- Dreamers & Doers is a networking community of female entrepreneurs, creatives, and change-makers.
- Many of its members decided to create their own companies after experiencing an “aha moment,” or a time when they realized they wanted to fully pursue their passion projects or side hustles.
- Whether it was a personal need or a problem they wanted to help solve, these 20 women each say they had a pivotal moment where everything clicked and drove them to launch their businesses.
- “Having worked in Fortune 500 companies, I always felt like I was walking someone else’s road, so I decided to take control and build the road my way,” said founder and innovation strategist Teresa Comi.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
As most founders have experienced, entrepreneurial journeys are anything but linear. There are ideas that propel you forward, setbacks that challenge you, and pivots that have you starting from what feels like scratch.
Yet despite the inevitable trial and error companies are bound to face, there is usually one moment — an aha moment — where the pieces seem to perfectly align and the vision becomes clear. While the path still isn’t easy, having that North Star to refer to can be essential when a company is still just a glimmer of an idea.
For these 20 female founders, there was a clear aha moment when they knew it was time to go all-in with their company. Whether that moment came out of a personal need, a lifelong passion, or a glaring problem that needed to be solved, their stories beautifully illustrate the significance of having one moment where it all clicks, ultimately igniting their passions to make their dreams a reality.
Read more: How the millennial cofounders of feminine-care company Blume raised $3.3 million in funding in just one month