~FREE DOWNLOAD ♀ Do Cool Sh*t ⚖ In Do Cool Sh T, Serial Social Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, And All Around Cool Sh T Doer 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 TableWhether 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 AfterDo Cool Sh T Features A Foreword By Tony Hsieh, The Founder Of Zappos
I know that there have been some negative reviews about this book, but I am here to say that I loved it I thought that her journey was extremely inspirational and provided a significant amount of tips for budding existing entrepreneurs Her story and advice are relevant and contemporary and have been instrumental in the recent developments in my own personal journey to do cool sh t.Is it a little too much memoir as opposed to advice definitely yes But I am a forgiving reader especially as the good definitely outweighs the bad Or rather the practical outweighs the personal At the end of the day, not all her advice will work exactly the same way for you But what is important is learning how to adjust your attitude and your approach to your endeavor It is good to be passionate, it is good to think outside the box, and it is GREAT to read about someone who doesn t just mouth those platitudes, but lives them as well Highly recommend if you are starting your own biz or are stuck in a rut with your current biz. This is not a go to book for solid advice on starting up your own business but, rather, it is a memoir of how an athletic young woman with no responsibilities started her own business Much of the generic information given is stuff you ve already heard or read but specific examples Miki Agrawal gives the reader as advice that worked for her would not necessarily work for everyone One example is that while schooling in Europe, she rode her bike into the middle of a field of young men playing soccer to ask them for phone numbers, new contacts , which she got If a man were to do that, he d most likely get his ass kicked and no longer own a bike or whatever possessions he had on him at the time.Another example of how to do things right is giving hugs to food editors she met of all media sources she could find in NYC to promote her new restaurant A young athletic woman can get away with that, even a young flabby woman can get away with that, but I believe a man would get a security escort out of the building with a complaint filed Enough of those and you get a court order to stay one thousand feet away from day cares and little league games for being too touchy feely I m not sure that I could just show up to meetings where successful entrepreneurs gather and discuss ideas I ve got a job, the kids and dogs to look after and, right now, my car isn t safe to drive on the highway, plus I need the fuel to last until my next paycheck Miss Agrawal didn t go into much detail about how she had the means and time to network herself into groups like these but she did have parents who weren t hurting for money, she didn t mention having to arrange for free baby sitters or stress about a mortgage or rent payments She did mention college debt early on but later mentioned that sacrifice her parents made to send her to a top college.All in all, this is not a good book at all for your average Joe, but, if you happen to be good looking, young and female and ranking at least middle class financially, then this book would totally be cool sh t for you. I don t recall how I came across this book, but it came exactly when I needed it It took me a long time to complete the book and I actually checked it out of the library several times and have even paid late fees which is weird because it rarely takes me an extended amount of time to reach anything, especially a book that I actually like Which made me wonder why I actually gave it 5 starsLet me be the first to say that my motto is that I love extraordinary Women, I am very selective about the women that I date, and am an open feminists So I was wondering if I was being biased due to my instant love for the author and her mantra about life as well as her very intoxicating journey Then I realized, that the reason why it took me so long to finish the book is that it was at times all over the place, and a little thin in some chapters as well as a little lengthy in others However after I completed the book, I realized that the reason for this is that the life of entrepreneur is all over the place I ve owned my own business for approximately ten years and have helped on other business ventures which included Non profits, For Profit, etc it s not only refreshing to read through someone that gets it journey, but to also have it come from someone that tells the story in an unconventional, unedited, and unapologetic way I strongly recommend this book and authors website to anyone that has been an entrepreneur for a long period of time, or anyone that s thinking of leaving behind the Hamster Wheel of Corporate Life. Critics of this book who argue that Agrawal has not so much written a helpful business book as much as a self congratulatory story of her life are only half right While this book won t tell you everything you need to know about starting your own business it will definitely give you plenty of inspiration and encouragement to do it She has plenty of advantages that the average person doesn t have and she seems a bit oblivious to that which can be a little frustrating but her writing style is straightforward and her suggestions are helpful Use this book as encouragement to look into doing what you want to do with your life and then buy a book that actually gives you solid information on how to start a business But Agrawal s charm sells the less substance y parts of the book and really makes you feel like you can do cool shit if you are really willing to put yourself out there and work at it. This book and this person is a joke to hard working thinkers everywhere she s great at shameless self promotion and it stops there She s never actually worked at one of her restaurants because she doesn t know how I find it interesting that her human resource advice has nothing to do with keeping employees, because she can t I know several people who have worked for her and they all quit because she s a nightmare She has no business advice to offer, just a bunch of hot air. Pros Some parts of the book are inspiring The author has, indeed, done some cool sh t Good insight into human psychology and how to communicate effectively Some of these ideas are obvious, but it s easy to forget them in certain contexts, such as in an email or when asking for a favor Examples All relationships must be mutually beneficial When convincing someone, make sure to talk about we , not I Present a shared vision for the future Everyone wants to be heard, so always give people an opportunity to share something about themselves Avoid small talk Instead of asking about the weather, ask people about their dreams, their vision, and what excites them If you make people feel like experts, they will go out of their way to help you Always try to make people laugh Always smile People love free food.Cons The book has a tendency to sound a little too much like an infomercial crossed with a self help seminar Occasionally, the book crosses the line from inspiring to self promotional A few chapters are a bit hand wavy and naive, such as the one on exercise and diet.Some good quotes Business plans don t raise dollars, people do Hire slow, fire fast I can t stress that enough No one has ever said that they fired somebody too soon.We achieve being through doing The notion that your most authentic self will come through simply by doing the things you love absolutely captivated me It means that you will simply be exactly who you want to be when you start acting that way. I m sticking this on my bios and memoirs shelf rather than a business or entrepreneurship shelf, because that s what this book is it s Miki Agrawal pointing out the many, many ways in which her life is fabulous And if you do what she does including making sure you re slim because a weight loss plan is integral for every business book you too can DO COOL SH T Agrawal seems to have absolutely no concept of the privilege she s experienced in her life So yes, if you re an Ivy League educated extroverted woman from a successful two parent family living in New York City, follow this advice to the letter If not, feel free to roll your eyes through most of it, occasionally picking up a small gem of inspiration to motivate you. The first 100 or so pages were really inspiring and exciting I did get some really great ideas for different avenues to go down while doing my own cool shit However a lot of the language used was narcissistic, self referential and smacked of privilege In than one occasion, Agrawal referred to women she worked with and didn t get along with as bitches You re not a strong, independent leader in my books if you call other women bitches all the time Full stop I really tuned out and started to just skim the pages when I got to the chapter about fitness Apparently, to succeed in business, you need to be athletic and have an ideal weight To reach this ideal weight, go to the gym, eat vegetables and drink only water Genetics, financial situations and availability of healthy foods and gym memberships are no excuse for unsuccessful fatties Basically, in order to succeed at Doing Cool Shit, you should already have financial freedom to travel and go on adventures whenever you want, graduate from an Ivy League school that you didn t pay for and therefore won t spend the next 10 years after graduation paying student loans off , already be in good mental and physical health and live somewhere like NYC that has a lot of experiences and opportunities for the taking There were a few good ideas throughout the book, but for the most part, the author seems to live in some unrealistic dream bubble that she thinks everyone else in the world can live in too I appreciate that this wasn t a typical, dry, self help, how to succeed in business type book, but it went too far in the other direction, leaving me wanting something realistic. Great motivator Inspiring story Clever author entrepreneur All around a quick and easy read that will stay with you long after you finish the book.