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Book Review: Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Ryan Blair

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Should every self-made, successful business person write a book?

That is the question I asked myself after reading Ryan Blair’s book, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain, which was provided to me for review.  The premise was incredibly intriguing – how he went from gang member to multimillion dollar entrepreneur and CEO of ViSalus Sciences.  Who wouldn’t be interested in a great “rags to riches” story?  I know I was. 

Unfortunately, this book really didn’t live up to my expectations.  It seemed that every chapter discussed how he picked himself up, with the help of his step-father, and went from delinquent to millionaire.  Not how he did it, just that he did.  There is even one chapter entitled, “Million Dollar Mistakes,” but I am still unsure what the mistakes were, only that they lost him money. An enviable position to be in, none-the-less.

Not one chapter had a “take-away” that could be implemented into your own business.  Not one chapter made you feel that he had any “secret sauce” that would help you in your business.

So, should every self-made, successful business person write a book?  After reading this, I would say, no.

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  • Paul

    I totally agree.. How can you claim to be self made when you had a very wealthy step-dad funding your ventures? The whole book reads like a infomercial for his “network marketing” company/pyramid scheme