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John Diggs Interview: Overcoming Obstacles and Mastering Mind Mapping

Aug 2, 2023 | Interviews | 0 comments


The Setback

Following a major setback, John Diggs, a former successful mortgage executive and pro football player, redefined his career and established a unique niche that fulfilled a demand. Hard work, resilience, and commitment to his passions define his story.

Due to reconstructive knee surgery, he had to abandon his flourishing sports career, but he went on to become a thriving leader in the mortgage industry.

His career in the mortgage industry was hit with a setback due to the market downturn and mortgage meltdown. He lost it all – his business, home, car, and even his family.

He refused to give up and instead delved deeply into his passions, exploring fresh opportunities. After nine months of relentless work and research, he emerged as an expert in Mind Mapping and a certified Life Coach.

Besides his other talents, Diggs is an exceptional speaker and an author. His incredible journey and outstanding mind mapping abilities secured him a spot on the TEDx stage, allowing him to share his one-of-a-kind perspective and captivating ideas. He is also the mastermind behind The Ville, an online community for those who want to lead fulfilling lives through mind mapping.

The response of his TEDx talk was so overwhelming, prompting Diggs to write and publish What’s in Your Big-Ass Box?. A book based on his TEDx Talk that reached #1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” list.

The Comeback

Utilizing his training as a certified Life Coach and certified NLP Practitioner, Diggs has become a trustworthy Mind Mapping Master, helping people live their best lives.

Mind Mapping allows for free-flowing ideas and connections, which can help stimulate creativity. It can assist people in cultivating a more creative mindset by breaking down mental barriers and promoting new ways of thinking.

In short, mind mapping is a useful tool for organizing ideas. Diggs describes it as “an ancient, time-honored system of thought that makes our brains do happy dances by bringing their two sides together, boosting creativity, memory, and productivity.”

Corporate organizations and education have utilized mind mapping for years, prompting Diggs to question. “What if we took the same time-honored system and applied it on a personal level to help us live our best lives?”

I had a conversation with the busy entrepreneur to explore mind mapping further.

PC. What are some of the key benefits of mind mapping?

JD. There are many benefits, but for te sake of time, I’ll name a few.

Improves creativity: Mind mapping can help you generate new ideas and insights by allowing you to explore and connect different concepts and ideas in a visual and non-linear way.

Enhances memory retention and recall: Mind maps are a visual tool that can help you remember and recall information more effectively. You are more likely to retain information by creating a visual representation of what you are trying to remember over the long term.

Boosts productivity: Mind mapping can help you organize your thoughts and ideas more effectively, making it easier to prioritize tasks and stay focused on what’s most important.

Facilitates collaboration: Mind mapping can be an effective tool for group collaboration, allowing team members to share ideas and build on each other’s insights in a visual and non-linear way.

Reduces stress and anxiety: Mind mapping can be a relaxing and meditative activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety. By allowing you to focus on a single task and clear your mind of distractions, mind mapping can help you feel calm and centered.

PC. Who can benefit from Mind Mapping?

JD. Mind Mapping is a technique that can benefit a wide range of individuals, including students, professionals, artists, writers, and anyone wanting to organize their thoughts and ideas. Here are some specific examples.

1. Students: Mind Mapping can help students organize their notes, thoughts, and ideas for essays, research papers, and exams. It can also create study guides or study plans. Mind Mapping can be helpful for students who are visual learners. By creating visual representations of their notes and ideas, they can better understand and remember the information. Additionally, Mind Mapping can help students identify connections between novel concepts, which can aid in critical thinking and problem-solving. Mind Mapping can also help students break down complex topics into smaller, more manageable pieces, making it easier to study and learn.

2. Professionals: Mind Mapping can be useful for professionals in a variety of fields, including business, marketing, and project management. It can help them brainstorm ideas, plan projects, and organize information. A useful tool for professionals in a variety of fields, it can help marketers brainstorm new ideas for ad campaigns or social media strategies. It can also help project managers plan out the various steps involved in a project and identify potential roadblocks. Mind Mapping can be useful for entrepreneurs and business owners who need to come up with new product ideas or develop a business plan.

3. Artists: Mind Mapping can be a helpful tool for artists to organize their ideas for creative projects, such as paintings, sculptures, or films. Artists can use it in a variety of ways. For example, it can help them generate new ideas for a project, organize their thoughts and concepts, and identify new connections between distinct elements of their work. It can help artists develop a cohesive style or theme for their work.

4. Writers: Mind Mapping can help writers organize their ideas, plot out their stories, and keep track of characters and events. It can help them brainstorm new ideas for characters, plot points, and settings. It can also help them organize their thoughts and ideas into a cohesive structure, making it easier to write and revise their work. It aids with writer’s block by motivating individuals to think and create unique ideas. This can be especially helpful for people who have difficulty remembering information presented linearly.

Despite being a single father of two daughters, Diggs successfully juggles work and life while keeping his family as his top priority..

The use of mind mapping can greatly improve the creativity, productivity, and collaboration of individuals and organizations.

The journey of John Diggs proves that strength and determination are powerful forces. His success reminds us that with hard work, passion, dedication and faith, anything is achievable.

Keep up with John on his website and social media platforms

Subscribe on YouTube @MrJohnDiggs
Follow on Instagram @johndiggsmappineer
Community Website Mappineerville.com
Connect on LinkedIn @JohnDiggs

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Written by Phyllis Caddell

 Phyllis Caddell is the founder and lead strategist for PCPR Communications, a Los Angeles-based PR and Strategic Communications agency with clients in the entertainment, business, lifestyle, and sports, industries. She is a contributing author of the best-selling book "Your Deck of Success" and the author of "Do-It-Yourself Publicity: For Those Too Cheap or Too Broke to Hire A Publicist". A subject matter expert and an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, she enjoys traveling and relaxing on the beach.  

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