Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play in the Great Game

Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play in the Great Game➶ [Read] ➲ Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play in the Great Game By Wes Berry ➾ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk “Ambition is a powerful sword,
especially when it’s wielded by a person of integrity”
– Wes Berry

Wes Berry built a remarkable $ milliondollar international business from his “Ambition is Have Small PDF/EPUB ¶ a powerful sword,especially when it’s wielded by a Big Things PDF/EPUB or person of integrity” – Wes BerryWes Berry built a remarkable $ Things Have Small Kindle ´ milliondollar international business from his family’s small florist shop, which began in Detroit Now, in his extraordinary new book, he shares what he has learned over the years about leadership and business growthIt is his belief that, to play in the Great Game, you must accept that winning and losing are both part of the same experience Gleaning from his personal endeavors in business, Wes instructs and encourages you to take full responsibility as a leader Drawing on insights from great leaders throughout history, he guides you in learning to do the key tasks that made them successful—tasks that will enable you to find complementary employees and associates whom you can help develop in the very same way With each turn of the page, you’ll gain knowledge from strategists such as Sun Tzu, General Douglas MacArthur and Sam Houston that will help you grow in business as well as life Everyone has to start somewhere As Wes himself has learned, those Small Beginnings often inexorably lead to some mighty Big Things!. This is probably one of the least ‘businessy’ business books I have had the opportunity to read. Wes Berry, is more than qualified to speak as an authority on best practices in business, having proved himself by taking his family’s struggling flower company from barely supporting his parents to a multi-million dollar operation. He could write volumes on profit/loss margins, marketing strategies, or current market trends, instead he writes with conviction and passion about doing the right things, the right way; finding your ambition; tracking your motivation; and developing strong interpersonal skills.
He makes no qualms about the fact that success comes only on the heels of hard work. Wes Berry’s dedication to doing the little things well; within the formative years of his involvement in his family’s business paid off huge dividends down the road. I love that this book moves away from the classic format of business books containing some supposed secrets to success or long lists of steps to success that by the time you get to the end of the book you can not remember step one, not to mention implement it. Instead each major life/business lesson is delivered in context of either a personal story or a retelling of a historical event. This approach changes the tone of the text from an authoritative ‘I am successful so listen to me’ voice, to that of an approachable, more experienced relative that really has your best interest at heart. Anyone, whether a business person or not, could pick up a copy of this book and glean life changing information. This is not just a book about business, but a book full of great life advice that you can apply to business.
Great book

This book is open and honest, the author writes honestly and from his heart. Great down to earth advice which seems to be obvious, but it needs to be read to internalize this authors message. Besides learning how to succeed, you will respect this author for his brutally hard work and dedication to earn his own success. After doing what he did I am sure we can succeed too. ‘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!
Part memoir, part business primer, Big Things Have Small Beginnings delivers on its main premise. The author refers to competing in business as the Great Game and you have to make the right moves to win. It's an apt description and perspective, written in an approachable conversational style.

The book includes a lot of time-tested advice that I know from personal experience works. With visualization, positive thinking, and the power of intention, I've achieved a lot of my goals in life. Even really specific goals like wanting to be a member of a small team to win a PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award. I visualized it and it happened!

I've noticed my own life seems momentum based. Things go well and I'm on a roll for a while. Then something bad happens and I'm a derailed train. It takes a while to get back in the groove. I'd never figured out why that happens until I read one piece of advice from the book. Forgive yourself when things get off track, or you'll derail your positive thinking. Crap! That's what I've been doing wrong my whole life. It was worth reading the book just for that one insight.

While I’m not generally a believer in American exceptionalism, Wesley Berry makes a strong case for why America is such a great place to do business. America isn’t always number one in everything, but in business, it truly is number one. By the end of the book, I felt luckier to be American.

I loved reading the story of how the author approached a problem many businesses have of how to improve their business without spending money. Constraints like that often drive creativity. The way he used advancing technology and adapted to changes in the business environment showed just how the small beginnings built on each other. From a $60K to $60 million, Wesley Berry built a flower empire and we get to come along for the ride.

The book covers leadership and I found the section on understanding alternative viewpoints especially relevant in these polarizing times. Some believers of American Exceptionalism don’t see value in understanding other cultures or viewpoints, so I’m really glad this was highlighted.

He uses an eclectic mix of anecdotes and historical examples to drive his points across. I was unfamiliar with some of this background and it added depth to the material. I was intrigued enough to read up on Elbert Hubbard and found it ironic how a man that was so against American involvement in World War One was killed, including what the book mentions was his intention at the time. I can also recommend the PBS documentary the author suggests. It's not often that a book engages me enough to read the source material.

