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13 Lessons Of The Cult of Done Manifesto

Last Updated on August 28, 2015  

Sometimes I come across something which is just so freakin’ perfect, I simply HAVE to share it.

This is one of those things.

It is called the Cult of Done Manifesto. It was created by two guys named Bre Pettis and Kio Stark.

The statements on this manifesto are a powerful and simple way to think which will lead to success. Period. I have talked many times about the importance of taking action, getting things done, leaning forward. Not over-thinking, over-analyzing, trying to get things “just right” before you pull the trigger.

Here are the 13 points of 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.

Here is a graphical representation:

Image credit: Joshua Rothhaas.

Simple. Powerful.

And true.

What do you think?


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  • Katetx2001 says:

    The one that gets me farther in any area of life is, “It’s all an experiment.”


  • Roy Hayward says:

    I have one to add as #14.  (I’d add it in the middle and renumber, but that is too much like editing….)

    14.  The fast way is the right way.  (and spending a bunch of time on figuring out a faster way is no longer the faster way.)

    I’d try to come up with a few more clever things to say.  But this is good enough.


  • PJ Brunet says:

    Sounds like Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”  But I wouldn’t laugh at perfection, unless you’re talking about eureka laughter.  Perfection is arresting, that’s for sure, haha. 


  • ShlomoSkinner says:

    I like a lot of those points.

    As a person with an editing background I do sort of cringe at # 3. Though, I admit, it’s easy for the editing to go out of control.

    I confess to not understanding #12. 


  • lorrainegrula says:

    We used to have a saying where I worked:  “It’s better than good.  It’s DONE!”  Seems to me that sums it up quite well.  Thanks David.  


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