Just this summer, best selling author of “Do Cool Sh*t”, Miki Agrawal, made her most recent Vancouver appearance as the keynote speaker at the Social Light Conference. We took some time to read Miki’s book about her personal adventures in entrepreneurship and had a jolt of inspiration we want to share with you and anyone you know who has big dreams but may not know where to begin.
“An inspiring, in-your-face manifesto for those seeking to blaze their own paths to entrepreneurship and find fulfillment and happiness through bold action and big ideas.”
This book shows you how to start your own business – a business you love and are excited about – whether that be on a shoe-string budget or extremely funded. Miki goes deep into the steps of what it takes to develop your idea, from testing your product, getting media coverage, building your community, and much more.
Most importantly, Miki shows you that working hard for something you are proud of and passionate about is truly the only way to succeed in business, and she gives you the systems and practices in order to take the reins, run with it, and do something in your life you will relish looking back on.
Do Cool Sh*t is for the dreamers out there – the ones who are sitting and thinking “what am I going to do with my life?” The path that most people are on isn’t for me.” Miki’s words will resonate with you, will make you laugh, will make you get out of your seat and say “I can do this, who is stopping me?”
Needless to say, we were inspired…
Miki wastes no time in illustrating how doing cool shit is part of her DNA and how it can be part of yours as well. What’s different about this read is that it doesn’t feel like you’re reading, it feels like you’re hearing her adventures and learnings first-hand while hanging out with her at her restaurant, or wondering around the Burning Man grounds – everything she says is articulated in a very conversational and genuine way.
Well Duh, that makes perfect sense, why didn’t I think of that before?! – Miki
Initially, I recommended this to Tangoo’s Community team, which are fresh into their entrepreneurship careers and as ambitious women entrepreneurs, could really relate to Miki and get inspired. They did get inspired, but so did I, perhaps even more than them! Anyone who is looking for some practical stories and tips to take their skills as a person and entrepreneur needs to read this book and witness firsthand, how the right attitude and getting sh*t done attitude trumps all.
What most resonated with me was Miki’s ability to connect with the world around her and structure mutually beneficial relationships that even the best thinkers, entrepreneurs, and creatives in the world jump out of their seat for – now that is doing cool sh*t.
Define what doing cool sh*t means to you and don’t waste a second more not doing it. Perhaps more importantly, make sure the important people in your life have the same mindset – you can start by releasing Do Cool Sh*t from your kung-fu grip and passing off the baton for them to be inspired and join the movement.
Tenacious, authentic and full of attitude, Mike Agrawal shares her witty story of how she became an investment banker, pro soccer player and entrepreneur all before she turned 30. She shares the personal, empowering and sometimes awkward moments she encountered that make every page full of entertainment and inspiration.
She challenges you to figure out what success really means to you, discover what “sucks in your world,” then gives you a clear and concise formula on how to take on your dreams and make that difference.
Never have I found myself so absorbed and humoured by such a book – Do Cool Sh*t is an incredible read that shows you exactly how you can positively impact this world and be cool sh*t. In fact, I felt a tad bit cooler after just reading it.
As soon as you’re just you without any front or pretense, it will give you permission for everyone around you to be exactly who they are… Always look for the most fun-loving people wherever you go. Search for the people laughing the most and those who seem most engaged with each other and their surroundings – Miki
What truly struck me about Miki Agrawal’s book, Do Cool Sh*t, was the parallel it creates with many different people’s personal entrepreneurship. Not only is this book written in a style in which you feel as thought Miki herself is sitting right next to you, telling you her story, but she does it in a way that is so relatable. She poses the question “What am I really good at? What am I passionate about?” Whatever you decide is the answer to this question, roll with it. What is stopping you? Cheesy as it sounds, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, right? I think this is what is so inspiring about Do Cool Sh*t – it makes living the life you want attainable, without any pretense.
Quit your day job, start your own business. Who will be there to support you? Your friends? Your family? The handful of people that think your idea is cool sh*t? Years later, look back, who supports you know? – Miki
While Do Cool Sh*t has many truly fascinating and informative tidbits on being a successful entrepreneur, and how limitations shouldn’t exist, what I took away most from this memoir was how it doesn’t matter what you do, but that you LOVE what you do alongside the people that make you and your vision a reality. Miki explains that while all companies are diverse, what they all have in common are their communities, the people that support them. If we take a step back and think about this concept, on a basic level, it is 100% true, we can only do so much on our own.
For people reading this book, I recommend defining what cool sh*t means to you, and using Miki’s tips to and your own personal community of superstars and supporters to help you achieve this. What could be better than doing what you love everyday with the people in your life that excited, inspire and support you? It doesn’t matter what this is, just that you rock it out!
It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me – Batman
Miki writes that you’re community, or more acutely put, your tribe, have a strong influence to bring you up or pull you down. Having moved back to Vancouver after six years back east, this theme heavily resonated with me. There is everything to be said for pulling yourself by your bootstraps but nobody did it on their own. Yes there are going to be times when you inspire yourself but there are going to be many more instances when your friends lead you towards being awesome, by example.
That is the kind of community that will not only support you but challenge you to be the best you can be. Miki nails this concept from the get go.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has wanted to venture out on their own, whether it is to start your own business, or to travel, or anything else you can think up. Miki’s attitude to embracing fear will open up new doors, for yourself and for the others that surround you.
Just take 3 deep breaths and do it! – Max
Check out the Do Cool Sh*t Community for daily inspiration, tips and more on Miki’s Bootcamp Website.