Big Things Have Small Beginnings

Big Things Have Small Beginnings

by Wes Berry

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BN ID: 2940161289198
Publisher: Green Dragon Services LLC
Publication date: 12/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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Sales rank: 30
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About the Author

Wesley Berry is a radio talk show host, business consultant, and motivational speaker who believes that people can disagree without being disagreeable. Previously, he owned the multi-million-dollar international business Flower Delivery Express, servicing customers in 150 different countries. He lives with his wife and four sons in Michigan.

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Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play the Great Game 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mike_Ball 8 days ago
A Great Little Business Book “Big Things Have Small Beginnings,” by Wes Berry, is a great little business book. Full disclosure, I’m something of a business book junkie. I can’t get enough of those little insights from successful people that either educate, illuminate, or reaffirm my own ideas. The tone of Berry’s book is chatty and informal, which makes it one of the better reads I’ve seen in books like this. There are two major themes in the book. First, as the title suggests, meticulous and intelligent focus on details that may seem small and unimportant can, and probably will, add up to major accomplishments. In Berry’s own words, “But we gotta open our eyes to what’s around us. We really miss the little stuff at our own peril, in both business and in life.” The other key theme that runs throughout the book is leadership, and how all the key elements Berry discusses apply to the success of the team. There are insights like this: “While we’re at it, do you know what the scariest thing in the military is? They say it’s a second lieutenant with a compass. I guess you’d have to have had the experience of traipsing around in the woods with one to know that. The problem is, he isn’t looking at the compass because he knows where he is. He’s looking at that compass because he’s wondering where the devil he’s going!” I loved how well-sourced the Berry’s ideas are. Like just about every author who has written a business book in the past 50 years, Berry calls on Sun Tsu’s Art of War to shed light on ideas of competition and strategy. However, he goes way deeper into historical background than most. Early in the book, to explain the pros and cons of ambition, he also cites Teddy Roosevelt, Shakespeare, Sir Francis Bacon and the career of Julius Caesar. He deeply quotes and paraphrases Elbert Hubbard, an early twentieth century business icon and the author of “Message to Garcia.” In fact, he devotes an entire chapter to reprinting and analyzing Hubbard’s essay demonstrating the critical importance of detail in any endeavor. Berry checks off all the standard topics covered by most business books, adding really good practical insights. In discussing goal setting, he advocates mapping the course to success with a series of target dates, treating those dates as hard – but grudgingly flexible – deadlines. Maybe a fairly obvious concept, but one that is often overlooked. Berry includes a chapter that is basically a miniature autobiography. While some form of this is common in books of this sort, and Berry self-consciously invites readers to skip that chapter, I found it a fascinating insight into how formed the strategies behind his business success, along with his qualifications to write the book. So, Berry takes us entertainingly through understanding the business climate and the tools you have at your disposal, honing and maximizing your skills, the importance of communication, picking your battlefields, recruiting the best team members, and more. Bottom line; if you are in business, or want to be, read this book.
PamGoss 6 months ago
A Top-Notch Strategy for Upping Your Game in Business and Life! Very Inspiring! As a small business owner, I have read plenty of business books, but this one gives a fresh new perspective on the topic. Pulling from the strategies of military minds throughout history, such as Julius Caesar and General MacArthur, Berry lays out a strategy for success that simply makes sense. Lay out a battle plan, take care of the little things, and the victories will come. A family man with integrity, patriotism, and a big heart, Berry writes in such a conversational dialogue that reading his book made me feel like I was sitting across the table from him at a coffee shop. He explains in concise detail what worked for him, and what didn’t. His book is divided up into three parts, and the middle section was full of new ideas I had never encountered before. That’s where the topic of a Rowan comes in. A Rowan is an individual who will “get the job done,” and is named after one such fellow who delivered a message into the jungle of Cuba in the middle of a war. These like-minded individuals (called Rowans in the book, after the soldier’s name) are what you need for your business. Berry tells you how to find them, how to keep them, and how to acquire their characteristics for yourself. This information about Rowans was all new to me, and I found it fascinating and a great tool to improve a business. I really enjoyed this read. This inspiring book is full of compelling stories and savvy business experience to propel you to the top of your game. Highly recommended.
WriterJohn1960 6 months ago
In the highly inspiring, informative and instructive book, “Big Things Have Small Beginnings,” author Wes Berry provides the basic blueprint, along with the tools and other necessary implements needed, for us to, as the book is subtitled, “Learn to play in the Great Game.” Whether you are starting a new business or just trying to kickstart your life, Berry offers the reader a foundation of ideas with which to succeed in virtually every aspect of life. Berry stresses that it is essential to take care of the so-called “small things that unsuccessful people so often seem to neglect.” He shows that by first concentrating on “small beginnings,” great things can and will be achieved and mastered. The author demonstrates this in a very easy to follow, conversational style that incorporates examples from his own life and experiences in business, along with various words of wisdom from great individuals throughout history. By the end of this miraculous book, you’ll find yourself incredibly motivated, inspired and equipped with the tools to start paying more attention to the “small things” from