Interview with Alfie Best
Alfie Best is a highly motivated business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman of Wyldecrest Parks.
Born of humble origins and raised in a Romany Gypsy family, this self-made man studied at “University of Life” and started his professional success story totally from scratch.
Alfie Best started working at the age of 8 years old, with his father, laboring and tarmacking. With his first business at the age of just 14 years old, buying and selling cars and vans, he quickly moved on and, during the 1990’s, became the owner of several mobile phone shops across London. Full of new ideas and with his hands on approach and his very unique business style, in 2001 Alfie Best started the business which probably has changed his life. He invested in something that, to him, is a second nature – caravans
Today, the business he started 15 years ago, is valued at £200 million. Wyldecrest Parks has recently been shortlisted as the finalist for the Essex TVs Business of the year award, it won the 2015 LondonlovesExcellence Retail & Property Business Award, is the biggest and largest park home operators in the UK, with 75 residential and holiday mobile home parks in its portfolio.
Question:What would you advice your teenager self?
Alfie: Trust no-one but listen to everyone
Question: What is something that you have done that you will never do again?
Alfie: Trust freely or ask the wrong person for the right advice
Question: How is a day well spent to you?
Alfie: A day well spent for me is completing my daily goals working towards the bigger goal
Question: What is something that you will never understand?
Alfie:How someone can let themselves down by giving up before they have even started
Question: How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Or, Do you have a favorite failure of yours?
Alfie: Failure is just another word for learning. The moment that you understand that it is just people who put failure in that context and it is another way of building knowledge, most failures can and will prepare you for bigger and greater success as long as you have the willpower to see it through
Question: What’s the hardest you’ve ever worked?
Alfie: Today is the hardest day I have worked and tomorrow I will work even harder
Question: What life skills are rarely taught but extremely useful?
Alfie: Understanding that people are complex but everybody needs situations explained to them simplistically. This combined with common sense is a complete recipe for success. We need to instil simplicity and common sense in our skills set that we are being taught.
Question: What is your motto for life?
To be the best you can and always use the people that say you can’t to give you the platform to prove you can