February 07, 2017 4:45PM
It might seem odd that Pittsburg State University’s Office of Career Services would co-sponsor a speaker who failed to get a job after more than 40 interviews, thousands of emails and nearly 5,000 phone calls. But Daniel Seddiqui will bring an encouraging message to students, telling them how he turned failure into success and stayed motivated even in the face of adversity.
Seddiqui will deliver a presentation, “Settling is the Biggest Sacrifice,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. The free presentation is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Greek Leadership Council.
Dubbed “The Most Rejected Person in the World” by USA Today, Seddiqui will talk about his journey to success.
In college, Seddiqui was a decorated athlete and graduated at the top of his class. But after 120 rounds of job interviews and eventually ending up homeless, Seddiqui was desperate and considered settling for anything. He took a risk and decided that, instead of waiting and accepting his fate, he would widen his perspective by exploring the world around him. Ultimately, he experienced 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks.
Today, Seddiqui is a frequent speaker on college campuses. He is the founder of Living the Map, which raises awareness of the varying cultures, careers, and environments across the country. Seddiqui encourages students to explore the world around them, to understand and respect one another and to make continuous discoveries to better themselves.
For more information, call the Office of Career Services, 620-235-4140.