Here’s Why You Show Know All About Ryan Blair’s Incredible Journey From Gang Member To CEO

Ryan Blair’s life is the epitome of tremendous perseverance over trying times.

Ryan Blair may be a multimillionaire by now, but to say that his beginnings were humble is putting it lightly.

He dropped out school when he was only in 9th grade to become a gang member, he lived in a toolshed, was arrested 10 times by the time he was 16, and served four years in prison by the age of 18.

However, thanks to a mentor, Ryan started to hustle hard.

After founding many companies himself, Ryan eventually became the CEO of ViSalus Sciences in 2005, which went from $6 million in debt in 2008, to a $600 million company by 2012 after the company was bought by Blyth Inc.

Aside from being a New York Times best selling author, he was named by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

So, if you’re in need of some inspiration, look no further than Ryan. Just as every rocket’s trajectory begins on the ground before it ascends to its loftiest heights, so has Ryan’s career been launched from the absolute rock bottom.

In fact, you can read his life changing book, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur, which was a number one New York Times Hardcover Business Book bestseller in September of 2011. If you’re somehow not convinced (what are you? A monster?), then you’re going to want to watch the following clip.

Oh, did I mention he has an award-winning documentary about his life? Because he has an award-winning documentary about his life.


Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain highlights how Ryan never gave up, even later in life when other challenges arose, and how he moved from being in a gang, to having a gang of supporters.

If you have an Instagram account, you’ll want to follow him after reading this. His social media account is life-affirming, and will give you hope and resilience even in the darkest of times.

Inspect what you expect.

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If only the people I’ve given a second chance, would adopt this philosophy.

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The Rock Bottom School of Business was my Alma mater.

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Pay attention to who you pay attention to.

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I love love.

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