If you’re a new entrepreneur or you’re thinking about starting something new but you’re feeling ALL the self-doubt and everyone kind of rolls their eyes at you and you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing but you need a big-ass dose of self-confidence and want to come out punching and defeat all the naysayers and make millions of feel-good dollars with your creative passions while shouting ‘IN YO’ FACE SUCKAS!”–THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.
The flagging confidence of a prepubescent, pee-stained 4th grader when it comes to believing in your ideas
Knowing you desperately want to pivot your career, but…to what?
At least one fungal groin infection of a boss, spouse, or family member that’s been holding you back
Feeling like a flighty, erratic, undependable featherbrain who keeps jumping from thing to thing
These sinful six words: “Who am I to do that?”
The feeling that everybody is ahead of you, better than you, or more capable than you
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Psst. A book editor who read this manuscript actually quit her job immediately afterward—just sayin’.
The Rules Were Made Up By Some Guy Named Ted Who Ate a Quarter Pounder for Lunch and Has a Dog Named Wedgie
Or: Surprise! Nobody Actually Knows What They’re Doing
You Should Not "Stick it Out" or "Make the Best of It" or "Be Grateful You Have a Job,"
Or: Stop Trying to Convince Yourself to Love a Life You Hate
$50,000 a Year is Not the Key to Happiness
In This Chapter We Give the Middle Finger to Soul-Crushing Work That Reeks of Forgotten Dreams and Burnt Coffee
"Welcome to the Real World" Is Tiny Penis Syndrome in Disguise,
Or: Everyone Is Insecure and Terrified to Be Their Weird, Wacky, True, Creative Selves
The Old Way of Working is Dead
Or: It's Time to Reinvent the Way You Bring Value into the World (Disclaimer: Does Not Require Vagina)
No Matter Where You're Starting, You Can Start Again
Or: Bad Things Happen to Good People (And Also Stray Girls from Trailer Parks)
NEW! How to Find Your Passion in 52 Easy Steps
Or: You Are Not a Flaky, Irresponsible, Scatterbrained Fruit Cake
Every Good Idea is Offensive to Someone
Or: Here's What to Do About the Dream Zappers, the Negative Nancys, and Probably Your Mom
The World Does NOT Already Have Enough Writers, Photographers, Designers, Artists, Nipple Piercers
Or: Nobody Can Do It the Way You Can
You Must Be Brave Enough to Cause Problems
In This Chapter We Give the Finger to Things Keeping Us Trapped, Featuring Award-Winning Financial Blunders and Controlling, Douchey Men
Advice for Hitting Rock Bottom With Grace
Here's What You Do When You Need to Break Glass in Case of Emergency and Rescue Yourself
Act As if You Are Already a Highly Paid Assassin
Or: Taking it Slow is Only Good Advice for Junior High Prom Attendees
Imposter Syndrome is the Mean Girl at the Party (And We Hate Her)
Or: You Must Believe You Are Good Enough to Be Received
Please Follow Your Most Dangerous Ideas
Or: Wanting to Do Work You’re Passionate About is Not Just a Goal for Self-Entitled Millennials
Selling Yourself Requires You to Insist on Your Own Brilliance
Or: What if They Were Delighted to Hear From You?
Mo’ Offers, Mo’ Money
Or: Indecent Proposals Are Not Just for Demi Moore
Do Not Let Them Money-Shame You
Or: Unless You’re the Robbers from Home Alone, You Deserve Every Penny You Earn
Perfectionism is an Occupational Hazard
Or: Working Yourself to Death is Not Cute or Helpful (And Your Waistline Can Vouch)
We Must Learn to Become Mothers to Ourselves
Or: Sometimes, The Bravest Thing of All is Learning How to Become Soft
Doing Work You Love Requires You to Be Brutally Honest About What You Actually LOVE
Or: Maybe You Feel Like a Fraud Because You are Faking the ENJOYMENT
Growth Comes From Finding Generous Ways to Share Your Work
Or: How I Learned to Build a Business, Not a Prison
Picket Fences Are Not a Dangerous Idea
Or: This is For the Woman Who Wants to Approach Life Differently
Full Permission to Do the Crazy Thing
Or: Just Because It Makes “Sense” Doesn’t Mean It’ll Make You Happy
You Are Allowed to Be Selfish
Or: Here Are All the Other Things You’re Allowed to Want MORE OF
Bravery is Overrated
Or: Sometimes You Just Have to Put One Foot in Front of the Other and Trust That You Can Handle What Happens Next
There's a Lot That's Going to Suck About This
Or: Satisfying Endings Are for Porn Stars and Fairy Tales
"Refreshingly candid, useful, sharp; perfect antidote to the vapid self-help genre."
