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The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to a Career You Love

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,792 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Right now, 70% of Americans aren't passionate about their work and are desperately longing for meaning and purpose. They're sick of "average" and know there's something better out there, but they just don't know how to reach it.

One basic principle--The Proximity Principle--can change everything you thought you knew about pursuing a career you love.

In his latest book, The P
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2019 by Ramsey Press
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Patricia Ann
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wish his examples would relate to ordinary working people not to celebrities.
Brian Chambers
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve come to notice a couple of things to expect of books written by Ramsey Solutions talent, first, each person has a distinctive voice and the voice shines through in their writing. Second, podcast, YouTube, and radio show each person espouses the same proclamations, statements, a dogma throughout.

Neither of these things is in itself a negative or a positive.

As to Ken Colman’s voice being heard throughout Proximity Principle, it’s definitely there. It isn’t as over the top as I expected thou
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is simple and straightforward, probably suited for people who like lists. After each main topic, the author enumerated the steps to accomplish the goal. The proximity principle is about surrounding yourself with the right people to help you advance in your dream career:
* Professors: Teach you the basics.
* Professionals: Model the way.
* Mentors: Provide wisdom and accountability.
* Peers: Push you towards excellence.
* Producers: Give you opportunities.

Limiting beliefs that hold us back fr
Jason Lefebvre
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Easily the most boring Star Wars book to date. Or so I thought. Turns out my girlfriend put the dust cover of a star wars book on this book to get me to do something with my life. "But didn't you see the title page?" is what you're asking. No. Who's got time to read 200 normal pages PLUS the title page? I suppose I'm supposed to read the blank pages at the end, too, now, am I? It's not like I work at the reading store and get paid time-and-a-half for extra reading...

Anyway, about 6 chapters in I
Laura McAninch
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have heard Ken Coleman guest visit on the Dave Ramsey Show; however, I do not listen to his Ken Coleman Show daily. I think he holds a lot of value, but in my opinion this book repeated itself too often and left me feeling like the book itself was rushed to put together and it felt lofty with the repetition and generalizations. I hate when books quote Hollywood celebrity rise to fame stories and background of their success. Most are not credible models that I would want to emulate.The freebies ...more
James Andersen
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short read that is about intentional networking with the intent of learning, working, and relationship building that leads to more of the same. It's generally about the who and the where, and how to get certain people and into certain places through your network.

Lots of good take aways, the author's work ethic is impressive but he's weak on the writing of work ethic, it's more or less "work your ass off and know your place", and although serving people is a great cornerstone in building succes
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid information, though I wish this book went more in-depth. The most useful aspect was the shift in perspective that yes, it is possible to shift careers, and yes, it will take a lot of work. But a lot of his advice is to put yourself out there and approach people.

While I acknowledge that this is good advice, as an introvert who deals with shyness and social anxiety, I would have liked more useful information on HOW to actually do that. While he repeats that connecting with people is about b
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Could have gotten all the information in 10 pages rather than 200. Good principle, not enough here for a book.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For anyone pursuing a career/dream job that seems very abstract right now or you’re not sure of a good starting block/how to start making connections/etc. you HAVE to read this!!! It gives you concrete steps to get to that job, as long as you’re willing to put your fear and doubts aside. It’s both scary and liberating to realize that you 100% can do it. You just have to put the work in and believe in yourself.
Christopher S. Hope
This is the ultimate motivation book. If you get nothing from this book except to go out and do vetter you have gotten the key element. It covers areas that for years I thought I was doing right, only to find it may have been the reason for not landing the job.
Diana Durrill
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is written for an 18-23 year old, and really maybe more for 16-20 year olds. It provides helpful information for young people about how to place themselves in the right places, around the right people in order to see their career dreams come to fruition. Myself being middle aged, most of the content is common sense.

I would agree with other reviews that the writing is fairly bland, repetitive, and involves a lot of name-dropping. But if I were 17 and reading this just before heading of
Ron Barker
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Good easy read with a lot of valuable advice. Probably more for someone at the onset of a career but still some valuable insights for someone who spent 31 years at one company and looking for a new company and new career. I do disagree with the authors' section on surrounding yourself with peers with similar interests and ambitions. Diversity of thought and diversity of interests is a good thing leading to different points of view and a more inclusive environment. ...more
Darby Smale
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing about this book is groundbreaking. But reading it and the stories inside provide motivation to get a job you love. If you are already determined you can probably skip this book. If you have no idea how to get started this is a great read! It did encourage me to reach out to those around me and let them know I am looking for a job. You never know who they know!
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Practical? Challenging? Action-oriented? If these are things you’re looking for to help guide you into the passion you’re pursuing, look no further. THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. I am so empowered to move forward, connect with the right people, orient myself into the places I need to be, and learn and grow exponentially.
Julia Marks
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This book inspired me a lot! Wasn't exactly what I expected, but it was motivating and interesting. Pretty repetitive, but it got the point across well by the end. ...more
Jeff Kowalk
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
One Big Thought: Ken Coleman will walk you through his outline to do meaningful work in a field you love. The concepts are simple and straight to the point. Like most good advice, it's common sense, but not everyone is doing it. If you follow what Ken Coleman suggests, I have no doubt you will end up much closer to your dream than you were when you started. Recommended. ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book by an Amazing Show Host

