125: How to Be an Optimist & Chasing the Bright Side w/ Jess Ekstrom

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It's easy to be a cynic, to make excuses for doing less. It's harder to be an optimist. Optimism means choosing responsibility: to do more, to make positive change. So, do you want to be the person that makes excuses or the person that makes the world better?

We're kicking off Season 5 of the Lavendaire Lifestyle Podcast with author, speaker, and founder of Headbands of Hope: Jess Ekstrom. Jess is all about chasing the bright side in life. This doesn't mean making a pledge to be positive all the time – it means learning to be optimistic, to choose a life of possibility, and not live life in fear.

In this episode we explore:

  • 1:41 – Starting a business in college & Why Jess knew that it would never fail
  • 3:26 – Scammed out of $10,000: A sign that the business wasn't meant to be?
  • 9:45 – Being the “token woman” in speaking lineups & Why women are afraid to speak up
  • 13:36 – How to be a confident speaker: Diagnosing the butterflies in your stomach
  • 16:15 – Chasing the Bright Side: How to believe in “better” & take responsibility for creating it
  • 18:42 – “This is not a positivity pledge”: A different way to look at optimism, for the cynics
  • 21:27 – The pros & cons of living on the road: Fulfillment, work & building community
  • 25:36 – Jess's dream life, book recommendation, life-changing habit, best received advice & favorite part about life

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Quotes:

  • Our failures aren't reflections of our worth. They're just reflections of growth.
  • Every great movement, every great invention…started with optimism. It was one person who saw a problem and believed that it could be better.
  • Optimism is when we choose to live our life in possibilities and not live our life in fear
  • Hard times give us a choice. It's the excuse to do less or the reason to do more. Optimism is choosing to do more.
  • We should see fulfillment as a choice to how we live our life every day.
  • No one had it figured out from the beginning, so just get started.

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