Do What You Like, Like What You Do: Bert Jacobs at TEDxBeaconStreet

  • Published on Dec 19, 2013
  • Bert discusses why Life is good, a positive lifestyle brand, purposely blurs the lines between work, play, for-proft enterprise and non-profit social work. The lessons learned from his personal and professional experiences illustrate that the keys to a happy and fulfilling life are all around us.
    Bert Jacobs and his brother John spent five years sleeping in a van and hawking t-shirts in the street before creating the Life is good brand.
    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 416

    YOUTUBE KANNADIGA 9 hours ago

    HE looks like "I am alpha M"s elder brother

  • ctdieselnut
    ctdieselnut 11 hours ago

    The world needs more people like this with this mentality. Just to say, God I'm so thankful. Sooo thankful. Thankful just to be here, conscient, and part of our world.
    Keep it up bro. You are doing an important job. Thank you!

  • ivanbarbosa81
    ivanbarbosa81 13 hours ago

    Nice talk

  • Nina Neanum
    Nina Neanum 17 hours ago

    Love this vedio... enjoy the ride...thank you

  • Brian Realtor
    Brian Realtor Day ago

    Love.yourself,.love eachother, and enjoy the road trip. toast to life

  • Rajesh Menon
    Rajesh Menon Day ago

    God Bless You Bert

  • FighterDoken
    FighterDoken Day ago

    Man who wins business lottery claims "Capitalism isn't broken."

  • Laura Fragoso
    Laura Fragoso 3 days ago +1

    “Everyday we have a choice when we wake up we can focus on what’s wrong with our lives or we can focus on what’s right with our lives, how focusing on what’s right right with our lives rather then what’s wrong with our lives
    Is the best way to fix what’s wrong with our lives, moreover focusing on what’s right with the world is the best way to fix what’s wrong with the world”
    So wise positive and true 💕 thank you! This goes on my wall :) for inspiration

  • Dewey B
    Dewey B 4 days ago


  • Mahmud Ahsan
    Mahmud Ahsan 5 days ago +3

    One of the great inspiring speech about positivity and gratitude. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. We all should do some kind of positive thing for our society, for the people who needs.

  • lala luvs
    lala luvs 6 days ago

    Good talk... My only question is why didn't he meet the boys? He used the letter in his talk but hadn't met the boys. I think he should have... just my opinion, but good talk.

  • radd696
    radd696 7 days ago

    Not impressed, this guy gets lucky in life and gives a speech promoting himself blah ... 10 percent to a good cause ... any rich person can donate to a good cause ... not impressed at all

  • Everything batman collector

    Nice speech , buuut u know, life.

  • Oleksandra Bakun
    Oleksandra Bakun 8 days ago +1

    I was smiling during the whole speech:) Thank you!

  • Jason Bradfish
    Jason Bradfish 8 days ago

    The best message and timely.

  • soroush sammak
    soroush sammak 8 days ago +1

    Bull Bull bułl

  • Ana Luiza Frazão
    Ana Luiza Frazão 9 days ago

    Loved it!!

  • Tony Maldonado
    Tony Maldonado 10 days ago


  • Teresa Monastero
    Teresa Monastero 10 days ago

    Love this guy!

  • MTB999
    MTB999 11 days ago

    What an inspiring video!

  • Kristy Lynn
    Kristy Lynn 11 days ago

    Beautiful! Thank you, Bert! 💞

  • Jen Reynolds
    Jen Reynolds 12 days ago

    Rock on Bert Johnson🤟🏻you are such a beautiful spirit! Keep at it kid ☀️👏🏻

  • A Perez
    A Perez 15 days ago

    Life's good is them!!!!!!???? 😀

  • Robin Johnson
    Robin Johnson 15 days ago


  • Lionel Boutet
    Lionel Boutet 15 days ago

    WE NEED TO TALK I have created something that can feed the worlg in 3 years. this is proven no bull at all. 705-888-8171 Canada

  • Fella
    Fella 15 days ago

    1:41 he is describing me xD

  • Pandaplutten
    Pandaplutten 15 days ago

    I thought this was Wolverine...

  • Cathie Austin
    Cathie Austin 16 days ago

    what great brothers, thanks to a great mom!!! they just showed us what optomism can do!! i don't know but the sincerity of this young man absolutely touched my heart!! Abe Lincoln said,"you're as happy as you make up your mind to be." good to live by!! sometimes it's hard to ]just stop yourself when you know you're being cranky or contrary and change yor demeaner to a postive cooporative one. but, it's not always easy, when you don't feel like it. your spouse asks you to do something, and instead of argueing, just get going and do it, happily. makes all the difference in the world!!

  • Troy Steele
    Troy Steele 16 days ago

    Does anyone else think he looks like Adam Levine?

  • Alexis Panda
    Alexis Panda 16 days ago +1

    I have two life is good shirts ❤️ I love them to pieces and it weirdly makes my day better to remind myself that life is good. It can be bad but if you only focus on what's bad you will enevitably be blinded to what is good. 😊

  • Aviran Shahino
    Aviran Shahino 17 days ago

    One of the best talk I have ever heard!