which great things often come. The first section of “Big Things Have Small Beginnings” focuses on “Examining The Playing Field” which includes a lot of, for lack of a better word, brain work. Berry says it is vital to “open our eyes” to the world around us. And a big part of that is finding the ambition within ourselves to accomplish our goals. The author writes that this requires a “toughness of mind and spirit” that only comes once we decide to participate in what he calls “the great game.” In addition to ambition, we must be willing to “risk it all” and possibly fail. Because sometimes great wisdom comes from failing. There is great value, says the author, in perseverance. And Berry says his experience has taught him how much satisfaction there is to be found in finally succeeding against the odds. On a very practical level, learning to succeed in business teaches us how to succeed in life. Berry’s own enthusiasm and passion seems to leap from the page in this book as he guides us onto the road toward finding out what your “why” is, or in other words, learning what drives and makes us yearn for a better life. Again, by using various inspirational quotes and stories from his own experience, Wes Berry is able to both educate and inspire us in a very folksy, easy to understand fashion. Wes Berry’s own success in the florist industry is told in detail in the first half of this book (a story that is almost too amazing to believe) and serves as the backbone of all of the other advice he gives. Like other life lessons the author details in this book, it begins with plenty of “ambition” combined with a boatload of planning, research, a positive attitude (Berry confesses to being a lifelong optimist early in this manual), and the necessary hard work – always with an eye on the details. Once you learn to take care of the “small things,” the author says you can accomplish anything you set out to accomplish.
NGoldman 6 months ago
Big Things Have Small Beginnings is the outcome of Wesley Berry's many years of experience providing consulting services to over forty businesses while simultaneously establishing his retail franchise system that operated thirty units in five states. Using the power of inspirational tales, Berry hammers home his business philosophy which basically boils down to business success means spending a great deal more time and energy on little things rather than neglecting them or as he succinctly states: “when you take care of the little stuff, the big stuff has a real nice way of taking care of itself.” And he informs his readers that his motivation for writing the book is primarily to help you enjoy the same passion and same success that he has experienced. After a brief introduction and a preview of what to expect from the book, Berry begins the first section with an examination of the playing field of the world of business and explores the meaning of ambition. He informs his readers that the trick is to have just the right amount of enthusiasm. According to Berry, ambition is a mighty sword, and appreciably so when a person of integrity wields it. Nonetheless, he cautions that if you have too little of it, nothing gets done and on the other hand too much of it, you are going to be constantly discontent. From here Berry goes onto exploring the American business climate reminding his readers that because of the Internet, and of the ease and fluidity of global multinational commerce, competition has broadened itself and is not merely within the USA anymore. The last part of the first section deals with self-questioning as to why you are in a particular business, what keeps you in it, what do you hope to accomplish, what made you decide to make your living from a specific product or service, and how are you going to play the game? In the second section of the book, Berry deals with the challenges of leadership. It is here where he discusses the principles of reachable goals, objectives and targets and their importance. And as he states, the bottom line of the discussion is that you can't hope that things are going to unfold as you want them by accident. Other topics dealt with in this section concern time management, your working tools, listening and learning from others and controlling the battlefield. The third section devotes considerable ink to the famous essay authored by Elbert Hubbard in 1899 entitled, A Message to Garcia. In the article, Hubbard recounts the daring venture of an American soldier, 1st Lt. Andrew S. Rowan before the Spanish-American War where he was called upon by President William McKinley to deliver a message to Gen. Calixto Garcia, leader of the Cuban insurgents somewhere in the mountains of Cuba. Without any hesitation or further explanation, Rowan takes up the task, finds Garcia and delivers the message. Berry has used the essay as a great tool in finding employees with great attitude and plenty of initiative. Every successful business person will tell you that one of the keys to operating a successful business is recognizing talent and retaining talent. Berry shows his readers how to know a “Rowan” when you see one, how to manage him or her and how to keep him or her. Berry succeeds in doing is offering sound advice and a rational approach that provides profound insights that will any reader to think creatively and individually.
Susan-Keefe 10 months ago
A practical and informative guide on how to succeed in business. The author of this enlightening and extremely informative book writes from a lifetime in business. His vast span of knowledge encompasses the whole spectrum, from starting out, learning the hard way, choosing your market, employing the right sort of people, and the importance of dedication and attention to detail. It is this attention to detail which he emphasises throughout the book, highlighting that it is the little things to one person, which matter so much to someone else. This is a very important message, and this book is littered with examples of good business practice which he has excelled at, or failed in, but through the experience he learnt where he went wrong, and passes the information down to you, the reader. A patriotic American, a husband, and father of four sons, Wes Berry was given a 10% share of his parents flower business as a young man. Ambitious, self-disciplined, and driven by a determination to succeed, he was encouraged by his father to implement his new ideas into the business, as long as they didn’t cost money… Right from the beginning there is so much to learn from this book, and it is all there just waiting for the hungry would be businessman or woman to ingest. From mapping out your future goals, to meeting deadlines and targets, and the strategies you will need to utilise to achieve them. He looks at what gets you up in the morning, and encourages you to determine what your motivation is, to grasping those dream and making them happen. Gives examples of famous influencers throughout history in many fields, and encourages us to embrace the messages which have become their legacy. There can be no doubt that ‘A Message to Garcia’ by Elbert Hubbard, which is included in the book, has had a deep impact on the author, especially with regard to employing people. Before reading this I admit I had never heard of it, however, once read, it is easy to understand the importance of employing and encouraging employees with the ‘Rowan Trait’ which simply explained is a no-holds-barre commitment to getting a task done. Jam packed with information from cover to cover, this book contains all the motivation, and advice anyone could need to succeed in their chosen business career.
