ASH AMBIRGE

Author, CEO & Founder

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You Know Who Wants a 4-Hour Work Week? The People Who Have No Great Loves, No Red Hot Hopes, No Mad-Wild-Hunger In Their Eyes.

In: Hate Your Job?

A couple weeks ago I was in Colombia.
Right now, I’m in Costa Rica.
Next week, I’ll be in the U.S.
July 1st, I head to London for the summer. (Running our exciting VIP magazine photoshoots!)
In August, I’m putting on a retreat in the English countryside.
In September, I’m banking on Chile.
In November, I’ll be in Paris.
And in December, well, New York is always calling.

On MONDAY NIGHT our new site launches.
On Tuesday, I’ll do a big reveal. (I’ll also shit my pants!)
There are all-new products, all-new plans, all-new affiliate programs, all-new everythings—plus a super sick design, from my super sick design team, who are the absolute BEST in the business.
(There are even PAPER products on the way, which makes me realize how much of a dream this has been, all my life. There’s nothing like #EDGYSTATIONERY to make a writer hot. Nothin’.)

The book is almost shipped.
I’ve poured my heart into this work for years.
Every sentence is an act of fuck yes from the bottom of my GROIN.
And I wouldn’t rather be doing anything else, ever.

It’s an all-new start, for an all-new beginning. But all of the cool-girl success? All of the bright lights and the glittery shit? This didn’t just happen. I was not just at the right place at the right time. This is not just because I’m “one of the lucky ones.”

I sliced my wrists open to get this far.

I’ve given, and I’ve slaved, and I’ve worked, and I’ve slayed. And I wouldn’t trade that sweat equity for the world. Because here’s the thing:

Success is not a 4-hour workweek.

So often, I see people running around with this big, magical goal of doing less work, but the thinking is flawed. You don’t get your life back by having more hours in the day—you get your life back by spending the hours you do have, well. That doesn’t just mean what you do for pleasure; it means what you do for work.

When you get up and go to work, are you spending those hours well?

And is it a worthy pursuit?

The number you invest has no bearing on your happiness.

It’s the meaning that’s assigned to the number, that matters.

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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Jun 1

2017

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait for No One

Jun 1, 2017

Here’s a principle I vehemently disagree with: Good things come to those who wait. You know who probably came up with that stylish piece of wisdom? Someone in a position of power, tasked with managing the masses and getting them to obey orders. You can hear a teacher saying that, can’t you? Now, there, little […]

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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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Aug 6

2019

“I Don’t Know What I Want to Dooooo, And I’m Kinda Confused, and I’m Feeling Like a Flakey Little Fruitcake, Ash!”

Aug 6, 2019

WITTY BANTER. Biggest turn-on ever. (Because we’re just opening with that, okay?) Like, I don’t even care if you’re wearing coveralls and haven’t shaved in forty-nine years: if you’re witty, I’m going to want to jump your bones. Which I won’t do, ahem, given that I’m in a relationship and all, but this is a hypothetical […]

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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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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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Jun 14

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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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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