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Marc Sparks: Let’s Meet, but First Unplug and Tune In

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Work | 3 comments

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. He is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. A young man fresh out of college once came to my Timber Creek Capital office to interview for a job with one of my companies. He was obviously dressed to the nines—new suit, pressed shirt and slacks, double Windsor knot in the tie, and freshly shined shoes. Twenty minutes into the interview he was making a good first impression, but then “IT”...

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Marc Sparks: Your Life WILL Flash Before Your Eyes…

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 0 comments

Marc Sparks, a serial entrepreneur and founder, owner and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, says a recent tragedy reminds him that the GOOD LORD has a plan for everyone, and that life is truly precious. As he was driving down I-635 en route from Dallas to his East Texas Ranch, he came upon a woman trying to walk across one of Texas’ busiest highways amid heavy traffic. With mere seconds to react, he somehow managed to avoid her—but the woman was struck and killed instantly by another motorist. A single mother of two is dead, and we’ll never...

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Marc Sparks: Can You Handle Life’s Stick Shift?

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 0 comments

Marc Sparks, a serial entrepreneur and founder, owner and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, says it’s easy for him to kick it in gear and raise his game to the next level—or downshift to maintain control during stressful times. He says it’s an instinct he has that began with learning how to drive a stick shift. Read more about why Marc Sparks thinks it’s important to learn how to drive a stick. Read entire article on MarcSparks.com...

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Marc Sparks: ‘Never Allow Self-Pity’

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Leadership | 0 comments

Marc Sparks, a serial entrepreneur and owner of Timber Creek Capital, says one should never allow self-pity. The minute you start feeling sorry for yourself, do something nice for someone else. Change the channel! Not only will you make the recipient’s day, you’ll also feel a tremendous amount of pride that you helped make someone’s day just a little bit brighter. Read more about the things Marc Sparks says are on his list of “never” statements. Read full post at...

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Marc Sparks on Leadership: Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Leadership | 0 comments

Marc Sparks on Leadership: Praise in Public, Criticize in Private

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. He is also the owner and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. As the owner of any business—or anyone on your management team, for that matter—setting an example is the key to maximizing the output of your team members.  You never want to be a dictator; you simply want to be the dude (or dude-ette) in charge. And when it comes to how you treat your team, my philosophy is simple: treat everyone with respect. Praise publicly...

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Marc Sparks on Business: Fail FAST and Move On!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Marc Sparks of Business | 1 comment

Marc Sparks on Business: Fail FAST and Move On!

It may sound a bit egotistical when I tell you that I, Marc Sparks, have something in common with the world’s best basketball player and the man who revolutionized the auto-making industry like no other—all three of us have failed. Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, was cut from his high school basketball team.  Henry Ford didn’t put a reverse gear in his first automobile. Can you imagine how silly he must have felt when he tried to parallel park that first Ford between carriages in front of a horse...

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Marc Sparks’ Views on News: Work from Home or NOT…Seriously?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Marc Sparks' Views on News | 0 comments

Marc Sparks’ Views on News: Work from Home or NOT…Seriously?

If you are among those who feel compelled to respond regarding Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to get her staff back in the office instead of allowing them to work from home … please know that only those with the following qualifications may chime in: (Editor’s note—Marc Sparks, founder and owner of Timber Creek Capital, meets ALL of these qualifications and then some): Have started your own business, raised capital for the business, and maintained a staff of at least 10 people. Have managed a staff and run a business with at...

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