Thinking On Paper= Million Dollar Ideas

What do you think a millionaire would want for a Christmas present?

It turns out, for T.J. Rohleder at least, the answer is legal pads.

Every millionaire can trace their riches back to an idea. They know that if they’re constantly transferring all of their thoughts onto paper, that one of them might turn into a million dollar idea.


Don’t worry if your ideas are hazy and incomplete. Write them down anyway. They could be the tiny sparks that start a raging fire. Later on, you’ll be able to go back and connect the dots.

Also, don’t worry about whether it’s a good idea or not. Write down everything, no matter how lousy it might seem. You don’t want to kill off your idea too early. Let it percolate and build.

Later on, you’ll see which ones you can let die. You might find challengees that make them unworkable. For other ideas, you might think about them deeper and decide to put them into action.

Years later, you’ll reflect back on the day that your million dollar business was just a quick note that you scrawled on a piece of paper.


T.J. Rohleder’s choice is to carry around a legal pad wherever he goes, and jot down his thoughts all day long. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of paper he’s accumulating.

For something less cumbersome, you could use a note taking app on your smart phone, or even a voice recording app. There’s even mind mapping software that lets you format your thoughts into bubbles and diagrams. You can then print out your mind maps and display them on the wall of your office to refer back to.

It doesn’t matter so much what you use to take notes. The important thing is that you’re recording your ideas throughout your day, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. You never know which ones will lead to significant breakthroughs.