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Nvidia’s boss tells posh grads to lower expectations

by on14 March 2024

Resilience matters in success

Nvidia’s big boss, Jensen Huang, reckons advice like “shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars” is a load of tosh.

He’s telling posh Gen Z grads to lower their expectations because “People with high expectations have low resilience – and let’s face it, resilience is what matters in success,” Huang said.

Addressing the gathered crowd at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Huang said that one of his great advantages is that he has very low expectations.

As Huang points out, those swanning about at top-notch institutions like Stanford probably think they’re destined for greatness. Stanford is among the most selective unis in the States – it’s third best in the country, according to the QS World University Rankings.

Stanford's tuition fees are a whopping €57,074.96, compared to the average Joe’s €23,781.69 per year. Despite Nvidia’s success—the company is worth a mind-boggling €1.83 trillion—Huang would still welcome a bit of hardship at his firm.

For those lucky enough to have had a cushy upbringing, Huang doesn’t have any advice on inviting a bit of hardship into your life. But he did have a few words on embracing the tough times.

“I don’t know how to do it [but] for all you Stanford students, I wish upon you ample doses of pain and suffering,” Huang said.

“Greatness comes from character, and character isn’t formed out of smart people – it’s formed out of people who’ve had it tough.”

Despite Nvidia’s success - the company is worth a mind-boggling €1.83 trillion - Huang would still welcome a bit of hardship at his firm.

 “To this day, I use the phrase ‘pain and suffering’ inside our company with great glee,” he added. “I mean that happily because you want to refine the character of your company.”


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