And then we have the tech geniuses of silicon valley telling us that the 40 hour workweek, 9 to 5 is for pussies and babies. You need to “hustle” if you want to “succeed.” Hustle meaning work all the time and succeed meaning make scads of money, do piles of cocaine, and get supermodel blow jobs by the gross.

The article is priceless reading but my favorite nugget is an anecdote about a dude who laments not spending enough time with his son. Apparently he is too busy developing an app that let’s you see how a coffee table would look in your living room. Well, at least he sacrificed his family for a worthwhile cause.

A true genius, and as a research scientist I know and have known many, is not defined by the hours he/she works but by the quality and usefulness of the work they produce. Rather than admire the 80 hour a weeker, I look down on them. They are inefficient and wasteful. In my 15 year career as a researcher I have seen zero relationship between time spent in the lab/office and productivity or quality of results. In fact I would say in most cases it is the opposite. Beyond a bare minimum needed (which obviously will vary based on a host of factors) time at bench/desk has never been a reliable indicator of “success” in job. I guess the tech “geniuses” are different than us science types. I tend to agree, they are certainly less useful to society and apparently they are not very good at their jobs either. Why else would they need to work such long hours to produce such little of value?

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