Rolling on out of Central America on our way to the Philly apartment today! Fed Ex delivered my dining room chairs TWO DAYS EARLY, so now they’re sitting in boxes outside the building and I hope to vodka it doesn’t rain before we get there tonight. I’ll be on the plane today finishing up some publicity and marketing ideas to send to @penguinrandomhouse tomorrow. 🤩 Then, this week, touring everybody around the neighborhood I bought in (#oldcityphilly, what up!), and practicing my keynote for Magic Maker Live in London. (www.magicmakerlive.com if you don’t already know. 💪🏻) Normally I’d be in today’s masterclass hosted by @amyporterfield - it’s the last day to attend it FREE—and so, soooooo good if you're thinking about making an online course a part of your revenue stream. But I’ll be somewhere over international waters, hoping I’m not in front of a kicking child. 😬 So go in my place and get ready to have your mind *blown*. You have noooooo idea how much money you're leaving on the table by not knowing what Amy knows about online courses. (Hint: she's made fifteen. million. dollars. in just the last few years alone.) It's the new way of doing business and sharing your ideas, and it's not going away—it's only going to get bigger. Adapt or die, lover. Grab one of the last seats for today over here (link in bio): ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/dca-masterclass
Success belongs to people who can control their attention. True, even though it's a bitch when you can't. :) But I have found, in all of my ancient 35 years, that success is often way more prosaic than you think. It's often romanticized as this thing reserved for only the unicorns who have it, but it's actually quite unromantic in practice. Success happens when you sit down, day after day, for just ONE HOUR. That's all you need: just one hour. You don't gotta be all or nothin'. You don't gotta bleed yourself to death. You actually just need to be annoyingly consistent. For one hour a day. Every day. Until you get what you want. There's nothing special about success, really. In fact, it's quite boring. The exciting part lies on the other side of what you can do, once you've got options. That's what success gives you: more options. More things to do with the rest of your hours, now that you spent that one hour wisely. If you're subscribed to my email list, you know I've been going *ape* about taking your ONE HOUR and creating an online course with it. (And if you aren't on my email list, we have a bone to pick.) I've already made my case for it a million times: taking what's in your brain and turning it into a piece of intellectual property that becomes an *asset you can sell* is one of the quickest ways to wealth in the modern economy. We're here proving that to you every day: I'm not going to spend a month prancing Europe because my work is sending me. I'm going because I want to. Intellectual property is how I do that. I didn't just buy a house in Philly because my husband went in on it with me. I bought that shit myself. And intellectual property is how I do that. And guess what? It's also how I got my book deal—yet another piece of intellectual property I own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you want to learn HOW—come sit your ass in class with me and Amy this week...for an hour. There's your one hour. Let's fucking go. https://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/dca-masterclass
I have a new rule for sanity. 💆♀️ Ready? It's called Roland for an Oliver, and it means that for every task I do for someone else, I do one thing for myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ CAN YOU HEAR THE ANGEL HARPS? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a revolution in its own right, wouldn't you say? Most of the time, we're so busy getting through our to-do list, which is inevitably this very long list of things you give to *other* people, that you always end up coming last, if at all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❌ No time for exercise ❌ No reading for pleasure ❌ No passion projects ❌ No rest ❌ Not enough Orange is the New Black ❌ And certainly not enough sex. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enter: Ash's Famous Roland for an Oliver Rule. Roland and Oliver were two medieval knights who fought for the emperor Charlemagne. Apparently, one day these two dudes had to get in the ring against *each other,* but neither one could conquer the other: their feats and powers were equally matched. And so, they became friends, instead. And together, they were unbeatable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And so derives the phrase Roland for an Oliver. It's a real phrase. It refers to any exchange, especially in battle (ahem, life) in which that which is given is equal in measure and might to that which is received. Or in simpler terms, tit for tat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What if you created one column called Roland, which you filled with debts and obligations and tasks for others, and another column called Oliver, which you filled with pleasures and comforts for yourself? And what if they had to be equally matched? Tit for tat? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even if not always practical, it's certainly a worthwhile exercise. After all, how else will we ever live well, if we aren't actually trying? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #livingmybestlife #confidence #joy #happiness #choices #fuckyes #instalove #instagood #confidenceissexy #selfconfidence #motivation #selflove #loveyourself #confidenceiskey
Little afternoon cup of coffee BEFORE I GAG AT ONE MORE DIME-A-DOZEN GURU ON THE INTERNET SELLING HEART-CENTERED PONY RIDES AND CLARITY DUNG NUGGETS. Is this when I'm supposed to take a time out and meditate? Or perhaps choke on my matcha tea? (I like that Instagram doesn't even know that word. Or doesn't want to. Good, Instagram, we're friends.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the greatest joys in life is coming up with an original idea. One of the most original people I know is my favorite fucking author in the world, @mscaitlinmoran. (I'll be binge drinking limoncello the day my book comes out in the UK by her publishing team @eburybooks—WHO AM I AND WHERE IS THE TRAILER PARK?) Anyway, go read one of her books. In fact, go read Moranifesto, one of my favorites. You know why her writing feels like Icy Hot under your bra? Because she makes you *think*. Because she has done a great deal of thinking herself. And that is where an idea comes from: from sitting down and critically thinking about things, rather than just copying some crotchscapade online. Think for yourselves, ladies. Listen carefully for your own opinions. What do you *really* think about that? Now is not the time to be agreeable. Agreeing isn't polite, it's lazy.
