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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. 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 pate 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. 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, a successful serial social entrepreneur and angel investor, pulls back the curtain to reveal how you can live out loud, honor your hunches, and leave nothing on the table. Start your business on a shoestring budget, nail your brainstorming sessions and product testing, and get free press coverage—all while living your best life. Whether you’re a recent college graduate trying to find your way in the world, or a professional with a dead-end job and big dreams, Do Cool Sh*t will make you open your eyes, laugh out loud, and shout, "I can do that!" Do Cool Sh*t features a foreword by Tony Hsieh, the founder and CEO of Zappos.


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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. 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 pate 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. 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, a successful serial social entrepreneur and angel investor, pulls back the curtain to reveal how you can live out loud, honor your hunches, and leave nothing on the table. Start your business on a shoestring budget, nail your brainstorming sessions and product testing, and get free press coverage—all while living your best life. Whether you’re a recent college graduate trying to find your way in the world, or a professional with a dead-end job and big dreams, Do Cool Sh*t will make you open your eyes, laugh out loud, and shout, "I can do that!" Do Cool Sh*t features a foreword by Tony Hsieh, the founder and CEO of Zappos.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    April Dunnam

    I almost gave up reading this book after the first few chapters. It seemed nothing more than a memoir of shameless self promotion and narcissism from an author who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Let's face it, who can't "do cool shit" if they are born into wealthy families in the city that never sleeps and have an all expenses paid Ivy League education? I forced myself to let go of my initial reaction and finish reading the book in hopes there would be some useful entrepreneurial/bus I almost gave up reading this book after the first few chapters. It seemed nothing more than a memoir of shameless self promotion and narcissism from an author who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Let's face it, who can't "do cool shit" if they are born into wealthy families in the city that never sleeps and have an all expenses paid Ivy League education? I forced myself to let go of my initial reaction and finish reading the book in hopes there would be some useful entrepreneurial/business advice unfortunate it didn't get any better the more I read on. It was a lot of fluff and self promotion. For anyone that's worked in the real world and had to pay their own way I don't see this book as relevant.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    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 more 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 star 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 more 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 more realistic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Rosemeyer

    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 soc 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dora

    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 t 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    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. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Williams

    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 stars...Let me be the first to say that my motto is that I love extraordinary Women, I am very selective about 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 stars...Let 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zach Freeman

    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 str 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    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 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    Started off strong, where it was actually you know, about starting your own business. I took a lot of notes and got some great resources here. Not necessarily anything new, and virtually nothing about the finances of actually running a business, but still some ideas to get started. My biggest complaint about the business half of the book is that it seems to run with the stereotype that anyone who wants to open their own business is obviously some super energetic, outgoing, awesome and amazing pe Started off strong, where it was actually you know, about starting your own business. I took a lot of notes and got some great resources here. Not necessarily anything new, and virtually nothing about the finances of actually running a business, but still some ideas to get started. My biggest complaint about the business half of the book is that it seems to run with the stereotype that anyone who wants to open their own business is obviously some super energetic, outgoing, awesome and amazing person. This book definitely did not cater to the introvert who might (shockingly!) dare to start their own business. It also doesn't seem to factor in the real world - by which I mean, not everyone has disposable income (her suggestion to throw $1500 into a travel fund with your friends was puzzling - who has $1500 laying around?!) And not everyone is a cute, bubbly, twenty-something who can hug their way into getting what they want. Where the first half was interesting and engaging, the latter half of the book came across as, well... Plain old bragging. Like the kind you'd see from a fourth grader desperate for attention. While yes, doing cool shit is the point of the book, I don't need a book to tell me to travel or go to Burning Man. And the shameless self-promotion went on and on ad nauseum. It felt almost like the author only had enough actual material for a magazine article and yet somehow the publisher fell for all the filler too. I started the book feeling inspired and ready to make a change. I actually came away from it feeling super disheartened because I don't seem to fit the author's blueprint for what makes a person successful or interesting. Bottom line, borrow, don't buy this book. Use some of the resources listed, skip the rest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yevgeniy Brikman

