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Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?Upon hearing the news of Steve Jobs passing, a deep sense of loss swept over me. In that very moment I thought about the life that this great man lived, the many lives that he touched, and the world he shaped and helped to transform. He’s innovative spirit and determination to succeed against the odds put him upon a pedestal that only few have reached. Yet his down-to-earth spirit made us all believe that achieving our own dreams is very possible.I was never a Mac, iPod or iPad convert. In fact, I’m a PC and Android-man at heart, and maybe always will be. However, I respected wholeheartedly the work of Steve Jobs and how he turned Apple into one of the most valuable and innovative companies in the world. The creative spark, the innovative spirit, and the incredible determination and passion of this man gave me hope that anything is possible if you just set your mind to it.To celebrate Steve Jobs incredible life, I wanted to gather together his most inspiring quotes that have touched my life in incredible ways, and piece them all together onto a single map that I call an iQuote Matrix.A standard IQ Matrix is primarily designed to inform and guide you through a specific topic, while an iQuote Matrix is designed to inspire and move you to take action.This particular iQuote Matrix contains 13 Steve Jobs quotes as well as questions that you can ask yourself that will help you to live an inspired and creative life. I have outlined the quotations and questions below for you. However, you will also find them within the map that you can download and print at your leisure and use as a reference wall poster or desktop background.Here is a list of Steve Jobs greatest quotes about life, living and creating remarkable things:“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”“I want to put a ding in the universe.”“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?”“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”“Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”Reading over these quotes I vowed to myself that from today onwards I would live a more inspired life. I would live a life like Steve Jobs lived — shaping and transforming the world in my own unique way. However, to do this, I will need to cultivate the message contained within Steve Jobs words on a daily basis. And as a Life Coach, I realize that the best way to do this is by asking the right kinds of questions — by asking the questions that will focus my mind upon living a Steve Jobs inspired life.Here are the key questions contained within this iQuote Matrix that I will personally be focusing on:Steve Jobs certainly transformed the world in immeasurable ways. He has left a lasting legacy behind, which will continue to shape and transform the world in the decades to come. Even though we may never reach such heights of achievement ourselves, we can however transform the world in our own little way a step at a time. And this journey begins by asking a single question — a question that could effectively change the direction of your life. The question is…How can I begin living a more inspired life, starting today?Download Using Map Free MapsDid you gain value from this article? Would you like to keep these concepts at the forefront of your mind? If so, then you might like to download the accompanying mind map reference poster to your iPad, tablet or computer. The map presents you with a quick overview of this article. It’s designed specifically to help improve your memory and recall of this information so that you can better integrate these concepts into your daily thoughts, habits and actions. Your purchase will also go a long way towards supporting the further development of these maps.If you enjoy using these mind maps, then why not become an IQ Matrix lifetime member where you will gain access to an ever growing library of hundreds of self-growth mind maps that can help you excel in every area of life. Find out more by clicking on the banner below.A matrix is something within or from which something else originates, develops or takes form.This article has been written with the intention to help you better read, utilize and understand an IQ Matrix.As of this writing there are currently almost 140 190 250 300 hundreds of IQ Matrix maps that have been produced to help you excel in life, at school, in business, and at work.Each IQ Matrix focuses on a specific topic, providing you with a very specific summary of everything you need to know and do to master each area of your life.The number of IQ Matrix maps and topic areas are expanding on a monthly basis. Within a few years, my objective is to develop an all-encompassing set of maps that cover every conceivable topic to help you excel in any and every area of your life.This article will not go into details about each of the topic areas that have been developed into IQ Matrix maps, but rather it will hopefully help you to grasp the concept of an IQ Matrix and how it can be best utilized to assist you with the achievement of your goals and objectives.If you prefer to read this article in a conveniently formatted eBook then please visit the Beginner’s Guide download page. Also, the IQ Matrix Exposed map that you see at the top of this post is available as a free high resolution pdf download from this page as well. The mind map provides a summary of the article and eBook and is a great companion tool that can be used to help you navigate through an IQ Matrix.An IQ Matrix is in the simplest terms a