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Making Money is Not as Hard as Most People Make It

In: Money Talk

There is a distinct and profound difference between people who make money and people who don’t: the money.

Hard, cold, beautiful bendy stacks of cash. I know there are a lot of people that say money is evil and your nostrils will catch on fire if you want anything other than world peace, but usually—and pardon me for saying this so abruptly—they're usually not very good at making it.

But there is plenty of money to make.

In fact, as of right this very second, there are around $1.37 trillion physical U.S. dollars sitting around in the form of petty cash in the pockets of people around the world. That’s more than a million million dollars. That’s more than a thousand billion dollars. Do you know how much money that is?

  • You could walk into any Tiffany's and walk out with more than fifty million diamond engagement rings…PAID FOR IN CASH. (Potentially useful for the polygamists.) Or for you science geeks, it would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollars. That’s how much petty cash is floating around you at any given time.
  • Throw in the money from checking accounts, money markets, traveler’s checks and the IOU note you wrote during that drunken poker game, and you’re talking around $10.5 trillion U.S. dollars available around the world, just waiting to be spent. That's ten times the other figure.
  • Furthermore, money goes as easily as it comes. (But we all knew that, didn’t we?) About 1/3 of the bills that get recycled back to the Federal Reserve are destroyed because they’re no longer “fit for use.” Can you imagine that job? I burn money for a living. Who is that guy? I want to meet that guy.
  • The life expectancy of a bill varies by denomination. Because dollar bills are used every day, their life span is only 5.8 years long, whereas a hundred dollar bill is about as old as a 15 year old boy. Never thought I’d put those two people in a sentence.
  • And to top it off, money isn’t all that tough to manufacture, either. When the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (whose website is hilariously moneyfactory.gov) makes a new bill, each one only costs them 4 cents. Four little cents. That’s it. And pow. New hundred dollar bill!

So, as it would seem, there’s plenty of money out there for the taking. There is no shortage of money like there might be a shortage of water. The money is out there. It exists. It’s spread out around the world, playing coy in people’s pockets and hanging out in their bank accounts.

The only thing you need to do?

Is figure out how to get people to give it to you.

It’s that simple.

You don’t have to kill anyone. You don’t need to swim across a hundred seas. You don’t have to battle a pack of hungry wolves. You simply have to get people to give you a few little pieces of paper.

That feels pretty unoffensive, doesn’t it?

To make a million dollars, you only need to make $10,000, one hundred times.

You can do anything one hundred times, including earn $10,000. In fact, with the help of the internet, you almost can’t help it.

All you have to do to make money?

Is learn how to get 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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