Sundar Pichai Inspirational Video | Follow Your Passion | Motivational Speech | Startup Stories
Let me tell you a little bit
about my personal 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 be a rotary phone,
so it wasn’t that great for selfies.
But I still loved to call
my friends, play with it
and sometimes take it apart.
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.
Of course, that initial invention helped
found what became known as Silicon Valley
and out of that
came companies like Fairchild
semiconductor and Intel
and all the computers and software,
that we all use today.
You can draw a direct line from
that invention to the technology,
that powers your Twitter feed or
your WeChat messages today.
A lot of times when I was younger,
you know people would say, you know
this person didn’t get into this college or
something and that is the end of the road.
I mean life is so different from that,
and so I think it is important to
you know, keep your hopes,
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.
I think its important to keep that in
mind and take the long term view.
I still vividly remember as a teenager,
jumping on to a crowded train.
At 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 few times.. I think it is the
natural part of the process.
In fact, Larry used to say if you
work on really difficult things,
you are better off because
you have no competition,
others aren’t working on
that difficult a 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, it is important
to be well rounded,
it is important to try different things,
or you know take some risks,
you know, I would encourage people to
follow their passions a little bit more.
To follow set lanes throughout your career.
Getting into an elite institution
doesn’t guarantee success,
it matters a lot but it doesn’t
And I think it is important to
keep that perspective in life
and life is a long road,
and you know, you want to
take it at the right pace
and enjoy what you are doing.
I know how much hard work
it takes to pursue your 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 and ways
you could never predict.