I didn't know I could sell a 2-hour workshop! That's what a reader emailed me on Friday, since I've been running The First Annual Wipe Your Buns With $30,000 Challenge (really the name!) and we've been talking about the importance of creating real and tangible intellectual property to sell your skills in a modern way, scale your business, triple your revenue, and have an asset that works for YOU. (Instead of you working for your business 24/7.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, we got on the topic of creating online courses, because not only are these the best way to add a killer revenue stream, they're also one of the best ways to raise your profile and enhance your position in the marketplace. Sort of like what happens when you write a book: people view you as an expert. So then I hooked everybody up with a most excellent quiz, What Kind of Online Course Should You Create? (link in bio if you want to take), and then they were writing me and telling me the results they got. Turns out? A lot of people are starting from scratch, and workshop was an insanely popular result. And I was like, good! Workshops are one of my favorites because they're the easiest for creating urgency. And as anybody who knows anything about online business would tell you: asking a person to make a decision now is the most important part of the equation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Moreover, however, I just wanted to re-iterate to you here, right now, that YES: you *can* create and sell a 2-hour workshop! It doesn't have to be fancy! It doesn't have to be ninety-hundred weeks long! It doesn't have to be every single thing you know! And frankly, you should do this no matter who you are or where you're at. You should be packaging your skills and your talents and your knowledge into as many formats as possible and leveraging the fuck out of the Internet and giving the world as many ways as possible to interact with it. That is how you make a business, not a prison. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/online-course-quiz
*When you are a person who does not want to be seen, you become a person who does not do things worth looking at.* ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's straight outta my forthcoming book (pre-orders launch this holiday season, hide your kids!) and boy oh fucking boy, isn't it the truth? One more time: ***when you are a person who does not want to be seen, you become a person who does not do things worth looking at.*** ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This shows up everywhere, ladies. It makes you shrink. Makes you weak. Makes you not want to bust down the doors and come out PUNCHING. Makes you want to stick to what you know. Makes you afraid to take risks. Makes you nervous to step out. Even something as simple as social media can be a total mindplow, having to write something profound and be SEEN. (All. The. Fucking. Time.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's why I've dedicated myself to helping women find their voice and—knock, knock, sweetheart—use it. Not just in business, but in their careers, in their personal lives, in their decisions, in the way they do everything. It's why I called my own company, The Middle Finger Project, and also why I'm hyped to be keynoting at this year's Magic Maker Live event in London, England on October 15th, 2019—because you aren't a 1950's housewife, and your voice shouldn't be either. I'd LOVE to see you there. It'll be a great time to network with other unconventional women. There's even a cocktail reception where we can drink all the fizzy things and take selfies and flex our muscles together afterward! Hit up www.magicmakerlive.com for your ticket to the conference. (You're going to want to grab it sooner than later—they're going hard.) And remember: good ideas change things. Even when that thing is you.
I have worn THE MOST OBNOXIOUS JEWELS since I can remember. It always felt like the things I adorned myself with should match my personality: big, unconventional, loud. (Like, seriously loud. Have you heard my laugh?!) Then again, a lot of it had to do with my body type, too: I have never been a dainty girl. I never will be a dainty girl. [Laughs maniacally #bodypositivity.] So dainty jewelry always looked ridiculous against my frame, like hanging a tiny 5 x 7 picture frame above a fireplace, which we all know looks like a twenty-two year old's dumbass attempt at decorating. (BEEN THERE.) So, I'm curious: to my other ladies who are built like a motherfucking house, do you find yourself rocking statement jewelry too?! Is it just me? And, um, real talk: where do you buy your favorites?! @baublebar is one of mine! #statementnecklace #katespade #layerlikewhoa