About me Vsevolod Vasev
I am Vsevolod Vasev, a former founder of two companies. Curious and creative. I have critical thinking, self-sufficiency.
I am working with a friend on the idea of creating a full-fledged AI and intelligent translator based on it. And also, we want to create a device that will help people learn a foreign language, wherever they are.
Our goal is to create a product that brings together people who speak different languages.
There are three things that most people are afraid of: trust, tell the truth, and be yourself.
I am a simple person who has experienced ups and downs, the joy of victory, and the bitterness of defeat. I rose high and fell to the very bottom of the social ladder. I went through burnout and depression.
I did not break down, did not give up, did not blame everyone around for his failures, but remained himself, preserved himself as a person.
I left his past behind, analyzing his mistakes and accepting them as part of his life.
I found my goal and am moving towards it with my steps.
I share my thoughts with other people by answering their questions and listening to their opinions. Even if their opinion does not coincide with mine, I have no right to forbid them to say and write what they think.
In dispute and reflection, truth is born.
My studies. How I studied and what I learned, what knowledge I gained.
For as long as I can remember, I was always learning something. Whether it was school, work, college, institute, university. Or I was just educating myself. It's fascinating, despite the challenges I've always had. The more you gain knowledge, the greater your horizons. When you study at any educational institution, you get knowledge first and foremost, not objective or subjective grades for that knowledge.
Due to frequent moves from place to place and my illness, I had to attend five schools as a child. And each time I had to, as they say now, integrate into school society. Finding common ground with the kids in my class. I studied pretty well until the 7th grade, but after moving to another city, my academic performance decreased. Moving to another city became stressful for me and I hardly integrated into school society. Gradually I got used to it and got involved in studying. My favorite subjects at school were mathematics, physics, astronomy, social studies and history. I did not feel such piety for the rest of the subjects and simply passed them, receiving, as they said then, a satisfactory state assessment.
In Soviet schools, there were oral and written exams in the main subjects. Now Russia has introduced the Unified State Exam, or simply put, tests. The test does not say or show your knowledge in any subject. It just states the fact, that you passed or failed this subject. Students in the last year of school are trained to take tests. They are coached to pass these tests, killing the individuality of the student. In Soviet school it was the opposite, first I took the written exam, and only then passed the oral exam in front of the examination committee. They didn't teach us rhetoric, we taught ourselves how to speak orally. On the exam, you could be asked any question from the entire course of the school program. I learned how to properly express my thoughts using oral speech. Subsequently, this skill has come in handy for me. I think this is the best way to pass exams in school.
I was fascinated by studying at school and studying at DOSAAF (voluntary society for the promotion of the army, aviation and Navy). I took a course in parachuting in DOSAAF, as I had a dream to enter a military school. But my dreams were not destined to come true, as my health failed me. After graduating from school, I tried to enroll in the Gubkin Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but did not pass the competition, there were not enough points. I got a job at a factory, as an apprentice turner. I was 16 years old at the time. Before the army, I worked at a factory. For 1.5 years, my self-study, I became a turner of the 3rd category.
Service in the Soviet Army.
I did not like serving in the Soviet Army. It was not about discipline, but about such a vicious phenomenon as "dedovshchina". Mockery and mockery, extortion of money, suppression of personality, up to and including beatings and murders, that is what the Soviet army was like. I rebelled against injustice and the growing lawlessness, applied to the military prosecutor's office and immediately became an outcast among my conscription, but was respected by the young conscripts. No one else touched the young men, and all military service was conducted strictly according to the regulations. It was hard, but I didn't break down.
After serving in the army, I went back to the factory. After working there for a year, he enrolled in preparatory courses at the Gubkin Institute in Moscow. Gubkin Institute in Moscow. The graduation exams at the courses are the entrance exams to the institute. But only for those who had served in the army. And we went out of the general competition. That's the kind of benefit that existed in the Soviet Union back then. I got into the Department of Oil and Gas Construction Design. I only studied for one year. I failed two exams: technical mechanics and programming. It was the first time I saw a computer, it was 1990. I did well in studying subjects in which, at school, I received unsatisfactorily and satisfactorily. It was higher mathematics and physics. In these subjects I was excellent. I was even kicked out of the exam, as I did help others to solve tasks. I was just interested in solving tasks not only in my variant, but also in other variants.
Yes, I had the opportunity to stay at the institute and continue my studies further. This opportunity sat in the Ministry of Natural Resources of the USSR and was the first deputy minister. But, I flatly refused to accept this help. And I still do not regret making that decision. I believe that it was my decision and my responsibility, and that it was my own fault for not passing the exams. I should have studied, not gone out.
I entered college in 1993 at the correspondence department. The correspondence department is a form of education in which students enrolled in college study independently at home, and come to the college for the session to listen to lectures and pass tests and exams. Each student is given a homework assignment, which they are required to pass in a certain period. In simple terms, after completing the homework, the student sends it by mail to the college for verification. If the task is completed incorrectly, it comes back with comments that need to be corrected. At the correspondence department, students who worked and could pay their tuition were trained. I was working then and saving money for tuition fees. It was possible to pay not for one year of study, but every six months, which was very convenient.
I was trained as an electrical technician, at the faculty: "Electrical equipment and power supply of industrial and civil buildings". The training lasted two years. We were taught by professors of technical sciences. We were the last group to be taught by professors. At the end of our training in college, most of the professors left for St. Petersburg University for permanent residence and work.
I did my diploma work on my own. Since we did not have computers at the time, I took all the information from books in the library. My thesis was built on the comparison of two systems of electrical equipment and power supply of elevators (firm KONE and the Soviet system). There was also an economical constituent of the project. I made all drawings by me according to the then standards, with the help of my drawing tools. I defended my diploma with excellent marks.
