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The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary Hardcover – April 20, 2004
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In his powerful new book THE FRED FACTOR, motivational speaker Mark Sanborn recounts the true story of Fred, the mail carrier who passionately loves his job and who genuinely cares about the people he serves. Because of that, he is constantly going the extra mile handling the mail - and sometimes watching over the houses - of the people on his route, treating everyone he meets as a friend. Where others might see delivering mail as monotonous drudgery, Fred sees an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those he serves.
We've all encountered people like Fred in our lives. In THE FRED FACTOR, Mark Sanborn illuminates the simple steps "each of us can take to transform our own lives from the ordinary - into the extraordinary. Sanborn, through stories about Fred and others like him, reveals the four basic principles that will help us bring fresh energy and creativity to our life and work: how to make a real difference everyday, how to become more successful by building strong relationships, how to create real value for others without spending a penny, and how to constantly reinvent yourself.
By following these principles, and by learning from and teaching other "Freds," you, too, can excel in your career and make your life extraodinary. As Mark Sanborn makes clear, each of us has the potential be a Fred.THE FRED FACTOR shows you how.
Mark Sanborn's bestselling business books teach ordinary people how to achieve extraordinary things in all aspects of life. Visit Amazon's Mark Sanborn Page.
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It is a good book, and a short book. It is well written. The book is entertaining and at the same time makes many good points.
The first of four sections covers how the author met Fred the mailman, and how very quickly the author realized that Fred was a superstar mail carrier. The basics of what a "Fred" is are explored, and then the author mentions sightings of other "Freds."
The second section explains how you can become a Fred. Basically you need to build relationships with others so you know them well enough to then be able to be create, take initiative and make a difference.
The third section gives pointers on how you can help others grow into being Freds. The basic steps are to:
1) Find - how do you recognize a Fred
2) Reward - how should Freds be rewarded
3) Educate - how help people improve their Fredness
4) Demonstrate - model the correct behavior
The final section recounts the value and importance of being a Fred.
This is a book worth reading. It provides a good reminder and motivation to go the extra mile and do a better job.
Don't expect any revolutionary concepts or complex methodologies. The message and call to action are simple and conveyed in a easy and brief manner. The author leads you from inspiration to action. Along the way the reading is peppered with examples of people acting in a "Fred" like way - doing more than expected. And there are a many tips...reminders actually, as we should be doing this stuff already...that will help the converted to adopt a Fred-like attitude/philosophy/lifestyle.
It's easy for me to dismiss most of these cutesy self-help books as short-lived propaganda intended more to sell books than to add value to our lives. But this book...well...it caught me by surprise. I enjoyed it, I related to it and I was moved and inspired by it. And I recommend it.
Author Mark Sanborn, a well-respected motivational speaker, explores what Fred does, why he does it, and the impact that effort has on others. Throughout the book, Sanborn offers examples of people in all walks of life-regular people like you and me, showing how they go over and beyond the ordinary to make a difference in the lives of those around them. The lessons are both instructive and inspirational. The themes are so well interwoven that you hardly realize that you're being taught or inspired; it just sort of happens.
Much of the advice offered consists of the same material that we've heard from motivational speakers for decades. The phrases and morals will sound familiar as you move comfortably through the pages. The personal one-on-one sharing style that the author uses to convey his messages somehow makes the messages much easier to "get," absorb, and use.
The Fred Factor is great for individual reading and personal growth. It will also be valuable for years as a training tool. Employers no doubt will buy this book in large quantities to inoffensively encourage their employees to be Freds in their work, to reach out to others, to build relationships, to do the extra things, to make a difference. This book would make a great gift for young people about to go out and make their way in the world. When they commit to Fred behavior, they will open their lives to that much higher level of satisfaction that comes from serving others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great ideas on how we can revive the human in our digital world. Our ability to build relationships starts and thrive with an act of kindness!Published 10 hours ago by 212consulting
This is an outstanding motivational book. I buy a copy for every member of my Residential Lending Team. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert Giacomo
Amazing book! It's a very fast read and got me super motivated to start changing some things within myself! I recommend this book 10000%Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This a great "read" for anyone who wants to serve their fellow man. I am a retail pharmacist and I am a FRED. Read morePublished 18 days ago by RICK R. MASCARENAS
"The Fred Factor" is a delightful little volume, just over 100 pages, with inspiring examples and wisdom of how you can become a "Fred" - a person who takes pride... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill Clardy
I think this is a great story. It's a very quick read, and leaves you wanting to make change in your life. However, I think it's a bit drawn out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MelissaMH
My favorite book!! Buttttt..... gave all as gifts only to hear back that 3 (so far) were missing the first 2-12 pages or torn out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Smith
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