A public figure Alexander Monastyirev told about key difference between an entrepreneur and a businessman, about lack of time for running own business, and about the ability to change own planes constantly.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL YEARS.
I finished the physic-mathematical class with advanced studying of programming in a boarding- school, which is now named after Nikolay Nikolaevich Dubinin. I endlessly grateful to my destiny for knowing such an outstanding person during my school days. Such people are said to be “a teacher from God”. Nikilay Nikolaevich used to to talk to us not only about the physics, but also about the meaning of life, politics, and philosophy. Every week he would arrange school meetings, where he used to share his thoughts about what was going on in our country and the whole world. I was a student in the time of “perestroika”, when Russia opened to the world, and what he said was extremely crucial.
Nikilay Nikolaevich was like a father for us, who would share common life stuff with us. We would never know about that if it wasn’t for him.
HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION HELP YOU IN YOUR FUTURE LIFE?
The basics of physics and math broaden one’s mind. The majority of businessmen have philosophic or physic-mathematical education.
WHY DID YOU SHIFT FROM MATH TO THE MEDICINE?
Nikolay Nikolaevich used to tell us that it was important to choose a profession which we’d love, not the more profitable one. Teenagers tend to think that it’s vital to choose the profession where their salary is higher. In the Soviet Union every worker used to have particular salary, and it used to be clear where one had to go to get more money. So, Nikolay Nikolaevich was able to find such words so we could understand that it is vital to find backgrounds in oneself and go for the job which one is ready to devote his life to. Even high salary won’t help you to do a job which you don’t like.
Then I realized that the idea of being a scientific worker didn’t respond to my primary needs, for I wanted to give people positive emotions more often. So I decided to become a doctor, because it was an opportunity to help people every day.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK DAY LIKE NOWADAYS AND WHAT ARE YOU RUNNING OUT OF TIME FOR?
For running my business, because now social work takes the majority of my time. I devote my attention to the charity, work of associations, and public organizations. For example, the previous month I spent in Moscow due to my participation in conference devoted to the Far East development.
WHAT YOU WILL NEVER FEEL SORRY TO INVEST MONEY, TIME, AND POWER IN?
Development. My motto is “Whatever happens, it happens for good”. I’ve never had a situation when some business year went down, but not up.
DO YOU DRAW ANY CONCLUSIONS FROM A FINISHING YEAR?
Thinking about plans for the following year we always draw specific conclusions from the current year. Any activity should be planned. Planning is necessary for realizing the goal and which moves must be done to achieve it. One of the entrepreneur’s competences is ability to constantly make confirmations to correct the plan. He must be able to size up the changing situation and make right corrections.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ENTREPRENEUR AND A BUSINESSMAN?
Businessmen are people whose final goal is to earn as much money as possible. It’s not an issue for them how they are going to do it. Unlike them, entrepreneurs’ target is to make changes in society. They see their need in society, and by doing what they do, they try to fulfill it, and along that they earn some money.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT, AND YOUR GREATEST LUCK?
The greatest luck is my life itself. Whatever happens is continuous luck, because luck is everything that happens to you beside what you’ve planned. Luck is not something that leads you to some great events, as for me, a meeting with a good man is luck. Even any premise has an some luck, because every time you are planning something, there’s always something that goes different way, so that is luck. And the greatest achievement is my experience.