Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy emphasized the significance of hard work in achieving prosperity for a nation. In an interview with The Economic Times, Murthy reflected on his own work ethic, revealing that until 1994, he dedicated 85 to 90 hours per week to building Infosys.
He highlighted the essential role of hard work in economic success, a principle instilled by his parents who believed that strenuous effort was the pathway out of poverty. Despite acknowledging the importance of productivity, Murthy stressed that every prosperous nation had achieved its status through diligent labor.
He previously urged Indian youth to work at least 70 hours a week, emphasizing the need to enhance work productivity for India to compete globally. Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal and industrialist Sajjan Jindal echoed Murthy’s sentiments, emphasizing the importance of a strong work ethic for a developing country like India.
However, not everyone on social media agreed, with some noting that productivity isn’t solely about working longer hours.
While Murthy’s advice has sparked discussions in various forums, the Indian government has clarified that there is no consideration of implementing a 70-hour work week.