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Rock Bottom to Rock Star Audiobook

Rock Bottom to Rock Star: Lessons from the Business School of Hard Knocks

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Publisher's Summary

Can you remember that one time you got recognized or someone thanked you for your contribution to their life? You were a rock star, even for just one second. This book isn't about a charmed path to success or some untouchable fairy tale that nobody can relate to - this is about going from rock bottom to rock star, something that everybody can relate to.

In his first book, Blair shared the brutally honest story of how he went from an at-risk youth sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a shack to a self-made multimillionaire by his early 20s. As his story became a national sensation, fans started asking him how they, too, could become entrepreneurs, take their careers to the next level, and achieve financial freedom. Rock Bottom to Rock Star answers those questions.

Blair has battled extreme obstacles: life as a former gang member, balancing a demanding career with single parenthood, building and selling multiple companies, and making and losing tens of millions of dollars (sometimes all in one day). He wants to help others avoid the mistakes he made in the school of hard knocks, so he has compiled his unique advice for going from rock bottom to rock star in whatever field you choose to pursue.

Much of his advice is counterintuitive and definitely not what you would learn in business school. Here's one example:

"Don't believe your own hype. The moment you start celebrating, you've left the stage. It wasn't celebration that made you a rock star. It was hard work."

If you're serious about making the most of your life and you're ready to become the "rock star next door" instead of just looking up to them, this may be the most rewarding book you'll ever hear.

©2016 Ryan Blair (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Greg
    21/10/16
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    "My New Favorite Book!"

    There are always times in an entrepreneurs life when it seems like everything has gone dark. Only as an entrepreneur can you go from sheer exhilaration to sheer terror in 24 hours. As a successful entrepreneur I have been on the top of many mountains in my life. But the last several months have shown some imense challenges that I've needed to overcome. This book, listening to Ryan's story of how he overcame some unsurmountable odds in his life to become a massive leader and success has been an absolute inspiration to me. Ryan is now my new favorite author. Fun story, impactful book, just the power you need to push through to become everything God created you to be. Highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    20/10/16
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    "Definitely a great and motivating listen"

    Loved this book! A must listen for anyone in the business world. Great insight on real world experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leah Ware
    19/10/16
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    "Absolutely the Best Book this Year"
    Where does Rock Bottom to Rock Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list. It was so engaging that I could not stop listening to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Blair humbly takes us into his life and shares his intimate experiences. He is very honest and real.


    What about Ryan Blair’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Blair narrates this with such passion and feeling. It was like being in the same room with him when the events were happening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when he talked about his experience putting the million dollar investment into his company. Also, when he shared with us his experience with his mother going into the coma. You could feel the love he has for his mother.


    Any additional comments?

    What are you waiting for? Get the book...you'll wish you had it already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yumna
    Sandton, South Africa
    1/11/16
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    "Great Read"

    I found the book Easy to listen to, insightful, practical, there were lessons to apply in everyday life and very inspiring. It highlights the importance of resilience, how to get up after you've been knocked down. Loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    31/10/16
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    "Well worth the time! Will listen to it again!"

    I bought Ryan's original book and have shared it with many friends to inspire them. This book was nothing short of my expectations and much needed at this time in my life! Thanks Ryan!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Nissen
    29/10/16
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    "As a Pastor...I loved Ryan's transparency"
    What did you love best about Rock Bottom to Rock Star?

    Ryan's transparency. That which is brought to the light...becomes light Eph 5:13 I believe this will si ply be a launching pad for the things Ryan's supposed to do in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I lived through many of the stories involved so I know how true they are. Knowing more back story gives me even greater respect. Even with his confessions of poor choices he embraces ownership of failure and positions himself for further growth.


    What about Ryan Blair’s performance did you like?

    Many Christians will shut down because of the profanity in the book...though I'm not a fan of profanity, I do believe his reason was to be completely authentic. Transparency and humility are the strength of this book. His use of such language was to be transparent with his thoughts in my opinion. The language was not used for prurient reasons, but for complete honesty.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Rock Bottom to Rock Star?

    I have greater insight on never quitting. Most people would have shut down with those obstacles. It deepens my respect


    Any additional comments?

    As a Christian leader...there are things he shares about his actions I do not approve of. What I love about Ryan is he does not hide it and wants to learn from them. I know that, because I know Ryan. This was an authentic book...not a Christian book...but carrying Christlike responses for growth through contrition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/10/16
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    "Best Book of The Year"

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Excellent story, superbly read with true passion. Ryan's decision to read was the right choice. Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gloria
    Point Richmond, CA, United States
    26/10/16
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    "Great reminder to dig deeper & own it!"

    Great reminder about raising standards about who "u" "really are" & develop ur inner rockstar that we all have inside each of each us.
    Excellent narration!
    This is more of a "guy" book in my opinion; such as 20-30 yr old entrepreneurs. (I really don't care about his fame & ability to date hot models, buy fancy cars & expensive watches.)
    The best part was the last few chapters (when he went to Carnaval thru to the end).
    Good book & reminder that we all have to dig deeper for what we truly want; whatever that means to each of us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    21/10/16
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    "F$cki&& AMAZING"

    #rb2rs

    Thank you Ryan. Listen to this MAN, or read if you prefer. Listening gives so much more perspective. I'm at a moment of restart and this has given me A LOT.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    1/12/16
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    "AMAZING!"

    Loved hearing everything so raw and real. I could relate to a lot of different situations Ryan described. It gives me hope to chase my purpose and my dreams and embodies the never give up mentality. Everyone has shit in their life, this helps you learn to sort and action plan each item to ensure everyone has the strength to come out on top. Loved it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Carol M
    Greece
    8/12/16
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    "Very interesting account"

    I really enjoyed this. Very honest and open account of mistakes, learnings etc. Not a how to guide but a learn from examples and from his experiences

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    2/11/16
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    "championmind"

    heartfelt at the mum struggles moment.
    Her son were design for some bigger thang.from.israel respect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emilia
    14/10/16
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    "Amazing book!"

    This was my first book by this author, I didn't know what to expect, however I loved every bit of it! we all have rock bottom moments and we all have our little rock star moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shayne D.
    6/10/16
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    "Tells it as it is"

    I enjoyed this book for the honesty within the pages. An amazing story written in an easy style. I was encouraged

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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