A major section of the book goes over the type of employee to look for and nurture, a Rowan. These traits for success also apply to business owners. I’ve seen some of these approaches to keeping morale high and preventing burnout used successfully in past technology jobs. The advice definitely applies outside the flower business.

This book left me energized, optimistic, and ready to face the world to grow my business.

While I’ve read a number of business books over the years, I was still able to cull new and useful information from Big Things Have Small Beginnings. I’m rating this gem 5 out of 5 stars for a quick easy read that engaged me enough to do additional research and left me with an insight to potentially improve my life. I have to admit; I have never read this genre (motivational/instructional/self-help). Most of my non-fiction reading was either science or history. I came away very impressed with the book and its overall message. Berry does a great job in this book illustrating his points both by drawing from his own experiences and experiences of others.


Big Things Have Small Beginnings is a quick read. It is divided into three main parts. In the first part, Berry goes through some foundational building blocks for success and lays the groundwork for the rest of the book. There he has a discussion about ambition and motivation that I found interesting.


Part two is where the book really started to pick up for me. Berry gives us his life story. Being a lover of fiction, I’m partial to stories even if they are about real life. He does a wonderful job in this part hitting the high notes of his life experiences without being too drawn out or including too much about himself that isn’t necessary.


Part three he goes over business management and keys that he used to succeed. I found that his discussion of how to find the right people to work for you, to be the most useful part of the book. I own my own business and I have made a lot of mistakes in hiring people and will incorporate a lot of what he talks about in my practice.


I only had one issue with the book. Nevertheless, I still gave it five stars. I thought that the personal retrospective found in the middle of the book should have been at the beginning. I’ll admit I did not read the author bio or the about the book before I started reading. Halfway through Part I, I was wondering to myself, “Who is this guy and what has he done?” At that point I read the bio, but I did not relate to it nearly as much as I did when he went into his life story.


The overall writing is very good. The book flowed and was well edited. The author admits at some point in the book to not being a “Harvard or Yale” trained business man, but I came away very impressed with his writing style and his business acumen. He did a good job keeping the book diverse by drawing from many different examples and historical figures. He even quotes movies and pop culture; I especially like his reference to the movie The Untouchables.


The book is very instructive. I went to business school myself and I found that what you learn in the real world is far more valuable than any theory you find in any text book. Foundationally, I completely agree with the Author’s message. The small things and the consistency in doing those small things day in and day out are really what separate people in the real world. The Author is himself living proof of that very ideal.


I think this book is a good read for anyone. It is marketed to help those in business for themselves or looking to open a business, but I really think a lot of the discussion is applicable to any career. As the Author learned so much from others in becoming a success in his life; his readers will no doubt come away with some valuable knowledge after reading this book.
A practical and informative guide as to 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.

Take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves. By using history, proven methods that get you thinking outside the norm, and real life examples, the author explains how you can take your business to the next level – beyond what you think possible at the moment. Rather than spout textbook theories and methods, he tells us what worked for him and gives sound and repeatable advice on setting goals and objectives, growing a business with minimal spending required, and channeling ambition so that you get maximum results for your business. The author gives great advice through telling us stories about what worked for him and how he went about setting goals for himself in order to build his own business bit by bit. One thing that he stresses ad that is true not only in business but in life is that you must manage your days, month, years, etc. because you only get them once and you don’t get to do them over once they’re gone. The drive must come from you and the passion must come from you – you must have the determination to steer your ship in the direction you want to go. I loved all of his advice not just because I own a small business myself and am always looking for ways to be more successful, but because I love hearing from other successful people about how they made it. Every time, the advice they give is good advice for the game of life – not just the great game of business, and this author is no exception. What is the exception in this book is that it’s written from the heart and with a genuine interest in the reader – and that makes it golden in my opinion. 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.
Where do I start? First I was close to dropping it because of the first couple of chapters on leadership. I am glad I didn't as the book got much better. So if you feel irritated (or you are not from the US and/or don't share the author's enthusiasm over certain aspects of capitalism) just stick with the book.
I loved the language, very easy and conversational, just the author and the reader talking. That was good. Don't expect any advice on how to get rich but rather how to BECOME a man with principles that can make you accomplished. If you do your thing and keep playing the Great Game as Wes calls it.
The Message to Garcia chapter on the importance of delivering what you promise was eye-opening to me and for it alone I would buy the book.
Overall, great book from an accomplished author with an intention to share what he knows and not to upsell you anything. A thing rare these days by itself. 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. 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.

Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play in the
    Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play in the in Detroit Now, in his extraordinary new book, he shares what he has learned over the years about leadership and business growthIt is his belief that, to play in the Great Game, you must accept that winning and losing are both part of the same experience Gleaning from his personal endeavors in business, Wes instructs and encourages you to take full responsibility as a leader Drawing on insights from great leaders throughout history, he guides you in learning to do the key tasks that made them successful—tasks that will enable you to find complementary employees and associates whom you can help develop in the very same way With each turn of the page, you’ll gain knowledge from strategists such as Sun Tzu, General Douglas MacArthur and Sam Houston that will help you grow in business as well as life Everyone has to start somewhere As Wes himself has learned, those Small Beginnings often inexorably lead to some mighty Big Things!. This is probably one of the least ‘businessy’ business books I have had the opportunity to read. Wes Berry, is more than qualified to speak as an authority on best practices in business, having proved himself by taking his family’s struggling flower company from barely supporting his parents to a multi-million dollar operation. He could write volumes on profit/loss margins, marketing strategies, or current market trends, instead he writes with conviction and passion about doing the right things, the right way; finding your ambition; tracking your motivation; and developing strong interpersonal skills.
    He makes no qualms about the fact that success comes only on the heels of hard work. Wes Berry’s dedication to doing the little things well; within the formative years of his involvement in his family’s business paid off huge dividends down the road. I love that this book moves away from the classic format of business books containing some supposed secrets to success or long lists of steps to success that by the time you get to the end of the book you can not remember step one, not to mention implement it. Instead each major life/business lesson is delivered in context of either a personal story or a retelling of a historical event. This approach changes the tone of the text from an authoritative ‘I am successful so listen to me’ voice, to that of an approachable, more experienced relative that really has your best interest at heart. Anyone, whether a business person or not, could pick up a copy of this book and glean life changing information. This is not just a book about business, but a book full of great life advice that you can apply to business.
    Great book

    This book is open and honest, the author writes honestly and from his heart. Great down to earth advice which seems to be obvious, but it needs to be read to internalize this authors message. Besides learning how to succeed, you will respect this author for his brutally hard work and dedication to earn his own success. After doing what he did I am sure we can succeed too. ‘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!
    Part memoir, part business primer, Big Things Have Small Beginnings delivers on its main premise. The author refers to competing in business as the Great Game and you have to make the right moves to win. It's an apt description and perspective, written in an approachable conversational style.

    The book includes a lot of time-tested advice that I know from personal experience works. With visualization, positive thinking, and the power of intention, I've achieved a lot of my goals in life. Even really specific goals like wanting to be a member of a small team to win a PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award. I visualized it and it happened!

    I've noticed my own life seems momentum based. Things go well and I'm on a roll for a while. Then something bad happens and I'm a derailed train. It takes a while to get back in the groove. I'd never figured out why that happens until I read one piece of advice from the book. Forgive yourself when things get off track, or you'll derail your positive thinking. Crap! That's what I've been doing wrong my whole life. It was worth reading the book just for that one insight.

    While I’m not generally a believer in American exceptionalism, Wesley Berry makes a strong case for why America is such a great place to do business. America isn’t always number one in everything, but in business, it truly is number one. By the end of the book, I felt luckier to be American.

    I loved reading the story of how the author approached a problem many businesses have of how to improve their business without spending money. Constraints like that often drive creativity. The way he used advancing technology and adapted to changes in the business environment showed just how the small beginnings built on each other. From a $60K to $60 million, Wesley Berry built a flower empire and we get to come along for the ride.

    The book covers leadership and I found the section on understanding alternative viewpoints especially relevant in these polarizing times. Some believers of American Exceptionalism don’t see value in understanding other cultures or viewpoints, so I’m really glad this was highlighted.

    He uses an eclectic mix of anecdotes and historical examples to drive his points across. I was unfamiliar with some of this background and it added depth to the material. I was intrigued enough to read up on Elbert Hubbard and found it ironic how a man that was so against American involvement in World War One was killed, including what the book mentions was his intention at the time. I can also recommend the PBS documentary the author suggests. It's not often that a book engages me enough to read the source material.

    A major section of the book goes over the type of employee to look for and nurture, a Rowan. These traits for success also apply to business owners. I’ve seen some of these approaches to keeping morale high and preventing burnout used successfully in past technology jobs. The advice definitely applies outside the flower business.

