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  • The Fred Factor

  • How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
  • By: Mark Sanborn
  • Narrated by: Mark Sanborn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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The Fred Factor

By: Mark Sanborn
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Summary

In his powerful 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 while 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. Through stories about Fred and others like him, Sanborn reveals four basic "how to" 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 extraordinary. As Mark Sanborn makes clear, each of us has the potential be a Fred. The Fred Factor shows you how.

©2004 Mark Sanborn (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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  • KDWJT22
  • 14-11-17

Background Music Ruins Audible Experience

I purchased the audible version so I could listen in my car during my 2 hr daily commute however the background music playing during the reading is so loud and distracting that I can’t hear or focus on the words. FAIL!!

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  • Alison
  • 15-04-09

Pure genius

This book was so uplifting and filled with fantastic wisdom about reconnecting with your own values. The main premise was remaining true to the things that are important to you, despite the conditions you are sometimes faced with - like coming into contact with challenging customers, beauracracy within your organisation, restrictive policies and procedures, and team mates who don't want to play team. If a postal worker can inspire people and deliver them amazing, personalised and touching service, I'm pretty sure I can too.

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  • Donald
  • 10-06-07

What we all should strive for

The Fred Factor is on my must read list. This book provides insightful knowledge of customer service based on the simple Fred character. The story is basic but the thought that centers on each of the key points of the book are extremely deep. I enjoyed listening to this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who has to help motivating teams to “take care of the customer”.

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  • Debbie
  • 09-02-10

Could be a simple statement of...

go above and beyond the call of duty in your job and life, like Fred does.

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  • Angel Spradlin
  • 19-10-21

Way to go Fred

We were asked to read this book for a supervision class I was taken and approached it with the attitude of “let’s knock this out”. I was clearly wrong, I listened to the audio book twice already and recommended it to my wife and kids. Great story and well written with the daily dose of the Golden Rule.

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  • Jerry Kelly
  • 20-11-20

A customer mentioned this philosophy to me..

After a customer recently said I have the Fred factor, I was curious so I found the book and listen to it. By nature I really enjoy serving people. After Listening to the Fred factor I would agree I am a Fred. It humbles me to serve other people. As they say if you were focused on serving other people there is no Room for complaint.

Enjoy,

Jerry Kelly, Phoenix, A z

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-19

Great message!

A great book with a great message! Inspiration to make the world a better place, loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-23

Lots of life lessons

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the simple life lessons that we all seem to forget our expertly shown here in a simple, concise manner strongly recommend this book to anyone

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  • Angel Currence
  • 27-01-23

I'm going to work hard on being a Fred

one of my team members suggested this book and it was a very good read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-23

Good wholesome motivation

Good story… Nothing eventful or spectacular but a good quick read to help inspire your team to always do their best.