High stress jobs are the ones that are tied to performance, as in, if you don’t perform there are high-stakes, all-or-nothing consequences. They include entrepreneurs, commission-based sales, stock traders, executives, professional athletes, entertainers, doctors, nurses, cops, firefighters and spec-ops warriors, to name a few. In these high-stress arenas, mental toughness is what separates the lifetime achievers from the early burnouts.
The most common time to have a heart attack is 9 a.m. on a Monday—the start of the workweek. The New York Times in 2006 confirmed what many workers already knew to be true: Staring down five more days at a job they can no longer tolerate is just too much to bear.