When it comes to work-life balance, Alibaba cofounder Jack Ma doesn’t think you should leave your work at the office. Actually, he thinks you should rarely leave the office at all.

In a Sunday blog post, Ma (China’s richest man) reiterated his support for 996, the grueling work schedule infamously used in China’s tech scene: 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week.

  • Ma wrote, “I personally think that 996 is a huge blessing…how do you achieve the success you want without paying extra effort and time?”
  • If you don’t want to work 12-hour days, don’t waste your time applying to Alibaba. “We don’t lack those who work eight hours comfortably,” he said.

Zoom out: Ma’s a popular guy, but this isn’t a popular take. China’s tech sector has blown up in recent decades thanks to entrepreneurs like him, but there’s growing backlash to the unrelenting pace of work and its effects on mental and physical health.

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