Kunal Shah, founder of CRED, ignited a fervent debate by boldly stating, "No big achievement can come with work-life balance." Speaking during a recent podcast conversation hosted by Mukesh Bansal, founder of Myntra, Shah also emphasised the deeply personal nature of the choice between professional ambition and personal life.
Shah's assertion suggests that India, as a nation, might have hastily adopted the Western concept of a leisurely lifestyle. While Shah acknowledged that choosing work-life balance is a valid personal choice, he contended that, as a country, India still has significant strides to make on its journey to economic development.
Shah's comments follow Infosys founder Narayana Murthy's call for young Indians to commit to a demanding 70-hour workweek as a means to catapult the nation's overall productivity.
Drawing inspiration from China's "996 culture," in which individuals work from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week, Shah proposed that India's aspirations of becoming a USD 10-20 trillion economy might necessitate a temporary departure from a laid-back lifestyle.