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.

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2019

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OKAY. I just have to say this before I freaking hurl a tray of freshly-baked carrot fries across the room. (What? They’re good. SPRINKLE THEM WITH SOME CUMIN.) So today at 8:32am I got a text from a friend—like, an actual, IRL friend—who is thinking about registering for B-School tomorrow (since she, like so many […]

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2019

If You Ain’t Feelin’ Your Work Anymore: HONEY, BURN THAT ISH DOWN.

Jun 14, 2019

So, here’s an idea: making money is not courageous. Anybody can ring a bell for twenty years. “Look, ma—I’ve been standing over here ringing this bell for two entire decades—durh, durh, durh—and I finally got a sticker!” Making money is a relatively straightforward consequence of showing up to breathe in the right place. Cause and […]

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2015

Starting a Business Isn’t for Weak People, Shitty People, Irresponsible People, Undisciplined People, Stupid People, Forgetful People, Lazy People, Irrational People, Impatient People, or People Who Blame Everything on Obama.

Feb 17, 2015

Nearly ten years ago when I started my first copywriting business, I struggled with the things most new business owners struggle with: Telling a client your fees while silently thinking shitshitshitshitshitshitshit! Having no idea if your fees are too high or too low or WHAT THE HELL AM I SUPPOSE TO BE CHARGING?! Constantly worried […]

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Oct 17

2018

We Need You to Give Yourself the Job

Oct 17, 2018

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 […]

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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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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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