Before any entrepreneur became successful there was a time they did not know what to do. And then the aha moment happened. How?
Source: Funders and Founders
It was a moment of sudden discovery. The eureka effect. A moment of deep insight. It’s an epiphany which translates as “striking appearance.” In that moment a previously unsolvable problem becomes suddenly clear and obvious.
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Before The Aha Moment
Life can be divided into two periods. Before you know why you are alive and after. In between there is just a single moment – the Aha! moment. One brainwave that turns a person into a person on a mission.
Here we show the moments that turned famous people onto their missions. Even though for them it was a process to get to that moment, there was a catalyst that one day made them say, “Aha!”
What Makes Us Aha
What brings the Aha moment?
Inconvenience. GoPro founder who struggled to take a picture of himself while surfing.
Limited resources. Ikea founder could not fit a table in his small car, so he thought to take off the legs.
Pain and tragedy. Samuel Morse received a letter about his wife’s illness after she was already buried. Letters took a long time back then. He raced to see her, but it was too late. Grief-stricken, he decided to forever change how people talk to each other and invented the telegraph.
The aha moment comes at different ages. Here are a few examples. Is it ever too late to have the aha moment? Some entrepreneurs had them well into their fifties. Were they thinking it was never too late?
[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Anna Vital and originally published at Funders And Founders. Copyright 2014.]