  • Ali Najafi
    Ali Najafi 18 days ago

    did you help the 2 brothers or there family ?

  • jovee Viernes MoTus
    jovee Viernes MoTus 18 days ago

    great message

  • Tom Tonev
    Tom Tonev 18 days ago

    Great presentation. Thank you. I look forward to many more.

  • G J
    G J 18 days ago

    Honestly.....that letter was a fully blown LIE. its just amazing how anyone could buy into that and think kids actually write like that . He wrot hat letter himself to make a point, and thats not cool. Life is bit more crude. Signed: a realist

  • Дмитрий Полуничев

    It’s Rick from walking dead ?

  • Holly Alcock
    Holly Alcock 21 day ago

    Woohoo the power of optimism!

  • Holly Alcock
    Holly Alcock 21 day ago +1

    This is the best Ted talk I've ever heard, and I've heard hundreds

  • Erica Duignan
    Erica Duignan 21 day ago

    Wow, first of all, I was wearing a life is good T-shirt yesterday and I just randomly watched this video. I love this brand, bought me first life is good thing (a hat) 20 years ago!

  • lisa88n
    lisa88n 23 days ago

    He gets it.

  • Rach F
    Rach F 23 days ago

    “Love yourself, love each other”...
    And most importantly don’t forget to marrry me!! 🤣❤️🙏🏽

  • Lama Al-Hezayen
    Lama Al-Hezayen 25 days ago

    Great talk . Thank you

  • K C
    K C 25 days ago

    I love that he’s wearing two different shoes!

  • Tracy Daly
    Tracy Daly 25 days ago


  • 4yellowwolf
    4yellowwolf 26 days ago

    Love your story 🙏🏼

  • Acurry17
    Acurry17 26 days ago

    What an eye-opening talk! Loved it.

  • manu de hanoi
    manu de hanoi 27 days ago

    Focusing on what's good doesnt work with software testing

  • Howtien Liew
    Howtien Liew 28 days ago

    You get a letter like that and you well up. Just something that I did

  • Vigilante Jake
    Vigilante Jake 29 days ago

    Good lesson of Life.

  • Marcus Brown
    Marcus Brown Month ago

    Best video ever!

    DAVID ABREU M. RANGEL Month ago +4

    I am surprise that LG haven't sued you yet. THEY use it as a slogan "Life's Good"

  • J
    J Month ago

    excellent ... wish there were more people like this in the world...

  • Marc Duchamp
    Marc Duchamp Month ago +1

    Somebody ought to start a Life Sucks T-shirts to compete with him prob sells well at the funeral and political conventions

  • Juancho Corleone
    Juancho Corleone Month ago +4

    It's like a mixture of Jesus, Mark from "the Room", and the vocalist from Maroon Five in one person.

  • 郭扬
    郭扬 Month ago

    This is the best Ted Talk I've ever heard!

  • Stephanie Marie
    Stephanie Marie Month ago

    Thank you I need this. .. I believe in me and everybody , I have always believed in optimism, I am probably legally blind but I don't know because I quit going to the eye doc 4 years ago because I had to inject myself take steroids, and chemotherapy meds . Going to the doctor was so uninspiring and I fell deep into his spell not anymore I am looking for the tiniest of creatures and I am so happy

  • Ams West Yorkshire
    Ams West Yorkshire Month ago

    Thank you

  • glt010678
    glt010678 Month ago

    "Regaining the belief in yourself that gave you the power to change the direction of your life" WAS the miracle.

    CPIZZI Month ago


  • Sonny Moon
    Sonny Moon Month ago

    Wow ! This is good ! Perfect response to the gift of life !

  • Vicki Hill
    Vicki Hill Month ago +1

    Will you marry me? Lol But seriously what a wonderful standup kind of guy. I really enjoyed your talk.

  • Manos Dedeletakis
    Manos Dedeletakis 2 months ago

    when he read the letter i cried

  • Amber Ace-Shamp
    Amber Ace-Shamp 2 months ago

    I have a life is good shirt! I love it.

  • Edward James
    Edward James 2 months ago +1

    this is brilliant.

  • Claire Wheeler
    Claire Wheeler 2 months ago

    Great talk, so spot on.

  • Mr. Solomun
    Mr. Solomun 2 months ago

    This guy is one helluva' salesman!

  • Gas Mask
    Gas Mask 2 months ago

    typical love bombing bs

  • Beth Mercado
    Beth Mercado 2 months ago +2

    Yes! Life is good! Thank you, God!

  • Amanita Versicula a/k/a regena

    *THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE **_MOST "INSPIRATIONAL" STORY_** on TEDxTalk i have ever **-SEEN-** heard!*
    THANK YOU+++ 🕉

  • George Andrews
    George Andrews 2 months ago +1

    Do What You Like, Like What You Do: And live on food stamps....

    • Dewey B
      Dewey B 4 days ago

      Finally.The truth has been spoken!

