ASH AMBIRGE

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We Need You to Give Yourself the Job

In: Hate Your Job?

Today I will drive twenty six miles on backroads, through crisp autumn air, past dairy farms and old Citgo stations, and up a giant hill to my alma mater, Blue Ridge High School, here in rural Pennsylvania.

I’m speaking to a group of seniors. Hijacking their last class of the day as I hoist myself atop a desk and sit cross legged to tell them about my job. This job that no one gave me, but that I gave to myself—which is precisely my point.

I want them to know what’s possible. When I was in school, you pretty much just had the standard career options: doctor, lawyer, accountant, garbage woman. And you had to do everything by the book, according to the rules, in order to get there. But all of that has changed. The Internet has changed everything. You don’t have to “get” a job anymore. Now, you can create your own.

Too often we wait to be hired, we wait to be told we’re good enough to pass go, we wait until someone else gives us the chance. But in today’s economy, you can make your own chances. And the way you do that? Is by simply making an offer to help. If you’ve got a knack for creative writing, you make an offer to the world to write for them. If you’ve got a knack for public speaking, make an offer to the world to help others speak better. If you’ve got a knack for hair, get your ass online and start showing others how you roll—and make an offer to help them.

And not for anything, but while the Internet does make it easier? Traditional entrepreneurship is also SO GOOD. Our communities need entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are the ones that breathe life and richness and commerce into a place. So many young people complain about their hometowns (been there); complain that there’s nothing there. But could you imagine? Imagine if even just a handful of people got together and decided to create? For example, right now there’s no bakery here in town. There’s no ice cream stand, anymore. There’s no co-working space. There’s certainly no radio show, or advertising studio, or web design company. We need you to create. We need you to give yourself the job.

That goes for you, too, wherever you are. If you can help another person do anything, you can have the job. There are no interviews, no bosses, and no schedule. But you have to be willing to show up.

The best thing I ever did for myself was just jumping in and starting. Because while everyone else is out there getting ready? You are getting better.

And, so is the world.

Jul 8

2017

You Find Peace With Your Work Through Tension

Jul 8, 2017

It’s never as scary as it seems. Everything you’re worried about happening? Won’t. It might seem intimidating, the world—putting yourself out there, taking the chance, trying something new, going all in, showing up, asking for help, connecting with strangers, and, ultimately, gambling your ego and everything you know to be true. There will be a […]

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Jul 1

2017

I Became an Entrepreneur Because My Life Stopped Being Fun

Jul 1, 2017

I’m in the airport, on my way to London. London is officially my favorite city in the world because it’s the one place where I don’t feel like an overdressed moron. (Try going anywhere in Costa Rica with even so much as kitten heels and YOU WILL LOOK RIDICULOUS.) I’ll be there all summer, excited […]

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Jun 18

2017

Seek Pleasure, And You Will Have Found Your Work

Jun 18, 2017

Procrastination is not a symptom of something that’s wrong with you, your brain, or your level of commitment—it’s a clue. Something is wrong with it. The thing you’re doing—do you really want to be doing it? Does this actually give you joy, or have you roped yourself into yet another maze of obligations and onuses, […]

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Apr 28

2017

Make Something That Matters

Apr 28, 2017

Things aren’t always what they seem. An email list full of 100,000 people is meaningless if only 100 of those people open the emails. Similarly, an email list of 100 people, with 100 of those people opening them, does mean something. Who is more successful? And who is doing something that actually matters?

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Feb 13

2019

How to Start an Online Business When You Are Not an “Internet Person”—And Are Seriously Doubting That You Can Do This

Feb 13, 2019

So, the other day one of my best college girlfriends reached out and was all, “Ashhhhhhhhhh! I need your helpppppp! I’m trying to start an online business but I have no idea what I’m doing and you’re obviously the first person that I thought of, muahahaha.” (She. Is. Adorable. She’s been hand-painting wooden signs and […]

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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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