Entrepreneurial Advice

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Miki Agrawal, Social entrepreneur and author of Do Cool Sh*t, offers advice on how to start a fulfilling business with limited capital.

Event: Miki Agrawal will read from Do Cool Sh*t and sign books on September 17 at 7 p.m. at WILD NYC, 535 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014


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

( Preface)

To ensure that this book has found its way into your hands for the right reasons, please ask yourself, “Do I fall into one or more of these following categories?”

• I don’t want to work a day job in a “respectable industry” just to make a buck.

• I want to have the social life I always dreamed about.

• I want to get the blessing of my parents/significant others to chase my real passion.

• I actually don’t know what my real passion is yet, and I really want to figure it out.

• I have a really great idea and want to start a business but I have no clue where to begin.

• The books that do teach me how to start a business put me to sleep after page three.

• I want to raise money for my business, but I have never raised money before.

• I’m sick of feeling self-conscious when I walk into a room full of strangers, and I want to know how to break into a new circle with sparkle and confidence.

• I’m done going to bars and watching football for ten hours on weekends with my college friends who drink their faces off, and I want more.

• I want to build a new community of friends who challenge, support, and inspire me.

• I realize that there are people in my life who aren’t helping me be my best; they may even be holding me back. I want to surround myself with the right people.

If you nodded your head to any one of those statements, buckle up and get ready to do the coolest shit you’ve ever done.

From now on, you will no longer feel envious of others who “have the perfect life” or intimidated by anyone trying to keep you from your perfect life. You will have the courage, clarity, and confidence to become authentic, empowered, and actualized—the best version of yourself you could ever imagine.


Miki Agrawal

Comments [18]

art525 from Park Slope

Wow Felecia don't get your stainproof panties in a twist.

Aug. 14 2013 07:02 AM
Felecia from Manhattan

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theordore Roosevelt

To all of you people criticizing this person who is at least DOING something, you should try it too and stop wasting your time spreading hate via comments because you hate yourselves. Go out and DO SOMETHING.

Aug. 13 2013 01:31 PM
Steve from Manhattan

TMI about the stain resistant underwear---just ruined my breakfast.

Aug. 13 2013 11:47 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

It's not that she's especially creative, she just works hard and is very practical. Still, she's incredibly obnoxious.

Aug. 13 2013 11:47 AM

To the guy with the dogwalking business that is growing exponentially but has the problem of not being able to retain a decent workforce -- a ubiquitious connundrum. With the exception of paying high enough wages to retain a decent workforce, I can't imagine the solution.

Aug. 13 2013 11:47 AM
Ed from Metuchen from Metuchen

I just got my LLC today for "The drawing Room" a fine art studio just teaching academic drawing
Should I think of a plan of how to open a second studio just as this one is getting off the ground?

Aug. 13 2013 11:44 AM
bernie from bklyn

get this woman off the air! please!!

Aug. 13 2013 11:44 AM
Esther Fraser from Jersey City, NJ

If you are a New Jersey entrepreneur or own a microbusiness, you can participate in a free business pitch competition to win up to $10,000 in business financing! Rising Tide Capital, a New Jersey nonprofit, is hosting the second annual Start Something Challenge to help business owners better pitch and market their business ideas! For more information visit

Aug. 13 2013 11:42 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Re the caller with the dog-walking business... you WON'T find any reliable employees -- they are all out doing "Cool Sh*t"! And when they're not doing that, they're having a slice at wild while wearing their stainproof underwear!

Aug. 13 2013 11:41 AM
Ellen from Brooklyn

Please don't reinforce the myth that an unpaid "internship" is mutually beneficial. Having a bunch of unpaid experience leads to more unpaid jobs. An internship should actually be about learning a skill, under the guidance of someone who knows what they're doing. Not just "I don't know social media, so hey poor desperate college kids, you figure it out for valuable experience!!" That's not an internship, that's illegal.

Aug. 13 2013 11:40 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Hey, this segment has more "buzz" words per minute than any in recent memory... a new world's record!

Aug. 13 2013 11:39 AM

Really? Free work from interns to promote your business? Exploiting others to promote your stainproof underwear business?

Aug. 13 2013 11:37 AM
Leanne from NYC

I know Miki peripherally--we share a few mutual friends and are friends on Facebook--and I have been following her success. I've been to (and loved!) Wild a few times and have read a lot about her book and advice. I am also a female NYC-based entrepreneur so I have paid particular attention to what Miki is doing.

An observation, specifically relating to her, as well as to successful entrepreneurs in general: In addition to doing what she loves at all timesl, Miki is a connector. She is really fun, and constantly forging new and sincere bonds with people. She is open to people and experiences. Anyone can raise money or work hard--that's a given with entrepreneurship--but the truly impactful businesses and ventures are centered in people who are connectors (and who love life in general!).

Aug. 13 2013 11:35 AM
Mia from Manhattan

What about people who are better working with words and ideas (than, say, starting a farm-to-table pizzeria - which I'm assuming is more hands-on)?

Does she have any examples of writers who've done entrepreneurial sh*t?


Aug. 13 2013 11:35 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Touche C.E.! Stainproof against artisanal pizza!

Aug. 13 2013 11:35 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Retail business has gone through 4 major revolutions: (1) the creation of trade fairs and market streets where retailers sold their goods from stands or stalls to the people who came to buy; (2) the creation of "stores" or permanent places where retailers could store their goods all year around and sell out from; (2) the creation of large general department stores, and then the American-style large shopping malls; and (4) the creation of the internet where people can display their wares and services on computer monitors, and where people can buy and sell online without any face to face contact whatsoever.

Aug. 13 2013 11:33 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Snore. Oh please! More of the "look at me!" celebrity mindset that has infected society.

The relentless pursuit of cool. It never ends.

Maybe the guest can comment on the next segment -- the consequences of texting whilst driving (because we can't NOT be cool for more than 7 seconds.)

Aug. 13 2013 11:30 AM
C.E. Connelly from Manhattan

I wonder what it is like to wake up in the morning with a passion for stainproof underwear.

Aug. 13 2013 11:28 AM

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