Everybody wants to be healthy, happy and successful.
And what everybody really needs in order to have this – is a sense of meaning. That is Viktor Frankl’s philosophy. Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, had a practical prescription on how we can find the meaning in life: (1) by doing a meaningful work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by having the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering and finding something positive about it.
I thought this is just more than a magic formula for becoming successful, it is actually a formula for healthy and happy life. There is a real benefit of doing a good deed, of being immersed in something positive, of having a focus on something really beautiful that we are trying to create. And this story reveals exactly that…
Tatana was crowned Miss World in 2006. She is the one and only Czech who won this title. She is also one of a few in the Czech Republic who founded a non-profit foundation to support the elderly.
For many years she has been working in a field that is apparently not attractive for other nonprofits and volunteers in the Czech Republic. Her Foundation Krása pomoci supports projects that help seniors living alone and experiencing social isolation. The foundation provides social services, such as personal assistance, care service in homes of seniors, and runs programs for their social integration. The Foundation raised 30 million Czech Crowns to aid senior citizens.
“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”
Tatana’s work has been praised by the United Nations, where she represents Czech Republic’s non-profit sector. Tatana is the Ambassador SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals).
On March 14th, 2018 Tatana spoke at the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in UN Headquarters in New York. This is the largest event in the UN after the UN General Assembly. Tatana’s speech was focused on women working in the non-profit sector in the Czech Republic, the gender pay gap, and the importance of promoting gender equality.
“In the Czech Republic, the difference between men’s and women’s earnings is 22%, which is the second worst result in the EU. We should fight the stereotypes of the male and female roles in the labor market and at the same time strengthen the self-confidence of women to make them believe they deserve the same remuneration as men do”
In her recent interview with Equal Pay Day Women to Themselves, she said:
I want to share what I’ve learned in my life and work. I want to support women and their activities. I believe that women have the power to change the world for the better. Sharing experience and knowledge are important for enhancing women’s self-confidence and inspiration. It is my honor to share what I’ve learned. I believe that life rewards those who love life and have the desire and determination to work and care for others around the world.