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Don't quit: A tweet about failing a physics paper leaves Sundar Pichai inspired

The Google boss has been an advocate of following one's passions.

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Last Updated: Nov 25, 2019, 03.34 PM IST
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	Pichai Sundararajan, who turns 47 today, has had a tough year. From Google being at the receiving end of flak and employee protests for its handling of sexual misconduct allegations, to the tech world's most-feared issue, privacy, haunting the company, the tech boss - who goes Sundar Pichai - has had his hands full.
	
	The Chennai-born CEO, often considered among the Valley's best bosses, even failed to make the top ten on Forbes reputable CEO list - where he had managed to shine in 2018.
	
	But despite the turbulence, Pichai still remains among India's favourite techies - as was evident with the buzz he created when he recently hung out with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the India-England World Cup match. Whether it was his attire that Twitter-happy Indians related to as 'down-to-earth', or him quoting MS Dhoni in reply to Tendulkar's tweet - Pichai won hearts on the microblogging platform.
	
	Now hanging out with the God of cricket, decades ago a younger-Pichai used to idolise the legend.
	
	A self-proclaimed cricket-buff, the IITian (he graduated with a B.E degree with honours in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993), who counts Sunil Gavaskar and Tendulkar among his favourite players, even dreamed of playing the game professionally while growing up.
Pichai Sundararajan, who turns 47 today, has had a tough year. From Google being at the receiving end of flak and employee protests for its handling of sexual misconduct allegations, to the tech world's most-feared issue, privacy, haunting the company, the tech boss - who goes Sundar Pichai - has had his hands full. The Chennai-born CEO, often considered among the Valley's best bosses, even failed to make the top ten on Forbes reputable CEO list - where he had managed to shine in 2018. But despite the turbulence, Pichai still remains among India's favourite techies - as was evident with the buzz he created when he recently hung out with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the India-England World Cup match. Whether it was his attire that Twitter-happy Indians related to as 'down-to-earth', or him quoting MS Dhoni in reply to Tendulkar's tweet - Pichai won hearts on the microblogging platform. Now hanging out with the God of cricket, decades ago a younger-Pichai used to idolise the legend. A self-proclaimed cricket-buff, the IITian (he graduated with a B.E degree with honours in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993), who counts Sunil Gavaskar and Tendulkar among his favourite players, even dreamed of playing the game professionally while growing up.
Google boss Sundar Pichai is an inspiration for budding engineers and entrepreneurs around the world. The 47-year-old at the helm of the tech giant has IIT, Stanford and Wharton on his résumé, but knows, and says, that grades aren't everything.

Recently, the tech boss was left inspired by such a story of failure and resilience, on Twitter. In a now-viral thread on the micro-blogging site, an astrophysics PhD student at Berkeley university shared how despite getting a 0 on a quantum physics exam 4 years ago, she didn't quit, and is now in a top tier astrophysics Ph.D program. And has even published 2 papers.

"STEM is hard for everyone—grades don’t mean you’re not good enough to do it," Sarafina Nance tweeted.


While the tweet went viral with several users sharing their own stories, Pichai also took the opportunity to give a shout-out to Nance.

"Well said and so inspiring!," the Chennai-born top boss said, quoting her tweet.


Pichai, who has always been an advocate for following one's passion, had in a 2017-talk at his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur, said, "In the real world, it is important to be well-rounded, try different things, take some risks. I would encourage people to follow their passions more."

Going on to add that while "academics is important, but it's not as important as it's made out to be."

Coming from a man who at the top of the world's biggest search giant, it's definitely advice to follow.


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Pichai Sundararajan, who turns 47 today, has had a tough year. From Google being at the receiving end of flak and employee protests for its handling of sexual misconduct allegations, to the tech world's most-feared issue, privacy, haunting the company, the tech boss - who goes Sundar Pichai - has had his hands full. The Chennai-born CEO, often considered among the Valley's best bosses, even failed to make the top ten on Forbes reputable CEO list - where he had managed to shine in 2018. But despite the turbulence, Pichai still remains among India's favourite techies - as was evident with the buzz he created when he recently hung out with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the India-England World Cup match. Whether it was his attire that Twitter-happy Indians related to as 'down-to-earth', or him quoting MS Dhoni in reply to Tendulkar's tweet - Pichai won hearts on the microblogging platform. Now hanging out with the God of cricket, decades ago a younger-Pichai used to idolise the legend. A self-proclaimed cricket-buff, the IITian (he graduated with a B.E degree with honours in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993), who counts Sunil Gavaskar and Tendulkar among his favourite players, even dreamed of playing the game professionally while growing up.
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