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One day, your life WILL flash before your eyes…make sure it’s worth watching!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 2 comments

One day, your life WILL flash before your eyes…make sure it’s worth watching!

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. My wife and I are somewhat haunted by an event we recently experienced; however, we look at this tragic circumstance as another reminder as to how we should live life with an exclamation and not an explanation. Most weekends, we take off on Friday morning at about 9:30 (after traffic) and drive 2 hours to our ranch in East Texas (I have an office there). ...

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Marc Sparks: Driving a Stick Shift Takes Discipline

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

Marc Sparks: Driving a Stick Shift Takes Discipline

Marc Sparks says it would be easy to significantly reduce texting-and-driving incidents—simply make more people drive vehicles with standard transmissions. It would be next to impossible to text and drive when you have one hand on the wheel, the other on the shifter, and you need to focus to coordinate eyes, hands and feet to safely operate the vehicle. Read more about why this serial entrepreneur says driving a stick shift is a skill everyone should learn. Read entire article on...

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Marc Sparks On Life: You’ll Never Hear Me Say ‘Never say Never’

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 1 comment

Marc Sparks On Life:  You’ll Never Hear Me Say ‘Never say Never’

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. As a rule, I look for the positives in life. Why? Because that’s where the best opportunities are often found—opportunities to grow … to learn… and to make a difference in this world. And make no mistake—opportunities are everywhere! That’s right… I am not one of those guys who say, “Never say never.” Never has an important place in my vocabulary—but it...

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Marc Sparks: Everyone Loves Praise

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

Marc Sparks: Everyone Loves Praise

People always ask me what’s my secret for motivating my staff? The answer is really quite simple: praise them publicly. Someone comes up with a great idea? A sales associate lands that major client? A client recognizes your company’s great customer service? These are all excellent reasons to single out individuals and teams with praise—in front of everyone! Send a companywide email, or make an announcement at the next company meeting or gathering. Doing so will motivate your staff to do even greater things. Read full article on...

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Marc Sparks: So You Failed… Get Over It!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Money and Stewardship | 0 comments

Marc Sparks: So You Failed… Get Over It!

Did you know that the average entrepreneur fails 3.8 times before he succeeds? It’s all about how you handle yourself after you fail that will determine your destiny, says Marc Sparks, founder and CEO of Timber Creek Capital. Marc knows failure… and because of that he knows outrageous success, too! “I LOVE entrepreneurs that come to my office at Timber Creek Capital on their last gasp from getting kicked in the teeth from failure BUT they still have that fire left in there belly. … They don’t fear failure!” No matter what you’ve failed at,...

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Marc Sparks on Life: The Power of Passion

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 3 comments

Marc Sparks on Life: The Power of Passion

One of the things in life that I’m passionate about is, well, passion itself. Passion is one of the key drivers of success. The Marc Sparks Definition of Passion What do I mean by passion?  It’s an attitude. Having passion about what you are doing screams volumes about your sincerity  toward what you want, your goals.  Your body language, eye contact and verbal intensity toward your subject is what matters most … facts are important but PASSION  IS PURE GOLD! Why Marc Sparks Hires Passionate People Think about it this way. Let’s say I’m...

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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?

Marc Sparks, founder and owner of Timber Creek Capital, supports Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate staff working from home. As a serial entrepreneur, he believes companies are more likely to be successful if their employees are collaborating in real time. Want to read more on Marc Sparks’ outspoken opinions? Check out his blog on Timber Creek Capital for the rest of the...

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Marc Sparks on Life: Make ‘Me’ Time before Bedtime!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 0 comments

Marc Sparks on Life: Make ‘Me’ Time before Bedtime!

Getting a good night’s sleep is probably up there with the top necessities of life—food, water, love, laughter, exercise, and sleep. Truth is, without rest (sleep) you can forget about the ability to exercise because you are too tired, so I guess sleep is in The Marc Sparks Top 5 of Absolute Necessities.

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Marc Sparks: Photos | 0 comments

Marc Sparks at the Timber Creek Capital offices.

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Gateway Apartments offers homes, independence for former homeless

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Marc Sparks: In the News | 0 comments

By Brandi Hart, McKinney Courier-Gazette Aaron Whitaker and his teenage daughter had only $36 and a few gallons of gas last year when they checked into a bunk-bed room at the Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s only homeless shelter. Aaron Whitaker carries daughter Guyler Easter, 16, into their new home at North Texas Gateway Apartments in McKinney. Three families that were formerly living in Collin County’s only homeless shelter, the Samaritan Inn, have moved into a home of their own in the new Gateway Apartments that are being managed by...

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