Wisdom that Lingers: Life Advice from SCTE Hall of Famer, Jim Kuhns

Every once in awhile, you meet a big shot who doesn’t act like a big shot. On the contrary, they give you their undivided attention and take the time to teach you, and be taught by you.

Back in October, I had the chance to meet Jim Kuhns – a well known face at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Among others, Jim has served as chairman of the SCTE National Board of Directors and was inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame in 2002.

Below are a few “nuggets” he blessed me with during our conversation. I pondered these often and thought I’d share them with you.


Life Advice from Jim Kuhns

  • You’re only as good as you’re willing to put in.
  • If you want to impress people, show them your successes. If you want to grow people, you show them your failures. You can’t be afraid of failing – it’s that simple.
  • Life is a marathon, but you have to know when to make sprints.
  • In life, you must realize there are times when there are more important things than winning.
  • Have you ever considered, what will happen to all your medals when you die?
  • The gift of your time is the most valuable gift you can give.
  • Never discount anyone – accept people where they are, how they are. If you want to help them, first build their trust, then work with them to build a road map to success. Then, be the encourager that guides them through it.
  • Find someone that will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.
  • Remind yourself not to look at the circumstance… if you do, you will miss out on a lot.

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