Join a gang, spend time in a juvenile detention center, and drop out of high school. That type of track record should set the average guy up for a lifetime behind bars, not behind a desk in a corner office.
But Ryan Blair isn’t your average guy.
The 36-year-old CEO of the supplement marketing company ViSalus has channeled the by-products of a less-than-perfect past—strong survival instinct, a “nothing to lose” mind set—into a career that centers on taking risks and reaping big rewards when he gets things right.
If you’re curious about the steps Blair took to get from rock bottom to rolling in dough, stick with us. In his new book Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur, Blair offers up tips on how an entrepreneurial attitude can help you get ahead at work, whether you’re running the show or gunning for an entry-level position. We talked to Blair about guys’ most common career concerns, and walked away with this list of 10 things that twentysomethings can do to kick some serious ass at the office.