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June 23, 2014

To Future Entrepreneurs — Find Your Passion

This year Barbie is once again breaking through plastic ceilings and inspiring girls to follow their dreams. The 2014 career of the year doll is Entrepreneur Barbie. To celebrate her newest career, Barbie is honoring special women entrepreneurs to help start a conversation for girls everywhere, reminding them that — "If they can dream it, they can be it – anything is possible!

Inspired by a move, Susan Feldman and Alison Pincus founded One Kings Lane, a home décor website that offers private sales on high-end products in addition to decorating tips and ideas, in 2009.

Susan Feldman
What were your dreams as a little girl?

I dreamed of being many things as a child like a teacher, a mother, a wife, and a lawyer.

What kind of impact did you imagine you’d make?

I believed that I would help others.

Who was your role model?

My father was my role model. He was an individual who was curious and never stopped learning. He asked so many questions and he talked to everyone. It felt as with each conversation he became wiser. He also was incredibly charismatic so I learned from him how important it was to be kind and accepting of everyone.

Did you play with Barbie as a child?

Of course I played with Barbie as a child. Barbie was so much fun! She allowed me to think about and fantasize about all different aspects of life from the day to day to the very glamorous.

What stories did you imagine?

Barbie took me to places that I couldn’t in my wildest dreams imagined. I loved dressing Barbie in her gorgeous black tulle gown and imagining the fantastic parties she was attending.

What were you like in school?

I was a very good student. I worked exceptionally hard and loved learning.

What was your favorite subject?

I loved Math and American history.

What were some major accomplishments or milestones in your childhood that influenced your future path?

I moved eight times growing up before I graduated high school. Moving so many times I was constantly put in new situations where I had to adjust and make new friends with each move. I learned how to engage and connect with people quickly. As a result I became very adaptable and social. Being president of the student council and remaining active in student government also made an impact on my future. It taught me valuable leadership skills, how to listen well and how to get things done.

What helps you make good decisions?

Trying to step back from a situation and be as objective as possible often helps me get to a great decision.

What do you do when you’re unsure?

I typically go with my gut instinct. It’s important to trust yourself.

What makes you feel special or important?

Feeling like I have made a difference. Feeling like I’ve helped make a positive impact on someone or a situation.

What are three tips you have for future entrepreneurs?

Focus.
Keep it simple.
Go with your instincts/listen to your gut.

What in your life made you believe that anything is possible?

Moving eight times before I graduated high school gave me the confidence and courage that I could do anything that I set my mind to.

Alison Pincus
What were your dreams as a little girl? What kind of impact did you imagine you’d make?

Funny and real story — when I was 5 or 6 years old, I made a decision on one day that I wanted to “change the world” when I grew up. Thinking back on this, I was lucky enough to have had a grandfather who was an entrepreneur and a creative business man – he manufactured the most beautiful hats. I loved visiting his factory in New York City.

Who was your role model?

My parents, grandparents, extended family and family friends were definitely my role models growing up.

Did you play with Barbie as a child? What stories did you imagine?

My younger sister Lauren and I LOVED our Barbies. We could spend many hours a day playing with our Barbies. If only my mother could have video-taped the stories and play!

What were you like in school? What was your favorite subject?

I was one of those little girls who really enjoyed school. To me, school was fun because I enjoyed learning, seeing my friends, and I looked forward to eating in the cafeteria when the food sounded good. My favorite subject throughout elementary, junior high school and high school was Math.

What were some major accomplishments or milestones in your childhood that influenced your future path?

I set different goals for myself all the time – achieving or missing those accomplishments taught me that hard work was always necessary.

What helps you make good decisions? What do you do when you’re unsure?

I feel most comfortable making hard decisions when I have solid information – otherwise known as data. When I’m unsure, I take my time and do the necessary research, which includes asking questions and uncovering facts that will help me make an informed decision.

What makes you feel special or important?

Everyone is special and has special qualities so I’d like to answer ‘what makes me feel important.’ Being the mother of my twin daughters Georgia and Carmen makes me feel very important.

What are three tips you have for future entrepreneurs?

Find your passion, learn as much as you can every single day and be patient.

What in your life made you believe that anything is possible?

I was in the first grade when I knew that anything is possible. I later figured out I should strive to improve the world around me!

Want to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in your kids? Start the conversation with kid-friendly “What’s An Entrepreneur?” printable!
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