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 dangerous neighborhood, and soon he was in and out of juvenile detention, joining a gang just to survive.
Launching his career as an entrepreneur from college in 1999, Ryan Blair went on to start six companies over the last decade. The most recent being ViSalus Sciences, which was purchased by Blyth Inc. in 2008. Having overcome an early life of adversity, Ryan Blair is often profiled by the media as an entrepreneurial role model, has given thousands of motivational speeches, and made appearances on shows such as CNBC's The Big Idea and MSNBC's Your Business.
Now Blair shows readers how to start and grow their own profitable businesses by following his often contrarian philosophies:
In juvenile detention, if you let someone take your milk the first day, they'll start taking 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 17 hours of the day, 7 days a week. But if you're doing what you love, it doesn't drain you as much as the 9 to 5 death cycle.
This book 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 readers with a road map for entrepreneurial success.