In this life, you can succeed on your own, or you can seek the counsel of experienced and successful people. According to Marc Sparks, successful and knowledgeable people have a duty to train the less fortunate so that they can climb the ladder. He has learned that a lot is expected from people who have been blessed with a lot of resources. For this reason, Marc Sparks has dedicated his life to helping other people in his many ventures. Whether its business, venture capitalism or philanthropy, Marc Sparks is always doing something to help the people around him.
Perhaps his greatest way of passing information that other people can succeed in life is through his publishing. He is the proud author of a book called They Can’t Eat You that details his path to success. It’s his hope that other people can also succeed in life despite falling short of education. Having graduated from college with a C grade, Marc Sparks didn’t despair. Instead, he focused on business and has recorded remarkable success since then. He concentrates in real estate and telecommunication industries where he runs several ventures such as Blue Jay Wireless, Splash Media, and Cardinal Telecom. As of today, he is involved with a company called Timber Creek Capital where he is recognized as the chairman and chief executive officer.
Marc Sparks is a person who listens to other people’s ideas and decides whether they deserve funding and hence the term venture capitalist. He believes that before you can turn to a venture capitalist, you must show some dedication and commitment to your idea. Also, you must have faith in your idea. Finally, Marc Spark has the notion that to be funded by a venture capitalist, you must show them you have a business strategy in your mind at all time. Currently residing in Dallas, Texas, Marc Sparks has funded many ideas through the Spark Tank initiative.
Beyond business, entrepreneurship, and publishing, Marc Spark is a renowned philanthropist. Over the last few years, he has paid great attention to human plights such as hunger, homelessness, and illiteracy. There are several causes where he devotes his time and resources to fight these disasters, and they include Habitat for Humanity, American Can! Foundation and the Samaritan Inn. With the Samaritan Inn, he has been with the institution since the year 1981 and has helped deal with homelessness and hunger in Dallas. His involvement with Habitat for Humanity involved building homes for the homeless. Finally, he plays some role with the American Can Foundation by providing learning materials such as books and laptops to needy children from Dallas. Not only does he provide learning material but he also covers tuition for the needy children of this initiative.
A large number of us know the name Dick DeVos because of the many years he spent as the leader of the AmWay Group and because of the short, but successful period of time the Grand Rapids, Michigan resident spent as the President and CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic franchise. However, I have been impressed over recent years by the work of Dick himself and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in providing funding and support for various philanthropic causes and charitable groups; for myself, I was most impressed by the revelation that Dick and Betsy DeVos have provided charitable donations reaching over $139 million in the course of their lifetimes.
Just how does Dick DeVos divide his charitable giving over the course of a year; let’s begin with education, an area I feel I am not alone in already understanding Dick and Betsy DeVos have played a key role for a number of decades. In 2013 alone, Dick DeVos and his foundation provided over $3 million in support for education reform programs, and continued to back a number of groups supporting education reform across the nation. Education reform has always been a major part of the philanthropy of Dick and Betsy DeVos, but I was happy to read Dick has now looked to include his own children in the philanthropy the DeVos family continues to undertake that has led to a more diverse range of programs being backed by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. One area I believe is close to the heart of Dick DeVos is his financial backing of the Willow Creek faith based religious charity the Northwood University graduate believes can play a key role in returning the U.S. to traditional values and promoting various leadership qualities among the people of the nation.
There are many aspects of the philanthropic work of Dick DeVos to admire, and I believe their are too many to list here, but an area of financial support I believe may be smaller than other contributions but remains just as important to the family as a whole. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has been a major success in providing care for those children who are suffering with certain forms of cancer attending the hospital; Dick himself has provided a major level of financial support for the hospital in making sure top physicians and researchers are always employed on a full time basis to raise the success rate in battling some forms of brain cancers in children.
Michael Zomber has a unique story that relates to a lot of people. Over the long term, there have been a lot of people incarcerated based on false evidence. Michael Zomber wanted to sell guns to another person. During the process, he was accused of wire fraud and convicted. However, the ruling was eventually overturned. This is a great story of human survival against all odds. His story is now part of many law schools’ curriculum.
Living in Jail
There are many people who have been wrongly convicted in the United States. One of the biggest issues with this is living in jail. The conditions of many jails around the country are less than stellar. People like Michael Zomber are able to tell their story after getting out. A lot of people have their eyes opened to the entire justice system based on the stories of people like Michael. This is a great example of the impact that one person’s story can make on the entire justice system.
Zomber was eventually exonerated. This is a great story of surviving a bad event in life. This story is now studied by thousands of law school students every year. Now Michael is an author, and pledges on social media to continue is fight for peace in the world.