In the inspiring and thought-provoking book “The Energy Bus,” author Jon Gordon shares a powerful message through a captivating fable-style narrative. The book teaches us the vital role that a positive attitude and mindset play in achieving success in every aspect of our lives. Through its ten rules for success, “The Energy Bus” guides us on a journey to create our own destiny, define our purpose, and cultivate a positive outlook in the face of life’s challenges.
The ten life-changing rules outlined in the book are:
- You can decide and choose your thoughts and actions and create your destiny by being the “driver” of your ride.
- Having a clear purpose gives you direction and motivation in life.
- Having a clear vision of your destination keeps you in control and excited during the journey.
- Keeping a positive attitude is necessary to overcome challenges with enthusiasm. Negativity Is contagious.
- Law of attraction. The people you surround yourself with can greatly impact your life, so choose them wisely. For example, if you own a company, hire employees with the same attitude and goals.
- Be grateful for what you have to stay positive and motivated.
- Forgive others and let go of negative emotions to move forward on the track. Taking responsibility for your actions and being accountable will help you to reach your goals.
- Love your passengers. Believe they are the best and show you genuinely care about their success.
- Lead by example and inspire others to gain excellence in life and work.
- Enjoying what you do to stay positive and motivated in your professional career and family life.
By following these principles, we can tap into the power of positive energy and transform our lives and careers for the better. If you’re a fan of The Energy Bus and looking for similar reads, I’ve compiled a list of 5 interesting books that delve into similar themes and topics that you won’t want to miss:
1. The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon:
Jon Gordon, in his bestseller, guides leaders through his power of positivity. He makes it a point that everyone faces various obstacles on their journey, but leaders are those who overcome those challenges.
- Positive influence starts with leading with a positive attitude, cultivating a positive culture, and inspiring others to be their best selves.
- Positive people create a sense of purpose and meaning for their subordinates, which can help to increase motivation and engagement.
- Positive people focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. They are ready to believe in their employees and encourage collaboration for higher goals.
- It involves setting clear goals with clear steps and expectations and providing the support and resources needed for team members to succeed.
- You must be willing to adapt, learn, and grow and embrace differences as an opportunity for growth and development.
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
- Develop these three habits first: “Be Proactive,” “Begin with the End in Mind,” and “Put First Things First.” (Focus on personal responsibility and proactive planning, which are the basis of achieving excellence.)
- Then develop the next three habits, “Think Win-Win,” “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood,” and “Synergize.” (emphasize the importance of effective communication and teamwork.)
- The final habit you should develop is “Sharpen the Saw.” (Taking care of oneself physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally to implement the other practices possible.)
- Covey argues that these habits are not just skills to be learned but a holistic approach to personal and professional growth that requires perpetual effort and self-improvement.
- The book emphasizes the importance of balancing short-term and long-term goals, finding purpose, and improving lives.
3. The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle:
It explores the science behind what makes some teams and organizations more vibrant than others. Finally, it gives some helpful tips to bring about company culture in your organization that will resonate with your business goals.
- Building a strong culture that promotes trust, collaboration, and open communication is the key to creating a successful organization.
- Create a safe and inclusive environment to build trust, so the team members feel comfortable taking risks and sharing their ideas.
- Collaboration is fostered through shared goals, shared decision-making, and a focus on teamwork.
- Communication is essential for building trust and collaboration as it creates a sense of openness and transparency.
- It also emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and growth and encourages leaders to create a culture that values innovation and creativity.
4. The One Thing:
- The authors argue that the key to achieving extraordinary results is to focus on one thing at a time rather than trying to multitask or pursue multiple goals simultaneously.
- To identify the “one thing” that will impact your success, the authors recommend using the “Focusing Question,” which is a specific question that helps you identify your most important priorities.
- Time management is crucial to achieving your goals, and the authors recommend using the “Time Block” method to schedule your most important tasks and prioritize your time.
- It presses the importance of setting clear and specific goals and suggests using the “SMART” criteria (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) to set effective goals.
- He discusses the role of discipline, accountability, and commitment in achieving success and offers strategies for overcoming common roadblocks and setbacks.
5. The 5-Second Rule:
- The “5 Second Rule” technique helps you take action and overcome procrastination by counting down from five and then taking action immediately after the countdown.
- Robbins argues that the most successful people can overcome their fears and doubts and take action despite uncertainty.
- To overcome fear and gain confidence, refrain from negative thoughts and focus on the positive aspects of a situation.
- It emphasizes setting and achieving small goals and suggests that these achievements get momentum and confidence over time.
- He offers practical strategies and techniques to overcome common obstacles and gain resilience and mental toughness.