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Friday 24 March 2017 10:01:35 PM


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After Ryan Blair's excellent book 'Rock Bottom to Rock Star', I picked up a book from a similar author. Like Ryan Blair, Daymond John, the now famous people shark from the hit show 'Shark Tank', also rose to prominence from nowhere. From selling t-shirts from the back of his run-down van, Daymond John runs a $6 billion business in addition to being one of the most sought after branding experts around. In 'The Power of Broke', Daymond talks about how being broke can be your biggest strength. Apparently, when you have your back against the wall, your response is more creative and more ingenious... Full review soon



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Rock Bottom to Rock Star

How's 'Rock Bottom to Rock Star' different from heaps of startup literature out there in the market?First, it is not a how-to book on entrepreneurship, it goes well beyond that. Second, Ryan Blair is not your garden variety author. From being a gang member to running a million-dollar business, Ryan Blair has a major turn-around story to tell. A story that is both motivating and awe-inspiring. Add to that his blunt, no-nonsense candor, and you have on your hands a book that leaves with you a lingering sense of inspiration.... Read the full review


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 My 2017 Book List


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