Explore China, and all Lands of Opportunity! PART 1

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Travel | 0 comments

Explore China, and all Lands of Opportunity! PART 1

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. This is the first installment in a blog series titled China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity.

I’ve always had a passion for travel because, as an entrepreneur, leaving my office from time to time forces me to get out of my comfort zone and see how the other seven billion people are living on this planet. Some of my best ideas for business and packaging have come from experiences I’ve had on the road, whether selling furniture from the backseat of my car or touring a foreign country . . . where all I see is opportunity.

No matter where I am in life, I yearn to learn something new. My eyes are wide open! Some of these ideas I see make the cut, and I attempt to take the concept further. Others don’t. Regardless, the time I spend with my boots on the ground getting to know the cityscape and the local players is quite valuable to me personally and professionally.

Although I have issues with flying because I had a couple of scares in the air through the years, I still do it all of the time and never let my fear beat me. I think the benefits of seeing the world are invaluable on so many levels for entrepreneurs. My wife and I have had many remarkable journeys, including sailing 400 miles up the Yangtze River in China to investigate the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam. We have explored much, from the bazaars of the Souk Market in Morocco to the patisseries in Paris, from the infamous red light district in Amsterdam to dining with the monks in Tibet. Getting off the beaten path is essential to finding inspiration.

Marc Sparks: Exploring a World of Wonders

One of the most memorable and poignant trips I ever made was a journey that took my wife Jane and me around the world in twenty-six days. We stopped in some of the most amazing places of all time, including Tibet, where we explored the Potala Palace (the home of the Dali Lama more than fifty years ago, before he was forced to flee China in the middle of the night); Cairo, Egypt, where we visited the great pyramids and sailed down the Nile; Easter Island, where we walked through the mysterious moais; Agra, India, where we took in the mesmerizing Taj Mahal; Tanzania, Africa, where we went on a safari deep into the jungle; Shanghai and Beijing, where we walked along the incredible Great Wall of China; Xi’an, China, where our breath was taken away by the sight of 6,000 life-size terra cotta warriors; and Australia, where we dived in the Great Barrier Reef.

This kind of stimulation is a must for a serial entrepreneur. Even airports and train stations are havens for new ideas.

Read more Marc Sparks’ insights at www.whoismarcsparks.com, his views on business and entrepreneurship at www.timbercreekcapital.com, and excerpts from his upcoming book, They Can’t Eat You, at www.marcsparks.com.

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