This is great and important and much needed. Our culture of putting work ahead of mental and physical health leads to unsustainable lifestyles, burnout, lack of creativity, not to mention depression, shattered relationships, and absentee parenting.
NONE of these symptoms lead to people doing their best work.
In fact, I do my best fastest and most focused work when I know I am SHORT on time, when I have just one hour to do something. If only I could tap this level of productivity every hour of every day, I could do twice as much in half the time. I am working towards this personal goal now.
And really is this culture of money worship so wonderful as to literally sacrifice the best years of your life and possibly your family and friends just so you can keep holding onto a lottery ticket of maybe someday “success”?
It’s not like working long hours is a guarantee of anything, other than less hours for other things in life. Most startups still fail despite whatever effort and cash was put into them, and let’s be real the odds are stacked against all startups because so much of it is simple dumb luck, being in the right place at the right time or knowing the right person.
I’ve worked plenty of 80 hour weeks as an entrepreneur, especially doing software development which sometimes just takes an ungodly amount of time (ahem damn you, obscure bugs).
Sure, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I’m not advocating being lazy or taking the foot off the gas when you’re supposed to be accelerating.
But seiously, with all the advances in remote/mobile work, automation, cloud systems, DevOps, and developer tools/apis/platforms are you trying to tell me that none of this actually means we can work just a bit fewer hours while getting even more done?
If this is true, then what the hell are we even doing all of this for? What is the point of technology if not to reduce the human workload??
One day you will be on your deathbed looking back on life and wondering what the heck you spent your best hours of life doing… if you are in tech, then the odds are that robots will be doing your job in a fraction of the time it took you, and your work will be obsolete anyway. If you aren’t rich by then or famous or successful by whatever metric you value, I am guessing you will die with regrets.
So go ahead if you must, put in the hours until you are exhausted and your work suffers and your productivity plummets just so you can brag about it over beers.
Someday you will have to reckon with the fact that your life is composed of these very hours, and how you spend them is all that ever mattered.