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How a Kid in a Gang Became a Multi-Millionaire Entrepreneur

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I fly a lot. And I see a lot of airport bookstores.

Ryan Blair via Facebook
Ryan Blair

Last year I saw a lot of cool orange book covers with the catchy title Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain.

Naturally I wanted to know who the author was. I was not expecting what I found when I read the book.

's life reads like an award-winning documentary (which it is):

When he was 13 his dad left his family.

When he was 14 he was in a gang.

When he was 16 he was in juvenile hall facing 4 years in .

When he was 19 he started his first company.

Today at 37 he is the multimillionaire CEO of ViSalus, after he sold it and bought it back years later, and a NYT best-selling author living the life in the Hills.

How does stuff like this happen? I was dying to know and today's interview on The School of Greatness is one of my favorites so far.

Ryan is one of the most humble, sincere, loving guys I know. We discussed everything from prison to mentors to crazy stalkers.

Not only did I get to hang out with Ryan at his beautiful house, but I got to hike with him up a canyon beforehand. He's that cool of a guy.

If you've ever wondered how someone like Ryan Blair gets to where he is, the answers are in Episode 107.

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Some questions I ask:

  • Why do you think you haven't found love yet?
  • How did you emotionally handle making that much money that quickly?
  • What are your daily rituals?
  • What are the things you are working on healing through ?
  • What's the best way to get in touch with a mentor?
  • What does your perfect day look like?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The astonishing start to his writing career at age 16 (he avoided going to prison by writing a letter to the judge)
  • How he used his federal grant money for college to start his first company
  • How taking care of his family fuels his drive for entrepreneurial success
  • His on waking up early
  • How he prepares for giving a speech
  • How he makes time for working out
  • How his Autistic son has affected his life
  • Plus much more…

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