Even my brother, who had his own company and to whom I kept saying "show me; teach me," told me: "just marry a rich man and you're set. What do you need all this for?" And I told him "Why should marrying a rich man stop me from learning?" Of course, he wished for the best for me, but that was the attitude then towards women.
Of course, I was constantly doing something, anyway, like at the Chamber of Commerce, but it wasn't taken seriously. They thought it was just a phase I was going through.
And then one day a friend calls me and says "I'm going to study in England." I say "Wait, let me call you right back." I called my parents right away: "I want to go to study in England. I know it might be kind of expensive, but I'll work there." If I decide to do something, I will definitely do it. We still have a credo in our family: when you see a goal, go for it. Both my parents and grandmothers on both sides are like that. My parents thought a little, then they were, like, "Okay." One minute is all it took. The decision was made in one minute. I called my friend back: "I'm going with you."
It was spring in London when I arrived, and it was great. Everyone was walking; everyone was beautiful and cheerful. I had been to Paris with my parents before and I had been in Italy, but still this made a huge impression: is this really my reality?
In England I first studied at David Game College, and then I got into City, University of London. I set the same regime for myself all over again; I took a bunch of additional classes—I remember, I took classes with computers, because I didn't understand computers. I had all seven days a week scheduled, and I also decided that sports are important: my brain was exploding. I needed to balance something, so I started doing sports and yoga there. That really helped me to keep up with everything.