Thursday, July 7, 2016


I admit it - I AM a proud UConn Women's Basketball fan! It's not a recent development - I have been on the bandwagon ever since they won their very 1st National Championship in 1995 (Rebecca Lobo, Jen Rizzotti, Kara Wolters, Jamelle Elliott were among the trail blazers then). UConn and Geno Auriemma have won ten more since and this year's undefeated team had the top three WNBA draft picks (Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck), who have won the last four championships as teammates!

This month's blog was inspired by an article I read in Sports Illustrated about All-World #1 WNBA pick and 4-time NCAA Tournament MVP Breanna Stewart. In it, she reflects on her career at UConn and looks ahead to professional basketball. While she obviously brings enormous talent to the Seattle Storm (she leads the team with 18+ points and 9+ rebounds per game as I write this), she states in the article "something I know I can bring to my new team is positive energy". She referred to a book, "The Energy Bus", by Jon Gordon., so I got it. Here's Breanna's quick review from the article:

"Once I started reading it, it shifted my outlook on things. In the story there's a guy having a terrible day. His car has a flat tire—the least of his problems—so he has to take a bus. He gets on, and the driver refers to her bus as the Energy Bus. The book talks a lot about how you portray yourself and how that rubs off on the people around you. It teaches you about how you want people to see and react to you. It was an interesting book, and though it wasn't written about sports, it made me think more deeply about how to create positive energy and have that rub off on my teammates. It's a book used by a lot of coaches, including [the Clippers'] Doc Rivers and [Clemson football coach] Dabo Swinney."

Positive Energy - hmmm...

I LOVE the book and highly recommend that you read or listen to it (it's in my library and is read by the author, himself). The subtitle of the book is "10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy"...  In it, you will discover that the NEW acronym for CEO (normally referred to as "Chief Executive Officer") is "Chief ENERGY Officer". You'll have to read the book for details - it's simple, amazing and life changing... We can all be one!

Want to give your Life and your Career a boost? Read or listen to "The Energy Bus" and become a "Chief ENERGY Officer" - I guarantee you will love it as will everyone around you! I would love to hear your comments after you do (my contact info is below)... Drive your Energy Bus!!!

Chip, the Happiness and Success GPS, is a speaker, trainer, facilitator, consultant and NETWORKING EXPERT. Everything I do is customized for the group or business I that am working with so let's brainstorm - call me anytime at 860-673-4006 - coffee's on me!

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