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The Fred Factor Audiobook

The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

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.
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Publisher's 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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    Donald Waukesha, WI, USA 06-10-07
    Donald Waukesha, WI, USA 06-10-07
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    "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”.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alison BirchgroveAustralia 04-15-09
    Alison BirchgroveAustralia 04-15-09
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 03-22-16
    Charles 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book with a great message"

    This is a must read for anyone! Motivational and a great guide for being a good leader.

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    sammy j walker jr 03-04-16 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good guide"

    This is is a really good guide to doing and becoming better. Fred is amazing and am sure is changing alot of people. I know I am one of them.

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    CR 01-07-16
    CR 01-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    If you could sum up The Fred Factor in three words, what would they be?

    but the narrator seemed to be forcing excitement into the book. It's a quick listen, and something that I enjoyed, but I thought the narrator seemed to be trying to put inflection in his voice a bit too much.


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    Wendell 04-24-15
    Wendell 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. The story of Fred is pretty amazing and really challenging for myself. I would highly recommend this book to anybody. Great story about doing excellence in the ordinary.

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    ametress atlanta, GA, United States 12-19-14
    ametress atlanta, GA, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A New Year Must Read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fred Factor to be better than the print version?

    I believe that there are so many list that it would be nice to have a physical copy for note taking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea is simple to grasp but provides many examples of application


    What does Mark Sanborn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This audio book reminds me of having a conversation over coffee. Many times self-development books will use a lot of jargon that is unfamiliar but this was very easy to digest.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Starting your day, with passion.


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    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 02-09-10
    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    go above and beyond the call of duty in your job and life, like Fred does.

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    Carrie garden city, MI, USA 05-11-10
    Carrie garden city, MI, USA 05-11-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Magnificent!"

    This is a truly wonderful book with possitive thought and inspiration for all. This is a book you give to everyone you know including your boss.
    Coodos to the author and Fred!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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