25: Jim Wilson, Headset Radio

Kit McCarty and Now I See’s technical director Jim Wilson of Headset Radio, talk about start-ups and starting over, success and failure, and the rewards of giving and getting help.


I accept the fact that I’m a nerd. I have a different point of view in the world than most other people.

I have a long list of things that I’ve broken. From tinkering with toys, to computer parts, to operating systems and the technical side of everything, to servers; there’s a long list of things that I have tinkered with, broken and fixed.

You’re fixing things that are broken. You realize it’s broken and no one is going to fix it. You are the only one who has the interest to fix it.

I love doing this kind of stuff. It’s fun because I get to do stuff and teach people things. It’s fulfilling to teach someone something and to see them learning. Every client I’ve worked with, I’ve taught them something new.

If you fail, it’s OK. If you break something, it’s OK. If something goes wrong, it’s OK. It’s not the end of the world, and you can bounce back from it. You’re OK, and everything is going to work out. Failure is an option.

I know a handful of people who lost their jobs during covid, and they took the opportunity to work on themselves. They took the time to figure out what and who they are, and how they want to be in life. For them, it was a blessing in disguise.

Make a space for you that makes you happy and lets you be you. Do what you like, what works for you, something that brings you joy.

The hardest part is getting yourself out there and getting started.

It’s OK to not be OK. If you’re having issues, reach out. There are so many resources for people who need help. If you have an inkling that a friend is having issues, reach out to them.



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