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.