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Tech CEO believes ‘pain and suffering’ cultivate greatness

Under the directorship of CEO Jensen Huang, American NVIDIA Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of premium graphics processing units (GPUs), now has a net worth of over $2.26 trillion (approximately Php 124.3 trillion) as of April 2, 2024, while the CEO’s own net worth has now reached $80 Billion (approximately Php 4.4 trillion). Many people are intrigued to know how he did it.

In an interview with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the CEO shared a fun fact about himself with the graduate students. First, he has very low expectations.

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“One of my great advantages is that I have very low expectations,” he stated. CEO Huang emphasized how resilience means so much in succeeding. Given the fact that his audience was students coming from the prestigious Stanford University, he outrightly called out how natural it is for these students to have high expectations because where they are coming from is an esteemed university. However, for the CEO, having high expectations yields to having low resilience. Not only did he let the people in the room know where his grit and commitment were coming from, but he also imparted a wish for them.

“I wish upon you ample doses of pain and suffering,” he said. The CEO’s wish for the future businessmen and entrepreneurs of the next generation may seem a little harsh at face value, but he told the students that the best way for them to learn in life and be successful is for them to personally experience pain and suffering.

CEO Huang then shared a glimpse of his life with the Stanford students. In his statement, he mentioned that he was fortuitous enough that his parents provided an environment for him to flourish in his career, nonetheless, there were still “opportunities for setbacks and sufferings.”

“Pain and suffering” has become a mantra for the victorious NVIDIA CEO and he revealed that he even uses this turn of phrase in their company with such positive reinforcement.

“Greatness comes from character and character isn’t formed out of smart people — it’s formed out of people who suffered.”

CEO Huang underlined how sternly he regarded it as true that pain and suffering, not just ambitions, will hone greatness out of people.


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