So, at age 47, Clark left to start her own business, Build-A-Bear Workshop. The business now has 300 shops worldwide, and she remains motivated and inspired. Lessons she has learned:
Listen to others, but be careful about the advice you take. “Every grown-up that I spoke to about the idea said it wouldn’t work, but every child I spoke to loved it, so I knew it was a winning concept,” she says.
Trust the creative voice within. “Rather than adhering strictly to the traditional ways of doing things, I challenge myself and those I work with to think more creatively.”
Make the most of your mistakes. “I’ve learned many lessons along the way, and I consider mistakes part of the learning process,” she says.
Allow yourself to dream big. “Not dreaming big enough is one of the biggest mistakes you can make; if you can’t see your dream, how do you expect others to?”