In the movies, the hero always gets a brilliant idea, fully formed, in a single instant. In real life, that’s rarely how it works. So don’t sit around waiting for those “a-ha!” moments to get started.
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As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg explained to Entrepreneur magazine, more often than not, big ideas don’t magically come to you in the middle of the night. They are the result of a long process that involves solving smaller problems until you come across a bigger solution. It’s not until you step back and look at the work you’ve done that you have that moment of realising what it is:
When asked about the ‘exact moment’ that he came up with the idea for Facebook, Zuckerberg paused quizzically and said, “I don’t think that’s how the world works.”
“Ideas typically do not just come to you,” he said. “It’s a lot of dots that you connect to make it so that you finally realise that you can potentially do something.”
If you’re still waiting on the perfect moment to get started on a project, it’s now. You don’t have to have all the pieces in place or everything figured out in order to get going. You can find inspiration along the way and keep solving smaller problems until you get there.
Mark Zuckerberg Calls the ‘A-Ha!’ Moment a Myth [Entrepreneur]