Thursday, November 8, 2018
Book Review: 'Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play the Great Game' by Wes Berry
‘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, and have the time of your life!
- there is good in every experience that life has to offer, and it is our responsibility to seek out that good and advance to the next square on that checkered board of life
- I’m talking about managing your hours, your days, your weeks, your months, and then your years, one after the other. Don’t let them get away from you. You never get them back.
- 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. We’re talking here about learning to play in the great game; and the game is business, and the ultimate game is life.’
In other words, Wesley Berry teaches us to be aware, deal with setbacks and overcome obstacles, say no to failure and yes to achieving success. ‘We have all experienced some adversities in our lives. We can choose to handle them in one of two ways. The first way is that we can learn from them. That is, we can grow in our understanding of things, and thereby advance our body of knowledge. This path will most assuredly lead to the continual growth and improvement of our character.’
Wise and warm counsel from a man who knows the steps and paths and little things that are the small beginnings that can blossom into success. Wesley Berry is real – as real as the successful entrepreneur, coach, teacher, family man, and friend can be. Listen up! November 18
Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.