Chapter 4

The Truth About Stress and Pressure

Thrive under any circumstances

‘The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.’

Erwin Schrodinger

In December 2013, Jonathan Trott, a leading cricketer, was big news as he left one of the most prestigious cricket competitions. The Telegraph newspaper described him as having a ‘stress related illness’ or possible depression1. Trott was just another in a spate of high-profile exits over the past few years. Andrew Strauss, England cricket captain, announced his retirement from the sport. The reasons reported were poor performance on the field and increased pressure both professionally and personally.

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