Does it feel like your life is full of challenges? No matter what you do, you can’t seem to catch a break? Do you feel like your negativity has gotten in the way of living a happy and fulfilling life? If so, I definitely recommend reading The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.
Over the last few months, I haven’t felt like my positive self. While I am still in good spirits all around, my personal happiness and well-being seemed to slowly be fading away. It started to feel as though it was becoming a chore or a responsibility to make my happiness a focus. But after reading The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, I feel as though I once again found that spark – that spark to continue to drive my bus forward.
The Energy Bus Summary
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon is about a corporate manager (George) whose life is falling apart right before his eyes. He is miserable at home, he is miserable at work, and to make matters worse, he has two weeks to give the best presentation at work or he is going to find himself unemployed. No matter what he does, he just can’t seem to catch a break.
Driving into work one day, George’s car gets a flat. As he goes to the repair shop to get it fixed, the mechanic said that George was lucky because there was a recall on the car for faulty breaks. At any time, George could have been without breaks and perhaps could have lost his life.
Part of George wishes that would have happened, but the other part is fueled with rage. Instead of seeing it as a blessing that he got it fixed in time, George’s only concern is how he is going to get to his miserable job for the next two weeks.
With no other options left, George finds himself on the city bus. This isn’t just any normal city bus, though. This is the Energy Bus, where the bus driver, Joy, is going to help reshape George’s life.
Joy was an upbeat, cheerful, and smart lady. As soon as George stepped on her bus, she knew that he had stepped on for a reason. She was going to make George face the reality that he was the only one who could control his negativity. Life wasn’t going up against him. He was going up against life instead of going with it.
Joy and the other passengers on the bus (passengers whose lives she changed previously just like Georges) were going to help him live a better life by educating him about the ten rules that would fuel his life, work, and team with positive energy so he could crush his work presentation.
10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
Rule #1: You are the Driver of Your Bus
Nobody else can control the direction in which your bus goes in. You have to realize that you, and only you are responsible for your own life.
This is the most important of the rules because if you fail to take responsibility for your life and fail to control your bus, then you can’t take it to where you want to go. Without a direction in mind and a plan to get there, you will never be able to reach your destination. You will only be a passenger to everybody else’s travel plans, and that isn’t how life is meant to be lived.
“More people die Monday morning at 9 a.m. than any other time.” – Jon Gordon
Define your vision, know the direction for which you want your life to go in, and make it your mission to get there no matter how long it may take.
Rule #2: Desire, Vision and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction
The second fule is all about the energy of thought. Have you ever noticed how when you want something, you start seeing it everywhere around you? That’s because the more we focus on something, the more we think about it, and the more it will start to show up in our lives.
Our thoughts are magnetic. The more we focus on something, the more we attract it to become our reality. So after you have clearly defined your vision, visualize yourself already having achieved it. Create a plan for how you are going to fulfill that vision, and start progressing towards it.
What we think about, we attract. What we think about expands and grows. And the energy that we give off is the energy that we receive back.
Rule #3: Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy
Use this equation: E + P = O. In this equation, E stands for events, P can either stand for perception or positive energy, and O stands for outcome.
There are always going to be bumps along the way to your destination. But it’s how we deal with the events in our lives that determine the outcome.
Positive energy and positive people attract positive results. The more positivity that we surround ourselves with, the easier it will be to stay on the right road and overcome the difficulties that we may face. Surround yourself with as much positive energy as you can so your bus can get to its destination.
Rule #4: Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead
We are not going to be able to achieve much over the course of our lives just by ourselves. In everything that we do, we are always going to need to have someone by our sides, helping to guide us in the right direction, or there to pick us up when our bus is on the verge of breaking down.
Share your vision with others. Ask others to get on your bus with you. Not only are you going to help make their lives better by having them get on your bus, but they are oftentimes going to help make your life better as well.
Rule #5: Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Do Not Get on Your Bus
Some people aren’t going to want to get on your bus, and unfortunately, some people are going to try and stop your bus from moving forward. When that happens, learn to kick them off of your bus. Don’t waste your energy trying to understand them or trying to get them to understand your vision. Focus your attention on those who want to share the ride with you.
Rule #6: Post a Sign that Says ’No Energy Vampires Allowed’ on Your Bus
This is where you have to be strong enough to tell those around you that you will not allow any negativity on your bus or in your life. You have to make the focus clear for where you are going and surround yourself with a positive team that is going to help you get there. Whoever is negative, make the choice to kick them off of your bus before they suck all of the joy and energy out of it.
If somebody negative does get on your bus, give them the option of either changing their attitude around or getting off at the next stop.
Rule #7: Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride
This rule is pretty self-explanatory, but in everything that you do, radiate the positive energy that you wish to attract. When you spread positive energy and enthusiasm into the lives of others, they will spread it to those around them as well to one life at a time.
Just like Joy told George, “Be the CEO. Not Chief Executive Officer, but Chief Energy Officer.” Create positive energy, create a joyful environment around you, and spread your energy into the lives of others.
Rule #8: Love Your Passengers
Love makes the world go round. While enthusiasm is important, love is what everything is made of. To really tap into the power of your heart and create a positive environment in the world around you, you must love your passengers.
It sounds corny, but if you look at all of the successful businesses, all of the successful individuals, and those who are the happiest, you will always find that it starts with love. All any of us want is to be loved. When you love those around you, they start to love you in return and help lead your bus towards its destination.
Rule #9: Drive With Purpose
Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life. When we drive with purpose and follow our why, we don’t get tired, we don’t get bored, and our engines don’t run out of gas.
Whatever your destination looks like, make sure that it is fueled by purpose. In doing so, you will find the excitement in the journey, the passion for the every day, and the extraordinary in what many others simply see as ordinary. Everyone is always trying to find their purpose, but all we really have to do is find the bigger purpose in the here and now and our purpose will find us.
Rule #10: Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride
Eventually, we are all going to die. The final destination of life is death. Death is inevitable, and nobody can escape it. But the important thing is how much we enjoy the ride until we get to our final destination. This is the one and only life we are going to get, and it’s the one and only ride we will get to take. Why not enjoy it?
The goal in life shouldn’t be to be the best in everything that we do. It should be to live young, have fun, and arrive at our final destination as late as possible with a smile on our face knowing that we lived life to our absolute fullest potential.
After two weeks of taking the bus to work every day and learning about the 10 rules, it was now up to George to get his team to hop on his bus. As for the presentation, well you are just going to have to read the book to find out what happens. Let’s just say that as soon as George’s car got fixed, he would keep it in the garage and would take the bus to work from now on.
The Energy Bus Review
Overall, I thought this was such a simple and amazing book. It is easy to read, but the lesson and the meaning that it projects is one that is rare to find. It helped me to create that internal spark of happiness, positivity, and energy, which is why I am confident that it will help to do the same for you.
If you find yourself struggling to find happiness and energy in your life, I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s mindblowing to me how such a simple and obvious story about a once negative man can positively impact my life as much as this one has.