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The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

We all get book recommendations on a frequent basis. My Amazon wishlist is full of suggestions from peers, colleagues, articles I’ve read, sessions I’ve sat in and so on. The stack of books by my bedside is the result of this and often I don’t get through them as fast as I’d like. One book that has been on my wishlist is The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon which came as a suggestion from a fellow CUPA-HR team member. On Wednesday she walked into my office, book in hand and simply stated, “read this on the plane, it’ll be quick, you’ll like it.” Simple enough, so I moved it to the head of the book stack, didn’t bother to pack the other book I had been halfway reading and left town. Quick it was and I’ve been thinking about it since.

The book revolves around a fictional character, George, who through a series of unfortunate events, found himself mad, negative and riding the bus to work. It was on this bus and the characters that rode it, that his attitude and life began to change. The rules around the bus are very simple and I don’t want to spoil them for you but they all revolve around positive energy and how it impacts your work, family and your outlook on life in general.

Now, while this book may come off a bit chintzy at first, Jon pulls it together very well in a memorable and easy story. It’s a message that can be applied in any work environment and life overall. One of those books I’ll try to read every so often as a reminder.

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the book, “The goal is not to be better than anyone else but rather be better than you were yesterday.”