Infosys founder Narayana Murthy grabbed numerous headlines after he urged the youth of India to work 70 hours a week at the office. According to him, putting in long hours was the only way our country could develop as a nation. This started a massive debate on social media, with several people siding with him and many calling him out for propagating a toxic work culture.
However, in a recent interview, Narayana Murthy revealed that he used to reach the office by 6.20 AM and leave at 8.30 PM. Putting in long hours was all he knew because, to him, that was the only way he could get himself and his family out of poverty.
“During my entire 40-plus years of professional life, I worked 70 hours a week. When we had a six-day week, till 1994, I used to work at least 85 to 90 hours a week. That has not been a waste. My parents taught me very early in life that the only way we could hope to escape poverty was to work very, very hard – of course, assuming that one gets the best productivity from each hour of work,” News18 quoted him saying.
He further went on to stress that for India to become a middle-income country would at least take 16-18 years with an annual growth of 8%. He urged people to look ahead of their personal interests and think about our society at large.
“We must remember that with a per-capita (income) of $2,300, India is a poor country. For us to become a middle-income country (with a per-capita of $8,000-10,000) it will take about 16 to 18 years even with an annual growth rate of 8%. Putting the interest of the community ahead of one’s personal interest in the short and medium term will lead to personal betterment. I know every nation that became prosperous did so through hard work,” he said.
Do you agree with what he has to say?