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Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After [Hardcover]

Miki Agrawal
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21 Aug 2013

In Do Cool Sh*t, serial social entrepreneur, angel investor, and all-around cool sh*tdoer Miki Agrawal shows how to start a successful company—from brainstorming to raising money to getting press without any connections—all while having a meaningful life! 

With zero experience and no capital, Miki Agrawal opened WILD, a farm-to-table pizzeria in New York City and Las Vegas, partnered up in a children's multimedia company called Super Sprowtz, and launched a patented high-tech underwear business called THINX.   

Miki has seen significant growth in her businesses. She pulls back the curtain of how you can live out loud, honor your hunches, and leave nothing on the table.

Whether you’re a student with big aspirations or an experienced professional looking for new opportunities, Do Cool Sh*t will open your eyes, make you laugh, and give you the confidence to quit your day job, start your own business, and live happily ever after.

Do Cool Sh*t features a foreword by Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (21 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062261533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062261533
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Offering a combination of vivid stories with action-able advice, Agrawal helps readers define and achieve their personalized versions of success....Simple yet powerful, Agrawal’s process liberates readers from conventional thinking and restrictions, freeing them to pursue their passions and make a living at the same time.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Miki Agrawal is a real piece of work. It turns out that so are you. Once you read her high-energy book, you might be able to embrace the gifts you already have and go take advantage of them.” (Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception)

“This book is your official permission slip to quit yappin’ and make it happen. Miki’s book is smart, straightforward and a ton of fun—a must read for any aspiring entrepreneur.” (Marie Forleo, marieforleo.com)

“Miki is an unstoppable force in successful pursuit of a rich and fulfilled life, and a source of practical wisdom for how you can be the same. The more people that follow her advice, the better the world will be.” (Ben Rattray, founder of Change.org)

“If MacGyver were a woman she would look a lot like Miki Agrawal-she might even BE Miki. But this book makes it clear just how to tap into your inner MacGyver and transform your life!” (Lee Zlotoff, creator of MacGyver)

From the Back Cover

An inspiring, irreverent manifesto for those seeking to blaze their own path to entrepreneurship and find fulfillment and happiness through bold action and big ideas

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to make a career out of something you love? Or how to march through life with a purpose and get the most out of every second? Miki Agrawal, entrepreneur, angel investor, and cool-sh*t-doer, has figured it out. Here Miki shares her own adventures in entrepreneurship and life, from learning to step out of her comfort zone in a foreign country to achieving her dream of playing soccer for the New York Magic to partnering with Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com to launch her dream business.

In Do Cool Sh*t, Miki shows you how to start your own business, fund it on a shoestring budget, convene the perfect group to brainstorm your business plan, test your product, get great (free) press coverage, and more—all while living a life you're proud of.

Miki pulls back the curtain to reveal how you can live out loud, honor your hunches, and leave nothing on the table. She reminds you that it's cool to care and be excited about ideas and to be proactive; it's cool to mess up; it's cool to work your ass off on something that is meaningful to you; and it's cool to keep trying when the odds are stacked against you. Whether you're about to graduate from college and are wondering what the heck you want to do with your life, or you are in a dead-end job, dreaming about starting your own business, Do Cool Sh*t will make you open your eyes, laugh out loud, and shout, "I can do that!"


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Let me begin by noting something I wish I would have noted before I bought this book. Many of the five-star reviews of this book both in Amazon.co.uk and on Amazon.com are written by reviewers having only reviewed a single book. In other words, these reviews look suspiciously like dishonest reviews. The first five-star review on Amazon.com was even written by the author's sister, who conveniently failed to disclose her obvious conflict of interest when reviewing the book. Not good signs, upfront.

That being said, what is the book actually like? I bought the book for opinions and advice on entrepreneurship and life with a startup company. The book does cover such topics. However, it reads a bit more like an autobiography than anything else. Basically, the book covers how the author, Miki Agrawal, got annoyed by her internship and quit, had a stint in investment banking and quit, and then decided to start up a company of her own (a gourmet pizza restaurant in New York). There's even some advice in the end on keeping fit and finding love.

The most glaring problem with the book is that the author comes of as ridiculously self-centered, boasting and even somewhat disparaging of many other people. The style of the book's writing is sort of teenage-y, with heads-up to friends, occassional references to her twin sister (Radha, or just Rads, as she refers to her) and frequent exclamation signs. For the first few chapters, it feels as if the purpose of the author mainly is to show off how amazing she is, how much energy she has and how easily she makes friends and gets stuff done. She seems rather eager to show how much she is one of the cool kids.
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The four stars are given for the first half of this book, where the author tells us her story of opening her own business. There are truly great insights, tips, challenges, and advice for anyone who is even dreaming of opening their own business. This book challenged me to think of my work and my business in a different way. It inspired me to get off my butt and actually start doing cool s*** already!

And then there is the second half of the book. The part where Agrawal takes us through how to build friendships, how to be fit and healthy, and how to keep romance alive. The author clearly loves her life - which is great! But I found it quite sad this sort of instruction manual on how to be happy. Her choices and her lifestyle work for her, but it's naive to assume that she has found "the right way to live". That her happiness can be universally super-imposed onto any individual? I'm not buying it.

Read this book! Please read this book! It's great. It is positive and inspiring and encouraging and funny and clever. But I recommend skipping the chapters on the author's love-life and travel journal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Couple of good snippets of advise 20 Mar 2014
By Sue
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The author writes in an auto-biography style pointing out her successes and how to get the best from situations, and also her pitfalls with tips on how we can avoid them. This is not a reference book by anymeans, but some good tips for careers or starting up a business. Easy to read with useful points clearly summarised in each chapter. The downside is how she sometimes waffles on a bit, and you're waiting for the point of the story. Also, I stopped reading before the end, as the book seemed to lose direction, and just try to talk about general things as though she is now a life coach. Perhaps others would get more from the end, but I was reading it with the view of potentially starting my own business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome motivation and guidance 8 Nov 2013
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Really well put together guide to how to get started in whatever business your choose. Down to earth writing style which makes it accessible to all. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, an interesting read and useful 24 Sep 2014
By neets
Format:Kindle Edition
Great for those who have an itch to venture on their own project and need a push in the right direction to start.
It's an easy read but also holds a lot of practical insight.
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