Signature Speaker Series: Chasing The Bright Side – Why Optimism is The Secret Ingredient to Success
When we look at someone successful, we often skip right to where this person posts on his or her profile: job title, accolades, financial status, fancy degree, and how many times they’ve appeared on the Today Show.
So when we look at that list, it makes us feel like we have to check those boxes in order to be successful, which can be daunting and seem impossible. However, when we hear the real stories of the initial spark of an idea from a basement or a dorm room and how it was built, we realize that every expert we know was once a beginner. We always see the Chapter 7, 8, and 9 — or even their next book — but we rarely see Chapter 1.
Chapter 1 in anyone’s success story had to start with one thing: optimism.
Anyone who’s ever done something great, created something new, shattered tradition, or changed patterns had to start with the mindset that they could make it better. Optimism is the rooted belief that there’s something good on the other side. In fact, studies show that optimism can be linked to a longer life span and triggers positive cognitive responses associated with greater flexibility, innovation, and problem solving.
Jess encourages her audience to use optimism as a tool to not just envision the good, but create it. When we think optimistically in our careers and in our lives, we’ll feel more confident, creative, and empowered to go for it. And forward mobility is contingent upon our optimistic mindset coupled with the willingness to go for it.
By using her story of creating a million dollar company from her dorm room, Jess talks about the three essential tools to practicing optimism: confidence mindset, failure management, and purpose activation.
Objectives + Takeaways
By attending this Signature Speaker Series event, you will learn:
- Every expert you know, was once a beginner
- Failures are not the opposite of success, they’re a part of success
- In order to be resilient, you have to believe in the end result
- Tactical tips to practice optimism in our daily lives and jobs
- Success is not what it looks like to others, it’s what it feels like to you.
Speaking of “Chapter 1” as we were above: Attendees at November’s Signature Speaker Series will also receive a copy of Jess’ new book, Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story!
Featured Speaker: Jess Ekstrom — Founder, Headbands of Hope
Jess Ekstrom is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer.
Her first brush with success was selling all of her toys on eBay when she was twelve. Since then, Jess and her company have been featured on Today and Good Morning America, and in Seventeen, Vanity Fair, Forbes, and People. More importantly, they have donated hundreds of thousands of headbands reaching every children’s hospital in the United States and in fifteen countries.
Jess is also a professional speaker and founder of Mic Drop Workshop, an online course with the mission of empowering more women to share their message as a speaker. Jess and her husband, Jake, travel around the country in their Airstream with their dog, Ollie.
Showcase your company and support AMA Triangle by sponsoring our November Signature Speaker Series event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details about this opportunity.
November 21, 2019 - November 21, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Brier Creek Country Club (ONLY 10 Min. from RDU)
9400 Club Hill Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
Early-Bird Pricing (ends 11/11/2019):
AMA Triangle Members: $30
Non-Member Guests: $45
AMA Triangle / Collegiate Student Members: $10
Student Guests: $20
Regular Pricing (11/12/2019 - 11/20/2019):
AMA Triangle Members: $40
Non-Member Guests: $55
AMA Triangle / Collegiate Student Members: $20
Student Guests: $30
On-Site Registration (day of event):
AMA Triangle Members: $45
Non-Member Guests: $60
AMA Triangle / Collegiate Student Members: $25
Student Guests: $35