This tentative world map is an expression of my gratitude for all the amazing people I have recently met. Every new story I publish, every new profile I analyze makes me a richer human being. I know some of my entries may be long for these times, but for me they are all truly inspirational. It shows all these Romanians have a story to share, and they do that happily. So my goal today is to show you in a few words the true value of the Romanians Abroad section, what I've learned from my interviewees and what you should, too!
50 people. 23 men and 27 women. Educators, CEOs, artists, managers, IT specialists, entrepreneurs. Global performers or local stars.
I don't say we are better than any other nation, no. But we, Romanians, have something special, a combination of three factors: a healthy family background, a vast general knowledge and a perfect environment to fulfill our potential.
While the latter differs from one to another, the first two are definitely given by the Romanian society. By parents who, despite all challenges, all ups and downs, have given it all to create a better future. By an education system with many flaws, yet still producing an immense number of talents.
It is of course not a general rule. We have a good saying here in Romania - every forest has its brushwood. We cannot be proud of everybody, but the fact and the matter is this - there is no thing we cannot do, if we put our mind to it!
So what have I learned from all these interviews? First of all - to be proud I was born in this country, surrounded by some of the most profound, thorough people on Earth! To always acknowledge the dark side, but to totally appreciate the positive. And, more cut to the chase...
... I got the confirmation that Asia has the power to positively influence anyone's life. India, Singapore, Qatar, Indonesia, Japan or Hong Kong - it doesn't matter. Professional-oriented? Corporate guy? Looking for their core values? Their true meaning in life? Everyone can get the answers they look for, in an environment which can only be understood and explained by someone who has lived there.
I know now we are well-respected for our IT capabilities. And that there is even an international association of all Romanian IT professionals out there. If you are one of them, you should definitely check it out!
I have learned about the power of globetrotting, and how interacting with different cultures can shape a human being.
I have learned how women are strong enough to succeed in male-dominated environments. Irrespective if they have to face the extra challenges of being a mother, or the unfortunate stereotypes about originating from Romania.
I have witnessed the value of our HR professionals, how they have learned both theory and practice within our borders, and how the world fully benefits from their experience. And I cannot wait to add a similar story from Rio de Janeiro - in the making as we speak!
I have learned that multi-tasking can be good sometimes. And that Romanians are more than capable for that. They can successfully combine business analysis with poetry writing; teacher development with community building, jewelry and branding; DJing with acting and modelling; IT with research and public speaking, or the latter three with some more skills like project management and statistics. In the same time... It doesn't really matter when you have a common goal which can be achieved through different actions...
I found out how Romanians can develop the most interesting, disruptive personal projects! They have the guts to launch innovative start-ups in most competitive environments: they for instance consult international professionals to find a proper job in London; they build a network of moving things by installing devices on bikes and other vehicles; they develop oils for the well-being of anyone, and in the same time they create their personal brand by being worldwide known for educating others how to perform better and live a healthy life; they even design custom-made bras, only by extracting data from a survey! Or they exploit a perfect niche - Swiss buyers for dream homes in Barcelona...
I have also met two of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in my life! They are impressive because they have started early... and I mean very early: with organizing events by the age of 15, or with mentoring others by the age of 17! And, trust me, their careers sky-rocketed, so it was never about luck...
Romanians can also make a name for themselves in the largest corporations on Earth! They are successful in banking, IT, outsourcing, debt collection, cigarettes, auto components, energy, oil and gas, facility management... And what's interesting about them is that they all make sure everyone knows they come from Romania! Like this architect who heavily invests her personal savings for creating a better image for our country...
I am also proud to have met the CEO of a Romanian company gone global, designing custom-made solutions for any important bank in the world!
But what I mostly love about Romanians is when they finally follow their passion. They go through a personal or professional transformation, and they align the stars so that they live a happy life. They become painters, chefs, horse caretakers or fashion designers, and they all have a beautiful rollercoaster to share.
There is someone out there who even had to go through a nearly-death experience to become the spiritual person of today, retreated somewhere in rural France, away from the buzz of the aggitated life nowadays. Very inspiring!
I also had no idea there is such thing as singularity storytelling... Or that a Romanian sells luxury houses to famous people like Lionel Messi or Ronnie Wood... Or even that Hawaii can be a good place to become an astronomer!
To all of you - THANK YOU! Thank you for creating this unique complexity. Thank you for sharing your performances, your values and beliefs, and for making me a better person. And thank your for being forever in love with Romania!
I know this may sound like a cliche, but I am also grateful for those of you who haven't yet answered. I learned a lot just from googling you, so don't take this as a reproach if you read this. I am only sorry you haven't revealed yourself to the world, but I do hope it's a temporary thing.
My community would have been even richer with the Harvard alumni working in the US travel industry; with the two Romanian CEOs from Italy or the one from San Francisco; the Romanian IT entrepreneur who has opened an office in London; the outstanding researcher from Luxembourg or the experienced psychiatrist from California... You are the living proof that we, Romania, are a very special country and we have many peaks that can form the most valuable community!
A sneak preview of what's next, because more and more interviews are almost ready! Another constant nomad giving consultancy and solving strategic issues in different parts of the world, nowadays residing in Botswana... a fabulous lawyer from Barcelona, bridging the gap between Spain and Romania; a policy advisor from Brussels, another expert in multi-tasking looking to positively influence the world; or the entrepreneur who has developed a revolutionary technology, able to predict human behavior... And of course some many others who I haven't found them, just yet...
I cannot thank myself enough for starting this Romanians Abroad section. And I'm thinking every day how I can put all these people together, how we can all benefit from their competencies, from their love for our country... If you have any ideas, please let me know!
I promised a few words and it's already over 1200... It seems I cannot stop cherishing them... So one last thing before I go: this article shows the full list of interviews, and it's the perfect place to give it up to all my heroes!
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