You might think I am crazy but I’m not.
I am going to share something really important with you
First, I wanted to tell you, due to the massive growth
of this organization I am going to be hiring a number
I am really looking forward to it. Right now, there
are about 15 people who make this entire thing happen
on a daily basis. And that doesn’t include many of
the vendors I use.
There will be new administrative, customer service,
research, writing, reviewing and other positions a
I will be sending a link in the coming week or
weeks where people can apply. It will be
going to my lists of supporters and
people with mental illnesses.
Do you think I am crazy? Well I am not.
Right now I have 8 people who work for me that
have a mental illness. Oddly, in my f.ree consultation
certificates for NON medical and NON legal questions
(because I am NOT a doctor or attorney), you get
with my courses/systems:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Want to know this strange question:
“What is it like to work with some many
people with a mental illness?”
At first I thought that was really odd. But
then I thought about it and could understand
why someone would want to know.
Well, it’s no problem. I must say, I have VERY
little problems with anyone that works for me
that has a mental illness. Keep in mind all
these people are stable and doing great.
They actually work hard and appreciate the
work I give.
Some people do require “time off” on certain
days because of some limitations. But it’s
no different than anyone else at another company.
On the other hand, the people that I am currently
moving away from that do my printing have NO
mental illness at all and have missed 80% of
scheduled meetings, make all kinds of excuses,
don’t do the job right, require my mom to be
an adult baby sitter for all of them
and they forget to print jobs all the time.
Look at this statement, the one in the subject
line I sent you:
I stepped on my cat, I can’t come to work today.”
Guess who told me that? Guess and then scroll…
DON’T FORGET TO GUESS AND THEN SCROLL
Someone who does NOT have a mental illness. It’s a person
who handles my printing and that’s what I was told when
she missed I think meeting number 14 or so. Maybe it was 15
or 13. She misses so many I lost track. But it’s not just her,
her boss missing the meetings, her boss’s boss misses them
It just doesn’t stop with these folks, there are others that I
deal with that have no mental illness that do the same thing.
Time and time again, the people that make stuff happen for
me, the people who are there when I need them, have a mental
illness. It’s the strangest thing.
Take a look at this person as been diagnoses between the ages of
16 and 45:
Depression (also Situational Depression)
Chronic Major Depression (with suicide risk)
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Multiple Personality Disorder
Bipolar Disorder I (with and without Psychotic Features)
Bipolar Disorder II (with Suicidal Ideologies)
Bipolar Disorder – Mixed Type
Bipolar Disorder – Rapid Cycle
Bipolar Disorder – NOS – with Auditory & Visual Hallucinations
This is someone who works for me, Michele. She is one of the BEST
people that has ever worked for me. She does a great job.
Hey, and you know my attitude. I am not handing out charity
jobs/work. If someone works for me and they are no good
they get fired. Period. So, if someone works for me and
has a mental illness you know they are doing great.
They get treated equal and treated just like everyone else.
Anyway, Michele never misses stuff, makes excuses. If she has a bad day
and she does, she or someone contacts me to let me know.
She doesn’t hide from me like a lot of the other clowns I deal
with that don’t have a mental illness. Like the “I stepped
on my cat and couldn’t come to work that day” woman.
She told me this 2 days AFTER she didn’t show up for a
meeting she was SUPPOSE to be at. She didn’t even bother
to call and let me know ahead time.
Back to the story, when I have MAJOR problems, Michele
is one of the first people
that I call because she has this INCREDIBLE ability to
come up with simple solutions to complex problems.
For all of you in the Bipolar Inner Circle at:
http://www.bipolarinnercircle.com/ (which is not
taking new people now), you are in it because of Michele.
There were so many problems when I started it, I was going
to shut it all down. I was super mad and it was costing me
a fortune. It was driving me out of my mind.
I went to Michele and asked her to help me compose
a letter saying “sorry, this is going to be shut down” and
she asked me what was the problem.
I went on and on for about 30 minutes. She asked if I could give
her 1 hour and call back. I was like “Well, okay but let’s get
the letter done.” She said to me that we won’t need the letter.
I called back and she had a solution to EVERY SINGLE problem.
Solutions that didn’t cost a ton of money, didn’t require
a degree from Harvard to implement. As a result the Bipolar
Inner Circle is doing GREAT. People love it and it’s really
because of her.
She is just one example of the help I have gotten from
the people that work for me that have a mental illness.
BUT, I don’t want you to think that only the people with
a mental illness help keep this organization going because
that’s not true. There are others as well.
BUT, the point of my email is that people with a mental
illness can do well, and do great, with proper treatment.
Michele told me that NOBODY thought she would be a success.
I mean let’s be honest. If I gave you a sheet of paper and
listed all those diagnoses and asked you, “do you think
this person would do well?” You would think I was crazy.
Anyway, there are sooooooo many people like her out there
that do great things but you don’t even know they have
a mental illness.
It’s virtually impossible to find these people. I have
spent almost $100,000 doing so. I am going to be
sharing their secrets really soon.
I just looked at the clock. I have to run. See you tomorrow.
P.S. Check out my F.ree blog with copies of emails that I have
sent in the past and lots of great information for you:
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