Do Something.

Ship it, complete it, good enough, fake it, get it done, act as if, produce.

Do something.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to match your ideals. It doesn’t have to match anyone else’s ideals.

From one of my favorites, the Cult of Done manifesto, number 13: done is the engine of more.

Crafting, honing, perfecting, and improving all have their place. But getting stuck isn’t a place, so don’t find yourself there.

If the engine won’t start, get out and push. If the job isn’t working out, fight hard for a new one. If the idea won’t finish itself, start over or move on. If the paint sucks, pick a new color. If you’re not running enough, start walking faster.

Don’t be static just because your scared, hesitant, or unwilling to push forward.

Have good reasons for the things you do, or stop doing them. 

Cult of Done Manifesto

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.

Pretty awesome manifesto, with a few little caveats. While I agree that done is the engine of more because it enables us to move from one thing or another, it is important to ensure that learning becomes a component. Sometimes it’s beneficial to just get something cranked out and finished, instead of getting hung up on it. This should not be confused for sloppy work.

Saying there’s no editing stage could go either way. I agree if this means “you are always editing… everything is in flux.”

Destruction is a variant of done… such an interesting term. I tend to agree. Sometimes things need to be destroyed before they can be rebuilt. Sometimes systems need to be dismantled and examined before they can be put back together. This can be threatening to people who are totally sold out (often blindly). There is a lot of benefit, however, to taking things apart and making sure it’s put together the best way possible. Sometimes pieces may not fit back where they once did, but that’s ok.

Pretending that you know what you’re doing is just like actually knowing! While this is definitely a dangerous statement, it rings with confidence. Just because you don’t know what you’re doing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Many times the best way to learn something new is by faking your way through it, or not getting hung up on the fact that you haven’t done it before. While this can be a bad idea in some cases – like lying about skills in order to get a job – it often enables people to fake a little confidence. The thing about faking it; sometimes you end up making it.

I don’t think this manifesto is meant to be taken 100% seriously, but that’s what gives it power. Just because it’s not necessarily stoic doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful.