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Book Review: Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

How I went from gang member to multimillionaire entrepreneur by Ryan Blair.

For reasons not totally clear or obvious to me a book publicist sent me Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain (Amazon Affiliate link) by Ryan Blair. Because I am generally interested in business and self-improvement books I decided to give the book a read.

Attitude, Determination, and Influential People

The most interesting aspect of the book to me was Ryan’s autobiography about his childhood, abandonment by his father, joining a gang, becoming a criminal, and finally the life-changing influence of his step-father. Ryan, finally provided a positive male role model, was able to channel his determination into early success in tech business start-ups that he was able to leverage into other entrepreneurial undertakings. Much of his success he attributes to his motto, “nothing to lose, everything to gain.”

Building a Business Basics

Throughout the book the author encourages readers to become entrepreneurs and offers his advice. If you are new to business or just beginning to consider your own business I imagine his advice would be very helpful. It is also primarily aimed at growing a business through rapid growth, leveraging other people’s money, and getting advice from the top people. Much of what he wrote was fairly familiar to me since this is a genre I read often. I didn’t pull out any particular gems.

Mix of Business and Bio

I think I prefer a book that is either straight up bio and success story or focused on building and growing a business. The mix of business and bio didn’t work so well for me, but it may for you. The same day I received Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain Chris Brogan published his review and interview with Ryan Blair. Chris’ evaluation of the book is glowing and will certainly give you a different take.

Did you read Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain? What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite business biography book? Share in the comments.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for EMS1.com, JEMS.com, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, EMSWorld.com and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.