The Cult of Done

Cult of done_manifesto
Bre Pettis is an engaging creator. I had the opportunity to see him in conversation #SMWNYC 2015. The full copy of the Cult of Done Manifesto# he authored with Kio Stark had 13 points:

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. 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.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

I believe in editing stages (their point 3), and love the distinction between publishing online and done (point 12) — they are two different things. Because it takes additional steps to go from posting an idea to doing it. That counts for blogs, too.


[poster via Joshua Rothaas]


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