Business in the UK vs. Business in Bulgaria (guest post on

Sebastian Marshall, one of the most impressive bloggers I know and keep in contact with, has posted some of my thoughts on the differences between Bulgarian and UK society, in terms of work habits and social structure. I was really honoured to be featured as a guest author there, as his blog is being read by some quite amazing people, all interested more or less in being the best version of themselves, while studying people and society. I’m currently back in Bulgaria for a short vacation, and the timing for posting this can’t be better.

Here is an excerpt, go ahead and read the whole post if you’re interested:

[H]aving the perspective on why for example Bulgaria is a messy, unorderly place, while the UK is the most structured country I’ve been in so far, also gives some insight of why it’s that and what purpose it’s helping. I mean, in Bulgaria people always complain they are not taken care of by the country, that everything is left pretty much to the laws of the jungle (I don’t know of you’re familiar with any Eastern European country, but it’s part of the culture there – maybe a little less harsh than what you’ve been describing about Mongolia), but that gives you the unique skillset of being an ‘all-around’ person (also because the country is poor, we don’t ‘hire’ someone, we try to fix things ourselves). You don’t just trust or ‘buy in’ what the State / or overpriced business is selling to you – and you know you have only yourself to rely on if you want something done. Whereas in the UK, people are so much taken care of, that they are too relaxed, and probably unadaptable.

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4 thoughts on “Business in the UK vs. Business in Bulgaria (guest post on

  1. Hello! There are some nice points in the post. Being Bulgarian for all my life I know how things work inside and outside the country. To be totally honest, It is difficult to get something good done, because people are not used to see somebody working on something just for the cause.
    Something that I have seen and is totally wrong is that work on good-causes is not promoted, there goes – nobody feels passionate about them, and everything goes grey all over again.
    What really lacks in Bulgaria is color, and by color I mean parties, being nice without expecting anything, doing what you know how to do, and just be nice and treat people the way you want them to treat you.

    Am I right Rumena? How do you find this part of the problem?


    • I think you’re right, people in Bulgaria don’t usually get out of their way to do things ‘just because’ – however, sometimes they have a reason for it. As we tend to be generally lazy, when people see someone being active, they start outsourcing everything to this person – so the ‘good-doers’ become the ‘everything-doers’. You need some kind of filter to find out if the thing is worth doing and would be valued, otherwise there’s a risk you are just drained from your energy doing something no one really cares about. Here’s something more about this (also note the comments):


  2. Hi Rumena. Really interesting entry that draws attention to some fascinating points. However, I’m a little confused to where you stand. At first you distinguish a clear difference between Bulgaria and the U.K through social upbringing (possibly political influence/negligence?) and how this determines a very contrasting work ethic between the two countries.

    Bulgarians developing “unique skillset of being an ‘all-around’ person”. Those from the U.K “are too relaxed, and probably unadaptable”.

    But you then go onto express the importance of ‘team work’, that you have learnt from studying at a British university? And how relying on others can indeed result in success.

    Although this was a little confusing the first time reading, I guess it not only demonstrates your own personal development and understandings, but too the pro’s and con’s that both Bulgaria and the U.K have in terms of business and work ethic.

    After all team work, the idea of capitalising on individual skills to benefit one entirety, and just generally ‘branching out’ meeting people, connecting with one another etc etc is very vital and necessary and I’d say even more so in the business we are currently aiming to work in. Though at the same time I do recognise the importance that possibly older values do have on a society, maybe not as individual people but as a country?

    Nice post.


    • Thank you for your comment, James. Great and valuable input. I was worried after writing and posting this how my UK contacts would react – as the post is indeed a bit narrow-minded and doesn’t take into account enough aspects of the topic.

      You are pointing out an inconsistency between my points re: adaptivity / un-adaptivity and ‘team work’, and I think I need to clarify a bit:

      Relying on others and ‘team work’ seem to work best in a context / project that’s been designed for structured and team work. In other words, if the process has been designed for us to work in teams, you do indeed get better results when working in a team – and probably you won’t be able to achieve much on your own. Team work requires specialising – while being an ‘all-around’ person gives you an overall idea, but without any specifics. As you say, the industry we’re aiming to work in (media) is a great example. You cannot possibly create a large-scale project if you don’t work in teams of specialists (eg. in a film, make-up, cameras, sound, etc. etc.), but at the same time, in order to manage and coordinate all this you may need someone with a more general and ‘all-around’ approach.

      I didn’t quite understand your last sentence, could you please clarify / reword it?

      Once again, thanks for your input, I always value your comments and insights.


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