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From Gang Member To Successful Entrepreneur, Meet Ryan Blair

Looking back, what are 3 of the biggest lessons you’ve learned throughout your career?

Ryan Blair: In Nothing To Lose Everything To Gain, I have a chapter called “Million-Dollar Mistakes” which surprised a lot of people because I not only talk about my mistakes and what I learned from every single one of them. While in Rock Bottom To Rock, I share the major lessons of investment, work-ethic, and managing one’s life.

You’ve been doing this since 1996, what would you say has been the most defining moment since you started?

Ryan Blair: One of the most defining moments would have to be when my mother woke up from coma. That was out of this world, and a true miracle for me and my family. She had fallen from a flight of stairs and we didn’t think she’d make it because she spend two years fighting on life support. In fact, in my book I talk about how I would pray for mercy first and then a miracle second. I go into details about how half of her scull was removed, and the tubes that were coming out of her head. It was a crucial to experience but through it all, I just prayed and wanted mercy.

I recall vividly going in one day and telling her that we were going to take her off life support but that if she didn’t that then she would had to wake up and fight much more. Next thing you know, after having that heart to heart conversation with my mom, her eyes starting moving and she started communicating with us just by blinking at us. Fast forward to today, I’m now able to take care of my mom, talk to her and have a relationship with her that I really never thought I would have ever again. It was a miracle, a true miracle!

To learn more about Ryan Blair’s inspiring story and to purchase any of his two books, click here.



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  • ioan pongrat
    October 3, 2016

    Yes, it is a unique achievement, marketing Ryan Blair .. thank you very much

  • Collective Campus
    November 30, 2016

    Great article! For more from Ryan Blair, check out this podcast

    Topics discussed:

    – Ryan’s Journey (Gang members, a violent father, family in jail and his first kiss dying in a drive by, right through to starting and running multi-million dollar companies)
    – Ryan’s Books – Rockbottom to Rockstar and Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain.
    – Unintended consequences of negative reenforcement
    – Seeing obstacles as opportunities
    – Humility, ego, self assuredness and insecurity
    – Going Bankrupt
    – HashTagOne Project
    – The impact of AI on improving learning outcomes and education, especially for children with traditional learning disabilities
    – Don’t believe your own hype
    – Focus on knowing when to say “no”
    – How Steve Jobs helped Ryan through his darkest moments
    – How to instill hunger and humility in children growing up in the Hollywood Hills with a Ferrari in the driveway
    – Why you should ask good questions
    – Ryan’s Top 3 pieces career advice
    – Man In The Glass documentary

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