I’m now in the process of reading Chris Brogan’s popular new book, Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust, in which explains how to tap into the power of social networks to build your brand’s influence, reputation and profits.
One of the core concepts described in the book is the idea of “hacking” your productivity. Not in the sense of a wicked smart but evil infiltrator of computer networks, but rather the ability to deeply understand and then creatively circumvent the “rules” that everyone else follows. If you do it right, you can get incredible results faster, and gain notoriety and influence by differentiating yourself from the teeming masses.
An example is Tim Ferris and his best-selling lifestyle book, The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, in which he outlines a system for creatively making a living while having the freedom to do what you want. Until he wrote this book, nobody had ever even heard of this concept before. By creating it, Ferriss created a new category of one – which he then proceeded to dominte. Why compete when you can create?
It occurred to me while I was reading this section of Trust Agents that mind mapping software is, in a sense, a hack. It enables you to significantly increase your productivity, get clarity on key business and personal issues faster, and make better decisions. It’s also one heck of a powerful way to capture and nurture your ideas. In other words, it enables you to get better results, faster, than you could using conventional means.
In addition, mind mapping software isn’t widely used in business, despite its massive gains in recent years. If you use it strategically and creatively (hint: my Power Tips e-book is chock full of advice on how to do this), you’re going to rise above your coworkers – who will soon be asking themselves, “How in the hell did he do that?!”
So what are you waiting for? Get smart on how to “hack” your performance using mind mapping software and start achieving superior results in all areas of your life!