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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.