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“Embrace the struggle. Certainly if you’re in the career coaching business and you’ve got to sit across from somebody, how in the world are you going to have anything worthwhile to pour out to them if you’ve never struggled?” – Ken Coleman 

The first step toward a dream job is always the scariest, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Today’s Finding Brave guest shares how something he calls “The Proximity Principle” can help you achieve what you want in your career, by finding the people who are doing it and spending time in the places where it’s happening. And he explores what most people are missing, or struggling with, when it comes to their mindset that prevents them from tremendous success.

Ken Coleman is a #1 national best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio 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. The Ken Coleman Show is a caller-driven career show that helps listeners who are stuck in a job they hate or searching for something more out of their career. His second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love, was released in May 2019.

Not only does Ken reveal how to put yourself in a position to realize your career aspirations, he covers so much more in this episode. He explains why developing your listening skills and also embracing the struggle are so important, how to face and conquer your fears, as well as the specific mindsets that he has seen in the thousands of successful people he has spoken with over the years.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why this concept of The Proximity Principle matters so much to Ken [3:55]

  • How he used the principle to further his own career, specifically from the age of 31 through 43 [6:48]

  • The word that Ken prefers to use instead of “expert,” and the reasons why [9:57]

  • What to do to start getting in closer proximity with the people could impact you and your career [13:43]

  • Four questions to ask in order to gain clarity in your career path right now [16:48]

  • A classic story that demonstrates how embracing the struggle is part of all journeys to success [23:45]

  • Whether or not Ken believes that someone can develop the skill of breaking down experiences into lessons and principles [26:18]

  • What most people are missing, or struggling with, when it comes to their mindset [32:23]

  • The ways that Ken fights fear every single day and his recommendations for how we can all do this [33:58]

For More Information:

Resources Mentioned: 

Ken’s Latest Book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead To The Career You Love

His First Book, One Question: Life-Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices

Kathy’s First Book, Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose

59: 11 Essential Shifts Every Leader Must Embrace, with John Maxwell

107: DataStory: How To Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story, with Nancy Duarte

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“Here’s what I know. If you’re not in the right place, then the right time can’t happen.” [4:42]

“Expert is just a cheap word. Experts are a dime a dozen right now, and who says you’re the expert?” [10:06]

“You better understand that being a career coach is an entrepreneurial venture.” [14:07]

“It is the struggle that allows us to transform, and there is no strength absent of the struggle.” [24:26]

“The key to solving complexity is always simplicity, no matter what business you’re in.” [26:27]

“You’ve got to be listening for things. So when someone gives you something, as a career guide or coach you better be really darn good at listening, and not just with your ears.” [30:21] 

“My job is to be the sounding board, and I am of the belief that the person has the answers.” [31:14]

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