So you know, a big part of what I focus on at any given time is making sure we are innovating and building products for the future.
One brilliant invention can unleash other entrepreneurs to revolutionize industries in ways you could never predict.
We want to push the technology at times because you don’t know what’s possible on the other side.
You have to work with people where you feel a bit insecure. That’s essential, because that means you’re working with people who are better than you.
Sundar Pichai’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Evan: He’s an Indian-American business executive.
He’s the current CEO of Google.
He has an estimated net worth of one billion dollars.
He’s Sundar Pichai and here’s my take on his top ten rules for success.
Rule number seven is my personal favorite and I’m curious to figure out which one you guys like the best.
Also as you’re watching, if he says something that really hits you hard, really means a lot to you, leave it in the comments and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well.
Sundar Pichai’s Rules
- Think about what’s next
- Empower people
- Ideas matter
- Take risks
- Be an optimist
- Solve problems
- Follow your dreams
- Have a good morning routine
- Do what you love
- Push yourself
Rule #1. Think About What’s Next
From a perspective, and I think it’s true for technology in particular, you know the world keeps changing as I said earlier, so a big part of what I focus on at any given time is making sure we are innovating and building products for the future. It’s just got to be a normal course of how you think. And so we are constantly thinking about what to do next. You know, Android is very popular, people are using smartphones, but I always sit and think about what is the next version of how people will use computing? So we are thinking about things like virtual reality or augmented reality, so these are all new areas, but we are constantly thinking about it. So you have to do that on a constant basis to push forward.
Rule #2. Empower People
The thing which attracted me to Google and to internet in general is that it’s a great equalizer. So to me, I’ve always been struck by the fact that Google search worked the same, as long as you had access to a computer with connectivity, if you were a rural kid anywhere or if you were a professor at Stanford or Harvard. To me, I want Google to strive to push to do that. Not just build technology for certain segments, right? For me it matters that we drive technology as an equalizing force, as an enabler to everyone around the world.
Rule #3. Ideas Matter
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 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 ReChat messages today. 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 predict.
Rule #4. Take Risks
You will have many many opportunities to reinvent yourself. So I think it’s worthwhile taking risks and trying to do something you’re really excited by. If at the first attempt you don’t do it, you know, you can try again and things tend to work out in the long run. In Silicon Valley, part of the reason so many people start up a company is, starting up a company and even having failed, you can wear it like a badge of honor, right? I think that’s important, culturally, risk is rewarded. I remember when I started working at Google, if I went and people were discussing ideas, the other people who heard the ideas try to build on those ideas, they encourage you. So it’s a culture of optimism, it’s a culture of risk taking and I think that’s really important.
Rule #5. Be An Optimist
Are there any Jedi mind tricks that you’re employing that, you know, maybe people aren’t seeing? That you’re doing to motivate your employees?
You know for me, it mainly is, I’ve always been very passionate, so I’m an optimist about how technology can make a difference. So I focus on that, and that way you kind of tend to forget about the other things. The rest is noise in some ways.
Rule #6. Solve Problems
We believe that software is at a stage where software increasingly is playing a more and more critical role in solving things, which it didn’t before.
So to me when I look at cars, people spend an inordinate amount of time in cars. These are resources which are very poorly utilized. Right now as we speak, you can look outside and you can see all the cars which are parked.
Right, the car that we rented to get here is just sitting in the parking lot.
That’s right, so they get used less than 10%. So we see these problems, and we say okay, can we solve it at scale, and does computing play a part in it, software and computer science? And while the effort may seem ambitious or crazy, we take a very disciplined approach inside. So those are thought through like businesses which we are building. It’s just that we are willing to take a long term view, but we run them in a very disciplined way. Our research can be longer term, and we do that precisely in research when we take research projects like Google IE tab or our core research, we never know whether some of them even makes viable business applications, but we want to push the technology at times, because you don’t know what’s possible on the other side.
Rule #7. Follow Your Dreams
Being in the U.S., I find people take a remarkably varied number of paths. So I do think it’s important to follow your dream and do something which you are excited by. I think if you follow your heart and do what you like, you will always do much better. I don’t think it matters that you’re an engineer or you’re in science, or it can be in any field.
Rule #8. Have A Good Morning Routine
What is your morning routine like? What do you do when you first get up in the morning?
Believe it or not I still, I read a physical paper every single morning.
I read the Wall Street Journal every morning. I read the New York Times online. And I still am very particular about having my tea, it’s very English, you know I grew up in India, so having my tea. I’m vegetarian, so I need to get my protein so I always have an omelet in the morning with toast, tea, and read my paper, so I do that every morning.
What time do you wake up?
6:30 to seven, so that’s when I do it.
Do you exercise in the morning?
No, later in the day sometimes if I get a chance, but always in the evening. I wish I could do it in the morning, I’m not a morning person so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going.
Rule #9. Do What You Love
Now you’re being spoken about as a potential next CEO of Google.
I keep hearing that, I mean Larry is very very committed to Google for the very long term, so am I, I’m passionate about computing. Google gives a chance for me to do what I love and do it in a way which impacts a lot of people. So it’s a good partnership I have with Larry and with the team there, so I expect it to stay the same.
Rule #10. Push Yourself
You know I would actually encourage all of you, if at some point in your life you have to work with people where you feel a bit insecure. That’s essential, because that means you’re working with people who are better than you, and who are pushing you. So I will always encourage you, if you actually feel very secure in what you do, that means you’re doing something comfortable and not pushing yourself. So there are many many times I’ve felt, working with people and a group, am I doing enough? These people seem much better than me. I think that’s an inherent part of learning.
Thank you guys so much for watching, I made this video because Yash Chavan asked me to. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know which of the top 10 rules had the biggest impact on you and why. Leave it in the comments, I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally I wanted to give a quick shout out to Jonathan Chew from chewsjoy.com, Jonathan thank you so much for buying my book, it really means a lot to me. For those of you watching, if you want your chance at a shout out in a future video, make sure to pick up a copy of the book and email in your receipt so we can keep track.
Than you guys so much for watching. Continue to believe or whatever your one word is, and I’ll see you soon.
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