Originally posted on ScottsdaleAirpark.com:
Serial entrepreneur Dr. John Shufeldt, author of seven books, received such an overwhelming response from students and young professionals at one of his recent talks that he decided to hold a contest for them.
Four winners received prizes in late June: a helicopter ride at the Scottsdale Airport, a one-hour career counseling coaching session and lunch, and a signed copy of Shufeldt’s latest book, “LeadershipYOU.”
Hosted by Outliers Publishing, the LeadershipYou Career Coaching event was created to provide guidance, mentorship and encouragement to students to pursue their personal and professional aspirations.
The event was created after Shufeldt spoke at TEDx ASU. Many students and young professionals attended and sought career guidance. Shufeldt told students to “think big” and avoid thinking that they are limited to a single career path.
The four winners, chosen randomly in a social media contest, were ASU students Nataly Banuel, Hannah Warren and Sharon Coburn, and Malique Washington, a graduate of McClintock High School.
Shufeldt gave the students a ride in his helicopter, then took them to a career counseling session and lunch. Coburn says Shufeldt was inspiring. “He’s done so much with his life. Even when he failed, he got right back up and continued. It inspired me to continue to do what I love to do.”
Banuel says she learned “not to give up on my dreams, to follow things that I am passionate about, and if I’m ever uncomfortable, to keep moving forward “Shufeldt has published seven out of 17 Outlier Series books. Each book highlights traits and accomplishments of individuals he calls “outliers.” He is developing an online course and free classroom curriculum for high school and college educational professionals.
Shufeldt says everyone needs mentors to achieve goals. “I hope students who participated in this event will be encouraged to pursue their dreams—all of them.”