Draw inspiration from people 'who see the cup half full': Nooyi to students

Topics Indra Nooyi | PepsiCo | Pepsi

File photo of Indra Nooyi, Indian-American PepsiCo CEO

Pepsico's former CEO Indra Nooyi has advised Indian students in the US not to idolise people based on their positions, but to draw inspiration from those "who see the cup as half full".

During a video conference with Embassy of India Student Hub last week, the 65-year-old Indian-American business executive said, "Don't just say to yourself someone who inspires me has to be in a position that is higher...It is people who can handle crises in an interesting way that you should draw inspiration from."

The Student Hub is an initiative of the Indian Embassy here to engage Indian students studying in the US in India's development. It is a platform for students to connect, collaborate and converse -- both with each other, as well as with the embassy.

During the conversation on January 15, Nooyi advised the students not to idolise people based on their positions. She told them to "draw inspiration from people who see the cup as half full", according to a press release.

Captivating more than 170 participants with her stories, she shared her journey of being an Indian student in the US, powering through her role as the CEO of PepsiCo, and being a part of an all-girl rock band and cricket player.

As advice for India's 500 million youth, Nooyi said, "Rather than talk about how to make that next big buck...(let's) talk about how we can mobilise to fundamentally contribute to the country."

She urged students to collectively step up efforts towards climate change.

"Our convenience mindset has gone too far and we all need to do our bit...Make climate change personal," said Nooyi, who in September 2021 is set to release her semi-autobiographical book, which provides policy directives illustrated by her own life experiences.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel