Grappling with obstacles as a first generation lawyer – A simple mind mapping method with pen and paper.
I remember to have used this mind mapping method for many days and months during 1982 to 1986 when I was practicing in District Court.
I would take a blank sheet of paper and would draw a small circle with pen. In the middle of circle, I would write H. That would represent me. Then around this circle, I would draw different circles and in each circle I would write one of the obstacles which I could see. For example lack of background, language problem, geographical disadvantage, financial difficulties, etc.
Then I would look at the paper and would wonder “What can I still do? What are my options?”
Then I would write down options which I could see. For example, “I can increase my knowledge”, “I can make more friends”, “I can try to earn respects of Seniors in Bar” ….. Etc.
This would start me on one of the options. I would throw away this paper and next day, I would repeat this exercise on another sheet of paper and so on.