learning aid that helps simplify concepts and subject areas. It basically categorizes information into easily digestible chunks, segments and pieces that help assist with memory, recall and the retention of the information you are learning.An IQ Matrix is not a mind map, even though it is at times described as a mind map. The reason for this description is that it most closely resembles a mind map in shape and form. However, an IQ Matrix is much more than just a mind map. In fact it was originally built upon the foundations of mind mapping, concept mapping and flow-charting. Here is a brief definition of each map type.A flowchart is a schematic representation of a process that has a start and finishing point. It is used to represent a series of steps that lead to a certain objective or goal.A concept map is a diagram that shows the relationship amongst more than one concept using connector words and arrows. It is used as a tool that helps to unlock connections and associations between different thoughts and ideas.A mind map is a diagram representing ideas, concepts and words that are arranged around a central image or key idea. It is used to structure, classify, visualize and at times generate ideas for the purpose of organizing information, solving problems and making better decisions. A mind map essentially pieces together a subject into effective segments or chunks to help aid memory and recall.There are a number of benefits that you will derive from using an IQ Matrix to help you learn a topic or subject of interest.Here are the list of benefits in no particular order:An IQ Matrix has been designed as a learning aid which can dramatically enhance and accelerate your learning ability. Organically structured, it incorporates fundamental scientific based principles that naturally mirror the brains functions and processes.Studies have shown that the human brain is stimulated into action by images, colors, feelings, emotions and by associations and connections. This subsequently triggers the incredible process of memory and recall.Below you will find some interesting facts about the human brain — about how it learns naturally, effortlessly and easily.The human brain learns best when…All the above facts about the brain are closely aligned and intertwined with the IQ Matrix design.Have you ever watched in amazement how easily children learn new concepts and ideas?The reason why children are so incredibly proficient during these early years is because they utilize all of their senses, they cultivate an optimistic attitude, they make learning fun and exciting, they turn everything into pictures using colors and shapes, and they constantly form associations and connections with existing knowledge and information.Is it really surprising that children are extremely creative and imaginative?Don’t you think that the way children naturally learn during these early years is the way adults should continue to learn throughout their later years?Could an IQ Matrix make this a possibility? You be the judge…Society has changed considerably over the past 10 years, so much so that it’s becoming ever more difficult to stay on top of everything we need to know and do to achieve our goals and objectives.An IQ Matrix is designed as a complete reference tool that you can easily refer to on a daily basis to help you stay on track with the achievement of your life’s goals, tasks, priorities, skills and objectives.It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of information that is contained within self-help and business books these days. Each has a story to tell in a slightly different way making learning and applying what you learn confusing and somewhat disruptive. On top of this, who really has the time to read all of these books and then apply every concept that the author discusses?Another concern for those seeking to apply what they learn into their lives is the ability to organize the knowledge they have gained in an actionable way.Unless we are physically capable of organizing the information we learn into manageable chunks in an easy to reference manner, then we will simply miss the bigger picture and fail to act upon what we know.This is the biggest trap that personal development junkies fall into. They read book-after-book, after book, however because they don’t immediately organize the information they are learning into manageable chunks, they therefore fail to apply it into their lives — which leads to procrastination and eventually stagnation.I sincerely don’t believe that people have the time or the motivation to read and apply all of the knowledge and information they acquire throughout the day. And for this very reason I began creating the IQ Matrix posters.I wanted to help summarize all the most important and relevant aspects of each business, life and career topic area that pertains to the MasterMind Matrix into a reference poster that people can hang on their wall at home, at school and in the office. Subsequently users could then take the knowledge areas that are most applicable to their lives and circumstances and instil them consistently and persistently into their psyche through repetition and practice.It is said, that if you tell yourself a lie over and over again, that you will begin accepting it as your truth and reality. Along the same lines, if you reference an IQ Matrix wall poster again and again, you will eventually stop procrastinating and move yourself towards action — resulting from the guilt you have built-up over time from not DOING what you KNOW you should be DOING. 