We believe that doing meaningful work is the long-term solution to being happy. Evan Wong is a shining example of someone who has achieved this and has made work, work.
The Rise team were lucky enough to meet up with the young entrepreneur to interview him for the Meaning of Work podcast series (to be released next month, stay tuned)! When speaking about his career, Evan shared that, “despite being offered a position to work at one of the big four law firms,” he was torn to make a decision between following his passion or taking a ‘typical’ career path. In the end, he followed his heart and took the entrepreneurial route, something he’d previously enjoyed at university, running his own business.
Evan is one of the the brains behind the start-up Checkbox – a technology company that offers a no-code platform aimed to enable the digital transformation of regulation. His interview at CNBC explains Checkbox in more detail. Evan describes his work as, “a set of Lego blocks, but for software.” We think that this multi-award winning system is a pretty impressive set of Lego blocks!
He won both the Startcon Pitch Competition and Westpac Innovation Challenge, proving that having meaningful work and success can go hand-in-hand. Later this year, Evan and his team are proud to be representing Australia at the Startup World Cup in San Francisco. We have our fingers crossed for them!
There’s an awesome quote from investor and advisor Paul Graham, who says, “The very best start-up ideas tend to have three things in common; they’re something the Founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realise are worth doing.” Evan’s story holds true to this sentiment. He is a great inspiration for all of us to take stock of what we enjoy, in order to find meaning at work, which in turn, can lead to happiness.