In our LDR100 class we had to create a project that possessed qualities of a Fred. What’s a Fred you say? Well I’ll answer that for you. This is a true story based off of a man named Fred who was a mail carrier. He was so caring and passionate about his job that he would go leaps and bounds for the people he delivers for. He would even watch over the houses just to make sure the mail was ok. He treated everyone with the highest respect and as a friend no matter what. Fred made a job that most people find miserable, a way to make a difference in peoples lives. Being a Fred is more than just being nice to people and making people smile. These are the principles to which a Fred portrays:
1. Everyone Makes a Difference
2. Success Is Built on Relationships
3. You Must Continually Create Value for Others, and it Doesn’t Cost a Penny
4. You Can reinvent yourself regularly
When we thought of a project we tried to incorporate all of these factors into it. What we came up with was #CMUrandomacts with the key words PASS IT ON! Our project was where we handed out cards of random acts to people and asked them to pass it on ultimately creating a chain reaction of random acts. The purpose of out project was to brighten someones day, promote kindness, and create stronger community on campus. Our difference was made by passing out the cards and creating the opportunity to smile. The relationships we built were through the interactions we put forth when presenting our acts which built community around campus. We created value for others through small acts which were easy ways of showing the value of kindness and good deeds. We reinvented our self by not just stepping out of our comfort zone and allowing us to grow as a person, but it also allowed our receiver to grow and become a deliverer. It may seem that our impact is small but its larger than you think and affects people and gives them the reason to possess the qualities of a Fred as well
I plan to be a Fred by lending a helpful hand.
*To see some of our impact, search #cmurandomacts on twitter.*