#2 Drawing your map
The next step is to take your idea from the deep recesses of your imagination and start sketching out the landscape and seeing if you can find a path through it. The best way to do that is to start telling people about your idea. Not just your friends but the world. And for that, the Internet is your major Allie, and it will allow you to check out if your idea has any followers quickly.
Facebook Polls are great for checking out ideas, you can provide people with a couple of choices, and then Facebook will allow them to add their responses too.
In fact this is why this website is now called Midlife Entrepreneurs, my initial idea was to call it Middleaged Entrepreneurs but the feedback I got from social media was the name was too restrictive, after all, I want anybody feeling that they where in the middle of their lives to get help and support from this site, not just people over the age of 40.
As you gather all of this disparate information, it can be hard to keep track of it all just in your head, so it’s critical to start writing it down and begin drawing your map. It is often hard to visualise all the different paths your map can contain. This is where Mindmapping comes in, which is a highly visual way of laying out your idea and a great free online tool to help you draw your mind map is www.mindmeister.com