    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 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayde Zimmerle

    To me, this book was more of a memoir about a single person's experience building a business than a guide with universal advice. I didn't find many of the "takeaways" to be very helpful. Just go talk to people, smile, and compliment them, and they'll give you what you want! Maybe if you're an extroverted, pretty, fit, extremely well connected Ivy League grad. As a young woman looking to start a business (arguably the target audience for this book) I'd recommend passing on this one. To me, this book was more of a memoir about a single person's experience building a business than a guide with universal advice. I didn't find many of the "takeaways" to be very helpful. Just go talk to people, smile, and compliment them, and they'll give you what you want! Maybe if you're an extroverted, pretty, fit, extremely well connected Ivy League grad. As a young woman looking to start a business (arguably the target audience for this book) I'd recommend passing on this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ariela

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miko Lee

    So interesting to be reading this book right as news breaks about the authors questionable and potentially illegal business practices. If I had read this book before the news broke, here is my review: Entertaining, quick read by a successful young businesswoman who has crazy marketing skills and an amazing amount of chuztpah. This is like a hip, self help book for the fresh college grad, looking to make their way in the world based upon on their verve and flash. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/ So interesting to be reading this book right as news breaks about the authors questionable and potentially illegal business practices. If I had read this book before the news broke, here is my review: Entertaining, quick read by a successful young businesswoman who has crazy marketing skills and an amazing amount of chuztpah. This is like a hip, self help book for the fresh college grad, looking to make their way in the world based upon on their verve and flash. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/op... http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/21/5-most... Post news, here is my review: Augh....Hard not to read this book with a tainted vision to the entire premise. As she writes with utter confidence about how one can "have it all" if they work hard enough, it is now seen through the lense of, only if you step on everyone along the way. Though I do love thinx undies, the treatment of staff and the hostile workplace environment makes the product even feel wrong. Should we hold up women who use feminism as a selling point to a higher standard. Yes. Their hypocrisy feels like a slap in the face. Is this a good read? Well, yes actually it is. Augh, our upside down world!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    As a follower of Delivering Happiness, what drew me to the book was the Forward by Tony Hsieh. What kept me reading was the simple straightforward no-nonsense approach that Miki used to share and sell her concepts for creating a unique business that is not only profitable but gives back to the community/world as well. This is not a quick fix book. If done correctly, it requires you to really be open and honest with yourself and you must be determined to put 250% of yourself into the project. One As a follower of Delivering Happiness, what drew me to the book was the Forward by Tony Hsieh. What kept me reading was the simple straightforward no-nonsense approach that Miki used to share and sell her concepts for creating a unique business that is not only profitable but gives back to the community/world as well. This is not a quick fix book. If done correctly, it requires you to really be open and honest with yourself and you must be determined to put 250% of yourself into the project. One of my favorite quotes from the book is from Arthur Ashe, " From what we get we can make a living; what we give however, makes a life." Whether you are a Millennial or a Boomer or somewhere in between, junk the excuses; find your passion; create your cool business model, and do it. After reading this book and learning more about the author, I am now also a follower of Miki Agrawal. She is a true inspiration. For those of you who are graduates of the Influencer program, you should add her to your list.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Williams

    This was a major disappointment. Full of self-promoting stories of how the author did such-and-such and how to copy her. Not inspiring or helpful in the least. If you're looking for something to spur you forward check out Start by John Acuff. I think I'll get more inspiration from rereading that one then sifting through the crap in this. This was a major disappointment. Full of self-promoting stories of how the author did such-and-such and how to copy her. Not inspiring or helpful in the least. If you're looking for something to spur you forward check out Start by John Acuff. I think I'll get more inspiration from rereading that one then sifting through the crap in this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Didn't finish. I couldn't get into it. Didn't finish. I couldn't get into it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave Gerhart

