I had the pleasure to interview Mark Sanborn and I asked him…What is ‘The Fred Factor”?
‘I met Fred Shea, a postal carrier, when I first moved to Denver, Colorado.
Fred the Postman was quite remarkable in attitude with a warmth and sincerity that were apparent immediately. And his dedication to serving his customers made him extraordinary. Over the 10 years that Fred Shea served as my postman I observed him daily put into practice the principles that became the foundation for my best selling book, The Fred Factor, namely that:
- Everyone makes a difference,
- Success is built on relationships,
- You must create value for others, and;
- You should reinvent yourself on a regular basis.
The Fred Factor is the ability to continually create new value for those you live and work with through passion, creativity and commitment.
And an important message of the book is that nobody can prevent you from choosing to be extraordinary.
What does it mean to reinvent yourself on a regular basis? It isn’t the kind of grandiose life overhaul you might think. It is about staying motivated and bringing enthusiasm and fresh perspective to your work each day.
Helen Keller said, “Is life not a thousand times too short to bore ourselves.” Life is short, and boredom is a choice, not a condition. If we challenges ourselves to come up with new ideas on how to create value, be of larger service and make a bigger difference in the lives of those around us, we are reinvigorating and reinventing ourselves.’
For more information about The Fred Factor: How Passion In Your Work and Life Can Turn Ordinary into Extraordinary, visit www.fredfactor.com