This woman is a damn genius and she is writing for the zillions of people out there who know they must be more than their circumstance, but will get there way faster with someone to validate that the bullsh*t is real and they can fight their way past it to bolder, bigger dreams. This is my Galentine’s gift to rockstar friends because it’s real, it’s fresh, and it cuts through the vapid noise of the self help / inspiration shelf. Ash is writing memoirs to the kids who made it anyway, a refreshing reality check on opportunity and gender dynamics in chasing the dream.
"Soulfully orgasmed throughout the whole audiobook!"
Get the audio AND the book! That’s more than I need to say. GET THEM BOTH! Thank me, or should I say, thank Ash Ambirge later.
Monicka Clio Sakki
"This book will move you like a tractor"
This book is the elevator for your ambition and will move you like a tractor. You will not just read it, and put it aside, you will DO something! A fresh, contemporary, and trend-setting voice (but impossible to copy). So many observations, insights, life lessons, business lessons, emotional zeniths, reminders, tips, and genius word pairings, that you better get both the book and the audio. One listen, or one read, won’t be enough.
"I didn't want this book to end!"
Reading the book is like having a conversation with a good friend who is a couple of steps ahead of you and who is not afraid to lovingly kick your a$$ to nudge you in the right direction. What I loved is that the ideas in this book stuck with me even without having to write them down. Turn your preferences into your policies. Follow your most dangerous ideas. Even Brad Pitt has to promote himself (let that one sink in…or let’s just think about Brad Pitt for a moment…either way, you’re good). To me, that’s a sign of an excellent book when the ideas stick long after you’ve stopped reading it.
The storytelling will make you laugh out loud and touch your heart. You’ll feel like you’re in the story with Ash.
If you’re thinking about leaving your day job or you’re struggling with the imposter complex or you’re a seasoned business owner like me, there’s something for you in this book. I’ll be buying this book for my clients and recommending it to everyone I know.
Sara D. Lloyd
"The book I do and will recommend to everyone, everywhere, from now until forever."
I’ve been a follower and fan of Ash since before I can remember (so like at least 5 years lol). Every email and every blog post she writes is a kick in the pants and this book is THAT but like, BETTER. I want to hedge and say that Ash has a specific style of writing and personality that maybe not everyone will like, but I also think that’s bull. Sure we don’t all have the same tastes, especially when it comes to style of self-help books. But this is the perfect blending of story and lesson, suggestion and probing personal questions that you have to face yourself and ask while you’re reading. I’m a really fast reader typically but this is a book I had to digest one chapter at a time, on purpose, so I could process in between. It’s also one I could have devoured in one sitting because the writing and the flow is so great. If you’re waffling about buying this book, just do it. I just don’t see how you can regret it, business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, or career woman. YOU NEED THIS. And so do all your girlfriends. All of mine can expect this as a gift until everyone I know has gotten it 🙂
*puffs on cigar*
Now there’s a fun-filled topic. If we were really ambitious, we’d just dive right into the most controversial subject imaginable, given that this book contains all sorts of controversial ideas and it doesn’t get any more polite from here. (Now might be a good time to fetch the vodka…and maybe a defibrillator.)
Don’t worry, this isn’t a book about God, nor is it a book about Ryan Gosling—second in command. But it is a book about authority and becoming your own. It’s not always easy to “follow your dreams”—and ride off on a magical flying carpet made of SweetTarts and sugar plum fairies. It’s not easy to trust yourself radically, or make bold choices that other people will not agree with, or “live life on your own terms.” It’s not easy to roll up and be all, “yayyyyyyy, I’m going to quit my job and be an artist!” or “yayyyyyy, I’m going to open my own bookshop!” or “yayyyyyy, I’m going to skip around the Swiss Alps and make cheese in a loincloth and yodel in the afternoons and tell my overbearing sister to shove it!” Even in an age when all of these options are more available to us than ever, most of us are really just drifting along every day, trying not to get cancer. But even when we do dare break the mold and try something new, the world throws some serious side eye.
Who does she think she is?
It won’t last.
This is just another one of her “big ideas.”
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