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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ryan Blair Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674612
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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 twenty-one, 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, if you let someone take your milk the first day, he'll take 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 seventeen hours of the day, seven days a week. But if you're doing what you love, it doesn't drain you as much as the nine-to-five death cycle. This is an inspirational guide for people who are willing to put in the hard work, time, and dedication needed to see their vision through to the end. Blair shares lessons from his mentors and advice from his own life-changing experiences and provides a road map for entrepreneurial success. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “[Listeners] may never attain the author’s heights, but his advice should help nascent entrepreneurs skirt at least some of the pitfalls ahead.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 1/7/2014

    " Thought that the book lacked useful advice for the start-up entrepreneur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana Barker | 9/22/2013

    " Can wait to Read this book... received it on Sunday from Ryan :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenya Alu | 8/7/2013

    " Incredible and inspiring story. A good shot in the arm for anyone who thinks they can't accomplish much because of their background or circumstances. Should be required reading for every high school aged student. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/14/2012

    " An amazing book about being an ENTREPRENUER and about Ryan's personal background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marialexandra | 7/10/2012

    " Great read, full of great information and a lot of insight into a fascinating entrepreneur's life. Tons to learn from in such a short book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Swan | 6/25/2012

    " The book is fluff, much like the businesses built by the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayfader | 5/4/2012

    " Awful: proof of the love of money leading to nothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 9/22/2011

    " Thought that the book lacked useful advice for the start-up entrepreneur. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayfader | 9/13/2011

    " Awful: proof of the love of money leading to nothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Swan | 8/23/2011

    " The book is fluff, much like the businesses built by the author. "

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About the Author

Ryan Blair is a self-made multimillionaire and serial entrepreneur. He established his first company, 24/7 Tech, when he was twenty-one years old and has since created and actively invested in multiple start-ups. As the CEO of ViSalus Sciences, Blair turned the company around during the 2009 recession and, in just over a year, took it from $600,000 to $10 million a month. Blair lives in Hollywood with his son, Reagan.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.