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The Way You Make a Million Dollars is by Earning One Dollar, A Million Times

In: Money Talk

When I first started writing my business memoir, there was one thing I was terrible at: SCENE.

Not because I didn’t understand the importance, but because it was holy fucking hard to remember what actually happened the eve of, say, April 17th, 1992, while so-and-so played a harmonica and Lucy Loo showed the boys her undies. WERE WE ALL WEARING BLUE? DID THE AIR SMELL OF DAISIES? HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO REMEMBER THIS AND WHY DO I FEEL LIKE AN ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT?!?!?!

So I became a gap-filler, writing grand summaries that would sweep you past all of the shit-that-no-one-could-really-remember-exactly-in-an-effort-to-just-tell-the-story-already.

There was only one problem: My literary agency was like—you back that train right up, mama. (My words, not theirs, though I wouldn’t be opposed.)

“Think of this as stepping stones across a river,” they advised, “rather than building a whole continuous bridge.”

The idea, of course, is the age-old concept of showing versus telling; hand-selecting snapshots of time that will tell the story itself, without you needing to barge in, take the mic, and tell everybody what really happened. (THANKS A LOT, BLOGGING.)

Though I can’t help but suspect that this is very good advice—and not just when it comes to writing books. How often do we try to hurry it up, and just build the bridge, already? How often are we going through the motions to get there, without actually taking stock of where we are?

Your life, like a book, is created scene by scene.

Your business is built the same way.

You won’t make millions by telling someone you will.

You’ve got to earn each dollar, one by one—and recognize that the way you spend your time, every single day, tells the real story.

Jul 14

2017

The Case For Charging Good Money (Featuring an $800 Example)

So here’s some crazy shit: a few weeks ago, I spent $800+ on supplements. DID YOU ALMOST PASS OUT AT THAT NUMBER BECAUSE I DEFINITELY DID. But there was good reason, however, and that good reason includes the words “hypothyroid” and “dangerously deficient” and “body full of inflammation”—which explains SO MANY THINGS, including why dropping […]

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Mar 12

2013

Percentage Off or Flat Rate? How to Run a Sale That SELLS.

I hate rules. No swimming after eating. Let him call you. Sorry, our video library can only be watched from within The United States. (Stab. Stab. Stab.) No white after Labor Day. And other silly rules like stay on your side of the road. …I kid, I kid. That last one can slide–as long as […]

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Jan 23

2014

Hourly or Retainer OR….

»  Cash flow challenged? »  Do a bunch of work you won’t get paid for until you bill next month? »  Burned in the past by clients who disappear & never actually pay the bill? No, this is actually not the opening to an infomercial, as much as I’d love to show up on my […]

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Apr 11

2019

Ladies: DO NOT LET THEM MONEY-SHAME YOU

You know what’s been blowing RIGHT up my skirt lately? That women are shamed for wanting money—as if this is a bad thing. We’re shamed for charging it, for thinking about it, and for daring to create something that we—brace yourselves, folks—want money for, in exchange. There’s this unspoken code of conduct that comes with […]

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Oct 2

2012

Not Making As Much Money As You’d Like? Time to Fix That.

Money. You have enough, or you don’t. Over the years, I’ve do-si-doed around both sides of that dichotomy. As a pre-teen, my mom and I sometimes had to borrow money to buy a roll of one-ply toilet paper to get us through the weekend. Scott brand. I remember it was Scott, because it was always […]

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Apr 16

2019

29 Creative Ways You Can Find Some Extra Money on the Fly, In a Pinch, When You’re Strapped and When You’re All: SOS, Cash Flow Where’d You Go?!

The other day I urged women: do not let them money shame you. Do not! Even though they’ll try to. Even though, because you’re a woman, you’ll be deemed “delusional” and “scammy” and “self-serving,” the more money you charge—even if it’s the going rate. And yet, when a man charges the same thing, they are […]

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Sep 26

2013

How to Save Money For People Who Are Notoriously Bad At Saving Money

You haven’t started saving for retirement yet. You don’t know how you’re going to pay your taxes (because you haven’t been keeping up with—what are those silly things called?—quarterly payments.) You certainly don’t have a rainy day fund. <—Said while laughing hysterically into your beer. And college? Well, the kids will just have to open […]

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