Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story
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 im ...more
Optimism and the stories we write for ourselves are inextricable linked. Optimism is powerful. It can form our beliefs, guide our behaviors ...more
“We will never be able to walk into a new experience being totally prepared and knowing everything there is to know, so we need to feel tall enough even when we don’t have all the answers.”
The struggle is real. You know how to tread water but you’re sti ...more
This book is well-paced and easy to read--the author's storytelling style is so seamless you don't even realize that you're learning lessons along the way. There are many quotes that just stick with you, such as:
"Optimism is the initial seed that has to be planted for any great movement, startup, change or revolution to begin,"
"Just begin where you are," and
"Out of your 70,000 daily thoughts, which ones don't support your story?"
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As someone who quite literally sees the bad in everything (I’m working on it) a small part of me wants to instantly check out at the mention of bright sides and unyielding optimism. I’d just as soon go back to the next book on my to-read list that undoubtedly involves an unsolved murder.
But, like I said, I’m working on it. And, with Chasing the Bright Side, it was easy to get lost in Jess Ekstrom ...more
Jess does a phenomenal job exposing success for what it is: raw, organic, and hard! No perfectly manicured Instagram pictures here! But, in spite of her many trials and encounters with n ...more
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of the book.
This book is packed with information for anyone with even the smallest idea and desire to make an impact and inspire change. I’m not saying that these individuals are the only ones who will benefit from this book, because I believe that we can use a little more realistic- optimism in ...more
Jess h ...more
There’s nothing in the book that’s focused on parenting. I’m pretty sure Jess Ekstrom wasn’t thinking about how a working mom with tweens could use her book to think differently about parenting. I do hope she comes back to this book someday if she’s a mom and reads it with fresh eyes and a new perspec ...more
Inspired from the start, I was excited to hear she was releasing a book. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint – I was hooked as so ...more
Jess writes in an honest and funny fashion that makes you feel like you’re sitting at a ...more
Jess is hilarious and reading this book feels like sitting down and talking to a friend. She's young, but has navigated the business ...more
Jess shares her personal stories and vulnerability to help others relate and get perspective around their own mission. She is funny and endea ...more
Jess inspires us to be better, to embrace optimism, and chase after BIG DREAMS. Her book is funny, encouraging, and realistic.
As a reader and entrepreneur, I'm excited to start chasing down my/the dreams that have been ...more