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Ryan Blair's speaking fee falls within range: $25,000 to $30,000
One of the most astonishing rags to riches stories in modern business, Ryan Blair has overcome adversity in a way that few can even imagine. Growing up with Attention Deficit Disorder meant he could not get on at school, and at home he had to deal with a violent father who was addicted to methamphetamine. Dropping out of school, he became a member of an LA gang and was arrested ten times before he was 16 years of age. His story of overcoming adversity and going onto business success, Nothing to Loose and Everything to Gain: How I Went From Gang Member To Multimillionaire Entrepreneur is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Inc Magazine bestseller.
Blair’s most extraordinary business achievement has been saving ViSalus sciences, a weight loss and nutritional supplement products company. He had sold his interest in the company, but a few months later it found itself just a month away from bankruptcy. As CEO, Blair personally invested his last million dollars in a new business model that has become a benchmark for the $118 billion direct selling industry. In less than two years sales at ViSalus went from $600,000 to $30 million a month and they are still improving.
Blair’s amazing story and proven business expertise has made him much sought-after in the media. He makes regular appearances on national television networks, including CNBC, MSNBC and Fox. He has featured in prestigious publications such as Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, amongst others. He also contributes to the Financial Times. Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story, a movie concerning the legendary LSU basketball coach, saw Blair try his hand at executive producing.
In August 2011, Blair authored the New York Times Best Seller, Nothing To Lose and Everything To Gain: How I Went From Gang Member To Multimillionaire Entrepreneur. Uncensored and raw in his account of growing up in the face of adversity, Blair effectively imparts lessons learned from obstacles faced and provides a road map for entrepreneurial success. Blair’s no ordinary businessman: he’s a master of personal reinvention.
His biggest endeavor yet has been the overhaul of ViSalus Sciences, a company that manufactures weight loss and nutritional supplement products. Blair originally sold the company, but within just a few months, due to the recession, ViSalus was within one month from having to declare bankruptcy. As CEO, Blair went all-in, personally investing his last million dollars on a new business model that would later revolutionize the 118 billion dollar direct selling industry. In just 21 months, ViSalus went from 600,000 to 30 million dollars in monthly sales and is still climbing.
Blair regularly appears as a business expert on national television networks such as CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox. He has also been featured in major publications including Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Blair is also a contributor for the Financial Times and took a turn in movie production serving as Executive Producer of Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story, an award winning documentary about the legendary LSU Basketball Coach.
Blair′s captivating story was also a bestseller in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine, amongst others. Through a candid and unfiltered voice, Nothing to Lose speaks to everyone, from struggling youth to thriving businessmen alike, illustrating how to turn failures into successes.
Ryan defines for his audience what is really important in his presentations. He says, “It's not ViSalus, it's not the challenge, it's not our products, is not our science, it's not me, it's not this speech; it's you. It's about embracing the challenge of life, and taking responsibility with each season for your family. It's for you young men in the audience, standing up against the shame, the apathy and grief that us young men feel because we're absent of a father these days."
Issuing a call to arms for his young audience, he says, “I want you to think, is it possible to change the world just by taking action? I think it is. Is it possible to change the world by taking responsibility from my health? It is. Is it possible to change the world by being a role model for my children, and perhaps some children in my community who don't have any role models, is it possible? My story is one of such."
Setting out in the clearest terms what is needed to be successful and a good citizen in these times, Blair explains, “It just needs a commitment, it takes that smile of poise. Our culture will be remembered forever. We are literally changing an entire industry, infusing it with authenticity, infusing it with integrity, infusing it with real ideals, we are real people to make a real change with a single step, a challenge."
Nobody knows how to initiate change better than Ryan, who came from the most extreme of backgrounds but completely changed his mind set and built a number of multimillion dollar companies before he was 30. It is not just his remarkable story that makes Ryan Blair so valuable as a speaker, however; he would not have succeeded without solid business acumen and inspirational thinking, which he shares with his audiences.
Whether you are an individual entrepreneur or a large corporation, you need the entrepreneurial spirit, and nobody embodies that better than Ryan Blair.
Nothing to Lose
While the circumstances of Ryan’s upbringing were extreme indeed, he found a way to change his mindset in order to build several multi-million dollar companies, all at a very young age. While the story of how he turned his life around is a compelling and inspirational one indeed, Ryan is so much more than that. He offers solid advice to those looking to build their own businesses so they can find their passion and live out their own Horatio Alger stories.
Not just for individual entrepreneurs, Ryan’s message resonates across today’s business climate where the entrepreneurial spirit is needed now more than ever (no matter how large your organization). Employee engagement, having an owner’s mindset—these are all intertwined in his fascinating and dynamic presentations. A perfect blend of business acumen and inspiration—that’s Ryan.
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Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur
The incredible story of a gang member who became a multimillionaire CEO.
Ryan Blair′s middle-class upbringing came to an abrupt end when his father succumbed to drug addiction and abandoned his 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. 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 multimillionaire, starting and selling three companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
This book will inspire and guide people who are willing to do whatever necessary-hard work, long hours, sweat equity-to take their vision from paper to pavement. Blair gives readers a road map for successful entrepreneurship.
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