Monday, 20 August 2012

Adieu, Farewell

A sad day, at least for me. This is my last Ask Gordon article.

Back in January 2011 I started to write Ask Gordon articles and in that time we've covered quite a variety of subjects.

It was an interesting challenge to communicate to others the different types of activities MindGenius helped me perform. It has been an interesting journey writing these articles, made all the more enjoyable by being able to use MindGenius to create them.

It was also an eye opener for me as I began to realise just how much MindGenius has become an essential part of my life, both business and personal. It is now second nature for me to use it. I do it automatically without thinking. It has become ingrained in how I do things.

It's amazing how, using the very basics of MindGenius - just type and return, that you, your brain and the computer seem to connect and all your thoughts, including ones you didn't know you had, just flow out and get recorded. It totally eliminates any fear of a blank page. Your eyes feed your brain and it sets to work. Even if you don't have a clue what to say or do, a way forward usually emerges, and sooner rather than later.

Of course MindGenius has lots of tools to help you make the most out of the thoughts and ideas that you have generated, but the value I cherish is the ability to record and make sense of my thoughts.

I'm sure that you have guessed by now that I am a big fan of MindGenius. It does the business for me. However like most things in life, you only get out what you put in. It's the same with MindGenius. It will not generate the content, you will. But it makes the task so much simpler and enjoyable.

You can take a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. People often need to see the benefits that they can get from using different approaches. They need a stimulus. I have tried to give you food for thought on different ways that you might apply MindGenius to a variety of tasks and challenges that you may face. If they have encouraged you to use MindGenius more and in different ways, then we have been successful and you have benefited.

My colleague Kelly asked me what my favourite articles were. I felt for a moment I was on Desert Island Disks. My top three would be (in no particular order):

Biggest benefit of MindGenius This addressed the key benefit you get from MindGenius, how it stimulates your creativity and allows you to record your thoughts and ideas in a visible form, make sense of them and share them with others.
Problem Solving Another day, another problem. That’s life and problem solving is an essential survival skill. This article provides you with an easy to use, effective method of problem solving using MindGenius
Domain Research We live in the era of the information Revolution. The internet has given us access to immense amounts of information. So when you need to research, collate and understand information (and you will) then this article gives you an insight into how to do it.

At the end of the August I retire to enjoy the fruits of my labours. Safe to say I have everything in hand. My retirement plan has been developed and implemented using MindGenius. But the map is for my eyes only!

I will still be using MindGenius in my retirement, there are lots of things to do and plan. Perhaps I should write a book called "MindGenius for retirees"? I will also be joining the new Mind Mapping in Business Linkedin Group just to keep abreast of how people are using MindGenius and gain from the experience of others. You can still teach an old dog new tricks.

So I wish you all the best for the future and enjoy MindGenius. Gordon


George Lawson said...

Gordon, sorry to hear you are retiring. I've been a follower of your articles - and since reading them MindGenius is slowly but surely becoming one of my must use tools in the office. Best of luck.

Donald Maciver said...

Can I put on record our sincere thanks to Gordon for his huge contibution to MindGenius over the last 13 years. Gordon was instrumental in shaping the application in the early days having introduced Derek and I to the benefits of mapping. Gordon's input, huge effort and enthusiasm will be missed by the MindGenius and Gael teams and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

michael o'brien said...

Great Articles Gordon, really enjoyed them and were very helpfull, it would be great to have a discussion group that would continue in the spirit that you started -
Enjoy your retirement Gordon
Michael o'brien

MindGenius said...

We at MindGenius are very sad to see Gordon retire, his articles for the blog have been knowledgeable and consistently popular. Michael -hopefully the new MindGenius LinkedIn group will be a forum to facilitate discussion in this way.

Unknown said...


You are and always will be Mr Mindgenius to me (or should that be Mr Ygnius?). Enjoy the extended holiday and I'm sure there are a few Munros on that map!

All the best,


Steve Rothwell said...

Sorry to see you go, Gordon. I have enjoyed your articles and taken many a good idea from them.

Best wishes for a long and happy retirement.


Anonymous said...

Gordon a well deserved retirement.
Been a pleasure working with you in the past.

I am sure there is a good book in you with all that you have done in Mind Mapping.

All the best Willie Mac

Unknown said...

Awwwww Gordon! Thank you for all you have done to further the 'mapplications movement'! I still have the one we did for preparing to go on hikes and have used it a lot! I wish you much joy on your retirement, we still hike, so if you want a jaunt on the Jurassic coast, just let us know.
Joyfilled bubbles of fun & play to you, Vanda xxx

Olly D said...

As a long time user of Mindgenius I have read all of Gordon's newsletters.

I'll miss his face popping up in my email inbox.

All the best on retirement Gordon.


davidandros said...

Thank you, Gordon; you truly have helped many people to be their best. What a wonderful legacy!
Stay well, live long and prosper.

Unknown said...

Gordon, it has been a great honour and a pleasure working (& learning) with you from time to time over this past 10 years. I wish you all the best in your retirement, although if I know you at all, there will many new projects and challenges along your "mapped" future path. Enjoy the journey and hopefully our paths will cross in the future.

Stuart, PPS

Anonymous said...

Having retired a few years ago, I know you'll find retirement is the best thing that's ever happened to you - except for MindGenius of course. And you've still got that to play with and use anyway. In retirement, MindGenius is more a part of my life now than it ever was. It helps to organise me now that my boss no longer is there. Have a good time and happy mindmapping.

Bill Jarrard said...


It was 11 years ago we met and committed to Ygnius then Mindgenius and never doubted the decision, in part knowing you were there. Now with a great team in place I hope you enjoy your retirement. I am sure it is well planned. All the very best.

Bill Jarrard,, Australia

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