A quick Twitter lesson: Prefacing a thought with “unpopular opinion” is better left for something like “pineapples belong on pizza,” not a commonly held thought among “bootstraps” business leaders.

Jordan Kong, a San Francisco principal at the venture capital firm Atomic, caught some heat this weekend for tweeting out her unpopular opinion — and perhaps rightfully so.

“Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is to work on the weekends,” she tweeted Friday night. 

It ignited a firestorm of fury and reactions on Twitter, as most bad takes on Twitter do. The responses on Twitter were swift and almost unilaterally in opposition to this obsession with work, with many tweeting that that sort of lifestyle leads to burnout and exhaustion with nary a boost in career prospects to show for it.

Kong's tweet also inspired a slew of riffs on the form, ranging from commentary on how to find fulfillment away from work and how many successful young people have a parental bankroll (CBS News reporter Grace Segers tweeted, “Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers has wealthy parents,” with nearly 10 times the likes that Kong’s tweet received) to bits about “School of Rock” and the video game “Stardew Valley.”  

Her rationale, she later tweeted Monday morning, was that she and “every other poor immigrant kid” had to “will succeed.” She also spoke of her experience running a startup, working 90-hour weeks, and developing pre-diabetes and IBS with all this labor.

Speaking as a poor immigrant kid, that sucks — and she shouldn’t be celebrating that. 

Of course, you should put your best foot forward and work really hard in the 40 hours that you’re getting paid — I sure do hope my bosses are reading this right now. But the chances are probably good that a truly supportive, equitable workplace will help you advance your career without requiring you to give up your days off.

You shouldn't have to sacrifice time spent with people you love, or pursuing a hobby, or even just playing video games or napping or doing nothing for the white whale of career advancement. You shouldn't also have to give up your mental well-being for your job.

It should also be a given that any workplace that expects you to put in 90 hours a week doesn’t give a hoot about your career or your wellbeing.

Also, most Americans already are overworked: A 2018 OECD report found that Americans have some of the worst work-life balance in the world. And as the boundaries of work-home life shattered in the past year, we’ve had to work well past the 9-to-5 timeframe. 

The writer Sarah Jaffe put it most succinctly in her book “Work Won’t Love You Back.” “A society where we must work the majority of our waking hours will never deliver us happiness, even if we are the lucky few who have jobs in which we do gain some joy,” she writes.

So, sure, work those weekends if you really do love your work that much, knowing that it may or may not get you anywhere. But for any young person reading this, my advice to you is: Don't listen to Kong and log off.