As I walked into the seminar, I remember thinking, “Here is another guy who wrote a book, and will droll on and on, then ultimately try to sell me a copy of his book. Little did I know that, not only would I go on to buy his book for me, and copies for lots of other people in my life, but he would provide me a great perspective for appreciating extraordinary people I run across in my life.
His name is Mark Sanborn, and the book is called “The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary.” I won’t spoil the book for you, but briefly, the book is about Mark’s mailman, Fred. It goes into the amazing, and almost unbelievable lengths Fred goes to in order to serve the people on his mail route. Later in the book, Mark goes on to label people that he runs into that go above and beyond as “Freds,” and enjoys describing “Fred Sightings.”
I am very fortunate to be able to work in a place that has several “Freds.” Our delivery men are simply amazing. I won’t go on and on, but here are a few examples of our Drivers becoming “Freds”:
Our owner has done a great job of assembling the people that run Office Products Alliance, and he has always stressed that everyone is on the same team. There is no better example of that than the “Freds” that deliver your products to you!
So, do yourself a favor, please take a minute to notice and appreciate the next “Fred Sighting” that you run across. I’m confident that you’ll find one the next time you order supplies from us!