5 manifestos to live by

When we sat down to write our own manifesto, we realised how valuable these pieces of work are - the distilled of the knowledge and experience of a person or group, sometimes of a whole life time. Here are 5 of the most awesome and inspiring manifestos we've come across.

1. 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.

2. The Holstee Manifesto

3. Steal Like an Artist

4. The Imperfect Manifesto - Cloth Fabric

Everyone is born creative.
Every day is an opportunity to perform a new creative act.
When it’s hard to paint the clouds we draw the mountains.
Making things makes us feel good.
We learn to do something just by doing it.
When we are brave our life expands.
Risk is what transforms us.
Imperfection is our ally.
We like to slow down and do one thing at a time.
We take pleasure in the ordinary, everyday details.
Simplicity takes time.
We care about being authentic.
We don’t mind if we’re not too flash.
Living a modest life makes us happy.
We’d rather ride a bike than take the car.
We’d rather read a book than watch TV.
We like to travel light.
It’s good to work with others.
It’s good to listen.
Most problems can be solved by a strong cup of tea and a long walk.
When it comes right down to it, the most important thing is to do what you do with your whole heart.

Julie Paterson talking through her 'Imperfect Manifesto' at Vivid Ideas 2013.

5. What Ethical Leaders Believe - Leading in Context

1. Our purpose is to create value for others

2. How we treat people matters

3. Our moral grounding is more important than our goals and opinions. We will model ethical leadership and behaviour.

4. Everything we do has a ripple effect, that we must take responsibility for

5. We are here to focus on what's right and what's possible, not on what's historical or convenient.

7. We will embrace the learning journey

8. We unleash the potential of people and organisations

9. We will enjoy the competitive advantage

10. We will build a better world

Read our own Wildwon Manifesto here.