ASH AMBIRGE

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Does Risk Really Equal Reward? Only If You Redefine “Risk”

In: Starting an Online Business

Life is full of contradictions.

Take the very premise that America was built on:  Fearless determination, courage, imagination, and nothing more than a dream mixed with a pocketful of hope.

America was built on the backs of the stubborn, the tenacious, the rebellious – those who would not accept no for an answer.

They started with a belief.

From that belief grew a vision.

And from that vision grew this country.

Thereafter, the cycle continues to repeat itself:  This country continues to develop and refine its beliefs, which turn into visions, which forevermore keep our society in a perpetual stage of growth.  Though, the word growth might do better to be placed within a set of quotation marks.

However, while on the surface it seems that our core values remain the same – namely that of risk and reward – we are no longer the same, and what constitutes risk and what constitutes reward are no longer the same, either.  The modern day definitions are a watered down version of their historical counterparts, therefore producing a watered down society–one that can no longer differentiate between his/her own beliefs and those of the crowd, and one that will punish the person who does, in fact, notice a contrast and attempts to act on it.

These days, you aren't rewarded for risk – you're rewarded for complacency.

It's evident that while we may preach risk, we really value safety.

However, just because society may not place a high value on risk–REAL risk–as evidenced by the fearful, robotic masses, that isn't to say that we shouldn't.

The reason is this:

Only those who go too far will ever know exactly how far they can go.

Think about it.

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I'm a Bad Influence on Women

Hey, I’m Ash! Twenty years ago I was a small town girl growing up in a trailer park in rural Pennsylvania. Fifteen years ago, I lost my family and everything I knew right as I became the first to graduate college. Fourteen years ago, I found myself leaving everything behind for a new life in the city where I could be “normal.” Ten years ago I realized normal was the most disappointing thing that ever happened to me. Nine years ago I quit my job in advertising and pursued my dreams as a creative writer. Eight years ago, I built a 6-figure business doing what I love using nothing more than the Internet and my voice. And now, today, I’m the founder of The Middle Finger Project, an irreverent media co. that helps other women find their voice and teaches them to use it to build whatever the f*ck they want to. With a book coming out with Penguin Random House in February 2020 (YASSS, WE’RE A PRODUCT IN TARGET!) I’m proud to be a bad influence on women and guide them into doing something disobediently brave with their life and their career.

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