The Cult of Done Manifesto

Even though the Cult of Done Manifesto was written by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark in 2009, it only hit me around 2010, like a great kick in the butt.

Because of its license, the manifesto is widely available online. I just wanted to feature it on my site, too. Enjoy.

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 Cult of Done Manifesto by Kio Stark and Bre Pettis was licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

About Thomas Deneuville

Originally from France, Thomas lives in Central NY, with his family and a couple of bagpipes.


  1. daniel on October 2, 2023 at 2:14 pm


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