Of course, I’m not talking about my actual driving tendencies. I tend to steer away from breaking traffic law(most of the time). While driving on the highway, we're not really looking to make a ruckus. The majority of us aren't interested in challenging convention on the way to the grocery store, and gliding along just below the speed limit on cruise control is the best way to ensure that we don't.
In the real world though, I tend to do the exact opposite in my work as a creative. The last thing I want to do is cruise along into obscurity. To me, living our lives on cruise control is the fastest way to defeat the artist inside. The artist inside longs to challenge convention and make a ruckus, and the only way I know how to do this is at full speed, pedal to the metal. For me, this is the only worthwhile way to create.
Now obviously, working this way can be very tiring, and you're eventually going to run out of gas after a while. When I do, I don't try and push the car past it's limit. That would be bad for the transmission. I'm hoping to have a creative career that runs well into my sixties, seventies, maybe even eighties. This means that when I rest, I REST! It doesn't have to be for very long, but it does have to be a complete unplug. This allows me to re-fuel and it ensures that I'll be even more hungry to get back out there and cause another ruckus.
I guess my ideal work ethic looks like a combination of the tortoise and the hare. I try to be the hare in the short term, while keeping a tortoise mindset for the long haul.
Sounds like a guaranteed win. I'm sure hoping so.