- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness (21 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062261533
- ISBN-13: 978-0062261533
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After Hardcover – 21 Aug 2013
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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 funa 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)
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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!"See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
The author name drops continously and has a hugh ego.
Leave this book on the shelf and buy something else.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of great points and gave me the kick up the backside I needed!Published 3 months ago by karen plumb
a lot of things you can easily relate to and learn from. thanks for writing this book. GadgetsBoy from the UKPublished 16 months ago by GadgetsBoy
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.
I recommend this book to anyone looking to start their own business. Miki's story is truly inspirational and shows with enough effort and flexibility in thinking we can all achieve... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Josh Hamit
This book is a breath of fresh air. It's charming, awe-inspiring and totally kick-ass.
It made me realise that instead of just doing all the awesome things I'd dreamed of... Read more