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Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur Hardcover – August 4, 2011
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“Ryan Blair’s story proves how success is a choice—and finding the right mentors can change your life and destiny. Devour this book and share it with someone young you love and mentor—today!”
—David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and founder of FinishRich.com
“Ryan is one of the most innovative and enthusiastic young men I’ve met. He is always one step ahead of others, which means there is much we all can learn from him.”
—John Wooden, UCLA Hall of Fame head coach
“I can think of no better person to offer advice on how to handle a ‘nothing to lose’ moment than Ryan Blair. He has absolutely made the most of those times in his life. Anyone who is considering tough career decisions needs to grab hold of his book and these lessons.”
—Dale Brown, LSU Hall of Fame head coach
“We all seek excuses to keep us from greatness. Ryan Blair takes your excuses and punches them in the mouth. This book grabbed me by my shirt collar, forced me into a chair, and wouldn’t let me up until I saw how it ended.”
—Chris Brogan, coauthor of Trust Agents and The Impact Equation
About the Author
Ryan Blair is a self-made multimillionaire and serial entrepreneur. He established his first company, 24/7 Tech, when he was twenty-one years old and has since created and actively invested in multiple start-ups. As the CEO of ViSalus, Blair turned the company around during the 2009 recession and, in three years , took it from $600,000 in monthly sales to $600 million in annual sales. He lives in Detroit, with his son, Reagan.
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In his book, Nothing to Lose, Ryan gives us a glimpse into his childhood, his early days in business, the best practices that helped him lead multiple companies to success and the best ways to not make multi-million dollar mistakes. Ryan was raised in Southern California in an environment of gangs and violence that would generally lead someone into a life of crime, but after getting arrested many times and spending time in jail, he decided to turn his life around. Ryan’s mother remarried a man that taught Ryan about investing, business, and entrepreneurship – pairing those lessons with what his biological father taught him about hard work, Ryan was able to create and propel multiple tech companies and health and wellness companies to success.
Some of the most important lessons that Ryan discusses in this book are very powerful for individuals looking to become CEOs or investors in other companies. He dedicates entire chapters to the subjects of using your assets to propel your business, million-dollar mistakes that he made that he warns us about, launching your own business, raising money, hiring and firing and using your business to create residual and recurring revenue.
I recommend this book, not only as an autobiography of business lessons and success, but also as a how-to lesson of what to do and what not to do when starting a business. I know that this will be a book that I come back to often to reiterate the lessons Ryan teaches through its pages. Any CEO, executive or manager would do well to have this book as part of their library and to revisit its pages often. You will be glad you did. And really, you have Nothing to Lose.
I actually contacted a lawyer about my ideas, came up with a business plan and am working on small steps to be able to leave my job. Just that small step, with help from the book, has been a real boon for me.
Over all, I TOTALLY recommend this book. It's funny, hard hitting, well planned and is loaded with info to help you get started on a plan for your ideas. The only thing I would complain about is the fact he's so quick to point out that he's a world class "playboy". As a woman, I am not impressed. A multi million dollar playboy? Please. There is nothing special or unique about that.
So, if you are the creative type, I don't think you can go wrong with this book. Good luck!
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Originally connecting with him thru ViSalus, I have followed via media his progression.Read more
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