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Chasing the Bright Side

Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story
Narrated by: Jess Ekstrom
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins

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Publisher's Summary

One flicker of hope. That’s all it takes to catapult yourself into the life you’ve always imagined.

Success is not born out of skill, school, where we’re from, who we know, or what we scored on the SAT. None of us were born ready. None of us started life knowing how to fly a plane or launch a company or knit a sweater for our dog.

But we are born with something more important than skills. We’re born with optimism - the initial seed for success. Optimism fuels the belief that you can be the one to create the good the world needs. But you’ve got to hone it. And practice it. And determine to live from it.

In Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom shares her own inspirational story of how optimism helped her overcome multiple challenges, and the dynamic ways her mindset propelled her as a young entrepreneur, international speaker, and philanthropist.

Do you have dreams for yourself and the world that are tucked away in your box of somedays? What would happen if today was the day you opened the box? And what if that box was the key to a better tomorrow?

Jess' journey will inspire you embrace the power of optimism in your own life, and help you reimagine your purpose so you create good in the world while fulfilling your own dreams - right where you are.

Discussion questions and info on a listener exclusive are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jess Ekstrom (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

Critic Reviews

"Immerse yourself in Jess Ekstrom's entrepreneurial optimism and allow her remarkable journey to convince you page by page that you can achieve great things in business and life. Jess is one of my favorite girls - her big heart and self-taught tenacity touch thousands of people, making her a genuine hero to those she serves and a leader for the business community to emulate. I've jumped at every chance to feature Jess and her Headbands of Hope mission on national TV because it inspires everyone, regardless of circumstance, to chase the bright side." (Tory Johnson, Good Morning America contributor, New York Times best-selling author, and speaker)

"'Optimism is a daily choice. It's not naive or Pollyanna; it's a foundation for success in life. In Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom will motivate you see your challenges as opportunities to learn and grow and believe the best is yet to come. Every day you can focus on being positive, working hard, and making others around you better, and Jess's inspiring message will help you get there." (Jon Gordon, best-selling author of The Energy Bus and The Power of Positive Leadership)

"'There's no better way to transform your life than by transforming your mind-set. In Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom will motivate you to believe that something better is possible and empower you to create lasting positive change. Optimism is a choice, and when you choose to embrace it, there's no limit to the good you can create in your life and in the world." (Jack Canfield, coauthor of the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of The Success Principles)

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  • pg turner
  • 21-11-2019

Always inspiring.

I love Jess! She’s full of energy and positivity and encourages audiences to go for their dreams. So when I saw she had written a book I was thrilled! And I can say that it was everything I had hoped for. I learned for the first time where her optimism counted most, and why she continues to believe that anyone can achieve what they set out to. She’s the narrator and tells the story in a funny, engaging way that is one of the things I love most about her. You won’t be sorry you picked this one up. Heck you might even want to gift it to a friend.

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  • Britt
  • 11-09-2020

An Amazing & inspiring story!

This was actually my first full audiobook. I had tried others and never finished. I was starting to wonder if audiobooks were my thing or not. Then I discovered this story and it did not disappoint one bit! A story of entrepreneurship fueled by optimism. As an entrepreneur myself in the beginning stages it’s everything I needed to hear.

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  • MPro
  • 07-09-2020

Gives clarity and perspective!

So many times I was brought to goosebumps or tears. Focusing on your why has come up a lot for me lately and Jesse's book has really put this into perspective for me. Loved it!

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  • Joey
  • 18-08-2020

Awesome, motivational, and down to Earth

This book is a great lesson on optimism and challenging your own self doubt. The story is told in a real and engaging way that helps you see how you can make improvements in your own life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-2020

Would 1000% recommend this book to anyone

I've been starting my days off by listening to this book while doing my morning walk and man, what a great way to start the day!! Jess is real, raw, and transparent in this book. She tells her story in a super relatable manner, almost as if you're just listening to a friend talk, which makes the time go by so quickly. Would recommend this book 1000% to anyone. Such a great listen!

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  • Cassie
  • 01-07-2020

Highly Recommend

I love this book and highly recommend it. The author is amazing and really relatable. I felt as if we were sitting in a coffee shop just chatting,like we were best friends. If you are looking for a book to add to your personal development tool box, this one is a must have. I felt all the emotions with this one. Really hoping for another book.

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  • Ruth
  • 01-06-2020

A must read if you need loads of inspiration

Jess, thank you for writing who a must read for every new entrepreneur wondering if they are doing the right thing to start a business in this current climate of pandemics, racism and riots! You have inspired me to step into my destiny to change what I don’t like in this world. Hearing you read the book feels like hanging out with a trusted friend. I have been stuck in a place wondering if I’m doing the right thing starting my new company but listening to your truths: the good, the struggles and the funny has helped me focus on what I’m learning and how I can make a difference in the world. You have been a trusted companion every day this past week when I took my daughter on our daily walk around our neighborhood. I’m so inspired by your words that I have ordered the hard copy of the book so I can make notes at my favorite sections in the boo.

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  • Laura Thacker
  • 30-05-2020

A Good Book!

This book was an encouragement to me. It is a good reminder that we are in charge of ourselves and our outcome. Though are outcome may not always be what we want, or even a reflection of our hard work, it is up to us to keep moving forward, not to give up. It is also a reminder that eveyone fails sometimes, but it is often in those failures that we see and find our strengths. Thank you Jess for sharing your story and encouraging me to follow my dreams.

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  • Kimberly Mitchell
  • 30-05-2020

Great book!

Listened to the first chapter and I am already hooked! Jess is someone I discovered though the Boutique Hub Podcast and I love her passion and what she stands for!

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  • Ellen Cooper
  • 14-05-2020

This is a MUST READ!!

Jess is real, relatable, inspiring and funny throughout this book. I loved hearing her narrate, felt like I really got to know her. I’m feeling motivated to chase dome dreams I had been scared to go after, thanks Jess!!