In an interview that took place shortly after he was he was drafted by the NBA's Sacramento Kings, former University of Kentucky player, Willie Cauley Stein, was asked about his time at Kentucky under coach John Calipari. He said all the things we've become accustomed to hearing, "he made me a man", "he taught me the value of hard work", etc. But then he said something unexpected. He mentioned that perhaps the most impactful thing his coach had done was give him a book to read called The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon. Having now read it myself, I can certainly understand why the book made such an impression on him. It delivers a powerful message inside an entertaining narrative.
At the risk of playing spoiler to anyone who might decide to pick the book up after seeing this, I offer up the the 10 rules that "Joy" the bus driver lays out for her newest passenger, George:
1. You’re the Driver of the Bus.
2. Desire, Vision and Focus move your bus in the right
3. Fuel your Ride with Positive Energy.
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
6. Post a Sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed”
on your Bus.
7. Enthusiasm attracts more Passengers and Energizes
them during the Ride.
8. Love your Passengers.
9. Drive with Purpose.
10.Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride.
The rules themselves are straightforward enough, but the book, which is a very quick read, provides the context in a format that makes the message go down very easily. I think it's a great book with which to ring in the new year and I'm sure anyone who takes the short amount of time necessary to read it will agree.