By Diego Nascimento

I need to confess something: I really like driving. Whether in the city or highway, taking control of a car gives me a fantastic feeling of pleasure. On the other hand, guiding a machine on four wheels that with the slightest carelessness can hurt other people is a big responsibility. I have lost count of how many times I had to brake because of the recklessness of some or the daring of others. It’s the famous defensive driving.

A professional life reflects the same intensity of traffic, and in order to ensure that you have ample time to make decisions, there is a right time to step on the gas or the brake pedals. During a phase of my career I reached high speeds in my duties, to the point of closing my eyes to simple things around me. After much reflection I realized that I was a workaholic, that is, someone addicted to working.

Anyone who thinks I am writing this article sitting in a beach chair by the sea is mistaken. I still work hard. I perform new tasks, and, every day, I receive many challenges as a journalist, manager, teacher, consultant and speaker. The only difference is that I have learned to take my journey with a controlled speed where I have been able to pay attention to the small details of my existence. My body gave me a resounding “Thank You” through test results that said everything was “in order.”

Having the opportunity to practice the verb “to work” is an honor. Do you know that feeling of pleasure that you feel when you are eating chocolate? It happens to me, but when I’m working. The difference is that I have learned to “step on the brakes” and maintain a healthy, safe and steady direction in my daily profession. Most important of all is that I continue to chase after my dreams, projects and create opportunities that I hope to have a chance to tell my grandchildren.

The Bible, in the book of Proverbs 16:32 says, “It is better to control your spirit than to conquer a city.”Ambition (in the positive sense of the word) is my companion and encourages me to take great strides. But having balance is the key to a successful career and a healthy life. Are you conducting your daily life at high speed, to the point of not noticing who is around you? I have one great recommendation for you:  Take it easy!

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