Hosted by the Happiness Center, Ulaanbaatar-based MCS Coca Cola Company, B. Batjargal, a software engineer of the ‘Quartzy’ Company at the Silicone Valley, CA, USA, was invited to speak at the one of the ‘Busy Young Age’ series of lectures.
Batjargal is best known for living in his vehicle, a Volkswagen Eurovan. The audience was interested in his daily lifestyle, the reason why he lives in his vehicle, and the secret of his success.
“I am a very lucky person. When I was studying in high school, I was good at mathematics and foreign languages. My parents suggested that I become an economist and I agreed.
“However, I was devastated by my results after doing the entrance examination of a university in Mongolia. I got only 572 of 800 points. While my goal of becoming an economist was shattered, I managed to be accepted in the IT program at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST).”
“In 2013, I graduated from the MUST, then I taught for a few years at the university. Eventually, I obtained a MA degree of the Maharishi University of Management. USA. I was accepted into this program after taking an on-line exam. English was not a top requirement at Maharishi University but; instead, professional abilities are counted.
When I was a child, I was obsessed with computers. I loved learning how to repair computers at a repair center. I found it very dynamic.
In my spare time, I worked as a web developer. In second year of university, I applied for unpaid internships to 15 companies, and I received internship offers from two companies. All these experiences helped me succeed in my studies in United States.”
B.Batjargal commented that our Mongolian education system is good, and teachers attempt to provide practical lessons. “I think Mongolia is able to be internationally competitive in education, but our students need to work hard to reach their goals.”
Working long hours does not guarantee success
When speaking of daily work routines for a successful results, B.Batjargal feels he is able in get his work done, without working long hours.
“I wake up at 5.00 am, and work for 2-3 hours then go to gym. Then, I return to work until lunch. I work a few hours in the afternoon.
Long-hour works does not necessarily mean a successful result. More importantly, you need to fully concentrate on what you are doing in a short period. This will make your work more productive. My friends tell me that I am disciplined. I think people need to be disciplined and honest. For example, if you target to awaken at 5.00 am, then you do it. One more thing, I really don’t like wasting my precious time on small things, such as focusing in the morning on which clothes to wear or washing dishes. There are many other things I should resolve.
You need to be a workaholic. Furthermore, you can more effectively to accomplish your goal by dividing the goal into several phases. Each finished phase provides a milestone of encouraging success.
Why I live in my Volkswagen Eurovan
When asked why he is lives in his Volkswagen van, Batjargal replied that he currently lives with his parents, although previously he had been lived in his van for two years.
People ask me this question all the time. Depending on a situation, I give three different answers. To a stranger, I usually tell them I live in the van because of financial and time issues. Renting an apartment is costly and apartment locations are far from my work.
To acquaintances, I reply that I want to save money so that I can achieve my dream of travelling around the world.
To my close friends, I explain that the more comfortable place I have, the more I tend to become lazy. So, I decided to quit a convenient workplace.
When I return to the United States, I may live in a van for a half year. This kind of living style is economically good.
Happiness in Strange Encounters
Speaking about what makes people happy, Batjargal said that there are many reasons to be happy, but doing the same thing every day is boring. Facing the unfamiliar makes him happy since it leads him to study and learn new things.
With respect to his goals and dreams, Batjargal explained that he soon wants to travel around the world and hopes to start a new business in Mongolia, which would enter the global market. He explained that the journey towards the goal is more important that the goal itself.
Near the end of his lecture, Batjargal discussed that American employers are more interested in understanding how you handle and resolve situations what you know. In other words, they consider that your approach reflexes how you will handle big issues.
Source: Invest Pro Mongolia #4 (2017)