May 6, 2019
I suppose I could have chosen to work for a major law firm in a big city. I’m glad it didn’t quite work out that way. My boss (me) doesn’t work me to death, and allows me to take vacations as needed, and even to take the occasional day (or two) off to recharge.
Which contrasts significantly with some other, more high-profile, corporate leaders.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma, for instance, “is a big fan of extreme overwork,” according to this article in the New York Times. In a recent blog post, Ma — one of the richest men in the world — praised the so-called 996 schedule, which involves working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week. The 12-hour workday, he maintains, is a “blessing.”
And he’s not alone.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has said that “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week,” whole Uber’s internal mantra was once “Work smarter, harder and longer.” Meanwhile, WeWork decorates its co-working spaces with such motivational phrases as “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.”
Meanwhile, if the weather is good tomorrow, I’m going to leave the office early and work on my garden.