We had the good fortune of connecting with Jack Clark III and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jack, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Most business owners have experienced the occasional 100+ hour work weeks, and many of them have experienced the 80 hour/week prolonged seasons. In fact, many would say that those types of hours are required to truly reach success in business.
Well, I would totally disagree. Although I experienced those types of work hours as a single man for many years, everything changed after marriage and having kids.
I’ve known too many men and women who sacrificed their families in exchange for monster businesses and financial empires. Early on, my wife and I decided that we would never do that.
Balance as a business owner is quite easy when you implement certain non-negotiables in your schedule. We have dinner as a family at least four nights a week. We work and rest as a family on the weekends. And we go on 3-4 vacations a year.
Instead of stunting the growth of our business, we believe that it makes our time all the more productive and efficient when investing time into the business.
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul? What does it profit a business owner to earn $10 million but lose those closest to him?
We live by certain priorities, stick to them, and trust God to work everything else out in the business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Three years ago, our son Jonah fell out of a shopping cart and busted his head on the ground, even though he had been buckled in. Come to find out, this happens to hundreds of thousands of toddlers each year, 24,000 of which go to the ER. In fact, shopping cart falls are the #1 cause of head injuries in small children.
Six months later, God gave my wife this idea for a high chair tray that attaches to virtually any shopping cart, to help secure and entertain toddlers while shopping.
We prayed and fasted for a month before officially deciding to pursue the idea in March of 2019. At the time, we were pastors on staff at a local church, homeschooling our 3 young kids, flipping houses, and running an insurance company.
We dove headfirst into this new business, while still maintaining everything else on our plates. Talk about balance! It was a crazy season, but it was worth it.
What we’re most proud of is that we’ve built this new company as a family, including our kids every step along the way. They’ve had a firsthand look at entrepreneurship and so many other business-related concepts.
It hasn’t been without its own challenges, but what great things in life aren’t without great sacrifices? Creating and launching a new invention in general is already very challenging. Doing so during a global pandemic is in an entirely different stratosphere of difficulty.
Aside from traditional business skills, we’ve learned patience, perseverance, and the need to trust God at a whole other level. And we are excited about all the lessons and challenges yet to come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Haha! I haven’t had a weeklong trip with a best friend of mine since…. well, never. (assuming our wives don’t count). If my best friend (as of today) and I had an entire week to hang out away from our wives and kids though, below would be my itinerary:
Monday-Wednesday = 36 holes of golf a day (3 different courses)
Thursday = fly to New York, catch a show and go to Peter Luger’s
Friday-Saturday = fly to Kansas, hunting or fishing
Sunday = catch a church service and head home
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our company was inspired by God from the get-go. It was a God-idea and has turned into a God-assignment for our family. Regardless of the success or failure of the business financially, we will remain faithful to the assignment put before us: to help protect kids, to encourage parents, and to pour into families as a whole.
God has opened so many doors for us along the way and connected us to all the right people. There’s no way that we’d be where we are today but for His divine connections, the great people behind this project, and the support and love of all our family and friends.