State University. He is admitted to the State Bar in Arizona, the Federal District Court, and Supreme Court of the United States. He founded numerous health and non-health care businesses and continues to practice emergency medicine and law. He writes and lectures on a variety of subject matters to graduate medical, business and law students. He is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches a clinic on Health Law Entrepreneurism. He serves on the Drake University Board of Trustees and the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law Alumni Board. You can find more information out about John and his work at www.ingredientsofoutliers.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Ingredients of Outliers
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Outlier Publishing; 1 edition (June 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940288002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940288000
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Physician-businessman John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, has written a succinct instruction book for unusual personal achievement, for becoming outstanding, an outlier, in your field.

His section headings form a handy summary:

HUMILITY: The Root of Success
FAIL FAST: The Gift of Failure
PERSISTENCE: Press On!
PREPARATION: When the Wind Blows
COMMUNICATION: A Lost Art
IMPERTURBABILITY: Staying Calm
TOLERATING RISK: Being a Doer, not a Dreamer
KINDNESS: The Art of Paying it Forward
LEARNING: A Lifetime Pursuit
OPTIMISM / ENTHUSIASM: Look on the Bright Side
PERSPECTIVE: Changing It Changes Everything
INDEFATIGABLE: Empty the Tank!
EFFICIENCY: Doing Better What’s Being Done
INTEGRITY: A Priceless Commodity
INTUITION: Your Guts Don’t Lie

Finally, he advises us to be:
THE RARE FIND: Become the One of a Kind.

In just under 200 pages, Dr. Shufeldt includes his personal observations and anecdotes along with those of many other successful people and students of achievement. His is a virtual recipe book for those who hope to be outstanding, too.
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Overall I enjoyed this book. It's a quick read... I think the title is a little misleading as it's more of a general self-help book than anything else. If someone has read a number of self-help books, they probably won't get much new from this. That being said, it is well-written and contained lots of things that were good reminders. Dr. Shufeldt provides an interesting and fairly unique perspective given all of his credentials and accomplishments. Would recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of insightful descriptions of people Dr. Shufeldt has met in his life and how they shaped him to be the renaissance man he is. I think what's important about him, this book, and many successful people I know is that they didn't just appear that way over night. Dr. Shufeldt really details how his failures have helped him achieve his successes, in fact I think he discusses his failures more at length than any of his accomplishments. One of my absolute favorite things about the book was that Dr. Shufeldt was a Sociology major in undergraduate school. As a recent college graduate with a degree in Sociology, I was teased relentlessly about how "useless" my degree was. It's awesome to discover someone I look up to shared the same interests I do.
One message I always carry with me, is that no matter how amazing my accomplishments may be, I always have to humble myself. Even if you are a Dr/Lawyer/Pilot/MultimilliondollarBusinessman, you might not always have all the answers. Opening your mind to insight from others is the best way to continue growing through out the rest of your life. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read this book, and maybe one day there won't be such a thing as an "outlier" anymore because we will all be able to push our capability to their maximum human potential, just like Dr. Shufeldt.
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John Shufeldt's Ingredients of Outliers: A Recipe for Personal Achievement is by far one of the best books I have ever read regarding how to be successful in your professional and life. The book breaks down what the general public sees as difficult concepts into easily understood items to check off your character list to see where you can improve. I love the use of quotes and stories of outliers from around the globe during different eras. This book also changed my life; when I started reading it I was recovering from severe depression regarding traumatic events. Now, I have the courage to not only chase my dream of having my own organization at 24 but also take on those who have wronged me with creative humor, integrity, kindness, persistence, and every other delicious ingredient in this book. The results in my life have been game changing. I would and do recommend Ingredients of Outliers to everyone and delight in promoting it simply because I believe so strongly in its purpose. The quality of this book is that of an International Bestseller. You don't want to miss out the chance to read it!
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Whenever I start a book like the one John Shufeldt wrote, I have two things in the back of my head: 1) There's probably a lot of material in the book I have read elsewhere; and 2) If I can learn 3 new things that I didn't know before, then it's worth the read. Both came true here… much of the book covers things we've all probably read or heard at some point in our lives; This book is great because it reminds of the many things we need to be successful. To my second point, I came away with 5 things I had not considered before, and for that I give kudos to the author.
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I loved this book! It had a wonderful blend of personal experiences and inspirational stories that really articulated the attributes needed for personal success. The stories were interesting and well researched and written. It was an easy to read book, but one that left you wanting to do more and be more. Shufeldt did a wonderful job of articulating the character traits in our lives that really matter. The book really can be a recipe for personal achievement.
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This book is an easy read, mostly because the personal testimonials and the real life stories are fascinating nuggets that you not only can relate to, but take you by surprise and keep you engaged. Additionally,I love the simple quotes and pearls of wisdom throughout the book that the author, John Shufeldt includes.. Many of them, I have written down to keep close at hand when I need a little boost or reminder for myself. "Food For Thought" and "In Other Words" at the end of each chapter are helpful summaries of life's most important examples and lessons to reflect on knowing the adversities and overcome struggles that led to the incredible successes of the person featured in that chapter. What a great foundation of hope to build upon!. If you have the "Outlier" book you have practical tools now to make your own "Outlier" success story and for that, I am truly grateful.
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