Hey guys it’s Kerwin here and I’ll be really honest with you I was a little bit nervous about posting this video.

Mental illness is a subject very close to my heart. It’s affected not just people in my family but also in my friends and my network and I didn’t want to downplay the effects and the impacts that mental illness has on people.

I didn’t want to generalise too much as I may have done in the video about bipolar having good days and bad days. I know there’s a lot more to it but please understand the intent in this video is to serve anyone regardless of the situation but especially those who might need it more than anyone. I hope this hits home.

I don’t like the term mental illness. I prefer the term mental advantage because a lot of these labels are just certain characteristics and behaviours that are considered different from other people.

ADHD, is a great example, dyslexia is another great example.

Just a little bit about me, I was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia at the age of 7.

For those of you who don’t know what ADHD means, ADHD means that I have an untapped amount of energy to be able to focus on multiple projects at any one time, and dyslexia means I have the unique ability to able to look at every single situation, problem or opportunity in a different way, very different from most other people around me to see the things that others can’t.

Because a lot of people think those things are bad but they’re actually really, really powerful if you tap into them the right way.

So, I’ve gone and I’ve done a lot of research on bipolar, Asperger’s and autism, and what I find really interesting is if 100% of people did the general bipolar assessment, what it would come out the other end?

Probably between 80 to 90 per cent of people would be indicated as either you know, low-level, mid-level or depending, you know, some cases even more on the spectrum of bipolar.

I find that really interesting because bipolar can be one of those conditions that can really serve people when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Because bipolar means you have up days and you have down days and I don’t know about you but there are some days where I have loads of energy and there are some days that I’m very reflective and I prefer to use that to my advantage rather than give it a label that says that I have some form of an illness.

In fact, it’s a very common trait with self-made entrepreneurs that many suffer from, I should say, they enjoy ADHD and dyslexia.

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So, I think when we look at, you know, mental illness as an entrepreneur, when we look at what actually amplifies the illness component, what do you think it is? Stress.

And what do you think amplifies stress? Business? No, business doesn’t amplify stress. Business is not stressful at all. It’s our perspective on the events in our business that create the stress. It is the frame through which we view the movie.

You know, is that a massive failure that is catastrophic or have I finally now just learnt the lesson that I need that hurt a little bit, that makes me want to brace a little bit more to go to that next level.

The amplification of whether it be, stress or illness, is really governed by our perspective and if you can have a perspective that every single thing in your life is serving you and that you’re grateful for every single event in your life, you experience in some cases, no stress whatsoever.

So what do you think is required in order to be grateful for all the bad things that are going on in your life right now, as well as the good things?

The right perspective. Just frame things differently.

Choose the frame for the events that are happening that you want them to wear in order to regulate in a more healthy way.

Kerwin Rae