The Cult of Done: A Manifesto

created by illustrator James Provost (click for links to purchase the print).

A few years back, Kio Stark and Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot and leader in the 3D printing industry, created The Cult of Done Manifesto. If you're not familiar with it, I want to share it with you. If this is old news to you, you're welcome for the reminder. This is good stuff.

As I'm working my way back to a creative mindset and creative set of habits throughout this year, I find myself getting stuck at familiar road blocks. And by "familiar road blocks" I mean to say paralyzing perfectionism. If it can't be a perfect end result right out of the gate, then it's not good enough and I need to stay at the drawing board, as it were. Lame, I know. Not very not present-minded, either. Eckhart would be so disappointed in me. While this pattern is engrained in my DNA, and it's not easy to shut that off, The Cult of Done Manifesto is an excellent slap in the face. Thirteen slaps, actually. Ready? Here we go:

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being: Not knowing, action, and completion. {tweet it}
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. {tweet it}
  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. {tweet it}
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done. {tweet it}
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. 
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. {tweet it}
  11. Destruction is a variant of done. {tweet it}
  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. {tweet it}

Whether it's long-range creative pursuits or motivation to empty the dishwasher, this manifesto is so packed with wisdom. 

Love, number eight, and cheers to done, 

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