6 Inspirational Manifestos for Simple, Impactful Living

Manifestos are the rallying cry of a greater purpose. It's the "why" for a movement, an organization or an individual. It reaches past the mind and into the heart, to surface beliefs, values and purpose that drive the way we live.

To both motivate and embolden you, here are six manifestos that inspire a simple, yet impactful life.


The Holstee Manifesto

This is your life. Do what you want and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. If you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over-analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.

Tim Cook, Acting Apple CEO in 2009

1. We believe that we’re on the face of the earth to make great products.
2. We’re constantly focusing on innovating.
3. We believe in the simple, not the complex.
4. We believe we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products that we make and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.
5. We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can focus on the few that are meaningful to us.
6. We believe in deep collaboration and cross pollination in order to innovate in a way others cannot.
7. We don’t settle for anything other than excellence in any group in the company.
8. We have the self-honesty to admit when we’re wrong and the courage to change.

The Linchpin Manifesto by Seth Godin

Yes. Now.
I am an artist. I take initiative. I do the work, not the job. Without critics, there is no art. I am a linchpin. I am not easily replaced. If it's never been done before, even better. The work is personal, too important to phone in. The lizard brain is powerless in the face of art. I make it happen. Every day. Every interaction is an opportunity to make a connection. The past is gone. It has no power. The future depends on choices I make now. I own the means of production - the system isn't as important as my contributions to it. I see the essential truth unclouded by my worldview, and that truth drives my decisions. I lean into the work, not away from it. Trivial work doesn't require learning. Busywork is too easy. Rule-breaking works better and is worth the effort. Energy is contagious. The more I put in the more the world gives back. It doesn't matter if I'm always right. It matters that I'm always moving. I raise the bar. I know yesterday's innovation is today's standard. I will not be brainwashed into believing in the status quo. Artists don't care about credit. We care about change. There is no resistance if I don't allow it to defeat me. I embrace a lack o f structure to find a new path. I am surprising. (And often surprised). I donate energy and risk to the cause. I turn charisma into leadership. The work matters. Go. Make something happen.

The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda

1. Reduce: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
2. Organize: Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
3. Time: Savings in time feel like simplicity.
4. Learn. Knowledge makes everything simpler.
5. Differences: Simplicity and complexity need each other.
6. Context: What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
7. Emotion: More emotions are better than less.
8. Trust: In simplicity we trust.
9. Failure: Some things can never be made simple.
10. The One: Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

The Expert Enough Manifesto

We are all capable of so much more than we think.
Most people never scratch the surface of what they're capable of. Expertise is relative. Expertise doesn't come from a piece of paper. Life is richest when we become good at a lot of different things. "Know-It-All," "Jill of All Trades" and "Renaissance Man" are compliments. Life is an experiment. You don't have to wait for permission and you don't need anyone else to grant you status. It's not about being the world's greatest expert. It's about being expert enough to accomplish your goals. The more you use creativity the more you get. Brilliance lies within each of us. Go now. Live. Play. Explore. Follow your passion. Learn more. Do more. Be more.

Women in Business Manifesto

Follow your passion - it knows where you should go.
Help people. Explore, play, laugh, enjoy.
Move more, stress less. Set & celebrate milestones.
You have to put something out there to get something back.
Everything you want and need is up to you to make happen.
Carve a niche - get it out there. Make your own path.
Define what success looks like for you, then go after it. Do it now.
Collect experiences, not things.
Ignore doubters, even when they're in your own head.
Embrace online business. Believe in yourself. Simplicity is key.
Nourish your mind & body. Take time out often. Be your own hero.
Give yourself permission. Trust your instincts. Take it one step at a time.
Leverage everything. Build your days around what is important to you.
When you're doing what you're passionate about you're making the world a better place.
Never stop learning & experimenting. The less you spend, the more you have.
Be thankful. Look at your goals every day.

Do you have a personal manifesto that you live by? Let's hear it in the comments below!