The Cult of Done Manifesto is the thing that anyone who creates on a regular basis needs to have hanging at their desk. Do you find yourself struggling, procrastinating creating excuses, smoldering in “negative” feedback? Read the Manifesto. Do you need more encouragement to keep doing things at breakneck speeds the way you have already been doing so? Read the Manifesto!
I originally learned about the Cult of Done Manifesto from Wil Wheaton on Geek and Sundry’s Story Board with Patrick Rothfuss – Episode 5 monthly web show.
The Manifesto is as follows:
- There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
- There is no editing stage.
- Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
- Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Once you’re done you can throw it away.
- Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
- Done is the engine of more.
Fully embracing this approach might seem like it churns out garbage or enables you to abandon ideas that aren’t working to early – and that all might be true. But if you find that you’re a creator who is often making excuses for not creating, then this is worth having in front of you for reference and inspiration.
For more information, check out this ARTICLE: LifeHacker – Done Manifesto
What are you doing still reading this? Get back to creating!