What is the Momentum of a Flywheel Effect?

Let’s understand what is a flywheel effect first. Imagine a giant disk 100 feet tall, weighing around 3000kgs. Your task is to make that disk rotate as fast as possible.


You try to start its rotation manually by pushing it and you are able to push it an inch at almost an unnoticeable speed. Then after a few hours, you were successful in completing 1 full rotation. As you keep pushing the speed of the flywheel starts increasing and not it’s easily noticeable. So a rotation that was taking an hour earlier was taking just 10 seconds now. 


Why? Because you have built momentum. Even though are not exerting more force than what you used in the first inch, the flywheel keeps rotating faster and faster with every push.


So basically there wasn’t any breakthrough, but a constant improvement and build-up of momentum.


A very famous example can be considered, is Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric incandescent bulb. He only got famous after his invention of the incandescent bulb, and people might think he is an overnight success, forgetting the fact that it took him over 1000 experiments to get there and build that momentum.


Another example would be an egg. An egg just stays an egg from the outside until it suddenly cracks and a chick hatches from it. It isn’t an overnight thing but a continuous improvement over time.


A negative momentum of the flywheel effect is possible too. For example, when you are becoming lazy and reduce the frequency of bathing, then the frequency of bathing even reduces further. Or when you have a few cheat meals in your diet then the frequency of having cheat meals even increases and it gets really hard to get back on track.


Concluding the fact that the momentum is really strong, it may be in a constructive way or in a destructive way, so be consistent and on track so you’ll keep moving forward. References:


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