The Cult of Done

April 26, 2009

The spring is here. And I’m in love.

I’m in love with a manifesto, written by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark. I discovered The Cult of Done Manifesto a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. It really captures some of the basic ideas of Prototypo, too.

I present you, The Cult of Done Manifesto:

  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.

The list was written in 20 minutes, so obviously there’s a place for argument here. But I guess that’s just the point. My personal favorite — which really resonates to a problem I’ve had for as long as I can remember — is #8: Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.

I feel that these theses have already made me more efficient and more at ease with what I do. And, as a result, happier.

Go ahead, fall in love, spread the idea and show your love via Cult of Done Facebook group.

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2 Responses to “The Cult of Done”

  1. Aku Says:

    I love #4: Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing. That’s so true and my new life/work philosophy! 🙂


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