In a world where Mental illness is quite prevalent, it is sort of a taboo to speak about it publicly. There aren’t many successful people who would be open about their lows and the amount of stress that they face to reach the level where they are. Elon Musk, the 46-year-old founder of Space X and Tesla, however, is not one to shy away from being honest about things he has faced.

Musk talking about the lows in life and his mental illness

Musk is one of the most popular CEO's in the U.S., and recently, a Twitter user asked him about the amount of stress it takes to run two multi-million dollar companies and also how he tends to manage the ups and downs.

Musk was kind enough to give a very honest answer to that. He said that the highs are great, but the lows are terrible followed by unrelenting stress.

Another user asked whether he suffered from Bipolar Disorder to which he replied yes, but that tweet was followed by another one which said that he does suffer from mood swings, but doubts that it is a medical condition in his case. He also added that bad feelings are correlated to bad events so the real problem is actually far from what he had actually signed up for.

He was his honest self to add that if one is a founder, engineer, and inventor like him, then that person has volunteered to be under stress. He jokingly added that it was unfair to blame hell, if a person has voluntarily bought a ticket to hell.

Other successful people who suffered from mental illness

There are other tech inventors and founders who are known to have suffered from mental illness but always have refrained from speaking publicly about them.

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One such example is the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. The man who gave the world some of the best electronic devices such as the iPhone suffered from OCD. It is said that jobs would get down on all four and check Apple’s factory at Fairmont, California, for dirt. At that time, the company was rolling out Macintosh Computers from the factory and according to Jobs, if they did not have the discipline to keep their workplace spotless then they would never have the discipline to develop the best products in the world.

While there are business tycoons like Musk, who are honest about their personal life, there are also bright minds like Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who is a very private person and does not share a lot about his personal life with others on social media platforms.