Martin Mastalir,
success is only worth it if it is shared

"I thought that people had become indifferent, that they had stopped worrying about what was going on around them,” says Martin Mastalir, head of B2B proposition marketing at Orange Slovensko. He had this uncomfortable feeling ten years ago.

In 2004, he decided to use his professional skills to help Orange Foundation: “I follow-up on projects which have received a grant. The last one aimed to bring Snoezelen therapy to a school helping children in need. The therapy consists of placing people in a peaceful environment which stimulates their senses. It is used for children with learning difficulties, communication or behavioural problems, or who are physically or mentally disabled.”
Martin has also joined the Association of Samaritans of the Slovak Republic which helps elderly people: “Right now, my role is to come up with a business model to launch an awareness campaign.” Depending on what needs to be done, he dedicates one to ten hours every month:
“People who are close to me support me because they believe a commitment like this brings out the best of us. I have two children, a three year old daughter and a six year old son. I want them to grow up in a more welcoming world. The good news is that we can make that happen. I grew up in Slovakia under a Communist regime. My view is heavily biased by the fact that I was a little boy, but I had the impression that people were closer then. There is a real threat coming from people living ever more cut off from each other, obsessed with their own lives, strangers to what is going on next door.”

A commitment like this brings out the best of us"

Since he got involved, Martin has found an answer to his questions. Selfishness is no key to success; he is living proof of this. At 35, he has an important position in a multinational company, but he didn’t forget to make room for others in his daily life: “We have to share our success. It’s not about taking on impossible challenges. Many actions on a small scale are worth more than aiming for a big unattainable goal.” Martin remains optimistic: “Money can’t become the only driving force in society. The best response to this trend is to give more without expecting anything back. I believe it because there will always be volunteers ready to do just that.”

Portrait by Apolline Guichet

 

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