The Fred Factor

April 11, 2013

in the generous life

fred2Lately I’ve heard a number of people rave about Fred 2.0. The title of the book had me curious and I respect the folks who recommended it. 

fred1When I looked into it, I found that Fred 2.0 is a collection of ideas and stories based on a previous book, The Fred Factor (reviews). I figured I should probably read The Fred Factor first to get the ground work.

I’m a firm believer that everyone is an amazing individual and that we choose much about our lives, so The Fred Factor was totally encouraging to me. It centers around a postal carrier named Fred who gives friendly and impressive service (an ordinary person turning an ordinary job into something quite extraordinary). 

How many of us feel that our lives are just ordinary? I know there are days that I do. After I’ve done the dishes, vacuumed, cleaned up after the dog (he’s taking to chewing the contents of the bathroom wastebasket, bad Widget), dumped the spam in my In box, … well, what can I say?

This book helps you see that everyone can make a difference (that means you and me too). Some of the most ordinary chores can be extraordinary with a bit of imagination. Though the book is somewhat business-y, the author makes the point that it works for all areas of life, including family life. He shares truckloads of stories and some simple guidelines for being extraordinary. (I especially liked his “practice the one-a-day plan” where you turn the ordinary into the extraordinary one act at a time.)

I’m looking for ways to implement the concepts in my marriage, with my friends, on The Generous Wife, where I serve in church gatherings and more. I’m excited because it is so do-able.

This book is short and easy to read, which is great if you are strapped for time or have a dangerously tall pile of books to read.

The Fred Factor 
Fred 2.0

I’m off to read Fred 2.0!

Convert your job (life?) into one you love, not by doing a different job, but by doing the one you have differently!  Mark Sanborn (parenthesis mine)

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Maggie April 11, 2013 at 5:34 am

My husband’s company was blessed with a speaking engagement by Mark (In Hawaii!) my husband bought three of his books and they’re all good reads. This was a delight to read your blog about him :) we had our oldest son read them as well.


The Generous Wife April 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

@Maggie I’ve talked my son into reading it as well. He’s got a fairly good attitude about his job (fairly mundane), but a little challenge is always a good thing.


Mark Sanborn April 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thank you for your positive review of Fred 2.0. I’m delighted you enjoyed it.


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