By Ronnie O'Sullivan
World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's frank and sincere account of his astonishingly dramatic life
Running is my drug. To be sincere, medications (and alcohol) was once my drug, yet now i have the healthiest dependancy going. operating is what has helped me struggle my demons, win 5 global snooker championships, and do something about the entire crap life's thrown at me. they are saying what does not kill you makes you improved, and during this ebook i glance at every little thing that hasn't killed me, yet has had an excellent go—my addictive character, melancholy, my dad's homicide conviction, the painful break-up with the mummy of my teenagers, and the trouble of balancing relations lifestyles with that of a sportsman. these are the downers. yet it is also in regards to the good things in my life—my young children, snooker, my dad's liberate from legal, nice buddies who've helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr. Steve Peters who has taught me how to not run clear of lifestyles whilst it will get difficult. For the 1st time, I clarify a few of my madder moments—why I walked out in the course of a fit opposed to Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a rainy fabric over my face in a fit opposed to Mark King. it is a publication approximately what it takes to be a champion—the sacrifices you'll want to make, the obsessive perform, the selfishness. ultimately, it is a publication approximately what it really is wish to get the buzz, and i am hoping anyone who is ever obtained the working buzz will relate to this.
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Dr Steve says the perfect balance, the computer, is when the human and chimp are working in harmony, and that’s what he always aimed for. ‘I’m on edge,’ I told him. ’ ‘Well, you don’t need to be,’ Steve said. ’ ‘It’s just a game with sticks and balls, so try to get a perspective on it,’ he said. ’ ‘So unless you’re playing really well you’re never going to enjoy it,’ he said. ‘The reality is you’re not always going to play well. It shouldn’t stop you enjoying yourself and just trying your best.
The chimp would not go away. I could not get out of bed at the thought of it. I felt him have his say, then tried to give him some answers . . I ended up going for a run. Chimp was telling me my stance and technique let me down, chimp was telling me after the game that if you play like that you won’t win a tournament. Forget it!! Felt quite panicky in the evening when I got home. Keeping the diary made me feel better. It is really useful to look back at, too – if painful. It’s a reminder of just how possessed I can be by this self-destructive demon, and how pointless the quest for perfection is.
What he did say is, come and talk to me about it, and when there’s a gap in the calendar of course you can go and play Stephen Hendry in a one-off match, or whatever you want to do. Barry has taken the maxi prize away. That’s a bit of a bummer. There used to be £167,000 at Sheffield for the maximum – £147,000 plus 20 grand for the biggest break. He got rid of that because he said they were too easy to get. I said, you’re having a laugh, there’s only me and Hendry who have made them with any regularity, so it ain’t that easy.