Dr. Mike Sheard, Ph.D. has been a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Teesside and York St John Universities. He has published widely on mental toughness, hardiness, and positive psychology. He has also worked in a consultancy capacity with athletes and officials across a variety of sports, ranging from grassroots to international competitive standards. He resigned as an academic in 2011 to be a full-time writer. He has written three highly-acclaimed books on mental toughness in sport. He is currently working on his first novel.