• Chasing the Bright Side

  • Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story
  • By: Jess Ekstrom
  • Narrated by: Jess Ekstrom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Chasing the Bright Side

By: Jess Ekstrom
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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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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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So encouraging

So many great nuggets of wisdom from this beautiful and authentic woman. If you are looking to feel re-aligned with yourself and your purpose, read this book! If you are looking to have a spark again, read this book. Thank you Jess for inspiring me and so many others!

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Loved it!

A great read....and exactly what I needed to hear! I listened in audible and Jess did a great job with narration! I laughed....cried.....it's been a long time since I enjoyed a book this much! thank you!!

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Smiles, Tears, and Laughs

This book was everything and more. The writer pulls you during her story and helps you visualize her experiences in a way that makes you feel like you're there. I laughed, cried, and really dug deep within myself when listening. I've been telling everyone about this story and how impactful it is. I love that the writer narrates her own book. I wish I could listen to her read more.

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  • 03-29-22

I truly enjoyed this book!

Loved Jess' stories and insight of her ideas, how she overcame the obstacles and saw it through.

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Everyone needs to read this book!

This book was exactly what I needed just when I needed it. I loved every minute of it. So well written and the audible version is fantastic. Hats off to Jess! Excellent job!

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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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Inspirational

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

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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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Loved it!

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

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  • 03-01-21

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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  • Miss L Tinajero
  • 02-12-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-21

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. 🧡🙏