Aiming higher than normal
PUTTING all his time and energy into what he loves and following his dreams has paid off for Yeppoon's Brett Gornall.
At only 23, and diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Brett knows life is too short to hold back from doing what you love, and has plenty to show for it.
Describing his character as enthusiastic and over the top, his energy is tangible even while speaking to him over the phone and his laughter is contagious.
"I'm blessed to have been diagnosed with ADHD and wouldn't take it back; I would hate to be a normal human being," Brett said.
A talented DJ, social media whiz and marketing manager for a new alternative online magazine Dreamland, Brett said it all started when he was 11.
"It was a Nutri-Grain competition where you had to make music from the samples that they supplied on a disc and I got runner up in the national competition," he recalled.
"And from there I loved making tunes."
Brett said he then moved to Brisbane to pursue a career in DJing, particularly in the Psy-breakz scene, which is a unique genre.
But when that didn't work out, Brett didn't give up.
He moved to Melbourne three years ago and has found something he's passionate about, playing DJ sets when he can.
"I read this book on ADHD and it made me realise I have no option to go back to the safety of what I was doing in the past, but to take a heroic leap of faith," he said.
"So it inspired me to do all of these things."
He's also just been recruited as the social media manager for ADHD Alliance's Crowdfunding campaign, to raise $50,000 to develop a mobile app.
With October being ADHD awareness month Brett said he was very passionate about changing the perception of the condition in the community.
"It feels fantastic to really make a difference in this world," he said.
"I'm just going to keep trying new things and see where it takes me.
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive.
"Because what the world needs is people to come alive."
His next show will be at the Manifest Festival in South-East Queensland and Dreamland magazine will cover the event.