Posted by: pkab | 30 May 2008

Brainstorming Is Useless If You Can not See The Big Picture


What is it that successful bloggers know or do that other don’t? Seriously you can spend years in school, and learn everything you can about a particular topic, blog about it, and yet never achieve any form of success. What’s the difference between a successful entrepreneur/writer and one that struggles? It’s all in their ability to see the big picture. See things bigger than they are at the moment. See what’s coming, the next steps. See the future (but that would be pushing it)😉

You can brainstorm for hours and still not find any “good enough” ideas. It surely happened to you before, you’re sitting in front of your computer, trying damn hard to find an idea for your next blog post, and an hour and a half later you realize you wrote only 2 lines. Then you decide not to save your file. Happens to me a lot.

Useful Tools That Can Help You See The Big Picture

I’ve been using the FreeMind application (macintosh) quite a lot lately, since Raj from Tubetorial wrote about MindMaps and also how to manage a to-do list using MindMap, and I have to say it’s an incredibly useful piece of software. It’s more fun than notepad or textedit that’s for sure. For windows users, there are many softwares available such as MindMap, Mindapp and NovaMind.

Here’s a brief definition of what a Mind Map is:

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making.

These softwares are awesome for brainstorming and finding new ideas and organize your work. But the real reason I use FreeMind is because it helps me see the big picture. Take a look at the sample mind maps I created using FreeMind. Click the pictures to enlarge.

FreeMind – Sample 1
FreeMind - Mind Maps

FreeMind – Sample 2
FreeMind - Mind Maps

Ok, graphically NovaMind surpasses FreeMind, there is not a lot of options available for Mac users (dammit!) and FreeMind is free, but still. Can you see the big picture? It’s all right there, on your computer screen, all you have to do now is write your blog post!

I Can’t See The Big Picture….

Keep in mind that those are only softwares, while they’re awesome and can help tremendously in finding new ideas and see a new project as a whole instead of as small chunks of information and tasks that are difficult to put together, nothing beats the input and feedback from others.

Mastermind – The Next Step

Me and my best bud (partners in crime!) recently started a mastermind group. We kinda realized the importance of being able to see the grand scheme of things, and how important it is to get input from people that are not necessarily in the same industry or field.

Picture this: You only have 1 brain, and can only go this far and achieve that much. By teaming up with like-minded people, not only it benefits you, but it also benefits the other people in the mastermind group, and the 2 put together can achieve greater results. 1+1=3. Imagine the results if you can put 5 or 10 like-minded individuals together. 20, 50?

Your Turn To Talk

Usually when you work on something, do you tend to be so focused that you simply cannot see the big picture? It is really easy to just stay on the same path and do what you do everyday. But the ability to separate yourself from your business or your blog, and see that big picture, can get you better results. What d’you think?

Source: Smart Wealthy Rich


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