The end of the semester is nearing, and you know what that means: final papers and projects, and lots of them. To wrap up the semester in LDR100, we were given an inspirational book titled “The FRED Factor” by Mark Sanborn. The book was based on a mail man named Fred who went above and beyond his expectations as a mail deliverer. He did this out of the goodness of his own heart, expecting nothing in return. He made his ordinary, mundane job into something that created value for others.
In the book, four principles were outlined on how to become a “Fred”. In our group project, we strived to fulfill these.
- Everyone makes a difference.
- Everything is built on relationships.
- You must continually create value for others.
- You can reinvent yourself regularly.
Along with the book, we were presented with a general set of directions and a very open-ended task. Our task was to be our own “Fred” by achieving the four principles in any way we chose. All we had was the little book about a mail man and seven brains working together to spark a change in the world (or at least at CMU).
To start off our project, we asked students passing through the Leadership Institute a pretty tough question – many were stumped. It’s a big one:
How are you going to put your “stamp” on the world?
Some people had their idea right away, others, not so much. To help them out, we asked them to think about their passions and what differences they’d like to make in their lifetime. We reminded them of their major and asked, “what degree are you pursuing at Central that is going to help people?”
Once their brains warmed up, they wrote their idea on a sticky note and we asked them to display that note somewhere they will see it everyday (on their mirror, posted in their planner, etc.)
Hearing peoples’ passions is a passion of mine, so this project was a gift to my ears and to my soul. The simplest of things can make a change, one change sparks another, and now we’ve got a whole world full of change. A smile can turn someone’s day around. You never know how big of an impact you are making in someone’s life, so I will strive to continually create positive change in the lives of people surrounding me.