“Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to
Multimillionaire Entrepreneur” by Ryan Blair.
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gainis a quick read about a young guy—he’s now only about 30, but already a multimillionaire—who was raised in a middle class family, which ended up losing everything. From the comfort of a suburban home, he moved with his divorced mother into a rough area of Los Angeles. Ryan shortly learned that he had to become a gang member in order to survive.
He was soon taking as well as dealing drugs. Detention centers, jails, and juvenile halls became a second home for him. But, as luck would have it, his mother was able to remarry and wed a very wealthy man who decided he was going to turn Ryan’s life around…and he did.
The book is authentic and discusses the ups and downs of a struggling entrepreneur. It also highlights scores of lessons he has learned along the way, especially when he made his “million dollar mistakes,” and how he managed ultimately to win far more than he lost.
Quotes from the book:
“The only difference between you today and a year from now are the people you know and what you have learned.”
“To succeed you have to start”
“Don’t do your business where you do business.”