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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Everyone Gains by Reading Ryan's Book!

    Ryan shows that with desire and work ethic, anyone can become a millionaire in America. Past history is not important and we can all be overcomers when we have an attitude of wanting to succeed rather than believing someone owes us a living. This book is inspiring and should be read by everyone who wants to have a great life both personally and financially.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    Definitely a recommended read for any entrepreneur.

    Ryan has a great personal story and is very well written. There are many things that can be learned from "mistakes" and not to make them as a new entrepreneur. I recommend anyone who is wishing to become an entrepreneur to read this book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Very inspirational

    Ryan proves that you don't have to be a product of your environment. With a good work ethic and perservearance anyone can be anything they want. Only you can stand in your own way. Very inspirational, happy he shared his story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Great Read for Everyone...

    Ryan Blair's book Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain has inspirted me to get out of my comfort zone. Go out and reach my dreams. I learned from this book, I can do anything I set my mind to. I do not have to sit and watch everyone make while I was to scared to try something new. Ryan is a true person, He has put his life experience out for everyone to read, and for everyone to learn how you can be a succesful person with whatever you are doing. This book has helped me so much, and I would recommend it to everyone that wants to gain more knowledge about how to make your business more successful.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    Recommended

    I really enjoyed the point of view of this book! After reading books from other leadership writers (including Zig Ziglar, John C Maxwell and Jim Rohn) I appreciate a voice from today! As a direct seller myself I needed a fresh voice from someone who didn't allow mistakes, and a checkered past to stand in his way! Also I learned more about Blyth who owns my direct selling business!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Not your everyday business book

    An interesting read from a way different perspective. This is an honest account of a "past life" very few CEO's would be willing to admit. This story definitely comes from a younger generation that believes in complete transparency. It's a great rags to riches story about a young man with ambitions who believed he deserved better and took action to change his life, and is now working on inspiring others to do the same. A timely book for today's world.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I tore through this book from start to finish. As an entrepreneur I took a lot from this reading. From the case studies to financing to the do's and dont's of business, there's a lot to be learned. After I finished reading Ryan's book, I immediately called my business partner up and encouraged him to read it as well. He did take my suggestion and together we have implemented many of Ryan's ideas and lessons into our business. My only critism (and its not about the book) is that he encourages you to register on his website, which I did with the promise of receiving a guide and other tips which was never emailed to me. Thankfully I paid for the book and not to be a member of his website.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    This is a wonderful book to motivate you and get you to think ab

    This is a wonderful book to motivate you and get you to think about your own situation. If Ryan can remove himself from the world around him and start 6 Million dollar bushiness then there is no reason why you can not get yourself out of the mess your in and turn your life around. I have a great deal of respect for this man. Smart and not overly pretentious. Down to Earth....If he ever decides to run for President.....Well, he has my vote!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    I enjoyed Ryan Blair's book, and I found it inspiring. It is cle

    I enjoyed Ryan Blair's book, and I found it inspiring. It is clear to me that the book was written to help entrepreneurs with firsthand experience, and encourage them to get to the core of why they want to be an entrepreneur. This book clearly let's entrepreneurs know it isn't an easy road, but with determination and a good plan, it is well worth it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Ryan gets down and dirty in this book. Rather then trying to su

    Ryan gets down and dirty in this book. Rather then trying to sugar coat life and tell how rosy it is, he tells it like it is and shows that being successful is a choice. Anyone can overcome their circumstances. Adopting a 'nothing to lose' mindset is a must for any entrepreneur.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    I am reading Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain by Ryan Blair a

    I am reading Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain by Ryan Blair and I like the sharing. We all should have a mentor(s), whether it's a step dad, a neighbor, teachers, or who ever steps in and helps us on the path, so no hating about that. I like the simple experiences on the journey, such a good blue print on what to expect from investors, venture capitalist and more. Amazing journey, Love it.

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