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Inspiration Is Like…


Several years ago, I was interviewed by a magazine about one of my inventions and the reporter asked me what the moment of inspiration was like.  Wow!  I had never thought about it before.  I really didn’t know how to describe it.

After thinking about it for a moment, I realized it was like remembering the future.  The reported pointed out that was what Merlin the Magician said, “His moments of inspiration is like remembering the future!”  I wasn’t familiar with the Legend of King Arthur and Merlin The Magician at the time so I took his word for it.

It’s true and we do it all the time.  Do you want to experience that feeling?  Just remember something.


My wife and I play a game most nights where we challenge one another to remember something.  The first person to remember it wins.  We don’t really win anything other than we prove we haven’t lost our minds (or at least our memories).


It usually starts out “Who was that guy…  you know…  in that movie…  you know…  the movie with the girl, the girl with the hair, and he was… you know…”  Then she’ll say “Dustin Hoffman?”  And I’ll think to myself, “Damn…  She did it again.”

It really is like that.  It’s like remembering someone’s name, a spouse’s name, a date, or a telephone number.  that very moment when it pops into your head is a “Eureka” moment.


Wrap your brain around that feeling and encourage yourself to have as many of these exception moments as possible.  The more you embrace this feeling, the more it will happen, and the more you will remember the future.


Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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