The Coffee Bean - Jon Gordon & Damon West

The Coffee Bean

By Jon Gordon & Damon West

  • Release Date: 2019-06-26
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 172 Ratings


From bestselling author Jon Gordon and rising star Damon West comes The Coffee Bean: an illustrated fable that teaches readers how to transform their environment, overcome challenges, and create positive change.

Life is often difficult. It can be harsh, stressful, and feel like a pot of boiling hot water. The environments we find ourselves in can change, weaken, or harden us, and test who we truly are. We can be like the carrot that weakens in the pot or like the egg that hardens. Or, we can be like the coffee bean and discover the power inside us to transform our environment.

The Coffee Bean is an inspiring tale that follows Abe, a young man filled with stress and fear as he faces challenges and pressure at school and home. One day after class, his teacher shares with him the life-changing lesson of the coffee bean, and this powerful message changes the way he thinks, acts, and sees the world. Abe discovers that instead of letting his environment change him for the worse, he can transform any environment he is in for the better. Equipped with this transformational truth, Abe embarks on an inspirational journey to live his life like the coffee bean. Wherever his life takes him, from school, to the military, to the business world, Abe demonstrates how this simple lesson can unleash the unstoppable power within you. 

A delightful, quick read, The Coffee Bean is purposely written and designed for readers of all ages so that everyone can benefit from this transformational lesson. This is a book and message that, when read and shared, has the power to change your life and the world around you. You just have to decide: are you a carrot, egg, or coffee bean? 


  • Simple Wisdom

    By Maltafaz
    This book is a fast and powerful read. The simplicity of its message can transform ones view of the world and bring to light the fact that we are creators of our response to our environment. A simple lesson, definitely. Powerful and potentially life-changing, without question. Definitely worth a read and application to one’s life.
  • Very Simple, almost too simple

    By AveTHEBraveBabe
    I know that is the premise to Jon Gordon’s books - Simple lessons with a easy story to follow. This one was just way too simple. I wish it had a little more “action” I guess you could say.
  • The coffee bean

    By briwn butterfly
    Great words of wisdom and motivation
  • The Coffee Bean left me smiling!

    By CD Fisher
    When the last page of a book is read and you have a list of all the people you want to share it with growing in your know you just read something powerful. Read the Coffee Bean and see for yourself, if you won’t want to put a coffee bean in your pocket and make our world a brighter place.
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  • Rip Off

    By Ldlkdfknddiswjddkmf
    The story has a great message. However, that message is revealed within the first few pages. The rest of the book reinforces the metaphor along 60 pages with pictures filling up half the screen. Get the sample or google “coffee bean metaphor” and don’t waste $10.
  • Amazing story

    By Lj0503
    A friend of mine shared this via social media. I took a chance because well I love coffee. As I was reading this I couldn’t help but think wow this is truly inspirational and a great story for everyone to hear. I will forever remember to be a coffee bean!