Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur (Compact Disc)

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By Ryan Blair, Don Yaeger, Johnny Heller (Narrated by)
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Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain is often criticized for being just P.R.. However, those who state that miss the point. Ryan teaches us through the lessons he learned, which are pure inspiration. Going from gang member and even serving time, to entrepreneur. From having the right influences, listening to the right people, and try/fail/adjust mentality we learn not to give up. Dream big. Ryan didn't try to do everything by himself but shows how, pride aside, with the right mentors and networking goals are met with accomplishments.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2011.

— Mark, Roanoke


Ryan Blair knows about building a business from the ground up. Like many entrepreneurs he had no formal business education. But he had great survival instincts, tenacity, and, above all, a nothing to lose mindset. Blair's middle-class childhood came to an abrupt end when his abusive father succumbed to drug addiction and abandoned the family. Blair and his mother moved to a bad neighborhood, and soon he was in and out of juvenile detention, joining a gang just to survive. Then his mother fell in love with a successful entrepreneur who took Ryan under his wing. With his mentor's help, Blair turned himself into a wildly successful businessman. He started his first company, 24/7 Tech, at the age of twenty-one, and since then has created and sold several companies for hundreds of millions of dollars. Now Blair teaches listeners how to start and grow their own profitable businesses by following his often contrarian philosophies. For instance: -In juvenile detention, if you let someone take your milk the first day, he'll take it every day. The same is true in business. -When you're dealing with an investor's money, you have to act as if God Himself wrote you the check. -Most business plans aren't worth the paper they're written on. -Efforts don't pay the rent. Have no sympathy for employees who talk about how hard they're trying. -Entrepreneurship is great because you can set your own hours-any seventeen hours of the day, seven days a week. But if you're doing what you love, it doesn't drain you as much as the nine-to-five death cycle. This is an inspirational guide for people who are willing to put in the hard work, time, and dedication needed to see their vision through to the end. Blair shares lessons from his mentors and advice from his own life-changing experiences and provides a road map for entrepreneurial success.

About the Author

Ryan Blair is a self-made multimillionaire and serial entrepreneur who has created and actively invested in multiple start-up companies. Don Yaeger is a former associate editor for "Sports Illustrated."

Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards, earned numerous Audie nominations, and was named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by "AudioFile" magazine.

Praise For…

"His failures and successes, along with a little input from his gurus, coupled with his solid commonsense advice and entrepreneurial life lessons offer an inspiring and helpful story." ---Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452634616
ISBN-10: 1452634610
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: September 30th, 2011
Language: English