From 5 Million Dollars to Broke – A Money Mindset Lesson with Ashley Stahl


I don’t even know where to begin telling you about today’s guest, Ashley Stahl. I met Ashley in my mastermind group, but it was recently that I really sat down to hear her story, and wow! Prepare yourself to be in awe of her mind-blowing journey so far.

While now a career coach and writer with a successful business, her career journey began early on at age 23 in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon managing a high-level counter-terrorism program. She excelled in the position and knew that it looked good on paper, but she knew it wasn’t the right fit when she wound up with a bag over her head in a routine drill. Ashley knew she could continue on, but she also knew that she wasn’t staying true to who she was.

Ashley left the Pentagon and high-tailed it back to L.A. where she grew up, found another job in intelligence in the private sector, but also started a side hustle as a career coach. That side hustle is now a thriving business, and as you’ll hear in this episode, it was full of highs and lows (millionaire to broke to millionaire).

Be sure to listen in as she walks us through her challenging moments and how she’s still working on releasing limiting beliefs around money, success and relationships. Ashely offers a broad spectrum of empowering advice and I hope it inspires you to do more as well.

Question Highlights:
• What’s one thing you’re challenged by?
• What’s one of your superpowers?
• Who is someone who’s changed your life?
• What is one of your favorite accomplishments?
• Can you tell us about your counter-terrorist job with the Pentagon at only 23 years old?
• How did you get your job at the Pentagon?
• How did you make and lose $5 million?
• When did your success go the wrong direction?
• What’s the verdict? Have your key people stayed in your life despite your success ups and downs?
• How has your view of money changed?
• Do you have a favorite moment of giving?

Ashley’s Thoughts…

“Never rob someone of their rock bottom.”

“If you’re a wobbly coach, you’re going to get a wobbly customer.”

“I became an entrepreneur because I’m creative, not to fix things.”

“Quitting can be for winners. There is a glory in quitting.”

“The trauma wasn’t in losing my money – that was a gift.”

“It’s priceless to be able to go out in the world and be yourself.”

“Worthiness is our birthright.”

Ashley Stahl is an angel investor, writer and career coach who empowers job seekers around the world in finding their purpose and landing more job offers. At age 23, Stahl managed a high-level program for the Pentagon, for which she was named a “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leader Under 33” by Diplomatic Courier Magazine and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Next, she was named Power 30 Under 30 leader by Apex Society for her work running the Global Threat Intelligence Team at a global political risk consultancy.

While preparing senior officials for the front lines of the war on terror, Ashley launched her leadership firm, Ashley International Inc., which offers private coaching and unparalleled online programs to empower Millennials to find their purpose, land more job offers and increase their income. She’s worked with thousands of job seekers in 25 countries via her online program, the Limitless Career Lab.

Ashley Stahl is a columnist for Forbes on the topic of Gen Y, careers and leadership, and also blogs for her own career blog at Her work has been featured on FOX News, the Wall Street Journal, SELF Magazine, the Washington Post, TEDx, Newsweek and more.

Ashley earned her Master’s degree in international relations from King’s College London, and another Master’s in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Redlands in government, history and French. She’s fluent in French and intermediate in Arabic.

You’re Going To Hear About:

  • Ashley’s education path
  • How Ashley wound up working in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon
  • The magic of human connection
  • Ashley’s “You Turn” moment
  • Ashley’s career path from the Pentagon to career coach
  • Navigating through a loss and struggle money mindset
  • Automated webinars
  • Why Ashley had the belief that success and fear always occurred together
  • How attorneys and Ashley sabotaged her success
  • False urgency
  • The work Ashley is doing to release the belief that people are going to screw her over
  • The role generosity has played in Ashley’s life
  • And so much more…

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