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.
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.
4 years ago I got a 0 on a quantum physics exam. i met with my professor fearing i needed to change my major & quit… https://t.co/t1qLrMZv1Y— Sarafina Nance (@starstrickenSF) 1574288367000
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.
Well said and so inspiring! https://t.co/qHBwdv3fmS— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) 1574320816000
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.