Sharing is wisdom to the young industry entrants, Sunder Pichai gave them more than something to look forward to. Not only did Google’s CEO was a part of these graduates convocation ceremony, he made the entire slot of graduates feel a lot more confident and motivated.
Talking about the potential that the tech industry tract with every passing batch, Pichai said “It’s very convenient for every generation to underestimate the potential of the following one. It’s because they don’t realize that the progress of one generation becomes the foundational premise for the next and it takes a new set of people to come along and realize all the possibilities.”
Well, whatever the technopreneur said was conceded by his own set of challenges and opportunities when he was just a young boy, new in the country. Sharing his narrative about his curiosity to learn, he said “My father spent as much as one year’s salary on my plane ticket to the US so that I could attend Stanford. It was my first time ever on a plane but as I landed in the foreign land of California, things weren’t as I had imagined. America was expensive. A phone call back home was more than $2 a minute and a backpack cost the same as my Dad’s monthly income in India. To top it, I missed my family, my friends and my girlfriend–now, my wife—who were all back in India. The only exciting thing for me during this time was computing. For the first time in my life, I could use a computer whenever I wanted to.”
Pichai is always known to be very transparent, and a great advisory to anyone who wants to try their luck in the tech field. He has also repeatedly been seen talking about the industry and its conventional “you need to code to be successful” thought lines are exactly linear to Google’s CEO.
Rapid digitization, automation, and training needs to stay nimble and be a constant throughout your career, Sunder Pichai believes.
But what he really stresses is the need for young graduates and students to be impatient and curious, and always keen on getting ahead of the growth curve. Addressing the class of 2020, he said “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish,” as it will help graduates stay open to learning, be hopeful and be impatient on experiencing successes.
He also asserts that hunger to learn and evolve is crucial to making sure that everyone can find opportunities in the future workplace.