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Let’s talk a little bit about what everybody wants to know about. It’s a hustling, it’s getting your shit together, it’s making some money, it’s getting some residual income and doing it without spending a lot of money.

So, how do we do this and how do we get started? The first thing i want to tell is to find a passion. That is going to be your first objective. I advise to go for something that you’re into, go for something that you like, go for something that if you put hundreds of hours into it and eat shit doing it. Make sure you’re not doing something that you don’t enjoy is what I am saying. Recently someone asked me “how can you start earning residual income?”

Well, there’s different approaches to it and there’s many ways to actually to handle it but you need to prepare yourself for it. After you’ve decided on a passion think of what you really need to do in order to get started in the type of businesses you are trying to launch. Figure out what you’re going to provide your client base. Start moulding out a business put and I don’t mean like a crazy stuff. I mean general ideas of what it is that you’re going to be doing and how you’re going to be able to do it. Package your products or services together in a nice presentation.

Once you reach an understanding of what your product/service is then you’ll need to do some research to find out who your client base is and be able to actually provide them with value that interests them. i’ll give you an example, i have a great guy, his name is Jonathan he just started a new line of  a fitness towel that around women waist. Pretty brilliant if you ask me. He got a plan  together, registered for a patent pending for which is the first step, before you go to market or to investors. Because if you release something that you don’t own and are not protected by copyright/trademarks/patent laws it’s not protected as intellectual property. So, full preparation for what you’re going to do and any idea of worldwide distribution or local. Remember we are in a world where any idea could become global if you just push it on the internet, forums, meetup groups, social media, and/or adwords. Also you can start chatting with people about your product/service at social events but before all of this you will need to setup the infrastructure in order to convert your leads into sale.

Something that i found tremendously useful is mind mapping

mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.

Just as in every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity.

In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. And, best of all, it is fun!

So, how does a mind map look like? Better than explaining is showing you an example.

Mind Map - Laws of Mind Mapping

This is a mind map about – conveniently enough – mind mapping itself. It presents, in a visual way, the core elements and techniques on how to draw mind maps. Yes, I know this may look a little too messy initially, but bear with me: once you break the ingrained habit of linear note taking, you won’t look back.

Benefits and Uses

I think I already gave away the benefits of mind mapping and why mind maps work. Basically, mind mapping avoids dull, linear thinking, jogging your creativity and making note taking fun again.

But what can we use mind maps for?

  • Note taking
  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
  • Problem solving
  • Studying and memorization
  • Planning
  • Researching and consolidating information from multiple sources
  • Presenting information
  • Gaining insight on complex subjects
  • Jogging your creativity

It is hard to make justice to the number of uses mind maps can have – the truth is that they can help clarify your thinking in pretty much anything, in many different contexts: personal, family, educational or business. Planning you day or planning your life, summarizing a book, launching a project, planning and creating presentations, writing blog posts -well, you get the idea – anything, really.

How to Draw a Mind Map

Drawing a mind map is as simple as 1-2-3:

  • Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop. I would suggest that you use the page in landscape orientation.
  • Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.
  • Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.

Some more recommendations:

  • Use colors, drawings and symbols copiously. Be as visual as you can, and your brain will thank you. I’ve met many people who don’t even try, with the excuse they’re “not artists”. Don’t let that keep you from trying it out!.
  • Keep the topics labels as short as possible, keeping them to a single word – or, better yet, to only a picture. Especially in your first mind maps, the temptation to write a complete phrase is enormous, but always look for opportunities to shorten it to a single word or figure – your mind map will be much more effective that way.
  • Vary text size, color and alignment. Vary the thickness and length of the lines. Provide as many visual cues as you can to emphasize important points. Every little bit helps engaging your brain.

Final Thoughts

Mind mapping is an absolutely fascinating and rich topic – this post only scratches the surface. If you want more reference material now, Wikipedia is always a good starting point.

 

Mind Map - Creative Intelligence