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When do most people Die - How to Become CEO

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 4, 2019

most-people-die-twice-first-when-they-give-up-on-life-and-finally-when-death-comes-to-take-whats-his-quote-1When do most people die?



In Jon Gordon’s, The Energy Bus, the perky bus driver tells the protagonist, George this, “Monday at 9 A.M. is when people start their workweek. “People would rather die than go to work.  It sounds funny but actually it’s quite sad. People feel like they don’t have a choice. So they give up. But I am here to tell you today that you do have a choice.”


This is not just about your choice. It’s the choice for the people you lead, manage, and influence every day.

Jon’s answer is, “You don’t have to sit passively by like so many other unhappy souls who let life create them. You can take the wheel and choose to create your life, one thought, one belief, one action, one choice at a time. It’s your bus and you’re the driver and you choose where you are going and the kind of ride it’s going to be.”

Energy Bus Rule #1 You’re+the+Driver+of+Your+Bus+(cont’d)-1When I struggled in my first job as a radio sales person for a radio station in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin I learned the importance of attitude.

I created a winning habit each morning. I’d listen to Earl Nightingale’s Lead the Field audio. 

The most important lesson: “Your attitude at the beginning of a task, more than anything else determines the successful outcome of that task!” Earl Nightingale

I chose my attitude.

Act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic.

If you’ve taken the Dale Carnegie Course you’ve heard that phrase repeatedly.

Rule 7 Enthusiasm+Attracts+More+Passengers+and+Energizes+Them+During+the+RideAt the beginning of each meeting, our Dale Carnegie instructor, Judy Meyer, would pump us up by repeating this phrase over and over. You might start the first repetition out lethargic and listless, but by the 9th or 10th recitation you’d be more enthusiastic.

Do your people know and understand this principle?

How to become CEO

CEO stands for Chief Energy Officer. That’s what you need. It’s what your people need.  If you’re not succeeding, the first place to look is you and your people’s energy.

The Energy Bus explains, Why energy? Because energy is the currency of personal and professional success today. If you don’t have it you can’t lead, inspire, or make a difference. And the great thing about being a Chief Energy Officer is that anyone in your company including you can become one. Deciding to become a Chief Energy Officer means that you share positive, powerful, and contagious energy with your co-workers, employees, and customers! It means you communicate from the heart.

Emotional IntelligenceThe Energy Bus - CEO

Research indicates Emotional Intelligence is responsible for 80 percent of adult success.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) really is tapping the power of your heart when you lead, sell, and communicate. Emotional Intelligence and heartfelt leadership are one and the same. Communicate effectively and contagiously.

Simplified this means people like you, respect you. They want to follow you.

Enthusiasm is Rule #7 for the Ride of Your Life:  Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride.

Chief Energy Officers live and work with enthusiasm, tapping the power of their heart by getting excited about being alive, by filling up with loads of positive energy, and by being optimistic about life and work. They don’t let fear stop them. They look at challenges as an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.

It’s helpful to understand Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means ‘inspired’ or ‘filled with the divine.’

WHY Enthusiasm and Energy are so important

When you are excited and enthusiastic about your life and work you bring this powerful divine energy to everything you do. People notice. They can see it and feel it. When you’re enthusiastic, people want to get on your bus. Your bus is energized and people say, “Hey, I want to get on that bus.” You get a reputation as someone people want to work for. Customers want to work with you. Salespeople come to you for advice. They look for enthusiastic energy to increase their sales. When you live and work with enthusiasm, people are drawn to you like moths to a light.

The Energy Bus Quote - Bad Attitude Like a Flat Tire-1Walt Whitman said, we convince by our presence. When you are enthusiastic you project an energy that convinces people to get on and stay on your bus.

When you feel good, others around you feel good.

Negativity Reduces Performance

The converse is also true.

Negative people often tend to create negative cultures. Positive corporate cultures are created by positive people. The energy of a company or team is cultivated by the energy and enthusiasm of the leaders and each person in the organization who contributes to the collective energy and culture of it. In turn this collective energy influences each person’s energy in the organization creating a perpetual cycle of positive energy or negative energy.

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence explains that a positive company with a positive corporate culture will outperform their negative counterparts every time.

Is it time you hired a coach to help you change the direction of your bus?

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Topics: emotional intelligence, Attitude, CEO Leadership Focus, The Energy Bus

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