The Energy Bus: A Book Review

To begin, I need to share a bit of background on why I chose The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon as my read of the week.

In general, I tend to be skeptical about self-help books… ok, I’m downright cynical; in fact, downloaded and returned this book in the library app twice before opening it.

I’m glad that I pushed past my hesitation and gave this book a chance.

What is this book about?

The Energy Bus is a self-help book that follows  a man going through internal, personal, and career-related stressors. He meets a bus driver named Joy who notices his negative attitude and outlook on life. Little does he know that Joy is bursting with wisdom about cultivating positive energy and shares her insights with all of the passengers on her bus. Over a two week period, Joy and some of the passengers teach the man the “10 Rules For the Ride if your Life.”

How did this book help me?

I chose this book after having been disappointed with many of the books listed as best-sellers in the field of psychology. I also happened to be in a relatively stressed out and irritable mood the day that I opened this book. While some of the insights shared in the book were a little too sunny and optimistic for my cynical nature, the positive tips definitely uplifted my attitude and gave me a better outlook on my week.

Noteworthy quotes

  • “The energy you fill your life with is entirely up to you.”
  • “If you want to be successful, you have to be careful about who’s on your bus (energy vampires).”
  • “Never stop learning and growing.”
  • “Would you rather look corny and happy or buttoned-up and miserable?”
  • “When we drive with purpose, we don’t get tired or bored and our engines don’t burn out.”
  • “It’s physically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time.”
  • “The key to success is that your trust is bigger than your fear.”


This book was just what I needed at the time that I found it. The 10 Rules of The Energy Bus are simple, yet powerful. You can find those here. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially during this global crisis where it’s so easy to focus on the negative. You can find this book here.

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