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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.

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            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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                Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

                Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

                When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

                Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

                Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

                Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

                Effective vs Efficient

                Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

                A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

                Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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                The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

                Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

                When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

                Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

                Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

                The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

                If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

                When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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                • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
                • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
                • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

                Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

                Efficiency in Success and Productivity

                Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

                When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

                Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

                The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

                If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

                Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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                The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

                Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

                Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

                If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

                It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

                Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

                Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

                Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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                By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

                It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

                Bottom Line

                Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

                • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
                • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
                • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

                And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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                Reference

                [1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
                [2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
                [3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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