When you study the famous entrepreneurs’ lives such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos or their older counterparts including Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, There are characteristics, charisma, knowledge, skills, and so on. However, mapping is a common trait among these geniuses, and by mapping I mean mind-mapping which is organizing, classifying, and prioritizing missions and visions.
Mind-mapping term was coined by Dr. Tony Buzan and he also defined the principles to draw an effective mind map. A mind map is a visual design to represent plenty of information in a hierarchy style. Entrepreneurs usually make creative maps by utilizing colors and drawings. In Mind-mapping the most important objective is at the center of the map and then the methods of achieving that objective come around it. objectives and methods will be connected by lines and there are drawings on lines to convey messages more eloquently.
Davinci’s notes contain mind maps. He used to build a structure for his thoughts by using this method. I am pretty sure if you go through Elon musk’s diaries or Bill Gates’ personal journal, you will find nice examples of mind-mapping. Moreover, an Iranian entrepreneur who was recently praised for his achievement in creating and running a successful business, revealed mind mapping was his number one technique to found his startup. “I think this beautiful approach to organizing ideas and how to reach them helped me to do this. Mind-mapping is lovely and let me tell you something; I graduated even from the university by using mind maps not cheating!.” he said to a local newspaper.
In conclusion, although you need many things to be a successful entrepreneur, the ability to make efficient and effective mind maps to transfer your implicit knowledge to explicit knowledge and then organize them is crucial for building your startup.