João da SilvaJornalista, Portugal

    My name is João da Silva, I am a journalist and author of the book «Suffering can wait / Diary of three victories over cancer», a work published by Porto Editora in the seal «Albatroz», and which describes my reality as a cancer patient.
    I had cancer three times and as a result of these treatments I ended up suffering from severe kidney failure which led to hemodialysis for a year and four months, until I received a kidney transplant in late 2017.

    Following all these events, I elaborated a lecture based on the many stories that I have been compiling over the years in which I dealt with the adversities I mentioned, always understanding them as opportunities for discovery, growth and renewal.

    And that is precisely the message I intend to convey with the lecture entitled “In search of the meaning of life”, in which I focus on several aspects that all people have to deal with in their daily lives, seeking to awaken the infinite potential of each one, encouraging those who listen to me to get to know myself better and to value what I have in life, as well as to believe that an adverse scenario is an opportunity to overcome that, through positive emotions, discipline, greater emotional control, proactivity and resilience, can transform from a stagnant and unhappy life in a productive and fulfilled life, that is, happier, both personally and professionally, with the competitive advantages of this balance being evident.

    I would like to add that I am not a coach, but someone who actually lived a limiting situation – my talk is based on personal examples and not on theoretical knowledge – and who wants to share it with others trying to inspire them to enjoy life in the best way and never give up on anything.