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

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Well worth the money, time and experience

I've been following Ryan's career ever since I found out about him over two years ago. I found his story to be interesting in interviews on Your Business on MSNBC, The Big Idea on CNBC, The Larry Elder Show, etc. Ok, let's get to the point, his story from those intervie...
I've been following Ryan's career ever since I found out about him over two years ago. I found his story to be interesting in interviews on Your Business on MSNBC, The Big Idea on CNBC, The Larry Elder Show, etc. Ok, let's get to the point, his story from those interviews pretty much paralleled of where my life was turning out to be. He gave his testimonies of how he overcame adversity and made something out of himself from himself. In the book he gives greater detail as to how he faced a similar troubled childhood and grew to become a teenage troublemaker. But his life was turned around as he found himself a mentor through his stepfather. What's most important to the reader is his words of wisdom that he provides those that want to also become a success in the business world. For example, he covers things like recognizing in this ever-changing, yet heartless business world how to recognize who has your best interest at heart and how to choose a loyal business partner through his experiences. He covers a wide range of topics that give both his life story and a learning experience for the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to make a positive difference in their lives as well as others. Fire your boss and become your own.

posted by MLCurtis on August 21, 2011

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8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

title should be: "How my Mom hooked up with a Rich Guy and helped me"

The good: This guy was very lucky. He could have very easily remained a "gang member" and wound up dead or in jail. He did take advantage of opportunities that were presented to him. He did show initiative and followed through and was rewarded.

The bad: 99% of his su...
The good: This guy was very lucky. He could have very easily remained a "gang member" and wound up dead or in jail. He did take advantage of opportunities that were presented to him. He did show initiative and followed through and was rewarded.

The bad: 99% of his success was due to his Mom hooking up with a rich guy. Real Dad was an executive and also an over-extended meth head. His Mom only left after things got so bad that the authorities got involved and they move from a nice neighborhood to the bad part of the town.

While in a bad part of the town Ryan became "gangster" (in quotes as it didn't seem like real gangland more like suburban gangland) and was incarcerated twice meaning he actually crossed the line and may even have hurt people. Luckily for Ryan he was never tried as an adult and his juvenile records are sealed.

A few years later Mom hooks up with a wealthy guy while she was working at the local deli who opens up a lot of doors for young Ryan. The book implied he pulled himself out of the "gang life", but it was all the result of his step-dad who saved Ryan's family. Good thing his mom looked like Farrah Fawcett ( Ryan's description )

The rest of the book is your basic popular biz/self-help schlock that you find in the Multi-Level-Marketing industry (Ryan's company, Amway, Shaklee, Mary Kay, etc..) where employees/distributors are also customers.

The real hero in the book is his wonderful stepfather. It is a lot easier to make it in life when you have the support and encouragement of a wealthy, well connected, stepfather holding you by the hand.

To his credit, Ryan listened to his stepfather and followed through. But, without his stepfather, it is likely Ryan would have remained a petty criminal and been eaten up by the streets.

I was very disappointed and regret this purchase.

posted by bob-oAB on August 15, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    I am in the middle on this book, its not a 5 star as many have s

    I am in the middle on this book, its not a 5 star as many have said (I think they must be friends or associates) of Mr Blair at the same time I don't think it was a total worthless read. I picked up a few books the last month or so including this one and The Millionaire Dropout by Vince Stanzione and I preferred the information in The Millionaire Dropout much more as it gave actually business ideas and tools I could use, With nothingtolose I was not sure what it was giving me other than an inspirational story.

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    Posted February 21, 2012

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