Magazine article Risk Management

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

Magazine article Risk Management

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

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NOTHING TO LOSE, EVERYTHING TO GAIN

How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur

Ryan Blair

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Ryan Blair's background could not be further from that of the average successful entrepreneur. He comes from a drug-addicted and abusive father who eventually destroyed the middle-class lifestyle of Blair and his family. Blair rebelled by joining a gang--choosing bad influences over a violent home. But things turned around when his mother married a very successful businessman who taught Blair the lessons needed not only for life, but for business, enabling Blair himself to succeed.

Though some will cite the cause of Blair's success as luck (his wealthy and well-connected stepfather) others (those who have actually succeeded in anything requiring effort) know that luck is only part, if anything at all, of the game.

Others may claim the only reason he wrote the book was to promote his many business ventures. I could see this being true if we were dealing with a struggling entrepreneur grasping at a last-ditch marketing effort, not a self-made millionaire who could have easily retired with out putting forth the effort required to publish this book. …

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