Review: The Energy Bus

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

81107Genre: Self-Help
Maturity Level: 1
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The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!

I loved that The Energy Bus is written as a narrative! Having this self-help book set to a story made it so much more accessible and engaging for me. Usually this kind of book is so dry, and I just get bored. But by adding a narrative Gordon got me asking “What is going to happen next?”


It was so corny. Some of the things they said! And like, am I really supposed to believe that there are just these people who sit on a bus ALL THE TIME just in case they need to show someone the rules or google some research? And all these people riding the bus happen to be upper-middle-class white men, or even CEOs? Uh… no. The story was clearly fictional, which I think takes away from some of the impact of the principles. Gordon introduces it as a “fable”, which is a nice idea, but as a reader I want to read about someone who actually used these principles effectively. Otherwise, how do I know they work?

I think this is a really great message about positive energy. It’s something I’ve been really working with on in my life over the last few years, but haven’t had enough direction on. I like that this gave you 10 simple rules to follow for positive energy. But there wasn’t really anything groundbreaking in this book. As a 7 Habits follower, this entire book could have essentially been boiled down to “Habit 1, Be Proactive”, with a slight mention of “Habit 2, Begin With the End in Mind.” That being said, this was much simpler and more user friendly. I can see why so many people have liked it.

I also feel like this didn’t go quite in-depth enough with the how-to aspect. For example, Gordon gives you the rule “No Energy Vampires”, but doesn’t go into much detail about how to get rid of Energy Vampires, or how to handle them when firing them isn’t an option. I think that’s okay, because you have to figure out what works for you, but some examples would have left me feeling a lot more empowered.

Overall I liked The Energy Bus. It left me inspired, it made me feel more confident and empowered to be a more positive person. It was a simple, quick read that I got through easily in one day. But it’s unlikely to be a book that changes your life on its own. Still, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is struggling with negativity in their life.

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