We had the good fortune of connecting with Wesley Brower and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wesley, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
At some point in your life, you have likely stumbled across a piece of conventional “wisdom” that you disagreed with. For me, this advice was the following: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Even the sound of my keyboard while typing the above, is enough to make my blood boil. As an entrepreneur, I have always loved starting, running, and growing businesses. I love the challenge of taking an idea and turning it into something tangible. I love the sense of accomplishment I experience when business is good, and my customers are happy. Achievement, however, does not come without its shortcomings. To be successful in business, you mustn’t do what you love, but rather, learn to love what you do. You cannot enjoy the fruits of your labor without first learning to tolerate the bad seeds. Although you may love what you do, the tedious, and often times, demanding chores are always present. The long 14-16 hour days of work, ever flowing river of emails, financial obligations, etc. are always there to remind you that great accomplishments do not come easy. It is important to come to the realization that simply “doing what you love” might not be feasible. I love eating cereal, and I love playing guitar. Does that mean I should drop my existing businesses to become a professional cereal developer or musician? Absolutely NOT! Not to mention, that work will always be work. By forcing yourself to try to monetize on your hobbies, you just might start to enjoy your hobbies a whole lot less. At the end of the day, what is most important, is that you seek a job, career, or business venture that interests you (even just a little), and that will allow you to utilize your talents and experience to their full potential. Do not let these words discourage you from pursuing your passions. By all means, please continue to love and engage in your hobbies, but remember that happiness is always present, regardless of how hidden it may seem.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
From a professional stand-point, my time is split between a variety of business endeavors. My primary business is working as a quality management consultant as well as contract auditor serving the aerospace, defense, and medical device manufacturing industries. Through these activities, I travel throughout the country, assisting companies of all sizes with developing and implementing quality management systems, complaint to a variety of international standards (e.g. AS 9100, AS 9120, ISO 13485, ISO 9001, etc.). In addition to the above, I am also heavily involved in the daily operations of Some People’s Kids Coffee Company, LLC. As Co-founder, I work closely with two amazingly talented individuals (Eric Clark & Brandon Germain), in organizational growth and strategy, marketing, eCommerce fulfillment, and much much more. Being a part of running this company, has not only fulfilled my daily coffee consumption needs, but has also taught, and continues to teach me useful business skills that I will be able to utilize for the many days to come. What most excites me in this business, is the potential opportunity of one day opening my very own cafe.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My favorite spots in the city you say? Southern California is such a wonderfully diverse location, that seems to offer endless possibilities. If time was limited, and I was required to make a short one week long bucket list, you can bet that the following would be included: – Perch LA (Restaurant): Food to die for. This place also offers such a unique dining experience, that I think would be hard to find elsewhere. – No Vacancy (Speak Easy): An awesome, speak easy offering a unique entrance, and one of a kind evening. – The Magic Castle (Bar / Restaurant / Entertainment): As a fellow magician, this exclusive club is a dream come true. Prepare to enjoy a night of endless magic, delicious drinks, and first class company. – PCH (Pacific Coast Highway 1): One of the most beautiful and relaxing drives in all of California… especially on two wheels! – Universal Studios (Theme Park): As a huge fan of Harry Potter, and the magic of film, this is a mandatory destination on my calendar! – Los Angeles Kings Game: If my schedule can accommodate it, I will never turn down an opportunity to go see my boys on the ice!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many individuals, who have contributed, and continue to contribute to my success on a daily basis. To my Father – Greg: Thank you for always supporting my passions and hobbies, both verbally and financially. Thank you for being a mentor throughout my career, especially with regard to creating, implementing, and maintaining the development of Quality Management Systems for our clients. To my Mother – Laura: Thank you for always lifting my spirits when the going gets tough, and reminding me to view every situation optimistically. To my Brother – Charlie: Thank you for always allowing me to annoy you with my infinite amount of business venture ideas. To my Loving Girlfriend – Caitlin: Thank you for your endless support and unconditional love. It truly allows me to seek out, and continue to live out my dreams. To San Fernando Masonic Lodge #343: Thank you for instilling the lessons of faith, love, and charity, of which have deeply enhanced my internal happiness and love for others. To my Haters – Anonymous: Thank you for motivating me to succeed. You rock!