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Jon Gordon Damon West

A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change

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The Coffee Bean by Jon Gordon and Damon West is an inspiring fable that teaches us how to transform ourselves and our surroundings by adopting a positive mindset, and using challenges as opportunities to grow.

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    Life can be tough.

    The main character of our story is an adolescent named Abraham – or Abe, as people usually called him. Abe was your archetypical American teenage boy, right down to being a star player on the high school football team. He was in his senior year, with graduation beckoning on the horizon. His dream was to play football in college. 

    But Abe wasn’t just a jock; he also liked the academic side of school, especially science class, which was taught by his favorite teacher, Mr. Jackson. 

    From the outside, it seemed like everything was going alright for Abe. But one day, he came into his science class in a pretty foul mood, feeling hatred toward everything around him. Mr. Jackson noticed something was wrong and wanted to find out what was going on, so he asked Abe to stay after class. 

    In the private, heart-to-heart conversation that followed, Abe opened up to Mr. Jackson and let it all spill out. He was feeling a lot of stress and anxiety in both of the main areas of his life. At home, his parents were fighting, and the word “divorce” had even come up. At school, there were some upcoming exams, an essay assignment and a big Friday night football game looming over him. 

    The game was a particular point of pressure. Not only could a victory bring his team one step closer to reaching the state championship, but there would also be college scouts watching from the bleachers. 

    And then, on top of all that, there was the weight of other people’s expectations for a star player on the football team. If he played well, he felt under pressure to continue making people happy. If he didn’t play well, he felt the sting of their disappointment. 

    Do any of these things sound familiar? You don’t have to be an American high-school football player to relate to this story. Like Abe, you’ve probably encountered your fair share of family troubles and the equivalents of big games in your life, such as important presentations, meetings and interviews. At times, you’ve also probably found yourself feeling under too much pressure from too many sides at once – especially if you feel the weight of expectations that come with trying to be an exceptional parent, manager, coach or whatever role you might play in life. 

    How can we get through these challenging times and overcome these sources of stress? Well, Mr. Jackson has some surprising advice – not just for Abe but for all of us.

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    What is The Coffee Bean about?

    The Coffee Bean (2019) is a modern-day fable that tells the story of Abe, an average American boy whose life is forever changed by a powerful lesson he learns from his science teacher, Mr. Jackson. In carrying that lesson into adulthood, Abe is able to overcome his challenges, stay positive and transform the world around him. By following his life story and learning the lesson that inspired it, we too can take control of our destinies.

    The Coffee Bean Review

    The Coffee Bean (2019) is a book that inspires readers to change their perspective and transform challenges into opportunities for growth. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies for cultivating a positive mindset, empowering readers to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
    • Through insightful stories and personal experiences, the book demonstrates the power of resilience and the capacity to thrive in any circumstance.
    • With its uplifting tone and thought-provoking ideas, it keeps readers engaged and motivated, making personal development an enjoyable journey.

    Who should read The Coffee Bean?

    • People wondering what they can do to overcome their challenges
    • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by adversity
    • Coffee lovers wondering what’s hidden in their cups of joe

    About the Author

    Jon Gordon is a motivational speaker and prolific author. He has written 18 books, six of which were best-sellers on the lists of The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Those hits include The Energy Bus, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership

    Damon West is also a motivational speaker and writer. He is the author of the autobiographical book The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World. 

    © Jon Gordon, Damon West: The Coffee Bean copyright 2019, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of The Coffee Bean is that you have the power to transform your environment and mindset.

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    Is The Coffee Bean a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Coffee Bean is an inspiring book worth reading. It offers valuable insights on resilience and personal growth.

    Who is the author of The Coffee Bean?

    The authors of The Coffee Bean are Jon Gordon and Damon West.

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    If you're wondering what to read next after The Coffee Bean, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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