So, why exactly does your job have a reputation for being stressful?
Stress is generally driven by the feeling of being out of control of a situation and the feeling of a situation controlling you. Trading in financial markets combines both.
How do you relax in the evening?
I very rarely do anything work-related so it's easy to escape the markets. I generally go to the gym or go for a run, especially if I've had a bad day. I always cook a meal rather than have a take-away. To do something my brain would regard as creative.
Do you think what you do for relaxation is an effective way to beat stress?
I don't think there is a specific rule about how to beat stress. I generally find out what I do is effective for me.
Would you consider changing your job because of the high stress factor?
I have considered leaving my job due to stress-related factors. However, I do think that an element of stress is a good thing, and if used the right way, it can actually be a positive thing.
What do you enjoy about the stressful aspects of your job?
Having said all that, I do actually enjoy an element of uncertainty. I enjoy a mental challenge. Trading generates a wide range of emotions second by second. How you deal with and manage those emotions dictates short, medium and long term trading performance and success.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you've just heard:
Question 23: What is the man's job?
Question 24: Why does the man prefer to cook a meal rather than have a take-away?
Question 25: What does the man say about an element of stress in his job?