Business leaders who work themselves into the ground often lack self-esteem. They are so driven to please others to gain recognition that work becomes their identity. Who are they without their work?

It is easy to fall into the trap of defining oneself by his or her reputation.

Don’t get lost in other people demands of you so that you become a fictional character in your own life.

Act as yourself for yourself and no one else, the rewards are greater.

Maintaining an identity just to please others may mean they are writing the script for your life.

Take back control.