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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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                Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

                Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

                Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

                Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

                It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

                • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

                • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

                • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

                In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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                Different Folks, Different Strokes

                Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

                Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

                People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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                Productivity and Trust Killer

                Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

                That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

                Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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                A Flexible Remote Working Policy

                Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

                There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

                Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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                It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

                What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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