😉One of the most common excuses people make about why they are not living the life of their dreams, is because they simply Do Not Know What To Do!An IQ Matrix helps turn this unknown into knowledge, and that knowledge into WISDOM by presenting you with what you need to know, then helping you apply this knowledge into your life. Over time this gains you valuable life experience, which turns to wisdom, thusly helping you successfully overcome the obstacles that are currently preventing you from moving forward in your life.As with all things, an IQ Matrix is made up of parts that form a structure. In fact, all the parts within this structure have been purposefully designed to naturally stimulate the brain to help improve your ability to learn the concepts and ideas presented within the map, while boosting your memory and recall of the information you are learning.Within this section let’s take a look at each of these parts of an IQ Matrix and discuss their purpose.A branch is simply a fancy name for a section of the IQ Matrix. For instance within the IQ Matrix Exposed map (below) there are five branches extending from the middle of the map represented by five different colors.There really isn’t much else you need to know about branches, however there are a few things you need to know about pathways which extend along each branch.Pathways are the black organic lines that connect all the words, ideas and concepts together. The purpose of these pathways is to mimic the brain’s organic structure and neurological thought process. They link ideas in a hierarchical structure to aid with memory and recall of information.Pathways are designed to make reading each IQ Matrix easier and should be used as directional maps that aid your eyes as you move along them.You should continue reading along the pathway until it comes to a “dead end” or conclusion. If you don’t follow this guideline then it’s very possible you could get lost, as some pathways crisscross along the same keywords. However, by following a pathway to the end and stopping there, you will find it much easier to read and understand the IQ Matrix.Here is an example from the IQ Matrix Exposed map.Above is a segment of the IQ Matrix. As an example I will write down word-for-word how each of these pathways should be read. Please follow along with the IQ Matrix for clarification purposes:As you can see, when the pathways concluded I didn’t read any further because there was no continuation of that pathway along that specific word.You must therefore look for direct connections and extensions of the pathway to know when or when not to continue reading further.Here is another example from the same map of a section that we are yet to discuss within this article.Please follow the IQ Matrix pathways on the map as I present them word-for-word below:You probably noticed within this example that the two paths are numbered. I will discuss this in detail shortly.I hope these two examples have clarified how to make use of pathways more effectively.Colors are another important part of an IQ Matrix. Their purpose is to distinguish topic segments, to provide clarity and to assist with memorization and recall of the information you are learning.As you probably can recall from the previous section, the brain learns best when bright images and colors are used. In fact the brain naturally separates and distinguishes items using colors, which subsequently allows for better memory and recall of information. For this main reason the IQ Matrix is designed in color rather than in a boring black and white format.At times certain concepts, ideas or pathways are numbered. This indicates a set order that must be followed. It could represent a sequence of steps that one must subsequently move through in order to reach a certain goal or objective.Within the IQ Matrix Exposed map you can see that numbers are used in the green and orange sections of the map to indicate a progression of steps that must be followed in order to gain value from the concepts and ideas discussed within that specific IQ Matrix branch.Images have a similar purpose to colors. They naturally stimulate the senses and assist with memory and recall of the information you are learning. However, they are also used as a means of visualizing ideas and keywords in a variety of ways.Images are linked to keywords, ideas and concepts in the following four ways (all examples are taken from the IQ Matrix Exposed map):Images can also be linked to keywords in an action-oriented way. So for instance within the IQ Matrix below you have the words “images can sound like words”. Below and on the right of these words is a cartoon of a male figure using a glass to listen to a conversation. This cartoon image represents “sound-like” and is an action-oriented representation of that word.It’s also important to point out that at times more than one word within a certain section of the IQ Matrix can be represented by the same image. This doesn’t happen often, however it can be quite relevant at times.Finally, images that are related to keywords are often touching the colored section of the word or they are in close proximity to the keyword that they are representing.Use these images to help you remember and recall the keywords and concepts they are representing, and you will quickly develop the capacity for a photographic memory.Each IQ Matrix uses a number of symbols that are used to enhance and aid in reading each IQ Matrix.Here is a quick description of the main symbols used within some IQ Matrix maps.Finally, please keep in mind that some of the earlier IQ Matrix maps I