Saw this on Boing Boing today and can't agree more. I declare this my official stance on everything from today forward.
The Cult of Done Manifesto
- There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
- There is no editing stage.
- 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.
- Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Once you’re done you can throw it away.
- Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- If you have an idea and publish it on the Internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
- Done is the engine of more.
I sometimes suffer from deer in the head lights syndrome. Before doing anything, I psych myself out thinking "all the things that need to get done", all the things "I don't know" and "how will I make it perfect" thoughts. I read constantly about a topic but I never do...
The only way I can get myself out of that mode is to simply throw myself at the task/idea and start doing. Fail over and over, learning from each experience until one day I can look back and say, "Hey I actually do that pretty well now."
My hard drives at work, home and in my laptop are littered with useless half projects where I was attempting to get an idea or approach thought though. Travel down one path, fail, done. Travel down another path, fail, done.
Failing is how we learn. You never fail if you don't start. Stop reading this. Get excited and make things. Done, done done.