Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Do Cool Sh*t

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

Today’s Non-Fiction post is on “Do Cool Sh*t” by Miki Agrawal. It is 223 pages and is published by Harper Business. The cover is black with the title in orange, blue and red. The intended reader is someone who wants to open their own business and is seeking advice. There is no sex, no violence, but there is some language. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- A hip, young, and successful entrepreneur shows you how to start your own business with limited time, a small budget, and no experience- and still have a life.
Miki Agrawal opened Slice Perfect, her farm-to-table pizzeria in New York City, with zero experience and no capital. Since then she has watched her business grow exponentially, including a partnership with founder and bestselling author Tiny Hsieh, with whom she is opening her dream restaurant, Slice: Las Vegas. She’s also become an angel investor for other promising start-ups.
In Do Cool Sh*t, she shares her own adventures in entrepreneurship, offering solid, easy-to-follow advice that aspiring entrepreneurs can use to start their own business, fund it on a shoestring budget, convene the perfect group to brainstorm a business plan, test a product to assess market share, get great media coverage, and more- and still have a life.
Miki pulls back the curtain of how you can out loud, honor your hunches, and leave nothing on the table. Whether you’re a new college graduate with big aspirations, an experience professional looking for new opportunities, or in a dead-end job dreaming about your own business, Do Cool Sh*t will make you open your eyes, laugh out loud, and believe “I can do that!”

Review- Agrawal has passion for her business and does believe that she has something new to give in the business world but she does not. It is not a bad book but Agrawal just does not give the reader anything new. In fact I was bored while reading this book. She starts the chapters in the same way with a partial story that she never returns to; she tells the reader how she resolved the problem but she never goes back to that moment again. After the first time I wanted to see her do something new but she never did. Then she goes into dating and exercise advice. My problem with that is she is an entrepreneur not a matchmaker or a personal trainer. That part of the book annoyed me so much that it lowered my rating for this book by a star. Agrawal never thinks that what worked for her may not work for someone else. She never says that and she never gives advice about where to look if her style does not work for you. I appreciate her drive, her passion, and the fact that she has been successful but Agrawal never looks outside of her own success to think about how it might not work for others.

I give this book a Two out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I was given this book from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.