“Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.”

  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 Cult of Done Manifesto – Bre Pettis

One thought on ““Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.”

  1. Lot of verbiage here – although I do like most of it. Especially, ‘people without dirty hands are wrong’.

    As part of “Richie’s Rules” which I keep posted above my desk, it says:
    “The Best Is The Enemy Of The Good. Is it good?”
    (If it’s good, then it’s done. I took the first sentence from George S. Patton, and I’m sure he stole it from somebody else.)

    Unlike other directors who are continually updating the script even as the movie is being shot – Clint Eastwood is notorious for never, ever pushing for another draft of a script once he feels it’s “good”.
    He put it this way: “Well, do you want to keep working on it until you get it wrong?”

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