TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
說起轉換跑道的契機，張建偉表示起初源自兒女對於父親的職業困惑，也讓他開始思量子女所捎來的是福與德，而金融業則是一個零額有限，一得必有一失之財，「假設一個人一千萬可以過的很好，那我損失了多少人的一千萬？」為了尋找利人利己的志業，歷經茫然兩年，因緣際會下，讓張建偉遇到了如今的雲豹能源合夥人。「他跟我說有一個事業，第一靠天吃飯，第二銀行出資支持，第三這個市場裡沒有輸家，我說這個應該是詐騙。」2012 年他與夥伴一同前往福島，先於日本發展了三年的綠能產業，穩健成長後，便將投資目光放回台灣，於 2016 年正式成立雲豹能源。
“All rivers run into the sea.” One simple sentence aptly points out the core of Johnny Chang’s enterprise, J&V Energy Technology. Switching from finance to renewable energy, it was as if his life took a 180 degree turn. Regardless of the industry he is in or the career path he is on, his mentality remains unchanged. “My logic is simple: just make it happen.” Like how he was able to go from not knowing Taiwanese at all, to having fluent conversations with locals, Chang’s dedication outlines his future in a blueprint with humility and generosity.
Kindness Comes in all Scales
Initially, the opportunity to change his career path appeared when his kids expressed confusion towards his job. Chang began to reflect on the blessings and virtues brought by his children, while realizing the financial industry essentially gains money through other’s losses. “Assuming that a person can do well with ten million, how many people’s ten million have I lost already?” After two years of searching for a business that benefits himself and the public, he finally met his current business partner. “He told me about a business that, first, profits from nature. Secondly, it is backed by the bank, and lastly, presents no losers in its market. I said it all sounds like a fraud.” In 2012, Chang visited Fukushima with his partner and developed a green energy enterprise for three years. After steadying its growth, they set their sights on investment back to Taiwan and officially founded J&V Energy Technology in 2016. “What can I bring to the next generation? Money, virtue, or perhaps a better environment?” It was a question he asked himself repeatedly during the development of his company. A believer of never leaving a good undone, whether the deed is big or small, Chang aspires to bring change for the next generation. With eyes shining with compassion, he smiles and says his kids can finally tell their teacher what he does—“My dad is in the renewable energy business. He’s pretty famous in Taiwan.”
Aim High, Cultivate Talents
The Chinese name of J&V—“clouded leopard”—is an emblem of patience, speed and precision, which is also aligned with Chang’s love for challenges. “I find it hard to slow down. I’m always in pursuit of efficiency and speed, but I’m also patient.” To maintain self-discipline, he believes there are three major guidelines: professionalism, proper communication and respectful work ethics. “I will maintain my best professionalism and choose a language of your understanding, while speaking with the most humble attitude.” When it comes to the key to becoming a good entrepreneur, Chang points out that generosity is extremely important. Taking himself as an example, as the company continues to grow, his position gradually retreats. From being chairman, general manager, chief of strategy, chief of public relations, to his current position as the spokesperson of the company, he wants to leave the stage to the talented people who need it. Never fixated on competition, Chang sets his focus on the bigger picture and branches out towards philanthropy, education and sports management. Recalling the main reason behind building the Taoyuan Leopards basketball team, it is the Taiwanese athletes who attended the Olympic Games in Tokyo back in 2020. A moment of thought was made possible when the right opportunity presented itself. Chuckling, Chang says there is perhaps nothing harder than managing a sports team. “But I’m glad because we achieved something. We took care of these athletes and encouraged more people to support these sports games.”
Solving Life Problems
It is often said that no one is a saint. In the face of defeat, finding the proper way to adjust our mindset has become a topic for all modern people. Regardless of its scale, Chang finds defeat to be an important element in achieving success. Every mistake is the perfect opportunity to gain experience. “I have failed so many times along the way. When I first transitioned from finance, I didn’t make any profit for ten months. It was crazy.” He teasingly says he is so used to failures that he no longer sees them as something shameful. Instead, he is more than happy to share his experiences with others. “I cherish each and every success. Eventually, I realize the reason that I keep succeeding is because I got tired of failing.” Like having taken all the exams in life, once you know all the answers, you learn how to solve each problem by utilizing different techniques—it has become Chang’s most powerful life skill. Interestingly, he applies the same method to parenting. “Only spend extra time on the subjects that you are good at because that is how you stand out from everyone else. You turn your expertise into your profession.” By learning how to enhance your value and turn it into a personal advantage, you will then acquire the best stabilizer in the face of challenges and defeat. Setting his vision on to future plans, Chang aspires for J&V Technology to become an important pillar of Taiwan, a company that will always be making profit and a stock that will be remembered by all. Retreating from the frontline, he now turns his focus to complex problems the company is having trouble resolving. “I like solving the unsolvable and enjoy the sense of achievement,” says Johnny Chang, with a confident tone embodying the infinite possibilities of his future.