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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.

What Little Awesome Things Make You Happy?

One of my friends from blogland is Neil Pasricha, who has the wonderful site 1000 Awesome Things, where he lists, yes, awesome things! It always makes me happy to visit there. For example, some awesome things include:

The kids’ Table
The smooth feeling on your teeth when you get your braces off
Pulling a weed and getting all the roots with it
That moment in the shower when you decide to make it a really long shower
Letting go of the gas pump perfectly so you end on a round number
Sneaking cheaper candy into the movie theater
Picking the fastest moving line at the grocery store checkout
Coming back to your own bed after a long trip

Neil has also written two books of awesome things, and the second one hits the shelves today: The Book of Even More Awesome. (Neil and I bond over Canada’s Globe and Mail bestseller list, because both our paperbacks have been kicking around there for a gratifyingly long time.)

Neil very kindly offered to send a copy of his new book to three readers, so if you’re interested in getting a free copy, post your own example of an “awesome thing” here, and we’ll pick three winners at random.

* Want a copy of my Resolutions Chart, for inspiration? Email me at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com. Just write “chart” in the subject line.