Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

  • by Ryan Blair, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by Johnny Heller
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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Jumping around...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have liked it to be more timeline sensitive rather than jumping around. It was a little odd to hear a thought then go back to his childhood then back to his adult life.His lessons are more common than he may believe.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Good to Great


What does Johnny Heller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was a little entertaining in his voice but over all was monotone.


Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain?

A person that has never had a business or someone that is selling a million dollar company. These are to of the two points in this book that are given strongly.


Any additional comments?

I find it unusual that he does not go into how he came up with initial funds to start his company and how his dad helped him make it (funding, contacts,etc). It is more like he is saying he jumped into business and just like that he was successful and only when selling did he run into issues. Tell the truth who helped you, who funded you at the very beginning etc. also to say you have a perfect formula then to be vague about it is funny and shows he is not as bright as he believes. I enjoyed some of his book but overall just a lot of hot air.

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- Dancing

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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- Armond R Wright

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio