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Life Lessons From Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for Budding Entrepreneurs

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recites Ghalib's popular couplet at an event in New Delhi.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recites Ghalib's popular couplet at an event in New Delhi.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in New Delhi on Monday to deliver the keynote address at the company's "Tech for Good, Ideas for India" event.

New Delhi: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was in New Delhi on Monday to deliver the keynote address at the company's "Tech for Good, Ideas for India" event, not only spoke about the company's vision and future roadmap, but also shared a few lessons for students and budding entrepreneurs.

Nadella started his keynote by reciting Mirza Ghalib's popular couplet,

"Hazaaron khwahishen aisi, ke har khwahish pe dam nikle

Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle"

 

Nadella, who appears to a fan of Ghalib, explained how he interpreted this popular ghazal in his early days and how its meaning changed for him every year.

"My interpretation of Ghalib's saying changes every year. I learn something new. There are so many layers and labyrinths in there that every time, I sort of, I kind of, feel like I've learnt it again, that I have figured it out. But my earliest interpretation is the time I was reading Douglas Hofstadter's book 'Godel, Escher, Bach' and I sort of realised the power of what he was saying. Which is, it is not just your dreams being fulfilled, it is your ability to dream things that are worth dying for."

Citing his own example that how passion has helped him reach where he is today, Nadella advises young entrepreneurs to be driven by their passion.

"In my life there have been two passions that have driven at least my dreams and I think back and one of the catalysts - it's poetry and Computer Science. In fact, I want to relate the two in the context of this big dreams."

Another interesting life lesson was shared by Nadella during the Q&A session when a kid, who was one of the attendees at the event, asked him, "What is your advice to the children of my generation on how to work to become the next Microsoft CEO?"

To this Nadella replied, "I will start by saying, you already have ambitions that go far beyond being the next CEO of Microsoft. So I think you have the ambition to change the world beyond anything that I or my generation have done. And it's fantastic to see. So the one piece of advice I would say is continue to be bold and ambitious and pursue that."

He sums up by saying that we all need to have is the sensibility in how we approach our creations.

first published:May 30, 2016, 18:28 IST