Here are some notable inventors “AHA” moments. Every inventor worth their salt has their highs and lows. With the stress of inventing comes what we like to call, the “AHA” moments. If you are searching for a brilliant business idea, start by looking at the simple problems right in front of you.
After all, finding solutions to the problems at their very own finger tips is what inspired Steve Jobs to launch Apple, Donald Fisher to launch Gap, Ingvar Kampard to launch Ikea and Ben Silbermann to launch Pinterest. Every problem has a solution, that’s the foundation of many great legacies in business. Think of it as fixing your homework but then you find something new, and something else, and something else after that. That is the “AHA” moment, a moment born from a nagging question. There is a compulsion that drives us to seek out answers and push ourselves.
Consider this: Nick Woodman was surfing and realized that he could not figure out how to simultaneously ride the waves and take pictures of himself. He solved the problem and created GoPro, a line of durable cameras that come fitted with mounting gear allowing users to capture images and video of their most active moments. The company went public last month, Wall Street loved the stock, and GoPro is now a multi billion-dollar company. That’s not a half bad return from finding a way to take a surfing selfie.
Take a look at the infographic below generated by San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders for more stories of how many of the most successful entrepreneurs got started by looking at their own problems and finding a solution.