Running : the autobiography by Ronnie O'Sullivan

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 my drug, yet now i have the healthiest dependancy going. working is what has helped me struggle my demons, win 5 international snooker championships, and do something about the entire crap life's thrown at me. they are saying what does not kill you makes you greater, and during this booklet i glance at every little thing that hasn't killed me, yet has had a great go—my addictive character, melancholy, my dad's homicide conviction, the painful break-up with the mum of my little ones, and the trouble of balancing kin existence with that of a sportsman. these are the downers. yet it is also in regards to the good things in my life—my young ones, snooker, my dad's liberate from criminal, nice buddies who've helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr. Steve Peters who has taught me how to not run clear of lifestyles while it will get difficult. For the 1st time, I clarify a few of my madder moments—why I walked out in the midst of a fit opposed to Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a rainy textile over my face in a fit opposed to Mark King. it is a booklet approximately what it takes to be a champion—the sacrifices you need to make, the obsessive perform, the selfishness. eventually, it is a e-book approximately what it really is wish to get the buzz, and i am hoping anyone who is ever received the working buzz will relate to this.

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Steve is probably more responsible than anybody for my comeback. But I didn’t want to become reliant on him. l didn’t want to feel I had to have him around me 24/7. That would have been unhealthy, and he couldn’t always be there for me anyway. He had so many other successful sports people to be dealing with. He wanted to give me the model for what I needed to work on, so I could then go and do my homework, practise, and become good at it on my own. Then, when I’d go to see him it would be like servicing a car.

I had no energy. I thought, when I’ve got the energy I’ll play, but I hardly ever did have. I’d get to my feet, play for 20 minutes, half an hour, an hour, whatever I could do, and that became my preparation for the World Championship – just lying on the settee and practising whenever I had the strength. I’d come straight home from matches and sleep. It was mad. I was ill from December 2011 to May 2012. Eventually I went to see the doctor and the tests came back saying I had glandular fever. ’ I asked the doctor.

And they form teams across the brain. One team is what I call the human, and one team is the chimp and then you’ve got a computer system that is sprinkled around the brain and both of them rely on that for reference and for automatic behaviour. So if your blood supply goes to the chimp you think in a very emotional way, and if the blood supply goes to the human you’ll think in a very rational, logical way. When I go to compete my chimp starts kicking off, and gives me the usual thoughts. It’s all about me managing what my chimp throws at me, like “I can’t lose this”, “I mustn’t look stupid”, “I’m not fit enough at this point”, it’s the classic stuff I get when I work with elite athletes.

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