The Inspiring Success of Marc Sparks
Marc Sparks is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. Building companies is his focus. He enjoys building businesses from the ground up. He creates both short-term and long-term goals for his companies and makes sure the culture of the company is a healthy one. He has played an important role in the start-up of dozens of businesses.
Marc graduated high school in 1975 in his hometown of Austin, Texas. He has no higher education degrees and says he has succeeded in spite of that because of his “keen instinct.” His belief in God has helped fuel his faith and passion for his work. He says a lack of fear helps him keep moving forward. He has had both successes and failures as an entrepreneur but has always come out on top.
He has written a book called “They Can’t Eat You.” The book combines 34 years of business experience, and he talks about his unsuccessful ventures in the book as well as his successful ones. He says he wrote the book at the suggestion of colleagues. He wants the book to encourage others to keep going in their entrepreneurial ventures. He remembers being so poor at one point that he had to buy food with a gas station credit card. His belief in the possibility of success kept him going through that time. He hopes his book will help others see that success is possible.
He has had very successful companies, such as his software company that sold $200 million in products per year. He said he has also learned from his failures, such as the insurance holding company he built that was very successful but then collapsed in a short time period. He says readers of his book can learn a lot from his failures and be encouraged by his successes.
Marc Sparks says success comes from a positive attitude and a passion for work. He says staying focused and never giving up are important. He has a sense of urgency about his work that keeps him going. Other people refer to that as his “Sparks Speed.” He also believes treating people fairly and respectfully will take an entrepreneur far in business. He says honesty is also an important component to success.
Marc Sparks also gives time and money to help people in need. He helps others by contributing to a homeless shelter called The Samaritan Inn. The shelter is located in Texas and houses 160 people. The shelter offers more than just food and a place to sleep. Through the shelter, people can receive counseling, health guidance, family care, financial instruction and job placement. His other charitable efforts involve Habitat for Humanity, American Can! Academy and Sparky’s Kids.
When Marc is not working hard, he is an adventurous outdoorsman. He says travel, hunting, fishing and hiking help counter stress. He says travel especially inspires him, and he has been to exotic locales such as Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Tibet, the Serengeti and Angkor Wat. He also at one point traveled around the world in 23 days. Marc also enjoys competitive sports in his down time.