What’s Your Ten-Point Manifesto?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day.

This Wednesday: Lists of manifestos.

I love a good manifesto. I love Bob Sutton’s manifesto about work, and Madame X’s manifesto about money, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s manifesto for his apprentices.

Somehow, I’d never come across Google’s Ten things we know to be true manifesto, and I found it very interesting.

The Google site explains, “We first wrote these 10 things when Google was just a few years old. From time to time we revisit this list to see if it still holds true. We hope it does—and you can hold us to that.”

Focus on the user and all else will follow.

It’s best to do one thing really, really well.

Fast is better than slow.

Democracy on the web works.

You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.

You can make money without doing evil.

There’s always more information out there.

The need for information crosses all borders.

You can be serious without a suit.

Great just isn’t good enough.

Very thought-provoking. Though people might disagree about whether Google lives up to its manifesto, it’s nevertheless interesting to use it as a starting-point for discussion.

A few years ago, I wrote my own Happiness Manifesto, though I should probably re-visit it to see if I want to revise it.

Have you written a manifesto, a personal mission statement, or the like? What did you include? I think these kinds of exercises are very helpful, for gaining greater self-knowledge and identifying personal values.

  • The new look is very fresh and reminds me of your book cover.  However, a lot of the links don’t seem to work.  No idea why this is, but you might want to check on that.

    • gretchenrubin

      It’s still migrating (is that the word?) I THINK. By tomorrow, fingers crossed, it will be working.
      Thanks for the kind words about the design!

      • KadyK

        Link to your manifesto is still invalid…

  • The new look is very fresh and reminds me of your book cover.  However, a lot of the links don’t seem to work.  No idea why this is, but you might want to check on that.

    • gretchenrubin

      It’s still migrating (is that the word?) I THINK. By tomorrow, fingers crossed, it will be working.
      Thanks for the kind words about the design!

      • KadyK

        Link to your manifesto is still invalid…

  • The new look is very fresh and reminds me of your book cover.  However, a lot of the links don’t seem to work.  No idea why this is, but you might want to check on that.

    • gretchenrubin

      It’s still migrating (is that the word?) I THINK. By tomorrow, fingers crossed, it will be working.
      Thanks for the kind words about the design!

      • KadyK

        Link to your manifesto is still invalid…

  • A Happiness Manifesto would probably translate into a How to Stay True to Myself Manifesto.  I probably have actually written at least half of those points in various comments in my friends’ blogs today!  Wonderful affirmation that I have been wise in choosing the blogs I follow, right?  Such as YOURS, dear Gretchen.  Thank you SO MUCH for being you always in your posts.

  • A Happiness Manifesto would probably translate into a How to Stay True to Myself Manifesto.  I probably have actually written at least half of those points in various comments in my friends’ blogs today!  Wonderful affirmation that I have been wise in choosing the blogs I follow, right?  Such as YOURS, dear Gretchen.  Thank you SO MUCH for being you always in your posts.

  • Impresaria

    The Google Manifesto is close to the opposite of mine — which is appropriate b/c a person is not a company.  For me, it’s best to do several things pretty well; slow is better than fast; I already have enough money; and very good is good enough.

  • Neva

    Failure is the best success. Failure teaches you, unlike success which only proves your superstitious.