ASH AMBIRGE

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Take What You Love, And Figure Out How to Sell It To Someone—And Boom, You’ve Got Your Dream Job

In: Starting an Online Business

So, listen, I’m not gonna lie—we got to our new London flat this morning, and the second I walked in, I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD THE MEANING OF LIFE. (P.S. You're following these shenanigans via my Insta-stories right?)

Which is entirely materialistic of me, of course, but I’m of the age these days where I don’t really care because I’ve paid my dues, alright? Mama wants her bacon AND the ability to consider herself an enlightened individual. (And also the ability to swing naked on gold-plated light fixtures all the live long day, AHEM.)

But mostly I’m just content. I said to Heidi the other day: Can you believe this is our job? To hang out in London and rent super cool flats and spend mornings writing in parks and take clients to do really sexy photoshoots? And she said, no, this shit is unreal. And I said, I know, aren’t you glad we invented it? And she said, that’s the best thing about entrepreneurship—you effectively engineer your dream job, don’t you!

And my GOD it’s true. You couldn’t get hired to do this job if you tried. “Hey, I think I’m going to apply for that gig that lets you travel the world staying in posh residences working with clients and writing books. Yes…*strokes mustache*…that sounds much better than making photocopies.”

No! You couldn’t find that job if you tried. And that’s really the beauty of being in business for yourself: you get to invent your job every single day.

What’s the most magnificent thing you can dream up? Take that, and then figure out how to sell it to someone. Done. You’re hired. And now you’re doing exactly what you want.

See how easy that is?

So often we overcomplicate and overworry and overthink everything, but in reality our entire world is just one big marketplace of people selling things to other people, and whatever it is that you love? You can also sell. And when you can sell?

You can create whatever job you want.

It’s not about getting hired anymore. It’s about having enough guts to hire yourself.

The future belongs to those who create.

Jul 10

2014

What To Do When You Hire Them And…They Suck.

Jul 10, 2014

So you started a business and before you knew it you were regularly lip syncing to Gaga while kicking ass, taking orders, AND taking names—which, for the record, I hear is a mafia term. Isn’t that delightful? Suddenly, you found yourself with an extra $5 and immediately shouted to no one in particular, “I’m going to reinvest […]

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Feb 22

2015

The Smell of Desperation

Feb 22, 2015

You can smell the desperation. You see folks running sideways all over the internet trying to get noticed, be bigger, get heard. But there’s a simple truth that a lot of people forget: If your message is weak, no one’s going to care, no matter how loudly you parade yourself around. Have you ever had […]

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Feb 14

2014

Don’t Invent a Product Name. Engineer One.

Feb 14, 2014

It’s 4:30 in the morning and I’m boarding a plane to Nicaragua. Today’s tip should really be: Don’t board a plane before you having at least one successful hour being awake. It’s bad enough trying to successfully stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night; try stumbling through a gigantic metal maze of […]

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May 30

2014

Is Your Package Big Enough?

May 30, 2014

Confess. You’re reading this because the title made you think of male genitalia. (…And now you’re thinking about how weird the word “genitalia” sounds.) I know, I know. I tried to avoid it, but really, I can’t. Because today’s tip is about packaging your service or product offerings, so why be modest? I’m not even […]

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Nov 30

2012

The $2,000 Offer to LEAVE a Company

Nov 30, 2012

When I was hired as Director of PR for AWeber, the VP of Operations called me into his office two weeks after I had started, and offered me $2,000 to leave the company. “You’ve been here two weeks now,” he started, “and you probably have a good idea if this is a place you’re going […]

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Dec 19

2013

Are You a Dangerous Liability In Your Own Business?

Dec 19, 2013

How many books do you have in your Kindle library that you haven’t read yet? How many times have you said to yourself, “I should really learn how to write better copy,” or “I should really learn Photoshop,” or “I should really learn how to shower more regularly instead of rotting away in my yoga pants […]

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Mar 30

2016

Create & Offer What YOU’D Want to Buy.

Mar 30, 2016

  “THAT’S GENIUS!” said a lot of really sweet people really big brown nosers after the launch of Unf*ckwithable Girlfriends last week. Except they weren’t giving me the compliment because of what it contained, but rather, because of what it didn’t. “You mean you aren’t inundating everyone with another Facebook group? No forums? No Google […]

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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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