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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)

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      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.

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          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 ArtistMotherTeacher.com)

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              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.

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                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)

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                Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

                7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

                “Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

                “Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

                As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

                Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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                The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

                To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

                1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

                Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

                “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

                2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

                Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

                3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

                If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

                It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

                4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

                One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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                If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

                5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

                It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

                If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

                Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

                If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

                7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

                If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

                So, How To Get out of Busyness?

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