David Lifson and I both had the exact same reaction to Andrew Mason’s letter: it sounds like Jeff Bezos. So here’s the 1997 Letter to Shareholders from Jeff Bezos. I’ve highlighted the parts that jumped out the most at me.
This month my hacker collective, NYCResistor, moved into a new space. It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. Right now I’m in it and there is a line to get on the laser and there is a class going on. Stands are being built for the Arduino show and a giant LED megascroller is actually all lit up!
Also, as a bonus, the weather is absolutely beautiful in NYC right now!
imakethings.com was by blog since forever. Then two years ago in the interest of pooling my resources and not being as confusing, I forwarded everything to brepettis.com.
I also had this naive theory that doing so would make me the number 1 search result for bre, which meant something to me a few years ago, but doesn’t mean as much to me now, although, hey, that would be cool.
But I missed it. I Make Things has been my tagline forever and people who know me now joke that with MakerBot, I make things that make things, which is wonderfully meta.
Anyhow. My regular blog at brepettis.com has been sitting rather sad for the past year with all the attention I’m giving the MakerBot blog and I feel like my voice over there is rather formal and I need a place to be like “I have a freaking headache” and so now you’ll have to suffer through all that kind of thing and hear about what I’m thinking and probably a bit of “Look a monkey!”
So yeah, here I am. I’m up super late which is a mix of jetlag and can’t stop and I woke up at noon today. I’m at the end of flickr, facebook, my blog and the MakerBot blog so I’m like… it’s tumblr time.
But I like it, I like how personal it is. I like how you are on it and you are reading it and you’re probably thinking, go to bed bre.
“The Cult of Done Manifesto
1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a first 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.”—