ASH AMBIRGE

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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.

Aug 30

2016

$199 vs $200: The Difference of a Dollar is Never Just a Dollar

Aug 30, 2016

I was recently told a story about a man named Uncle Bill who went to Colombia, stayed in a hostel, and climbed the ladder into his bunk—even after the four bottles of wine. Uncle Bill wasn’t your average uncle, though. Uncle Bill was eighty-nine years old. Which sounds like a lot, when you say it out loud, […]

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May 1

2019

YOU AREN’T CHARGING ENOUGH. Here Are Twenty Big, Fat Reasons Why.

May 1, 2019

Andddd (drum roll!) we continue our discussion about money with the biggest, hairiest, most existential question in all of entrepreneurship: “How much should I charge?” While other people are worried about how much they’re spending, YOU have the ass-clenching task of worrying about how much you’re earning. (Let’s be honest, your ass did clench up […]

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May 7

2013

Are You Making Money or Losing It? Also: Porridge

May 7, 2013

It’s never just about the money coming in; you have to consider the money going out.  When you take on a job, sure, you might earn $5,000. But what’s the cost of earning it?  If you have to forfeit 3 other projects (and your favorite Wednesday night TV show) for a combined total revenue of […]

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Jun 14

2017

Spending Money is Not a Sacrifice, But a Strategy

Jun 14, 2017

Spending money is not a sacrifice, but a strategy. Most people don’t look at it like that, though, and so they spend less—and end up making less, too. But money is like a lever—which, not so coincidentally, comes from the French word, “to raise.” If you think of a seesaw, on one side you have […]

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Jun 9

2015

Making Money is Not as Hard as Most People Make It

Jun 9, 2015

There is a distinct and profound difference between people who make money and people who don’t: the money. Hard, cold, beautiful bendy stacks of cash. I know there are a lot of people that say money is evil and your nostrils will catch on fire if you want anything other than world peace, but usually—and pardon […]

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Jan 23

2014

Hourly or Retainer OR….

Jan 23, 2014

»  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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Oct 2

2012

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

Oct 2, 2012

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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Sep 26

2013

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

Sep 26, 2013

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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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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