‘Father spent a year’s salary on my flight ticket to US’, reveals Google CEO Sundar Pichai


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‘Father spent a year’s salary on my flight ticket to US’, reveals Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Sundar Pichai’s life is an inspiration to everyone. Happiness is a choice and depends upon the attitude we carry in life.

Mentioning the struggle of his life from his humble beginnings, Pichai emphasizes on the significance of staying positive during hard times one faces in life.

Google’s India-born Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai has asked students to have a patient outlook towards life as post-coronavirus world would be working remotely, and balancing life and work while following social distancing norms.

Addressing a virtual graduation ceremony organized by YouTube—Dear Class of 2020—to give a farewell to students, Pichai said: “Be open, be impatient, be hopeful.

If you can do that, history will remember the Class of 2020 not for what you lost, but for what you changed. You have the chance to change everything. I am optimistic you will.”

The Indian-American CEO of Google and Alphabet also mentioned that the previous generations of students had overcome challenges in the past.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Such as the class of 1920 graduated at the end of a deadly pandemic, the 1970 class graduated in the middle of Vietnam War, and the 2001 class of students graduated a few months before the 9/11 attacks in the US.

Exuding confidence, Pichai, 48, stated that the youth will make the world better in their own ways. “The important thing is to be open-minded so you can find what you love.

So take the time to find the thing that excites you more than anything else in the world …,” he emphasized.

“The only thing that got me from here to there—other than luck—as a deep passion for technology, and an open mind,” he said.

Mentioning the struggle of his life from his humble beginnings, Pichai emphasized on the significance of staying positive during hard times one faces in life.

He further stated he grew without much access to technology, and his first time on a plane was when he came to Stanford for higher education.

Sundar Pichai's childhood picture

“My father spent the equivalent of a year’s salary on my plane ticket to the US so I could  attend Stanford. It was my first time ever on a plane.

A phone call back home was more than $2 a minute, and a backpack cost the same as my father’s monthly salary in India,” he said.

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