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Alibaba founder Jack Ma responded to complaints about harsh working conditions in China. He believes that otherwise it is impossible

According to the entrepreneur, success can be achieved only if you spend more time and energy than others.

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Jack Ma defended his work schedule from 9 am to 9 pm 6 days a week, common in Chinese engineering companies. The entrepreneur called it a “huge blessing” for young people and explained that it is impossible to become successful otherwise. Ma spoke about this during a speech to Alibaba employees.

If you are not working 9-9-6, when you are young, when can you still work on such a schedule? In this world, everyone wants to succeed, everyone wants a better life, everyone wants respect. Let me ask, if you don’t put in more time and effort than others, how can you achieve the success you want?

Jack Mafounder and chairman of Alibaba

Ma mentioned the situation in the industry when some are unemployed or work for companies that are looking for income or are on the verge of closure. According to the entrepreneur, he does not regret that he works 12 hours a day and would never change this part of himself.

Jack Ma is known as the founder of one of the largest Chinese companies, Alibaba, which includes AliExpress store and AliPay payment system. Prior to the creation of the company in 1999, Ma worked as an English teacher. In 2018, he became the richest man in China with a fortune of $ 35 billion.

On April 3, 2019, it became known that Chinese developers created the 996.ICU repository on GitHub for anonymous complaints about working conditions. They organized a collective black list of companies in which the regime 9-9-6 is common. The repository quickly became one of the most popular on the site.

The next day, Chinese users complained about blocking 996.ICU in browsers. In their opinion, technology companies themselves are engaged in restricting access to the repository.

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