I entered the technical university in 1998. Specialty: ship electromechanic. Then my situation at work stabilized. Wages were paid on time, not once in six months. I was accepted to the free of charge department of evening faculty. I had already written about the evening faculty. That's when you work the whole day, and then after a short break you go to university. I used to come home at about 11 p.m. And so every day except Saturday and Sunday. At university, it was the same as at the institute, higher mathematics is excellent, but physics is good. In my first year at university, I had such subjects as philosophy and sociology. It seemed strange to me, why we need these subjects, especially in a technical university. But it was explained to us popularly, that we need them, and that on these subjects, we will have tests and examinations. And if we do not pass these subjects, I emphasize, I have a technical specialty, then they can be expelled from the university for failure.
In philosophy, I wrote an essay on the topic: what Plato wrote about in his work "The State". I wrote the essay by myself and by hand. You know that in Russian, written speech is written in italics, not in block letters, as in English. I took the test right in the hallway of the university. I was sick at the time and missed the official test. The professor did not want to make an extra day for me and accepted the test, as I wrote above. I read Plato's work "The State" in its entirety and I liked it, although I had never been into philosophy before.
I managed to have an argument with my sociology teacher. The reason was that I expressed my opinion that, in a technical university in a technical specialty, making sociology a compulsory subject was nonsense. And that we students should study technical subjects, and not waste our time on humanities subjects. The teacher took offense at my words and said that I would personally take written and oral tests on all the topics that we covered during the semester. So as not to embarrass myself, I learned the lectures by heart in two days and could recite any lecture from memory. In the notebook was written out 96 sheets of solid text. Even after many years, I can safely operate with the concepts that exist in sociology. I have written the abstract, where I considered what social groups exist and how people belonging to these social groups interact within the group and with the outside world. To write this essay, I used the works of the German philosopher and sociologist Max Weber.
Here are some of his famous quotes that are relevant today in my opinion:
"Intellectuals have always been the bearers of rationality, and entrepreneurs could become them."
"The state is the organization that provides the most expensive services of the lowest quality."
"It is better to have officials we can spit on than officials who don't care about us."
"An idea is no substitute for a job."
"In a democracy, people choose a leader they trust. Then the elected leader says, 'Now shut up and obey me.' After that, the people and the party can no longer interfere in his affairs." Source : https://ru.citaty.net/avtory/maks-veber/
In the second semester of Sociology, we learned how to properly design a sociological survey of the population on any topic. Analyze and operate with the data obtained. I didn't start studying special subjects until my fourth year at university. I went to university for 5 years and left it because I could not afford to pay for my education. But, since I studied mostly on my own, the knowledge I received came in handy in the future, and it is still relevant today, despite the fact that a lot of time has passed since then.
After my appointment as a middle manager in the company, studying became more difficult for me than it had been before. I tried not to skip classes, no matter how hard it was for me. I left the university and I still do not regret it. Many teachers, because of the lack of money, left the university and went abroad, some to universities in the capital. And the best of the best left, leaving mediocrities. I talked to some of these mediocrities and saw the difference in teaching one subject or another. I went to university to gain knowledge that I couldn't get on my own, because I didn't yet understand what I wanted. I got versatile knowledge in many disciplines. I will not list the disciplines that I studied, because it would take a lot of time.
I consider staff training to be an important stage in my training and knowledge acquisition. When you teach someone, you train yourself. And in the end you become a professional in your business. For me, a professional is a person who can explain complicated things in simple words. If you are not able to do that, then you are not a professional, no matter how much you claim otherwise.
The staff you are training may ask you any questions that you may not know the answer to right away. Then you should not refuse to answer the listener's question, but find the material, study it and give the listener a detailed and comprehensive answer. Your listener gets a detailed answer to his question, and you get knowledge that may be useful to you in the future. Learning never ends. It goes on and on as long as you live. Gaining new knowledge trains your brain, and you won't have diseases like dementia when you're old. Not only do you train your brain, you learn how to solve complex problems, find inconsistencies in reasoning, and more.
You get your own perspective and critical thinking. Eventually, you will look at many things through the prism of your skills, abilities and knowledge. You will no longer blindly believe everything you are shown or told about. It will be difficult to lead you astray from the true path of knowledge, because you will not succumb to manipulation and psychological pressure from the outside.
You don't have to be educated in an educational institution if you have the self-discipline and the ability to see things through to their logical conclusion. The desire alone in this case is not enough, because it can disappear in the process of learning. And finding ways to feed your motivation on your own is very difficult and sometimes not an easy task for a person. Therefore, if you do not have the necessary skills, it is still better to get your initial education in an educational institution.
I mean, get a classical academic education, which gives you a system of gaining knowledge. It is only after you get the knowledge that you begin to acquire the skills. Sometimes, in most cases, it's the other way around. First you get skills, and only then you get knowledge. This way of obtaining knowledge suits you only if you want to become a professional in his business, not mediocrity, which are now scattered quite a lot.
You know, not all people can adequately perceive your analytical conclusions on certain events that take place in your life, in your environment, or in the world. You may be ostracized, insulted, but no one will remain indifferent. I have received and am I receiving both. It's hard to find your way in the gray mass of indifferent and downright aggressive people. The most important thing is not to give up and go to your goal, in spite of all the circumstances and difficulties that arise along the way. And pay less attention to the approval or condemnation of the people around you, you do not need their approval or condemnation by and large. The main thing is your faith in yourself and in your work, to which you have dedicated your life. Good luck to you