Ken Coleman is a career expert, the best-selling author of The Proximity Principle, and the host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities, and career successes, Coleman helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality.
Ken’s parents were the first to breathe life into his dreams, but two of his teachers also made a big impact – the elementary school teacher who gave him an extra jolt of self-esteem by always calling him Doc and a drama teacher who poured gasoline on his dreams by telling him he could do great things.
And Ken always had big dreams of becoming a national broadcaster – but, of course, big dreams also come with big obstacles. Ken experienced a lot of rejection when he tried to break into radio, and things just weren’t working out the way he had hoped. Then, one day he was sitting on his patio having a one-man pity party when he realized that nobody was sitting around thinking about how they could help Ken Coleman out. Nobody was waking up going, “Hey, this Ken Coleman guy, I think he’d be a really good broadcaster. Why don’t we give him a call today and just open every door for him?”
Ken says that realization hit him like a ton of bricks. He knew he had the talent to be a great broadcaster, but that day, he realized that wasn’t enough – if he really wanted to make an impact, he had to actually pave that road, and that process was going to be long and arduous.
Ken’s book, The Proximity Principle, is all about helping people pave this road for themselves by showing up and getting to know the right people who are going to help you fulfil your dreams so that the right opportunities find their way to you. Ken says that we humans want progress, and that’s a good thing. But, if you obsess about the next step, you miss what you’re supposed to be doing and learning in the now. He offers three pieces of advice for people working towards their dream job:
- Know your role. You have to have absolute clarity on what is expected and what the win looks like.
- Accept your role. Be grateful for the job you have now because it’s a step on the ladder to your dream job.
- Maximize your role. Do things outside of your normal duties and demonstrate value.
“If you do those three things, progress will find you, the promotion will find you. You don’t have to worry about it.”
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