The Cult of Done

Bre Pettis apparantly deserves credit for this concept, as I learned in Seth Godin’s Linchpin.  I don’t want to be accused of scraping, but this list is so dead on, I wanted to share it.

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 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.

That’s the list.  All of this is to say, don’t let striving for perfection keep you from even trying.  The act of beginning and continuing to put one foot in front of the other is the entire point.  Just keep going.  You can always revise.  Just keep moving.

Don’t ever analyze.  Put something on paper.  If you don’t like it, change it.  Keep forward momentum going.

Good stuff.


About Melanie M. Morris
Broker of Trust and Authenticity I'm really a sales executive, but I'd rather identify with these ideals rather than to simply say...I'm a seller.

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