created don’t use some of these symbols. These maps will however be updated in time. Also over time as I’ve created more maps, I’ve tried to de-clutter them as much as possible, and I therefore don’t use as many of these symbols as often as I did in the past. This helps simplify the map without losing the meaning of the key concepts and ideas.You might have heard through the grapevine that the only person who understands a mind map is the person who originally created the mind map.Under most circumstances I would agree with this statement, because many mind maps I have seen have been difficult to fully understand and comprehend. For this very reason I designed an IQ Matrix — effectively breaking and literally tearing out some of the fundamental rules of mind mapping that make other people’s maps so difficult to understand.An IQ Matrix is designed with the reader in mind. All of the pathways, colors, symbols and overall structure have been developed to aid reading and understanding of the concepts presented within the map. There isn’t any “guess-work” involved as I have made it as easy as possible to read and comprehend a topic step-by-step. There will of course be parts of the map that you may want to research a little further. However, on the most part, all relevant and necessary information has been included.Here is a four step process to help you read an IQ Matrix from start to finish:Sticking to this four step process will help you to get the most from each IQ Matrix.Finally, here is a practical example of how I would read and apply the concepts presented within an IQ Matrix into my life.Within this section I would like to provide you with some tips and suggestions that will help you get the most from each IQ Matrix map you decide to utilize.Maybe you downloaded some of the IQ Matrix samples or, hopefully, maybe even purchased some of the premium maps. 😉 Now what?Well you’ve come to read this article at the right place, because I’ll now give you some great guidelines that will help you gain the most from each IQ Matrix poster.First it’s important to select a specific topic you would like to study over the coming days, weeks or months.To gain clarification about this topic ask yourself the questions presented below:What areas of my life or skills would I like to improve upon today, this week or this month?What emotions, obstacles or problems am I currently having difficulty dealing with?What IQ Matrix topics could help me in these areas?What ideas presented within these IQ Matrix maps will I now need to incorporate into my life?Okay, so I’m “jumping the gun” a little with that last question, however I just wanted to throw it in there so that you see the progression. 🙂Your next step is to print the topic you have selected and pin it up…Or anywhere else where it can be referenced and referred to several times per day to keep you focused and on track towards the attainment of your goals and objectives.Your next step is to read the entire summary pertaining to the IQ Matrix poster on the IQ Matrix blog (not all summaries are available at this time). This blog post is designed to expand each branch of the IQ Matrix, thusly providing you with a more thorough and detailed explanation of each segment — as has been achieved with this article which summarizes the IQ Matrix Exposed map.Once you have read and thoroughly understood each topic discussed within the blog post, your next step is to reference this IQ Matrix poster on a daily basis and progressively apply the information into your life. Here is a practical example of how to do this.Small progressive and consistent steps are important from here on-in moving forward. These will help you avoid the feelings of overwhelm, which often can lead to procrastination and later complete and utter stagnation.Remember that to establish a new habit it takes consistent effort over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Therefore it’s critical to just keep moving forward with no excuses…When it comes to achieving success in your life, there are no more excuses. An IQ Matrix can show you the way, however, what you do with that knowledge rests completely in your hands.Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope it’s given you value and answered most of your questions. I look forward to connecting with you on the IQ Matrix blog on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else we might meet.Finally, I shortened this article by about 1,000 words and left off a quick IQ Matrix FAQ section that is actually included within the eBook. Therefore please feel free to download the IQ Matrix Guide for Beginners eBook and accompanying IQ Matrix for more information.Download Using Map Free MapsDid you gain value from this article? Would you like to keep these concepts at the forefront of your mind? If so, then you might like to download the accompanying mind map reference poster to your iPad, tablet or computer. The map presents you with a quick overview of this article. It’s designed specifically to help improve your memory and recall of this information so that you can better integrate these concepts into your daily thoughts, habits and actions. Your purchase will also go a long way towards supporting the further development of these maps.If you enjoy using these mind maps, then why not become an IQ Matrix lifetime member where you will gain access to an ever growing library of hundreds of self-growth mind maps that can help you excel in every area of life. Find out more by clicking on the banner below.
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