In this episode, I talk to professional lice remover Lisa Weisberg. When I first heard about Lisa’s business, a service in the Chicago area called The Nit Pickers, I took note mainly because it was yet another unusual job (so now we have gorilla caretaker, adult film closed captioner, high-rise window washer, jolly old elf, funeral director, dating coach AND lice remover). But that wasn’t all: the more I thought about it, the more I needed to understand Lisa’s motivation. I would find it difficult to deal with lice in my own family…why on earth, I wondered, would someone choose to tackle the infestations of strangers?
But as you will hear in the interview, Lisa loves her work. In this great talk, psychologist Shawn Achor makes a strong case for positive thinking, and Lisa’s enthusiasm for her work proves to me, possibly in a way that nothing else ever has, that happiness on the job is indeed largely a function of attitude.
About Lisa Weisberg: Lisa Weisberg was a stay-at-home mom when her family endured a long and expensive battle with lice. In the course of the struggle, she realized there was a business opportunity in providing compassionate, expert lice removal at affordable rates. And so The Nit Pickers was born. Based in Northbrook, Illinois, the business centers around a salon focused exclusively on the removal of head lice; the company also offers home delousing services.