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10 uncommon traits of people who thrive under pressure

By | Roselle Umlas |

Ever wondered how some people seem to thrive under pressure, while the rest of us are struggling to keep our heads above water? 

Those people, who I’m tempted to call “superhuman,” can handle stress like champs. What’s their secret? What makes them different from the rest of us panicky and anxious folks?

In this article, I’ll answer those questions. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to be as strong and steely-nerved as they are. Let’s dive in!

1) They embrace the chaos

I’ll start this off by saying I used to be a preschool teacher. And really, it’s not all song and dance! 

It was a really stressful job – but only if you didn’t know how to lean into the chaos. 

In my first year of teaching, I had this vision of keeping everything organized, my students all looking up at me with wide-eyed attention…

Boy, was I in for a rude awakening. The reality turned out to be… 

…a lot of spilled paint and spilled drinks, kids fighting, kids getting bumps and bruises, kids refusing to stay put in their seats…I could go on and on about the daily chaos in my classroom. 

But once I learned how to embrace chaos, I found so much joy in it. I loved the little surprises that chaos can bring, and I learned how to think on my feet. 

Because yes, if there’s anything chaos will teach you, it’s how to be quick-thinking and manage like a boss

2) They can predict obstacles 

Part of managing a chaotic situation is the ability to predict what’s going to happen. 

Okay, maybe not literally, but there’s always that playing of possible scenarios in the back of their heads. 

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