Sundar Pichai: Let me tell you a little bit about my journey to Silicon Valley from India 22 years ago growing up in India like many of you. I got my first telephone when I was 12 in my case it turned out to be a rotary phone. So it wasn’t that great for selfies, but I still love to call my friends to play with it and sometimes take it apart from that telephone cemented my fascination with technology.
I remember in my parents house in Chennai reading about the invention of the transistor. At Bell Labs course that initial invention. Helped found Ward became known as Silicon Valley and out of that came companies like fat child semiconductor and Intel. And all the computers and software that we all used today you can draw a direct line from that invention to the technology. That powers your Twitter feed or your reach ad messages today a lot of times
When Sundar Pichai was younger you know people would say you know this person didn’t get into this college or something. And that’s the end of the road. I mean life is so different from that and so I think it’s important to you know keep your hopes. It keep your dreams and try to follow them. And you know I think most of how life plays out is up to you not up to what happens outside of you. And I think it’s important to keep that in mind and take the long-term view. I still vividly remember as a teenage. Jumping onto a crowded train a Chennai and traveling for 24 hours to attend my school at IIT Kharagpur. And that opportunity changed the course of my life you want to aim high enough that you fail you know a few times.
Sundar Pichai think that’s the natural part of the process. In fact you know Larry is to say if you work on really difficult things. You’re better off because you have no competition others aren’t working on that difficulty problem. And even if you fail you end up doing something great in the process. I think you know working the real world. I would say you know it is important to be well-rounded it’s important to you know try different things. You know take some risks you know I would encourage people to you know follow their passions. A little bit more to follow set lanes throughout your carrier. It getting into an elite institution doesn’t guarantee success it matters a lot. Sundar Pichai
But it doesn’t guarantee success and you know. I think that’s it’s important to keep the perspective in life. And you know life is a long road and you know so you want to take it at the right pace and enjoy. What you’re doing I know how much hard work it takes to pursue a dream of building a business. The long hours time away from family the ideas you know are brilliant. That just don’t seem to catch on I remember reading about that and thinking it’s the idea that matters it didn’t matter. Where you come from or what your background is one revolutionary idea one brilliant invention can unleash other entrepreneurs to revolutionize industries in ways you could never. Sundar Pichai