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 21, 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:
Entrepreneurship is great because you can set your own hours - any 17 hours of the day, 7 days a week. But if you're doing what you love, it doesn't drain you as much as the 9 to 5 death cycle.
©2011 Ryan Blair (P)2011 Tantor
"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)
At first I was skeptical, but as I got into listening, it became a learning experience. Mr. Blair opens the door into his life and does so in a very honest way. Then surprises us with sharing and teaching so that we can be successful. Thank you for paying your experiences forward.
This book is not merely an autobiography, but a carefully written expose on the triumphs and pitfalls of becoming an entrepreneur exploring gigantic opportunities to exposing simple technicalities of it. The book leaves the reader or listener feeling as if "I really want you to succeed so I'm going to share all my experience with you so you can avoid the failures I experienced; or at least know how to recover from them." Ryan Blair does a phenomenal job interweaving story elements with non-fictional details about his life. As a listener of this audio book, I personally feel more equipped to handle entrepreneurship then I ever did before it.
Get this book if you're serious about owning a business and awaiting the challenges that come with it. It will be your personal trainer, motivator, and reminder that you can make it through especially if you include God as the head leading you through the journey.
Praise the Lord!
I would have liked it to be more timeline sensitive rather than jumping around. It was a little odd to hear a thought then go back to his childhood then back to his adult life.His lessons are more common than he may believe.
Good to Great
He was a little entertaining in his voice but over all was monotone.
A person that has never had a business or someone that is selling a million dollar company. These are to of the two points in this book that are given strongly.
I find it unusual that he does not go into how he came up with initial funds to start his company and how his dad helped him make it (funding, contacts,etc). It is more like he is saying he jumped into business and just like that he was successful and only when selling did he run into issues. Tell the truth who helped you, who funded you at the very beginning etc. also to say you have a perfect formula then to be vague about it is funny and shows he is not as bright as he believes. I enjoyed some of his book but overall just a lot of hot air.
Would not recommend to a friend. It's truly inspirational to hear how he went from having nothing to everything. However, strictly from a story perspective, I was not engaged.
The narrator's voice was also not authoritative enough for this story.
I recently listened to "Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson", which I would recommend to a anyone in a heartbeat. Both the story and the narrator are excellent for that book.
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