  • rabar khalil
    rabar khalil 2 months ago


  • Amen-Ra Rich`ard
    Amen-Ra Rich`ard 2 months ago

    As long as you're able to live off of what your caucazoid ancestors stole from my melanated ancestors and piggyback off their struggle... of course you WYPIPO would adopt this method

  • Will Embry
    Will Embry 2 months ago

    Loved this talk. I wish more people were good to each other. Working in food service and retail for several years has hardened me a bit, and I miss feeling as optimistic as I used to.

  • Barbara Kalmus
    Barbara Kalmus 2 months ago +2

    How on earth are there thumbs down comments on this talk? Something seriously wrong with some people! I'm sending the link to this to all may students. Thank you for what you do!

  • Yeld
    Yeld 2 months ago +3

    "We're harnessing one of the big bad capitalistic companies out there" - no you are not.
    That company is harnessing you/your company/your brand to exchange money for positive PR.
    They wouln't be doing it if it wasn't profitable either.
    I wish I could just go with the flow of this talk, but there is a reason that we are not as optimistic as a kid when we grow up. When you become less naive, understand more of how things are run and begin to take responsibility for yourself and for your children - it is no longer a good plan to be blindly optimistic.
    For every 2 brothers that get rich selling t-shirts, there are 10 million people ending up homeless on the street. It's just that only the successful 0,0000001% are visible in TeDx talks.

  • Andreas Juan
    Andreas Juan 2 months ago

    Is this be relateable in Asia?

  • Alex Murphy
    Alex Murphy 2 months ago

    Wow. This man is so inspiring and authentic

  • Jorge Romera
    Jorge Romera 2 months ago

    Pessimism is inside us. Speeches like this one help us take it out. Be aware of that dark force is the first step to beat it.

  • Adam Lowe
    Adam Lowe 2 months ago

    Best ted talk I’ve seen !

  • John Zitiello
    John Zitiello 2 months ago


  • Hot Liner
    Hot Liner 2 months ago

    The only bad thing about that was the snark caught in the audience! Oh yeah, Boston. :-). Life is good.

    BEN KIM 2 months ago

    Wow. Speechless.

  • Memory Celle
    Memory Celle 2 months ago

    Definitely heart-warming :)

  • Ivan Rosa
    Ivan Rosa 2 months ago

    A really good Ted Talk, thank you for his : )

  • Mr. D.R.
    Mr. D.R. 2 months ago


  • Dude Man
    Dude Man 3 months ago

    I like this guy and his optimism, but ugh I'm sick of this type of excuse in defense of capitalism. People made these same types of arguments in defense of feudalism when it was being phased out. Business should be democratic, YOU may be a good person, but the rich billionaire oligarchs in the world aren't. They use their money to control the system and it is messed up. These children need this help you give them because capitalism deprives them of it in the first place.

  • Aurelian
    Aurelian 3 months ago

    I literally cried then laughed and then cried again. Truly inspirational! Thank you!

  • Not Available
    Not Available 3 months ago

    Great talk. @10:34 onwards really resonated for me. Business is a tool.. in other words the person and the passion is what succeeds, the business is just the suite of methods to regulate and manage it.

    ANAS KHAN 3 months ago

    Dear Bert and John.
    My name is Alex, I have a brother Nick and we are 10. We both have extra challenges in the world but at the end of the day we still have each other. We were both born early and weighted only one pound. So we had a lot of growing to do . When I was born I had my legs emputated and Nick is legally blind. Me and Nick have all of your shirts with all of the things we like doing best. But if you ask us what we do best and what makes us happy and laugh the most,It is just being together. I know now that Nick has more challenges than I do, but he says and does things that makes me laugh and forget feeling bad. You are lucky to have a brother too.
    Your friend Nick and Alex.

  • Ali Rafatjah
    Ali Rafatjah 3 months ago

    Love this guy!!

  • Vineet
    Vineet 3 months ago +1

    He wears two different pair of shoes

  • Darlene DeVegan
    Darlene DeVegan 3 months ago

    Just saying😉

  • Mike Thomas
    Mike Thomas 3 months ago


  • Higher-self
    Higher-self 3 months ago

    At the end I was waiting for him to say “aaand party on dudes!!!” Love the speech!

    • Phil Burgess
      Phil Burgess 2 months ago

      I was too! Perhaps it’s a Bill and TedX talk? A great talk - very inspirational with a positive message within

  • hyorim seok
    hyorim seok 3 months ago

    Love yourself and love each other and enjoy the ride

  • bmc123
    bmc123 3 months ago

    For once in your youtube life you come across with a talk like this and it will influence your thinking for the rest of your life. Life is really good its the media that make it gloomy. God bless us

  • bagameas capu tau
    bagameas capu tau 3 months ago

    Ma gusi cacatule sa mi bag pl in ma ta jon

  • Carlo Noto
    Carlo Noto 3 months ago

    Anyone gonna mention that this gentleman has odd shoes!? Mind you, his talk was so comprehensive and inspiring that i am going to do the same thing. A boot for kicking and a trainer for hopping about!

  • Javon John
    Javon John 3 months ago

    Love viewing I learnt alot thanks for sharing