Fred Factor

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The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn is about creating passion in your life and how that can make your life extraordinary. The book begins by explaining what the “Fred Factor” is and who it was named after. It then gives some guidelines on how to become a Fred by following a certain way of thinking. The book also goes over how to seek out and develop other Freds in your life. It concludes by giving an update on the original Fred, Fred Shea. In the first section of the book where Sanborn describes the original Fred and examples of other Freds you are really drawn into learning more about this specific kind of person. One of the main points of the book is how anyone can be passionate about their work no matter what they do. The original Fred story is a great example of this. Learning about a US postal service worker and how he was able to affect so many of his customers in such a positive way is such an encouraging story. Being a postal worker is a position that most anyone could attain and using something as non-glamorous as this position illustrates the main point that anyone in any position can be inspirational. One of my favorite things from the second part of this book is the idea that everyone can make a difference and nobody prevents you from being extraordinary. You hold everything you need to be an exceptional person – you don’t need the extra education or income to make a difference – anyone from any background has the ability to be passionate about what they do. By realizing this you are also able to see that relationships are the building blocks that success is built upon. Without nurturing both professional and personal relationships it will be difficult to succeed at being a Fred. Sanborn explains why it is important to create value for other people and why one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself is what can you do for others. A great example of this is when Sanborn suggests when you see a group of people with one...
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