Is success a coincidence or the result of continuous work? On the International Women's Day we asked this question from two successful women, our alumni.
Kai Realo, the CEO of Ragn-Sells Estonia: “Sometimes in life, you should have luck; sometimes, it is helpful to know someone or hear something by chance, which I think is perfectly fine. However, if we talk about success, we should probably start with what can be taken as success. I have been quite a public figure in recent years, but for me, success lies in the fact that I have been able to do what I like, and I have done it very well for years. And it is both from the business aspect - companies are successful and have a good image - and from the aspect of managing people - people want to come to work and are proud of their company. This success, my definition of success, has undoubtedly come with consistent work. Over time, I have acquired business management skills and experience, and I have also had to upgrade myself through training sessions. Regarding managing people, all kinds of personality tests and internal company surveys have been helpful, providing good input for self-development. And with myself, I constantly work on improving my leadership qualities and skills. We live amid constant changes, and it is unthinkable that one can successfully continue as a leader without thinking through these changes for oneself and taking something from them for development. So - good opportunities have also come by chance but making them work in my favour has always depended on my contribution.
Krista Mulenok, the Secretary General Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association: “I appreciate and am grateful for what I have been able to experience in life. I believe you cannot rely on chance, but they can significantly contribute to living a more conscious life like in my case. Death threats, surviving air disturbances and evacuations - these incidents and experiences have made me think and contribute to national defence and develop the field of civil defence in Estonia. I work a lot and with passion, I am demanding, both with myself and with others. I celebrate successes with dignity and seize opportunities and do not postpone them. I have learned to listen to my heart. I feel that I am successful and happy when I and my loved ones are healthy, I can do the most interesting work in the world in a peaceful environment, and I have hopes and dreams. Experiences and memories are those that can never be burned or stolen from you."