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This is Scotty the way most people see him. (When they choose to let themselves see him.) Scotty is bipolar. And he likes to drink. But I was fortunate to catch him on his manic day. And he'd only had 4 beers. So we got to talking.
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J. Scott Munroe was the founder and CEO of 3 successful startups and the father of a lovely daughter. He is also bipolar which, when properly treated, helped him control his mood swings and other related symptoms.
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But Scotty hated how the medicine he so desperately needed to take made him feel. So he stopped taking it. And started drinking instead. And lost his businesses. Then his wife. Then his home. He's not sure if he's totally lost his daughter. (But he hasn't seen or spoken to her in several months)
Now here's the really interesting thing: as he and I kept talking, I saw a metamorphosis from man on the left to man on the right.
I know it won't remain this way for long, but it was incredible to me nonetheless. Because maybe it'll remain a bit longer the next time someone stops to say "hello" and "do you mind if I talk to you for a bit..."
And it's why I believe in making time to talk to people like Scotty.