In 2016, after years of friendship, two successful entrepreneurs — Arman Assadi and Chad Mureta — aligned to create world-class tools to help people find true fulfillment in their work and lives.
Chad had the archetypal DNA of an entrepreneur, a futurist with a deep desire to forge new paths. Arman was the charismatic leader, an innately talented strategist determined to proliferate wisdom to millions around the world.
With the brilliance of Beckett Hanan and his years of Jungian psychology research, they began working on a book and assessment to help people identify who they are and what they do best to find meaning in their work. After two grueling years of research and development, the process hit a wall with the editor. Their literary agent reviewed the proposal and said, “guys…you truly have something special here, but this isn’t it. You need to start over.”
It was gut-wrenching. A direct rejection of their dreams, hard work, and tens of thousands of dollars invested. Arman spoke to no one for two days. Chad left town on a solo retreat. After a week of self-deprecation and melancholy, they finally picked themselves up and got back to work. Deep down they knew this mission was far bigger than themselves.
Both Arman and Chad had been deeply immersed in psychology and self-development for years. Yet, as much as they’d learned and gotten results, it was often frustrating and short-lived. They knew there had to be a better way, and often envisioned creating a system that would work alongside them and guarantee their success.
They’d tried every type of daily planner and app imaginable but were constantly disappointed by their one-size-fits-all approach and inability to create lasting results. This rejection point caused them to revisit the idea of creating a planning system that fused together physical and digital technology.
Then came the major aha — ”why not create a personalized system based on how people are uniquely wired using the years of research they’d already done with the book?!”
This was it.
So off they went on an entrepreneur cruise to disconnect and brainstorm this new direction and vision.
On this cruise, Chad and Arman deeply aligned their purpose and mission. Most importantly, they both realized they had no choice but to begin working on something much bigger than themselves.
Something much bigger than a book, planner, or lifestyle business. Something that would take immense sacrifice. From this day on their true journey began.
Together, they immediately began advancing the vision for the company. Not only did they see this initial product as a planning system, but an entire mission centered around creating personalized tools to help people evolve. As quoted in an exclusive interview with Forbes:
“We wanted to do more than write a book, or even make a planner. We want to shatter the convention of happiness and success and help people find meaning and fulfillment. The best place to start is where people spend most of their time, at work.”
Arman hypothesized that once people identified their unique ability and found meaning in their work, all the traditional key performance indicators to measure success would skyrocket.
Therefore — success — in the traditional sense,
would be a byproduct of alignment and flow.
Today, according to Gallup, 86% of people worldwide are completely
disengaged from their work; and an actively disengaged employee costs
their organization $34,000 for every $100,000 of salary (34 percent!).
Both Arman and Chad had experienced that misalignment in their own ways, sometimes to the point of burnout and anxiety. They knew this was their opportunity to shift people from an empty and rewardless obsession with productivity and hustle to true inner alignment. To mastery. To a place of meaning.
With a renewed fire burning deep in their hearts — somewhere out in the Caribbean Sea — EVO was born.
They finally decided to walk around the cruise and share the clarity of their life’s work and what would become the EVO Planner with all the innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders on the ship.
They butchered and stumbled through their pitch every time, and yet, everyone was madly in love with it and exclaimed, “I need that!”
Since then, EVO has broken crowdfunding records, been featured by numerous top media outlets, and attracted some of the greatest organizations and thought leaders on Earth to align with the mission.
The Project EVO team is at the forefront of pioneering a new definition of work and fulfillment.
This is what it means to be EVO. And we’ve only just begun!