How Full Is Your Bucket?


Written by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. 

A great book.  It’s all about positive strategies for work and life.  Here are a few points made in the book that I am chewing on.

  • Imagine having an imaginary bucket that is constantly being filled with either good things or being emptied by what people do or say to us.  A full bucket gives us a positive outlook and every drop in the bucket makes us more positive or optimistic.  Everytime someone dips from our bucket it poisons our outlook.  It zaps our energy and undermines our will and it hurts us.  So, we can fill one another’s buckets or dip from them.
  • The #1 reason people leave their jobs:  They don’t feel appreciated.
  • Bad bosses could increase the risk of stroke by 33%.
  • A study found that negative employees can scare off every customer they speak with – for good.
  • 65% of Americans received no recognition in the workplace last year.
  • 9 out of every 10 people say they are more productive when they are around positive people.
  • The magic ratio: 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction.
  • Extending longevity: Increasing positive emotions could lengthen life span by 10 years.
  • Five strategies for increasing positive emotions:
    1. Prevent bucket dipping
    2. Shine a light on what is right
    3. Make best friends
    4. Give unexpectedly
    5. Reverse the Golden Rule

There is so much more meat that I can’t give in detail here.  I highly recommend this book.  You will not be disappointed. 


One Response

  1. You cut me deep just now, si si Eric.

    Shine a light on what is right – i need to do that more and more!!!
    Make best friends – glad i know this guy erique bares? he is one of’em!
    Give unexpectedly – surprises, i like that! unexpected.

    nice review, mang!
    so, what are you on next????


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