Turning mom's question into an empire

  • December 31, 2015
  • /   Shannon Nickinson
  • /   training-development

Source: Life Is Good website.

Bert and John Jacobs founded Life is Good thanks in part to their mom's dinner table routine.

Business Insider reports that the entrepreneurs — two of six siblings — didn't always have a lot to be positive about. But mom's nightly question helped frame their experience in a different way.

So, every night as the family sat around the dinner table, she would ask her six kids to tell her something good that happened that day.

"As simple as mom's words were, they changed the energy in the room," the brothers write. "Before we knew it, we were all riffing on the best, funniest, or most bizarre part of our day."

John says that this daily exercise prevented them from developing a victim's mentality of "Oh, you wouldn't believe this horrible thing that happened to me today." Instead of griping about a teacher or homework assignment, he says that they would be laughing about a silly haircut a classmate got that day, or a neat project they worked on at school.

"That optimism was something that our family always had, even when we had little else," they write.

So you never know where the entrepreneurial spirit begins.

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