The sentiment expressed above is believed by a majority of Korean women, but the stories recounted here illustrate the wide variations that exist in the journey to success of Korean women managers. A number of Korean women who did not fit the family or cronies criteria quoted above have succeeded in becoming managers. The successful women managers were able to transcend traditions, discrimination, negative attitudes, and other obstacles and become managers. The factors distinguishing successful women managers from those who did not succeed provide clues for women who wish to follow in their footsteps and learn from their lives and experiences. Success factors emerging from their life stories are interdependent and intertwined, but for purposes of clarity are discussed here under separate categories.