With the pace of today’s world, it is not surprising that we often feel drained of energy or, even worse, find ourselves the source of or surrounded by negative energy. At that point, we may feel disconnected, frustrated, and find ourselves struggling with relationships. The Energy Bus provides clear, concise, simple solutions for getting back on track through the fictional story of a bus driver and the wisdom she and her passengers impart to George, who is feeling down on his luck and unable to find success at a critical point in his life.
The first rule on The Energy Bus is that ‘You’re the Driver of Your Bus.’ You must take responsibility for your life and control of your bus. This is the only way you can be sure you will reach your intended destination. In order to understand where to take your bus, however, you must determine what you want. What is your vision for your life, your career, and your relationships?
The second and third rules describe how to fuel your bus with desire, vision, focus, and positive energy, ensuring you associate your journey with a larger and bigger purpose. Once you understand where you want to go, infusing your vision with energy and purpose, it time to incorporate rule #4: ‘Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead.’ Determining who you want on ‘your bus’ isn’t entirely within your control; your passengers must decide for themselves that they want to board your bus and buy into your vision. From that point, however, you are responsible for managing the energy of your “passengers”. This starts with rule #6: ‘Post a Sign that Says No Energy Vampires Allowed on Your Bus.’ You have the essential task of teaching your passengers about the importance, and ultimately successful, powers of positive energy.
Ultimately, your role is to become the Chief Energy Officer (CEO) of your bus - “This means that you share positive, powerful, and contagious energy with your co-workers, employees, and customers.” With the teachings of rule #7, ‘Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride,’ and rule #8, ‘Love Your Passengers,’ you will build a strong, committed, and successful team.
Once you have determined your vision, built up a bus of focused and energized (with positive energy of course!) passengers and continue to share your vision and enthusiasm, you are ready for rule #9: ‘Drive with Purpose.’ Throughout your journey, however, you must ensure you always remember rule #10: ‘Have fun and Enjoy the Ride.’
The Energy Bus describes and coaches the reader through each of the rules with George’s true-to-life struggles. George is faced with a product launch, the success of which is critical in order for him to keep his job. His relationships with employees, coworkers, and family are on the rocks. He can’t seem to connect with anyone, and the results have been disastrous. To top it off, his car has a flat tire and he is forced to take the bus. George isn’t surprised, however; “misfortune had been following him like a dark cloud.” It turns out to be his lucky day as he is introduced to Joy and begins to learn the value of positive energy.
Not only is this a book you’ll want to read, it’s a book you’ll want to buy for friends, relatives, and coworkers.