    A lot of good tips and pointers This is the millennial guide to becoming a entrepreneur. Miki’s story is very inspiration and it is obvious she is a smart business person and hard worker. If I were younger and didn’t have a family, it would be awesome to try out the “Do Cool Shit” advice. A great book for someone in college who is figuring it out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ganesh Balasubramanian

    Not that much cool as i expect Just a random stuff about her life journey and the cool sh*t... Don't expect much on this book...quite good for some lines that's all😏 Not that much cool as i expect Just a random stuff about her life journey and the cool sh*t... Don't expect much on this book...quite good for some lines that's all😏

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Brooks

    Quite a few tidbits of gold in here, refreshing approach that serves as a bit of a boot in the bum. Quote: "If you don't have a product you believe in and is worth waking up for in the morning and feeling as sense of purpose toward, you're not doing cool shit." Quite a few tidbits of gold in here, refreshing approach that serves as a bit of a boot in the bum. Quote: "If you don't have a product you believe in and is worth waking up for in the morning and feeling as sense of purpose toward, you're not doing cool shit."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I agree with the reviews I've seen; it's really inspiring for the first 2/3 of it or so, then it becomes a lot of self promotion. (Hey, does she have a website...?) She does have some great stories about opening her business, and it's great inspiration for anyone wanting to achieve their goals. It's not just about starting a business; you could use her advice to influence other types of projects or goals as well. However, the chapters toward the end about working out, how to eat, how to "find lo I agree with the reviews I've seen; it's really inspiring for the first 2/3 of it or so, then it becomes a lot of self promotion. (Hey, does she have a website...?) She does have some great stories about opening her business, and it's great inspiration for anyone wanting to achieve their goals. It's not just about starting a business; you could use her advice to influence other types of projects or goals as well. However, the chapters toward the end about working out, how to eat, how to "find love", etc were unnecessary. I almost felt defensive - I came to this book for advice on starting a business, who are you to tell me how I should eat and exercise?! And what business do you have telling me how to find a man? She could have cut those parts out and the book would've been closer to 5 stars. It seems like she just wanted to jump on the "lifestyle book" trend and try to squeeze in advice about everything she could think of. The first 150 or so pages though are definitely worth reading. While she tends to gloss over any setbacks she had without really addressing how she solved them, her "win" stories will inspire you to get off the couch and, well, do cool shit (as soon as your current Netflix series is over, of course!).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    My review is saved on my phone, so I'll have to post it from there. In short, I hated this book. I do not recommend it to anyone. ---- Begin rant: This book really pisses me off. I'm at the point where I'm not reading anymore, just skimming so I can tell myself I'm going to finish it. The author has no idea she is the epitome of white privileged (probably because she's not actually white, which she seems to find a reason to bring up in every chapter). We aren't all Cornell graduates, held our first My review is saved on my phone, so I'll have to post it from there. In short, I hated this book. I do not recommend it to anyone. ---- Begin rant: This book really pisses me off. I'm at the point where I'm not reading anymore, just skimming so I can tell myself I'm going to finish it. The author has no idea she is the epitome of white privileged (probably because she's not actually white, which she seems to find a reason to bring up in every chapter). We aren't all Cornell graduates, held our first position our of school on Wall Street, friends with famous chefs, or ballsy (stupid?) enough to sneak into a newsroom post 9-11 with a mysterious brown paper package. Each chapter in this book claims to offer an easy plan for some of life's biggest challenges: find your passion, write a business plan, find love. If these quests were easy enough to be solved in mere paragraphs of shaded tips, why are there hundreds of thousands of books about them?!? You might get something out of this, but all it's given me is a clearer picture of just how difficult it is for the middle class to find the same opportunities to "do cool shit" as the rich. --- End rant

