What have you done with your biggest Aha?
I know firsthand the power of Aha’s. Most every full-day workshop I do, I begin the day by having the attendees go from table to table brainstorming their Aha’s from four or five data points that are changing how they work. Discussing these factoids in a certain way helps attendees to form new Aha’s that help them face their own attitudes and behaviors.
Back to the question above: done is the key point here.
Sure, you’ve had Eureka! moments before. But have you follow-up on them? What have you done about them? Have you forever changed certain attitudes and beliefs? Have stopped, started or changed the way you do something? Have you made a difference in the lives of others? Have you built a new product or service or even a new company?
Here are a few Aha moments courtesy of Forbes magazine, where 100 entrepreneurs discuss the Aha that started their companies.
What would you have done with their Aha’s?
After getting fired twice in a 2-year period, I realized I was unemployable and therefore, had to become an entrepreneur. I started Anvil Media in 2000 and since then, Anvil has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the country for the past five years. ~Kent Lewis, Anvil Media
No one — not your mother, your clients or the vendors you’re working with — wants to tell you “No” when you ask for something; most people want to find a way to tell you “Yes”. My “aha” moment was when I realized this and started asking for what I wanted in life. ~Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva & Co European Tours
My “aha” moment came in the mid 2000′s when I was diagnosed with stage three Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Having witnessed firsthand the shortcomings in the home healthcare industry, I was especially motivated to find a way to deliver quality care that goes beyond what I ever received as a patient. We’re now at 35 offices with 10 more projected by the end of the year. ~Gary Kneller, CareMinders Home Care
At the peak of my career as the vice president of engineering for Johnson & Johnson, I was responsible for allocating $2 million in capital spending. I had no clue if the decisions I was making were correct. Aha. I resigned and spent 3 months developing a methodology for corporate decision making. I started The GenSight Group and those methodologies have been implemented by corporations such as Coca-Cola, Cisco and Pfizer. ~Michael Menard, The GenSight Group