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Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain Audiobook

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • In juvenile detention, In juvenile detention, if you let someone take your milk the first day, they'll start taking 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 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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Armond R Wright Columbia, Missouri, US 11-21-16
    Armond R Wright Columbia, Missouri, US 11-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    I learned a lot from the life stories you shared. This book inspires me to focus on growing my company

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    Tyler 11-17-16
    Tyler 11-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring With Real applications."

    Ryan's story is phenomenal, use to roll with an Ak 47 to finding network marketing company. It's not just a biography book, it's equally a book that offers real business advice from Starting up to selling your company.

    Great book, looking forward to buying his next one.

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    Willie Prevolt Jr. 10-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It's Was Okay"

    Honestly this book was cool but it was like a Blend of life and business, based on the preview I though it was going to talk about how he made a come back with Vi.

    It really didn't have anything to do with that it's about the business lessons he learned and how though of nothing to lose from being in a gang help him to be successful in business.

    Like I said it's a okay book, it's not something I would listen to again, honestly it might be a little to much truth for me, with his life and background.

    At some points I wasn't sure how the story related to business, but I get it- he wanted to remove all excuse from people not being able to build a business and letting their past get in the way.

    That's why I gave it a four star and would still recommend this book.

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    ougner 10-01-16
    ougner 10-01-16
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    "Truly Incredible"

    Was blown away by Ryan's story and insight. Totally was not expecting this level of transparency and "straight talk" about being an entreprenuer. Thanks Ryan.

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    Ronald Polson 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it."

    Down to earth real inspiration. Good writing and narration. I will be listening to it again.

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    john 07-02-16
    john 07-02-16
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    "incredible!"

    Ryan blairs story is remarkable,what an inspiration to hear how he kept fighting against all odds.

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    Leah Ware 06-15-16
    Leah Ware 06-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    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.

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    Jeff Harper 12-14-15
    Jeff Harper 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen!"

    enjoyed listening. I have a feeling that I will listen many more times to come.

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    Jose 05-29-15
    Jose 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    Entertaining and informative :) I will definetivel come back and listen to it again... Too much useful information to absorb in just one sitting ...

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    DESHAUN 05-15-15
    DESHAUN 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Marvelously Delivered"

    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!

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