How I Started Using Mind Mapping Tools: My Story

My earliest encounter with mind mapping harks back to the days when I was an eighth grader in a middle school in Wichita, Kansas. These were the days when I really struggled to understand basic Algebra and Trigonometry. Then one day my best friend, Paul, decided to chip in after I almost scored close to zero in my finals. He said something that I still recall vividly to this day, “Dorothy,” he started, “Algebra, Maths and other related puzzles have one thing in common—the complexity of the problem rarely influences the solution, it is the approach that matters “. Such a smart young man.

As they say, the rest is history. Fast forward, and almost two decades later, I have mind mapping tools to thank for my success so far. The art of deciphering a problem from a broader perspective, as opposed to relying on the conventional mindset, has seen me jump through hoops both in college days and today as a manager in a Finish Line store. Back in the day, I didn’t think of my unique studying habit as a mind mapping tool per se, although, I must confess that other students could hardly understand my notes. It wasn’t until I got my first job that I realized that I could borrow a leaf from my college days and apply the approach to real-life, day-to-day problems. Couple that with the fact that I have always harbored a soft spot for technology & computers, and you have yourself a mind mapping junkie.

Ever since I graduated from using pen and paper (a manual method of mind mapping), I have explored and tried using more than a dozen of other mind mapping software tools. Unlike some years ago, thanks to these tools, people can now make head or tail of my ideas. Worth mentioning is Xmind (one of my favorite mind mapping tools) that has helped me transform my boardroom presentations in Finish Line from being the average, monotonous point-after-point discussion to something with more surreal and engaging.

How Ekpenso was Born

Usually, when something contributes so much positively in your life, it’s only natural to feel the urge to share the idea with others. Right? Thus, I decided to come up with an online forum, in the form of a blog, where we can share our ideas and experiences revolving around mind mapping or mind mapping tools.

That said, for those of us who are getting started in this niche, be sure to check out some of my write-ups about mind maps and how you could apply this technique in solving your everyday problems. Otherwise, feel free to join the discussion or share this page with your inner circle.