Anger as a Performance-Enhancing Drug


Anger can be a powerful performance-enhancing drug.

The trouble is, of all the performance enhancement drugs out there, it’s also one of the most addictive, costly and destructive to a person’s health — both physical and mental.

So I prefer methyltheobromine… it’s cheaper, less taxing on the body and mind, and is a much easier habit to kick.

Counter-point: For some performers, especially ones with short-lived careers, anger (plus whatever caffeine they can get) is probably an effective short-term strategy given all the juice their competition is on in their profession. Examples include: gladiators, boxers, television pundits and Dark Lords of the Sith.

Does the nature of your career (or industry, or employer) require you to be angry, in order to succeed?

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Posted on December 23, 2010, in Career, energy drinks, Life, Productivity and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hmm… flashback to a FB comment thread from about 5 months ago… yes, this intellectualization of anger is not a new theme. In a moment of simmering resentment, I began reading quotes on the topic of anger. One list I found was http://www.quoteland.com/topic.asp?CATEGORY_ID=9.

    My favorite of that list came from Charles de Gaulle: “When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.”

    Gil Y. asked me, “So far all the quotes I can find are against anger. Seems unfair. How come no pithy and eloquent famous historical figure gave us pro-anger wisdom?”

    So I ran a qualitative analysis and noted, “Interesting… let’s see… yes…. two of the pro-anger opinions lurking in the mix of quotes: 1) anger as a healthy release valve, 2) the “constructive” use of anger as a motivating force for doing good, especially self-reflection.

    Right… so most of those pithy anti-anger quote writers were probably just sublimating some intense, burning rage…
    cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_mechanism

    Avi T., my friend who has a healthy set of release valves, commented, “If only they had some Les Grossman in there.”

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