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
Como muchos empresarios, Ryan Blair no tenía educación formal de negocios, pero tenía un gran instinto de supervivencia, tenacidad, y, sobre todo, una mentalidad de "nada que perder". Su infancia de clase media llegó a un abrupto final cuando su abusivo padre sucumbió a la adicción de las drogas y abandonó la familia. Blair y su madre se mudaron a un barrio malo, y pronto ya estaba dentro y fuera del centro de detención juvenil, por unirse a una pandilla para sobrevivir. Luego su madre se enamora de un empresario exitoso que tomó a Ryan bajo su ala. Con la ayuda de su mentor, Blair se convierte en un empresario exitoso. Comenzó su primera empresa, 24/7 Tech, a la edad de veintiún años, y desde entonces ha creado y vendido varias empresas por cientos de millones de dólares.
Like many entrepreneurs, Ryan Blair had no formal business education. But he had great survival instincts, tenacity, and, above all, a "nothing to lose" mind-set. His 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 shows readers how to start and grow their own profitable businesses. Sharing lessons from his mentors and advice from his own life-changing experiences, Blair provides an inspirational guide for people willing to put in the hard work, time, and dedication needed to achieve entrepreneurial success.
"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