Things I Will Do: Write a Manifesto

I’m a little slow, so I only recently saw the Holstee Manifesto. The story goes (as I remember it from skimming an article briefly, yesterday, or maybe it was a Tweet with a link) these three friends were fed up with the corporate world and were going to start their own company, doing something, but before they did that, they sat outside on a bench near Grand Central Station and made sure they were all on the same page, philosophically. So they wrote the thing I embedded at the bottom.

It got me thinking …I need a manifesto.

man·i·fes·to [man-uh-fes-toh]


a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization.

Writing a manifesto is not as easy as you think. I’ve had to cross out things like, “I’m going to play NHL ’94 on Sega Genesis with my college friends for, at least, 2 hours each day,” and, “Double Stuff Oreos are the perfect food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a late night snack.” Trust me, they were out of place. You’ll see when I post my manifesto.

Have you ever thought of writing a manifesto? Or have you ever written your obituary or the words you want on your tombstone and worked your way back to where you are, now? That’s another popular idea with the self-help folks. If you’ve got nothing to do this weekend, why not give it a try? Once you weed out the Sega Genesis and Oreo stuff, you’ll probably be pretty amazed at what’s left over and what’s really in your heart and soul.

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