dragonet07 11 months ago
I’ve been trying to get my business up and going for a while now, but it’s always felt like something was missing from my efforts. I’ve read a lot of business books and websites, and while they all provide critical information, they haven’t given me the inspiration or boost that I’ve needed to get the ball rolling. Wes Berry’s Big Things Have Small Beginnings, though, seems different. This book doesn’t focus necessarily on the technical aspects of starting and running a business. Becoming an LLC or sole proprietorship, copyrighting names and logos, paying taxes, all those aspects of running a business (a small business in particular) are not really discussed here. You'll need to find a different book for that information. However, Berry does give advice on setting goals and objectives, growing a business with minimal spending required, and channeling ambition in a productive manner, among other topics. With a combination of famous examples and his personal experiences, he shows people exactly how small beginnings can cause big successes in one’s business and life and how best to pursue the small things in order to maximize the benefit. The author’s unique perspective on business and how business people succeed sets this book apart from others on the same topic. He doesn’t focus on the “big picture” as other resources do nor does he overuse business jargon. Instead, he makes everything accessible to novice and experienced business people alike and shows everyone something new, whether it’s information on how best to franchise or it’s hiring employees who will be as passionate and dedicated to your business as you are. A combination of humor and the author’s own stories creates a personal, light-hearted tone which is engaging and reignited my excitement for starting and running my own business. This book might not be a good source for the legality or technical side of running a business, but it is crucial for the personal side—THE OWNER’S side—of it. I highly recommend Big Things Have Small Beginnings as an inspirational supplement to your business knowledge and as a bag of tips for untraditional ways to grow your business. It might just be the kick-in-the-pants you need to start a successful enterprise.
Grady1GH 11 months ago
‘Polite discourse of controversial subjects is fundamental to a civil society’ Michigan author Wesley Berry is the host of The Success Factor, a weekly radio talk show in Detroit’s “The Patriot”. In Wesley’s words, “As the show’s host, I’m being guided by the principle that reasonable people can disagree without being disagreeable. Polite discourse of controversial subjects is fundamental to a civil society; and The Success Factor is committed to providing a forum where opposing views can be respectfully exchanged.” Wesley has provided consulting services to over 40 businesses while simultaneously establishing a retail franchise system that operated 30 units in five States. Additionally, he’s served as Headmaster of a State-Licensed Private Vocational School, as a licensed real estate agent, having participated in over 30 commercial transactions, and as an entrepreneur, Wes demonstrated a strategic style of management by building a multi-million dollar brick-and-mortar business. Among his many honors - 2003 - Pheasant Ring Autistic Community Ring of Hope Community Service Award, 2008 - NAACP Oakland County Chapter’s Corporate Leadership Award, 2008 - Florist Review Magazine’s Retail Florist of the Year for Community Involvement, 2012 - Optimist International’s Business Person of the Year Michigan District, 2014 - Civil rights organization United We Walk’s Community Leader Award, and 2016 - Commissioned Honorary Naval Commander (O-5) by Michigan Governor Schneider. . He’s a graduate of Oakland Technical Center, having completed their Floriculture & Agriscience Program. Yes, Wesley Berry is a Florist – and it is this beginning that launches his excellent book on how to succeed in business and in life – a book so rich in plain sound advice that setting it aside would be an significant error in judgment. Wesley’s writing technique is straightforward honest communication. His book is rich is memorable quotes, gems like the following few examples: ‘- every successful person I’ve met and every successful leader I’ve studied, has in some way or another borne out the same truth. That is, successful people seem to spend a lot more time and energy on small things that unsuccessful people so often seem to neglect. - when you take care of the little stuff, the big stuff has a real nice way of taking care of itself. And what I hope to help you with in these few pages is to help you take better care of all that little stuff. - everyone sees things through their own perspectives; and, if you don’t pay attention to the details that they’re paying attention to than you’re going to have the pay the price for your neglect - The strength, the courage, the perseverance it takes to pick yourself up time and time again, to my mind at last, comes from having a good family and a good support group. - You have to find your “why,” because you’re going to need it if you really want to get serious about learning to play in the great game. - whatever you want to accomplish, it is up to YOU. It is up to you alone to become the person who has the willingness to do what it takes to achieve the success you desire. It is up to YOU to build within yourself the determination and the positive attitude that will guide you safely on the journey that you choose. It is up to you. Always remember that there is no such thing as failure. All setbacks are temporary. The Great Game never ends ...unless you decide to quit. So I urge you, get yourself into the Game