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    I always reward a book 1 star if I finish it, the sky is the limit from there. This book is very self indulgent and hasn't managed to clearly put all the points forward. I like radical ideas but they need to be condensed for these self help books. I'm sure the author will argue the points of metaphors but why should we read between the lines? These self help books are a dime a dozen and the catchy title poked my interest. Sadly if I had wifi access to use Goodreads I may not have purchased this I always reward a book 1 star if I finish it, the sky is the limit from there. This book is very self indulgent and hasn't managed to clearly put all the points forward. I like radical ideas but they need to be condensed for these self help books. I'm sure the author will argue the points of metaphors but why should we read between the lines? These self help books are a dime a dozen and the catchy title poked my interest. Sadly if I had wifi access to use Goodreads I may not have purchased this book based on the current reviews. I have found various points interesting and will use them as I think they are good practice but chunks were utterly clunky and useless. The central message is clouded with scattered ideas and not a clear direction often leaves you wondering why it is there. I just expected more and will be NYC next month so I'll be sure to check out the pizza shop. The book has some handy points but definitely not enough to fill up an entire book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maranda Carvell

    This book was a disappointment, since it is definitely not a business book. It is an interesting personal story, but it's simply how the author - starting with a fair bit of privilege and advantages - started her first business, without a lot of takeaway on how *you* can "Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live". That being said, it's a good story, pretty well written and the author has a fantastic attitude and mindset, which is very important to success. She lost me a little at the This book was a disappointment, since it is definitely not a business book. It is an interesting personal story, but it's simply how the author - starting with a fair bit of privilege and advantages - started her first business, without a lot of takeaway on how *you* can "Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live". That being said, it's a good story, pretty well written and the author has a fantastic attitude and mindset, which is very important to success. She lost me a little at the end, with some stories that were too personal to be of value and a baffling chapter with nutrition advice (she owns a pizza place, she is not a nutritionist and for heaven's sake please don't eat soy yogurt people), but if you're looking for a motivating success story it's a quick read and not bad. If you're looking for some tangible takeaway, this is not the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shriya

    Whenever you read self-help books they claim to be "not like all the other books" What other books? The poorly-written ones...like this one Miki is a cool person and clearly a hard worker, but there is little insight here (and lots and lots of under-researched, eye-roll-worthy, or otherwise uninspired filler). This could be a good "getting started" and "inspiration" book for, say, a 14 year old girl who wants to start an online business. But if you're an adult & have read 3 or more of the much bett Whenever you read self-help books they claim to be "not like all the other books" What other books? The poorly-written ones...like this one Miki is a cool person and clearly a hard worker, but there is little insight here (and lots and lots of under-researched, eye-roll-worthy, or otherwise uninspired filler). This could be a good "getting started" and "inspiration" book for, say, a 14 year old girl who wants to start an online business. But if you're an adult & have read 3 or more of the much better bestselling works in this genre, skip it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The author describes in detail her own entrepreneurial experiences to provide insights and how-to advice. The writing style is chatty, super self-absorbed, and vacuous (hello, did anyone edit this book!?!), but this book was still pretty entertaining and readable overall. I was inspired by the author’s fearless approach to her life pursuits.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shagufta

    Not a bad book, it just didn't sparkle. It felt like the author was describing her pathway to doing interesting projects but that the takeaways she was extrapolating were not necessarily universal points. It also felt very me focused. Not a bad book, it just didn't sparkle. It felt like the author was describing her pathway to doing interesting projects but that the takeaways she was extrapolating were not necessarily universal points. It also felt very me focused.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This was a fun self-help book. The author talks about everything she went through to get to where she is and she doesn't hold anything back. I really enjoyed reading it. This was a fun self-help book. The author talks about everything she went through to get to where she is and she doesn't hold anything back. I really enjoyed reading it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gina86

    easy read. ..enjoyed the first 150 pages. ..inspiration for entrepreneurs

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mhowey

    Amazing motivational book for anyone looking for a push into the entrepreneurial world.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Amazing, inspiring book! I love the story and the go-getter attitude behind everything Miki does! This was a good push for me to get off my ass and get some shit done!

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