“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” – Bill Watterson. Stephen Sun was the first person to tell me about this quote. Like many others, he found this quote resonated with him. How does this quote tie into accounting? Here is Stephen's perspective:
"Accountants tell us that a balance sheet is a snapshot in time, and the purpose of the balance sheet is to report a firm’s current financial position. In accounting, much entrepreneurial effort goes into creating a future-oriented organization with an eye on societal change and economic growth. Being entrepreneurial is also about having the courage to dismantle the current way of doing things, to focus on core business activities, and make them work for you. Entrepreneurship is about sharing your vision and values, and acting on them. That’s what really counts.”
Calvin and Hobbes because we're all living in a Calvin and Hobbes world.
#2 - What do you like most about books? Were there any books that had a great impact on you?
Jane Eyre because it’s the greatest love story ever told, and because she taught me that just because you lose all hope doesn’t mean that you should.
And Harry Potter because he’s such a great protagonist. Nothing else like it.
#3 - What do you most enjoy about working at Elevate?
I like the people I work with and the atmosphere we work in. It’s somewhere I can enjoy spending time. Some of the more enjoyable aspects of working for Elevate are the wide range of our projects and having a fresh look on things every day. I don’t know what we would do without all the different things we get to work on; we make sure we take advantage of them all. We get to learn new skills and get better at what we do every day.
#4 - Is there a value that drives you?
Self fulfillment - it’s very personal. The best way I can put it is that everything I do has to bring me closer to my own self-fulfillment. Life is about taking risks, leaving it all behind and pursuing one's own happiness. The only plan I have for everything is make it interesting - there are plenty of other people making plans for other things. I believe if you focus on what makes you happy then the rest will follow closely behind, that all good things can be obtained through hard work and dedication.
#5 - What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Playing guitar, for those that can relate, is an enjoyable activity that I feel I’m really, truly good at as a result of a great deal of practice. In addition, swimming is also an enjoyable thing to do as it relaxes me and makes me feel more energetic. Everything depends on what you enjoy doing but the main thing is to keep yourself occupied and satisfied with what you do.
#6 - If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
A superpower like flying because I think it would make things easier in general.
#7 - What are you most passionate about?
My family, my friends, music, art and the environment are what I am most passionate about. All are equally important but music is definitely at the top of the list for me.
#8 - If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would that be?
Disney world with my family because I think it would be great to have them with me for the experience.
#9 - If you could be in charge of a brand new country, what would be your first act?
Free health care for all because it is a right we all deserve and we should be able to live longer and happier lives.
#10 - If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
An elephant because I think it would be very cool and unique to be one. Also, they’re great at expressing themselves and they always seem to be in a good mood.
#11 - If you could have dinner with any three people who would they be?
I honestly have no clue. I suppose it would depend on the context of the conversation, but in general I'd love to have dinner with Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lennon.
#12 - If you could travel in time, what would you do and why?
500 hundred years into the future, see what the technology is like or if humans have survived that long.
#13 - If you could go back in time, what era would it be and why?
The Renaissance because I think that period of history is one of the most interesting.
#14 - If you could be a character in a book who would you pick?
Not sure, but probably Harry Potter. He’s a great protagonist. I know there are other interesting ones out there but I can’t help but feel like Harry is an iconic character who really made the series exciting. In addition, he has all these amazing abilities and seems to have no limits to his potential. It would be nice to have some of those powers too.
#15 - Who are your superheroes?
My parents because they’re my greatest role models and they always made sure to teach me the value of hard work and diligence.
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With these insights into Stephen's world, we hope you get a taste of who he is and the enthusiasm he brings to his work.
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