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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

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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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    06-13-17
    06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'll be watching for Fred's everywhere."

    I love the story the narrator was easy to listen to. and the audible was a great application to use I had no issues with the book that I've downloaded no issues with the sound quality

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    Fred Schmidt 05-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "the world needs more Fred's!!"

    This book looks at how anyone can make a difference in their world. The example of Fred the post man is an inspiration to all of us.

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    Heribert Eisinger 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good motivational material"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fred Factor the most enjoyable?

    Honest and inspiring story to be a better person.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fred Factor?

    All moments are good - I left inspired to be kinder to the people around me.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Sanborn – was your favorite?

    Fred


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 02-24-17
    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 02-24-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, this book was very interesting and inspiring, if you are looking to be a better person not just in your personal life but also in your professional life, this book will help you to do that. this book provides you with examples of how others have excelled in the way they do their job and it has shown that actions towards others does make a difference.


    What other book might you compare The Fred Factor to and why?

    I haven't really read or listened to any other books that have been inspirational like this before so I don't really have anything else to compare it to.


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

    Not really sure about this because there was nothing really different about his voice, he didn't have to change it or bring in any emotion to this book. most of this book was him really reading about different experiences where people expressed the Fred Factor towards the author and towards others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No this book did not give me any extreme reactions but it did get me to thinking about my life and about every aspect of what I do and how I do things and my interaction towards others.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Mike 08-31-16
    Mike 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good life lesson"

    Just a great read to remind us how to treat people. Although I read this from a business/customer service mindset, it's applicable to everyday life.

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    R. Ulloa 07-08-16
    R. Ulloa 07-08-16
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    "Inspirational"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fred Factor to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fred Factor?

    When Fred showed up at his home


    What about Mark Sanborn’s performance did you like?

    He conveys contagious enthusiasm.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Fred Factor?

    Be more proactive, there are always opportunities for you to make a difference.


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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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