David Mzikyan
Last July, my sister and I moved to Armenia from Beijing, China. Here are some insights

Last July, my sister and I moved to Armenia from Beijing, China. I have never lived in Armenia for such a long time before - more than a year.

Today, I analyzed what has changed in me and how my perspective has altered, and what were the negative things I could not expect before moving here.
Here are some insights:

Personal perspective changes:

1. A place for personal growth.
I was moving here temporarily, planning to go back to China, because I always felt Armenia was not big enough for my business plans. But I have gained confidence that with a strong team in Armenia and business trips, you can do any business anywhere in the world and still live here.

2. Best place to raise a child.
From all places I have lived or visited, I have never seen a better and secure place for a child both in terms of development and security. I feel like raising a child anywhere else in the world is like raising him/her in a cage.

3. Friends and Family
After being apart from my family and friends for a long time, I feel like I don’t want to undertake any life adventure without them anymore.

4. Meaningfulness
When you are used to solving problems, and when you realize how many problems are still to be solved in Armenia, you start thinking “Damn, you can’t just leave, you can’t pretend you don’t see them.”
Providing solutions while building your life gives a feeling that you are doing something more meaningful than just building your life somewhere abroad.
This gives you more life appreciation.

Issues that I didn’t expect or how I call them, “We will work this out”.

1. Staff and business culture problem.
I couldn’t imagine that one of the biggest business risks would be a shortage of people and businesses that work well. Not answering calls, not delivering on time, not delivering the quality agreed on, not even feeling guilty or shame for violating the terms of agreements is something I constantly had to face. But It’s ok, We will work it out. We need a transparent reputation platform with a feedback culture to eliminate all those who don’t work well.

2. Government and company level bureaucracy.
Didn’t expect so much paperwork for any undertaken operation. I feel like we are living in two Armenias at the same time: advanced, high-tech Armenia with dozen of multinational companies and Armenia with soviet style accounting system and bureaucracy. If there are any focus groups or volunteer opportunities to help to reform the system, would love to participate.

3. Quick results and no long-term thinking
Another thing I found out is that our people love quick results and are afraid to think 5-10 years ahead. We don’t have venture thinking, no failure culture, no big dreams. Have you noticed that those who gain some money, buy an apartment or a car? Why? Because it’s less risky, it’s feasible, tangible and they see the immediate results. We will work it out too.

4. Too much FB and two circles of people.
It seems that there is a small circle of people where everyone is a friend with one another, I call them “FB elite” and a bigger circle of ordinary people “Folk” following and watching the first circle online. No life outside FB, no business outside FB. Not even several circles, only two groups of people.

Finally, a quick tip for future repatriates:
You don’t repatriate for someone else, don't expect appreciation and glory. You do it for yourself, and you are the one who is going to benefit from it the most. With this mindset only you will be able to consolidate your repatriation.

Feel free to share your opinions. It would be interesting to see other points of view.

Repost from David Mzkyan's Facebook

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