Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Wesley Berry, author of Big Things Have Small Beginnings.
Good day Wes and thanks for participating in our interview.
Norm: Please tell our readers a little bit about your personal and professional background.
Wes: First and foremost I am a husband and father of four sons and a close second I am a life long dog lover. Through my businesses I’ve always found ways to be active in many community causes. I’ve been a pioneer in e-Commerce, building a $60 Million Dollar online business. As a modest student of military history, I often draw upon this body of knowledge.
Norm: What has been your greatest challenge (professionally) that you’ve overcome in getting to where you are at today?
Wes: I have always believed that every situation has both positive or negative implications, and that it is my responsibility to find the good in every experience. The restrictive climate imposed by politics from 2004 to 2012 was so unpredictable that it was very difficult to respond to.
Norm: How many times in your career have you experienced rejection? How did they shape you?
Wes: Rejection is a very important business experience; in fact if you’re not experiencing rejection you are not pushing the envelope far enough. I am confident that I have experienced more rejection because I pride myself on having a high degree of audacity. Winning and losing are part of the same experience if you’re not willing to lose you will avoid risk and only with risk is the opportunity for reward truly realized.
Norm: Many business people believe that talent – intellectual capital – is going to be the new battlefield for countries, corporations and individuals. Do you agree or disagree? Please explain.
Wes: No, it will not be the new battlefield – because it has always been the only true battlefield. The longbow of Henry V is what won the Battle of Agincourt on Saint Crispins Day (October 25 1415); the talent of his archers and the intellectual capital of Harry’s army exceeded that of the French who were outmatched and soundly defeated.
Norm: Do you believe that the greatest innovation challenge today is figuring out how to adapt technology to people so people don't have to adapt to technology? If so, please explain.
Wes: Being user-friendly is important and should always be the objective, however technology is our friend and such, as with all friendships, it requires both parties to apply themselves to the relationship. In the end those who are best able to be tech savvy will enjoy the most prosperity.
Norm: What would you say is the greatest challenge for business today?
Wes: The speed of innovation and as a result, the speed of obsolescence is also increased. The solution of course is the same as it has always been, ever since the wheel was affixed to the first chariot: you have to keep learning; the successful are lifelong learners.
Norm: How did you initially come up with the title of your book, Big Things Have Small Beginnings?
Wes: From the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia which in my option is one of the greatest stories ever told. If you take that movie as a lesson instead of entertainment you will be very much enlightened. The impossible, you’ll find, is often the only thing that is really worth doing. Story of T.E. Lawrence, a story of leadership, brilliant audacity of insubordination and success.
Norm: What motivated you to write the book?
Wes: Often I’ve been encouraged to write a book and at some point I came to realize that I had a responsibility to share what I’ve been taught by so many generous mentors. It became important for me to reduce some rather complicated concepts into a simple, straitforward book.
Norm: What challenges or obstacles did you encounter while writing your book? How did you overcome these challenges?
Wes: Really I found the experience very easy comparatively.
Norm: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating the book?
Wes: I was reminded how
simple things can sound once when you know the answer.
Norm: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and what do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
Wes: It’s all just a game and you can’t play if you are not willing to roll the dice. And if you think small you’ll never make it big.
Norm: Where can our readers find out more about you and Big Things Have Small Beginnings?
Norm: What is next for Wes Berry?
Wes: I’m currently doing a weekly radio show Sundays at noon on WDTK Detroit FM101.5/AM1400 and LIVE on Facebook. And to keep my ego in check I’ve been spending some time golfing with my sons.
Norm: Thanks once again and good luck with Big Things Have Small Beginnings?