How to think using mind maps

When I graduated college, I did what everyone else did.

Get a job, go to work daily, come home, eat, rinse, and repeat.

However, after I was laid off for the second time, I realized I needed to change.

So I quit my job, turned down offers including Amazon, and went backpacking.

It was during this period of my life I learned about mind maps.

TLDR: Mind maps are life-changing. They will force you to think deep.

What I learned from mind maps wasn’t about pretty visuals or a wall of text.


It was about how to think.

Sounds silly, right?

And you’re probably thinking to yourself now, “But I already know how to think.”

I thought so too.

That all changed when I discovered that real thinking manifests when we sit down and think.

Truly think about the thing we’re doing.

Let’s use an example:

What do I do with my life?

Reasonable question.

Let me ask, how did you answer it?

Did you have an answer?

If yes, great!

If no, no worries. (This question is HARD for anyone.)

Now let’s try answering using the mind map framework.

Okay, we got some clarity now.

We’ve broken it down into short-term (less than 1 year) and long-term (more than 1 year) timelines.

Let’s go deeper.

Awesome! Now we’ve isolated our thinking to “Goals” and by category (Personal vs. Professional).

Let’s go one level deeper.

Now that’s specific. 👊

By doing this exercise, you’re clearly articulating what you want, when you want it, with whom you want to do it, etc.

Your thinking has gone 3 levels deep vs. the 1 level we had initially.

How’s that for deep thinking?

Let’s try one more exercise that I love doing and do every week.

A mind map for our life as a whole.

Doing this mind map exercise will unveil so much about yourself.

  • Likes
  • Dislikes
  • Passions
  • Interests
  • Goals
  • Ambitions

The list goes on.

A mind map is ultimately a way of thinking.

A way of being able to consolidate your brain in one place to make sense of this crazy thing called life.

Now go give it a try.

Map out your life, goals, ambitions, and so on.

And when you’re done, let me know how it went!

Would love to hear about it.

Chat soon! 👊

Saying goodbye to the ones you love

The shocking passing of Kobe Bryant

The recent news of Kobe Bryant’s passing left me shocked and numb. I was speechless. I just stared at the news for what felt like hours.

One of the biggest superstars in sports history perished in an instant. And not only that, but he had his daughter with him.

Hearing the news that his daughter was with him had me in tears. What were they thinking in those very final moments? How did Kobe feel knowing he couldn’t do anything? What’s it like knowing your life is about to end?

Dealing with everyday life

We go through our daily lives, working tirelessly to meet our personal and financial obligations; but when you hear news like this, you have to wonder what it’s all for.

Life can end in a instant. Everything that felt so important, such as material things, no longer matters.

How can they when you lose the ones you love?

Losing loved ones is never easy

Long ago, I lost my parents in a similar shocking way that left me bitter, angry and traumatized. It took me a long time to cope with the events and to accept that I had to move on.

Saying goodbye to the ones you love is one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. No one ever expects to lose loved ones so early, or ever really.

But when it happens, it has a profound effect on your life. It changes you. It makes you think and behave differently.

As a new father myself, I can’t imagine what life would be like for my son if I were to pass. He has his mother’s side of the family, but there is no one on mine. It’s because of this that I need to be here for him. It’s what gets me moving everyday with a purpose.

Reach out to your loved ones

Please, please take time out of your day to say how much you love the people that are important in your life. Let them know how much they mean to you. Catch up with loved ones that you may have been out of touch.

Eventually, we all will face a similar fate–death. But until then, cherish and love the ones around you.

With much love,

Being thankful to those in your life

Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays!

And just like that, we’re entering into December and inching closer to the next year.

As I reflect on 2019, I realize just how much those around me have helped me in my personal and professional life. I’m very thankful to everyone who continues to support me. I wanted to make an effort to let them know by sending out personalized emails and texts, letting them know how they’ve made a difference in my life.

If you haven’t already, I recommend doing so as well. It reminds us of how the people who have made a connection in our lives go out of their way to help us, to share their stories and to lend their support.

With that, thank you for everyone that’s been a part of my life. You’ve done so much, and they have not gone unnoticed.

Finally, I’m wishing you nothing but the best! Here’s to another great year!