Caucasus Business Week had an exclusive interview with one of the founders of Tegeta Motors, Giorgi Mshvildadze, who made few suggestions for beginner businessmen.
I am a civil engineer by profession. I have graduated transportation and mechanical engineering faculty at the Georgian Technical University. I found my first job place at TbilKalakProject. I used to design motorways. In that period specialists were referred to job places from universities. Since I graduated the university by the Red Diploma, I was first referred to the job place. My first salary was 120 Rubles. This was a good sum in that period, even more so for a young man.
My educational background business. In 1996 I joined the Tegeta Motors team and since then I have been working in this team.
I like Porsche vehicles very much. I frequently drive this vehicle. I personally do not own a vehicle and use only company motorcar. Jeep or sedan? I would not make such differentiation. I use both of them. Everything depends on specific situation. I drive a sedan for business meetings, in other cases I prefer a JEEP. I go to office every day, at half past of 9 in the morning. My office starts operation in this time.
Having got to the office, I first discuss the agenda. I preliminarily compose the weeklong agenda to determine what to do in this or that day. I always follow this agenda.
I would not work in the field that is not interesting for me and that I do not understand. I have received technical education and this field inspires me. Consequently, I do not have education in the humanities and I do not understand this field. I would not work in the field, where I lack for due knowledge. I suggest young people the same – they should follow the fields and specialties to which they incline and in which they show their best skills.
I would suggest beginner businessmen to analyze their mistakes. Every person makes mistakes, but we should analyze them to correct them. Business may be developed in this way. I would suggest the beginner businessmen to learn analyzing mistakes. A person should be ambitious and goal-oriented, but should not do anything for career.
The main thing in this life to be happy, to be glad seeing the new dawn. It is much misfortune, when a person finds this life useless.
I often travel for business affairs. I often leave for foreign countries for business meetings. Though, I would nowhere live outside of Georgia on permanent basis. Every person can spend a year or two outside of the homeland, but not on permanent basis. I have so many familiar and close persons in this country, I will never abandon them.I appreciate all Georgian dishes, except for Khashi. I cannot endure this meal. Football is my favorite sport, I like this sport since my childhood.