Friday Review: The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive EnergyThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

George is sinking. His job is on the line, and he has no idea how to save the big presentation his team has to make, since they are at odds with each other all the time. His wife is getting tired of his negative attitude about everything, and he feels he’s losing touch with his kids, too. Then his car breaks down and he is forced to take the bus to work. He meets the exuberantly cheerful bus driver, Joy, and her regular passengers. They teach George about the ten rules of the Energy Bus. I listened to the author’s narration of the audiobook from Audible.

Okay, yeah, it’s a bit on the hokey side. But it’s a parable and has some nice tips and tricks to get yourself and others to take a fresh look at life and work. The book is slanted to a work environment, but the ideas could just as easily be translated to everyday life. And, even though a lot of people dismiss these sort of things as obvious and corny, I think we all can use a bit of a kick in the backside now and then to remind us that we can change. It’s easy to get sunk in the same sort of mudhole George was in: thinking this is just how my life is, it sucks, it always will, and I can’t do a thing about it. It’s easy to get angry, and depressed, and blame the world for a bad rap. This little book can serve as a reminder that it doesn’t have to be. It’s not the sort of thing that is for everybody, but if you can get around the cuteness and constantly upbeat attitudes, you might find a gem or two in there. It’s short, so it doesn’t eat up a lot of time to read or listen to, also.

Not everyone will love the concept here, but if you need a little recharging and maybe some fresh ideas for motivating yourself and others, you might need to jump on board The Energy Bus.

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