I Joined a Cult. You Should Too.

The Cult of Done

Happy Tuesday and Welcome back to… THE JAILBREAK.
(along with 650+ readers 🗝️ )


THE JAILBREAK will now be hitting your inbox TWICE per week! That’s right, you’ll get 2 FREE newsletters — every Tuesday and Friday.

To support me and this newsletter, check out my recommendations or upgrade your subscription! (←New cool premium stuff here)

Now let’s talk about my new cult… 🩸

I Joined a Cult…

[read time: 3 mins]

I’m a builder. Above all else, I love to make things. 🛠️

But anyone who has a love of making things has realized this at some point:

  • Wanting to make things is easy.

  • Actually making things is hard.

From procrastination to perfectionism, there are a million things standing between YOU and the thing you want to create. This can result in a fate worse than death for a builder, maker, or creative…

A life lived without ever making the things you dream of making.

For a long time, this is what I’ve felt like.

Just dreaming, not making.

But recently, something has changed. I’m creating things nonstop on a level of quality and consistency that I didn’t even know I had.

What changed?

I joined the Cult of Done. 🩸

And I think you should join it too…

Founders of the Cult of Done

Bre Pettis (Artist, Maker, My Cult Leader)

Bre Pettis is a builder, artist, and entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of the maker movement for over 10 years. He’s the co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot, the company that brought 3D printing to the mainstream, and he is the founding member of the Cult of Done.

For years before MakerBot, he had been making a video every week (about making things), and more recent to the creation of the Cult of Done, he had been making a video every single day.

“I had been in the zone of creativity.”
— Bre Pettis

The Cult of Done Manifesto is the documentation of what he learned from within that zone of unbridled creativity and ruthless completion.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

Written by Bre Pettis in collaboration with Kio Stark.

Written in 20 minutes… because they only had 20 minutes to get it done.

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action, and completion.

  2. Accept that everything is a 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.

🎥 Video of the Week:


Support me by subscribing to this week’s sponsors!
(I only recommend newsletters that I actually read!)


🤔 Focus Foundry:

(Weekly Tips on Beating Distraction in the Digital Age)

1. Productive procrastination is the act of ignoring your most important task and instead doing other, easier tasks that make you feel like you’re being productive. Here’s how to beat it.

2. Save years of your life from being wasted by mindlessly scrolling social media using OneSec - it’s science!

3. It’s harder to focus when you don’t have clear and meaningful goals. Here’s a guide I created to help you turn your wildest dreams into action plans.

Thanks for reading another issue of THE JAILBREAK!

See you Friday,
- Jack Ross ✌️

Jack Ross (Data Engineer, Writer, Nomad)

Chat with me directly by replying to this email, follow me on Twitter for regular updates, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for travel vlogs, tips, and insights on unlocking freedom in the digital age. ❤️