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Mesha Moinirad on how dealing with chronic illness led to success - The NatWest Business Show

Mesha Moinirad talks about the challenges he faced while living with a chronic illness and how he turned that adversity into a thriving and life-changing business.

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‘I never knew I had dyslexia’ - Mesha’s Business Confession

To open the show, Mesha’s business confession was that he struggled early on with identifying numbers and words. He said: “For the longest time, I didn't know what that problem was, I never put a name to it. And to this day, I've never had a prognosis or a diagnosis. But from all the symptoms that I've kind of looked at, I'm sitting with having dyslexia and dyscalculia, which I just never knew I had.”

Mesha goes on to tell our podcast host Angellica Bell about how that made him shy and quiet at school and how he coped with that. He realised that he had to “build his own way of doing things”.

Health issues led to inspiring others

Mesha’s journey to helping people through his business began with health issues in 2013. He said: “I was at university studying high performance coaching in nutrition, and I was absolutely fine. And then one day, I just started feeling unwell. And I was being sick a lot, and I couldn't put a finger on what was going on in my body.

“Over the course of a week, I had three GPs come to my home to try and give me a prognosis, and they were saying that I had gastroenteritis, which is essentially a stomach bug. I was like, "Okay, that's fine. I'll listen to what they say. Drink water, drink fluid." My dad came about a week later, he looked at me and he said: "We're going to hospital now." And we got in the car, he drove me to the hospital, and when I got to the information window, I remember standing there and I just collapsed. And I knocked one of my teeth out as well in the process.”

Mesha’s diagnosis of IBD (a combination of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) and his inspiring reaction to it led to Mr Colitis Crohns. What Mesha calls “one hell of a journey”.

You need to have an action plan

Mesha Moinirad
Founder of Mr Colitis Crohns

Mesha’s top tips for growing a business:

  • Have a plan: “You need to have an action plan ahead of time. Like you need to have an actual business plan.”
  • Get a mentor: “I actually got a mentor who is better than me at certain things, and then I can take the systems that they've made for me and just spin them into my business.”
  • Believe in people: “I have always been one of these people that if someone messages me something in detail about their health or something really serious, positions where I've been in the past, I’ll get back to them.”

Watch the episode to find out more about Mesha’s inspirational business story.

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