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?