Gas up your enthusiasm with this focused business parable


A traditional parable tends to illustrate a single principle by telling a short tale. Contemporary business parables are often not content with describing only one. In his bestselling book, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, Jon Gordon gives us two complete handfuls of insight, striving to provide as much guidance as can fit into a thin volume.

Perhaps with all our multi-tasking, stress-filled ways, Gordon feels he should give us all he can while he has our attention. Remarkably, this little book does just that— providing us with both principles and inspiration that many other more extensive business books fail to do.

The story begins as an all-too-common tale: Middle-aged man in mid-life crisis mode is failing at work, facing divorce, neglectful of his health, ignoring his children and even stereotypically yelling at the family dog. When rushing to an early-morning meeting, he is greeted in his driveway by a flat tire. His stress increases.

Our hero, George, faces another humiliation: He has to take the bus. But once on board, a talkative and insightful driver greets him and introduces him to an interesting group of passengers.

When it turns out that George’s flat tire probably prevented him from driving a vehicle without adequate brakes, he finds himself relegated to riding the bus for two weeks while his car is repaired.

During that time, he is taught 10 rules that will change his life, including saving both his job and marriage. These rules of the road are:

1. You’re the driver of your bus.

2. Desire, vision and focus move your bus in the right direction.

3. Fuel your ride with positive energy. (Negative energy is friction.)

4. Invite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.

5. Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus.

6. Post a sign that says “no energy vampires allowed” on your bus (get rid of the

malcontents).

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