    This book left me energized, optimistic, and ready to face the world to grow my business.

    While I’ve read a number of business books over the years, I was still able to cull new and useful information from Big Things Have Small Beginnings. I’m rating this gem 5 out of 5 stars for a quick easy read that engaged me enough to do additional research and left me with an insight to potentially improve my life. I have to admit; I have never read this genre (motivational/instructional/self-help). Most of my non-fiction reading was either science or history. I came away very impressed with the book and its overall message. Berry does a great job in this book illustrating his points both by drawing from his own experiences and experiences of others.


    Big Things Have Small Beginnings is a quick read. It is divided into three main parts. In the first part, Berry goes through some foundational building blocks for success and lays the groundwork for the rest of the book. There he has a discussion about ambition and motivation that I found interesting.


    Part two is where the book really started to pick up for me. Berry gives us his life story. Being a lover of fiction, I’m partial to stories even if they are about real life. He does a wonderful job in this part hitting the high notes of his life experiences without being too drawn out or including too much about himself that isn’t necessary.


    Part three he goes over business management and keys that he used to succeed. I found that his discussion of how to find the right people to work for you, to be the most useful part of the book. I own my own business and I have made a lot of mistakes in hiring people and will incorporate a lot of what he talks about in my practice.


    I only had one issue with the book. Nevertheless, I still gave it five stars. I thought that the personal retrospective found in the middle of the book should have been at the beginning. I’ll admit I did not read the author bio or the about the book before I started reading. Halfway through Part I, I was wondering to myself, “Who is this guy and what has he done?” At that point I read the bio, but I did not relate to it nearly as much as I did when he went into his life story.


    The overall writing is very good. The book flowed and was well edited. The author admits at some point in the book to not being a “Harvard or Yale” trained business man, but I came away very impressed with his writing style and his business acumen. He did a good job keeping the book diverse by drawing from many different examples and historical figures. He even quotes movies and pop culture; I especially like his reference to the movie The Untouchables.


    The book is very instructive. I went to business school myself and I found that what you learn in the real world is far more valuable than any theory you find in any text book. Foundationally, I completely agree with the Author’s message. The small things and the consistency in doing those small things day in and day out are really what separate people in the real world. The Author is himself living proof of that very ideal.


    I think this book is a good read for anyone. It is marketed to help those in business for themselves or looking to open a business, but I really think a lot of the discussion is applicable to any career. As the Author learned so much from others in becoming a success in his life; his readers will no doubt come away with some valuable knowledge after reading this book.
    A practical and informative guide as to 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.

    Take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves. By using history, proven methods that get you thinking outside the norm, and real life examples, the author explains how you can take your business to the next level – beyond what you think possible at the moment. Rather than spout textbook theories and methods, he tells us what worked for him and gives sound and repeatable advice on setting goals and objectives, growing a business with minimal spending required, and channeling ambition so that you get maximum results for your business. The author gives great advice through telling us stories about what worked for him and how he went about setting goals for himself in order to build his own business bit by bit. One thing that he stresses ad that is true not only in business but in life is that you must manage your days, month, years, etc. because you only get them once and you don’t get to do them over once they’re gone. The drive must come from you and the passion must come from you – you must have the determination to steer your ship in the direction you want to go. I loved all of his advice not just because I own a small business myself and am always looking for ways to be more successful, but because I love hearing from other successful people about how they made it. Every time, the advice they give is good advice for the game of life – not just the great game of business, and this author is no exception. What is the exception in this book is that it’s written from the heart and with a genuine interest in the reader – and that makes it golden in my opinion. 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.
    Where do I start? First I was close to dropping it because of the first couple of chapters on leadership. I am glad I didn't as the book got much better. So if you feel irritated (or you are not from the US and/or don't share the author's enthusiasm over certain aspects of capitalism) just stick with the book.
    I loved the language, very easy and conversational, just the author and the reader talking. That was good. Don't expect any advice on how to get rich but rather how to BECOME a man with principles that can make you accomplished. If you do your thing and keep playing the Great Game as Wes calls it.
    The Message to Garcia chapter on the importance of delivering what you promise was eye-opening to me and for it alone I would buy the book.
    Overall, great book from an accomplished author with an intention to share what he knows and not to upsell you anything. A thing rare these days by itself. 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. 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. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 245 pages
  • Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Learn to Play in the Great Game
  • Wes Berry
  • English
  • 11 May 2018
  • 9780692181843