‘As the world grows in complexity, Ravi’s guidance to be curious and adaptable has never been more relevant.’ —Bill Gates
Our world will change more in this century than in all of human history, driven by many factors including technology, climate change, demographics and inequality. Such extreme change is throwing up unprecedented opportunities and creating an ‘adaptive challenge’ for individuals, organizations and societies. Those who can adapt to a fast-flowing, complex, volatile and uncertain world will flourish. Those who cannot will suffer greatly.
There are clear signs everywhere that we need new ways to think about the world and our place in it. Our old ideas about education, lifestyle, success and happiness no longer work. How is work changing? How can you know what skills will be useful when jobs of the future are still being invented? Will ‘jobs’ even exist or are we moving to a world of projects and gig work? How do you make sense of all this and more?
In What the Heck Do I Do With My Life? Ravi Venkatesan makes the case that successful adaptation in the new century requires a ‘paradigm shift’, a different mindset, new skills and new strategies. Ravi also reflects on how we will need to live life more intentionally, making deliberate choices about who we are, what we do and how we live rather than simply being carried along like a piece of driftwood.
Ravi has always offered thoughtful frameworks for solving complicated problems. As the world grows in complexity, Ravi’s guidance to be curious and adaptable has never been more relevant. —Bill Gates
The digital revolution that is transforming business and society has created both extraordinary challenges and unprecedented opportunities. In his insightful and compelling book, Ravi Venkatesan offers practical perspectives on the mindset, skills and strategies that lead to impact and happiness.
—Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft Corporation
Ravi has taken a lifetime of learning and condensed it into a deeply personal account of what it takes to flourish in this period of extreme change. What the Heck Do I Do With My Life? is full of pragmatic advice as well as wisdom, on meaningful living. It should inspire, challenge and most of all, help you find your purpose!
—Nandan Nilekani, Chairman and Co-Founder, Infosys and Founding Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Flourishing in our VUCA world requires intentional choices that will bring sense and sensibility to our lives. Ravi’s book is an invaluable and must-read guide for this.
—Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and Executive Chairperson, Biocon Limited
In this deeply thought-provoking book, Ravi simultaneously contemplates big philosophical questions while delivering common sense advice on how to design a successful and satisfying life in a century of profound change and stunning possibilities. It is filled with inspiring stories and insights. I highly recommend it.
—P.V. Sindhu, Two-time Olympic medallist and World Badminton Champion
About the Author
Ravi Venkatesan is a business leader, author and social entrepreneur. He is currently UNICEF’s Special Representative for Young People and Innovation, the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) and serves on the boards of Hitachi Ltd and Rockefeller Foundation. Ravi was the chairman of Microsoft India, Bank of Baroda and Cummins India. He has a B.Tech from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ravi is the author of Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere. He was voted as one of India’s best management thinkers by Thinkers50 and as Microsoft’s Alumni Hero 2020.