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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.

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©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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Beautiful story

Jess has such a great insight into chasing a life on the bright side! I loved hearing her share her personal journey as an entrepreneur. Binged and finished this in 2 days. 🧡🙏

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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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  • Amber Langham
  • 14-09-2021

This book is like a positive kick in the pants from your funny, relatable, best friend who gives you sound optimistic advise

This book is like a positive kick in the pants from your funny, relatable, best friend. You know, the person who meets you where you’re at and acknowledges the challenges, the heartaches and the setbacks you’re facing. While giving you honest, sound, uplifting advise on overcoming the hard parts of life with optimism. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh, a much needed cry and some helpful advise to live a more positive, optimistic life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-2021

Inspirational

I loved it. The author was inspirational and comical. Very entertaining! It’s a quick read as well.

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  • Irene Gabelnick
  • 27-04-2021

Great Book!

I had wanting to read this for a while... Then I finally got it after her uncle passed. I NEEDED to know what he had done to her family.

What a pleasant surprise! Jess shares real life inspirational stories. She's funny and sooo relatable.

This is a MUST read for anyone who is an entrepreneur or wants to live your life on fire!

Great job Jess Ekstrom! ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Kelly Bourassa
  • 05-02-2021

Loved it!

This book was everything! So so good and a great easy listen. Thank you for writing it!

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  • DeArBe
  • 18-01-2021

Jess' enthusiasm is infectious

While I knew about Headbands of Hope, I somehow didn't know about it's dynamic powerhouse of a founder/leader. I learned about Jess thru a writing challenge, and immediately grabbed this audiobook. Jess is smart and funny, candid and real - and her words and delivery help drive her message home, loud and clear.

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  • Suzanne Page
  • 14-01-2021

The best book I’ve listened to in a LONG time!

I heard about this book while listening to The Boutique Hub Podcast and I’m so glad I started listening to it! I want to re-listen and take notes on the second go around! I recommend this book 1000%! I learned a lot. I cried. I got inspired. I got motivated. The author is amazing and I hope she continues to write books!

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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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  • 01-03-2021

So inspirational

Loved every minute of listening to Jess’ story. She’s really inspired me on keeping on growing my own business and how tough times makes us. Loved it. Highly recommended

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  • 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!

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