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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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  • 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!!

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  • anna pitner
  • 13-05-2020

Great storytelling

Jess is a super talented storyteller. she uses her best stories as lessons about optimizm and entrepreneurship, in simple, down to earth language- instead of buzzwords & jargon. I really enjoyed reading it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2020

Very open and honest

Jess writes in a humorous, down-to-earth style that makes me as the reader feel like I am listening to a friend who is not afraid to share her vulnerabilities and lows in life, along with her successes. In so doing, she helps her readers realize that nobody needs any special skills, mindset, training, or mantras to make a real difference in the world. She helps the reader feel OK with the fact that we all "crash & burn" sometimes, but those occasions are actually great opportunities for growth and learning. Anyone, no matter their place in this world, can "chase the bright side" and make a positive impact on the world.

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  • Heather Cooper
  • 11-04-2020

Great book on what is most important in life!

Jess does an amazing job driving home what is most important in life. I loved that she read her own book and was able to emphasize the meaning in each chapter. So good and highly recommended.

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  • DGermundson
  • 09-04-2020

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Refreshing and inspiring! Real life lesson on the ups and downs of running your own business. Jess has a nice voice, easy to listen too.

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  • Jennifer
  • 22-03-2020

Refreshing, Honest and Thought Provoking

This book is like a movie I loved and wished I could watch again for the first time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and for spreading your message of inspiration with the world.

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  • Cherith L.
  • 16-03-2020

I needed to hear this

This book came to me at a time when I really needed something to help me move forward. I couldn’t stop listening. I was so inspired and uplifted by the stories and lessons in optimism in this book. I’m so glad I ran into you Jess! You have helped me to be a better person. Thank you so much!

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  • Sarah Discepoli
  • 01-03-2020

Be Ready to Face the Sun

Jess Ekstrom is a boss, no question about it. Her story is compelling, kind-hearted, and best of all it feels like you’re hearing it all from your best friend. Jess’ personality shines through her audio book, and left me smiling, crying, and wanting to throw out some YGG’s to hear what she’s overcome. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to start their own business but has no idea where to turn. Not that Jess gives you a How to Start a Business 101, because if that’s what you’re looking for you’ve come to the wrong audiobook. However, if you’re looking for encouragement and to know that we’re all sisters just fighting to do some good in the world, download it - now.

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  • Bremmel
  • 19-02-2020

So many takeaways!

At first, I thought I may not be able to relate because Jess is much younger than me. I was wrong. Great book!

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  • Miss L Tinajero
  • 12-02-2020

Such a real and candid story! More please!

Jess tells her story in such a compelling and candid way.

I have really enjoyed listening to her journey and it has made me believe in me. Connected with other theories on possibility and Can Do attitude. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to follow a dream but feel they can't or think it is impossible. Try it!