Friday, March 23, 2012

10 More Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos

10 More Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos:

There’s nothing like a manifesto that gets the blood pumping, the ideas flowing and a person moving. I offered up several insanely awesome inspirational manifestos not too long ago, and I’ve scoured the Internet looking for more of them that can inspire people with different lifestyles and “workstyles” that they can relate to.
Whether you’re a creative, an entrepreneur, an artist, a writer, or simply want to live a better life , here are 10 more insanely awesome inspirational manifestos for you to ponder…and perhaps live by:

1. Austin Kleon – Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon’s latest book offers 10 fantastic ideas that are spread throughout its pages. Steal Like an Artist is a tremendous read and a worthwhile addition to more than just a creative artist’s bookshelf. After all, it does hit the mark on what it says it is: A manifesto for creativity in the digital age.

(Poster by Austin Kleon)

2. Todd Henry – A Manifesto for Accidental Creatives

If you’re looking to be brilliant at a moment’s notice, Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative manifesto is a great place to start. It’s up to you, of course, to finish.

3. Bre Pettis – The Cult of Done Manifesto

So much of what we have to do slips through the cracks for a bit — or even altogether. Bre Pettis assembled this fine manifesto that accentuates the importance of done and sets you on the path to get there.

(Poster by Joshua Rothaas)

4. Joel Runyon – Impossible: The Manifesto

Nothing is impossible for Joel Runyon, a fellow World Domination Summit attendee and leader of The Impossible League. Think something’s not possible for you? Give this a read and then ask yourself that question again.

5. Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Manifesto

The author of the wildly popular book “The Happiness Project” shares her ideas on how happiness can permeate every aspect of your life.

6. Clay Collins – The Alternative Productivity Manifesto

I’ve been a follower of Clay’s work for some time, and this manifesto certainly resonated with me. I’m sure that plenty of our Lifehack readers can relate.

7. Hugh MacLeod – How to be Creative

The man who has tons of “Evil Plans” and suggests that we “Ignore Everybody” spells it out for anyone who wants to be creative but is stuck, well…not being creative.

Click on the image to check out the PDF

8. Ira Glass – Nobody Tells This to Beginners

The host of This American Life offers some sage advice to beginners. Brilliant stuff.

(Poster via

9. Seth Godin – Stop Stealing Dreams

Here’s what the author says about this piece:
“In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’ve been getting.
Our kids are too important to sacrifice to the status quo.”
Well worth the read.

10. JetSetCitizen Manifesto

Finally, here’s one that fits the bill that my last post on manifestos served to inspire.

The JetSetCitizen Manifesto, the brainchild of John Bardos (a fellow Canadian, no less), is summarized by its creator as follows:
“A meaningful life does not come from crossing off items from a bucket list, getting stoned on exotic beaches, or getting stamps in your passport. Personal excellence is reflected in all the little decisions you make in your life everyday.”
Indeed, John. Indeed.
(Photo credit: Concept of Problem Solving on Blackboard via Shutterstock)

Mike Vardy is a writer, speaker, and "productivityist". You can read more of his writing and learn more about him at, and he can be found on Twitter as @mikevardy.

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