MBP 21 - H.I.T - Honesty, Integrity and Transparency with Steven Kuhn

Episode 21 - Steven Kuhn

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In this episode Paul interviews Steven Kuhn, a decorated US military combat veteran has turned failing businesses to success for years in Europe and the US. He’s been handpicked to consult with some of most influential people in the world to help them expand brand, value, and customer loyalty.

He is a best selling author and lives by the H.I.T philosophy of honesty, integrity, and transparency.  Listen as Steven shares his experience in the military, how his life went on as a veteran with PTSD, and how he lives his life now helping other people with H.I.T.

Podcast Show Notes:

  • Introduction to The Man Bits Podcast
  • Join our Facebook Community
  • Today’s episode is about honesty, integrity, and transparency
  • Paul introduces Steven to the show
  • Steven found the work that he loves through trial and error
    • Steven’s father and grandfather also went through different career paths
  • Steven ended up in the military after he left their house
    • “Everytime we live towards someone’s expectation is putting a skin on ourselves that isn’t ours”
    • Steven was stationed in Europe for 5 years and had a new life
    • Having been deployed to Iraq changed everything for him — fear, confusion, and doubt went into the picture
    • The buried feelings manifested through anger, sorrow, complacency, and even physically
    • The biggest risk group now are oldest people in the military
    • Steven had a “European Out” after he left the military
    • His PTSD went back and he lost it when a teenager at the club called him a “loser”
    • He became known as the disgruntled war veteran
    • He woke up one day naked in a park without drinking or taking any drugs
  • Mind and body separation was something Steven battled on for 2 weeks
    • He stopped fighting when he lost the feeling of fearlessness which turned out to be good
    • One customer in his cocktail bar asked if Steven could manage his business so he did
    • Steven climbed the corporate ladder but in 2002 his department was shut down
      • That same day, his ex-wife broke her back
      • Steven’s investment fund also crashed
      • He lost everything in a week — his wife, his career, and his money
    • His friends’ advice was to write a book so he did and in two weeks from the release, it became a bestseller
      • Publishers turned Steven down except the one near his apartment
      • The person from the publishing house interviewed him and wrote an article that became the gateway to a year-long tv tour for Steven
      • “It forced me to be honest because I couldn’t lie to people”
      • Telling the truth was a massive cleansing for Steven
    • Steven talks about Vetpreneur Tribe
    • Conscious leadership or HIT Principles (Honesty, Integrity, Transparency) is what Steven practices and teaches
      • Live without expectations and give without expectations
      • Authenticity dictates your market value
    • Steven shares about how he has his “episodes”
      • He tried therapists and meds
      • Steven’s mom is his hero and nothing in his childhood says he’s a poor boy
      • He never had a psychologist that talked to him in a way that he felt that he could trust that person
      • Living as a “veteran” can be detrimental
    • The Middle Bits
      • What is your #1 tip in achieving kickass mind health? – “Self-reflection”
      • Whose work has influenced your work? – “I read all the books, Dale Carnegie, Stephen R. Covey, and The One Minute Manager
      • What fundamental piece of advice would you tell your 15-year old self? – “Don’t let anybody, anyone, dictate anything in your belief”
      • If there’s one word to set your intention for 2018, what is that word? – “Selflessness”
    • Everything in Steven’s life is all about HIT
      • Steven looked into himself if he was really a leader
      • He was not a very good leader in the beginning
      • He realized that listening to people make them come out more better
      • Check out Steven’s videos on HIT
    • Show will continue on the next episode


Episode Takeaways:

  • Don’t live on somebody else’s expectation
  • The only way to finding true love is to love yourself first.
  • Live with honesty, integrity, and transparency.


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Disclaimer: Some of the content of this podcast may contain topics of a sensitive nature such as depression, anxiety and suicide. Whilst I have experience in coaching, training and remedial therapy I’m not to provide mental health advice or counselling. Therefore, engaging with the content of this podcast should not be considered a substitute to professional therapy.

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