I typically don't buy books and just borrow from the library or download free public domain ebooks, but this book was different. I bought the kindle version very close to the release day, and read as much of it as i could at a time. Being a Dave Ramsey Baby Stepper, I've been looking into finding a new job. I'll keep applying the proximity principle to my job searching and I know I'll yield better results. Thank you, Ken Coleman for writing this book.
Ryan Bernier
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
The guy is a tool. One of the worst books I could have imagined reading. Traded it in on Audible thank goodness. The principle is sound, the writing is atrocious. We get it Ken, you knew Dave Ramsey and had the silver spoon in your hand. And as a Career Advisor, your advice to not have a resume or to use your template is great for radio, not great for real lives. He is also one of the worst radio hosts I could imagine if you listen to his show. He has his good and bad moments but sucks at listen ...more
John Hewitt II
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Picked this up in an audible sale and was pleasantly surprised by it. It has all of the usual marks of a self-help career advancement book, but manages to hit a few new points. More suited for someone looking for a new career, but I found the sections about advancing in your current field helpful as well.
Marley Hamon
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, favorite motivational book to clear the mind and re-evaluate your previously made dreams and desires. This book realistically puts into perspective the path to achieving your dreams. A book everyone should read at least once a year.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gifts
3.5 stars

I’ve been listening to the author’s podcast for a bit at the recommendation of my mom (she also recommended a couple of other Ramsey Network personalities’ podcasts, specifically Dave Ramsey & Chris Hogan, and while I have a few major disagreements with the Ramsey financial philosophy—especially regarding credit cards—I find then helpful in terms of financial literacy information) and she got me the book for Christmas. The book was engaging, has a lot of stories, and contained informati
Feb 02, 2022 rated it liked it
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Jennifer Schultheis
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-for-me, library
The Proximity Principle by Ken Coleman is an easy read, but didn't do anything for me. Well-written, but hard to follow on some aspects.

There were some parts of the book that could appeal to everyone and then sometimes it felt like he was talking to a specific group of people and wouldn't do for regular people stuck in a small town.

When Coleman says "my dream belongs only to me and no one else," he's completely correct. No one hands things to people, unless to your royalty or your daddy is a bi
Andrew Oster
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They key principle in this book in knowing what you want to do in a given situation, and putting yourself in the right environment or around the right people to have the greatest success. This book teaches you how to have the right mindset in order to get yourself right in order to change their life or looking for a new career path. Success in business is like a mountain climber, you don't start on Mt. Everest buy you start small and climb that mountain, then a little bigger
Sakib Ahmed
Apr 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
On average, we spend over 90,000 hours working over the course of our lives. That’s almost 4,000 days, or just under a decade’s worth of around-the-clock toil. The kicker? Seven in ten workers report that they’re unhappy with their jobs. That’s a whole lot of folks spending a whole lot of time being miserable!

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Ken Coleman knows a thing or two about that. Having spent years among the disgruntled majority, he decided to take matters into his own hands and pursue
Ally Brunette
This was a book with a handful of good takeaways, but I think that it was a bit redundant and could have been maybe a long-form essay instead of a book? The high-level takeaways were quite good: first you identify what you really, really want to do (rather than decaying in a job that is not fulfilling you). Then you have to identify how the people in proximity to you can help you get there. Coleman identifies five kinds of people: professors, professionals, mentors, peers, and producers. He defi ...more
Brooke Bowen
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The Proximity Principle is a self-help, career guidebook by Ken Coleman. Coleman’s goal is to help those who know their dream career find a path to get there. That path being the Proximity Principle. If you establish good relationships with the right people, put yourself out there, and take baby steps, you can have your dream job. Readers learn the five people to look for and the four best places to grow and learn. The book is filled with countless examples of individuals Colemans has helped in ...more
Tim Warner
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
There's some really good advice here and the overall feel of the book is enlightening and encouraging. But it could have been 100 pages.

I went into it expecting it to start with advice or guidance on realizing what you're dream job is. However, it begins on the premise that you've already got that pinned down. So reading this book with little to no idea as to what you would love to see yourself doing one day is going to be of little use. Or at least the first two "Parts" could be skimmed. (Which
Stephanie R.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think this book could have been a lot shorter. It was hard to keep paying attention because it was so repetitive, and I also had a lot of trouble relating his advice to my life and career goals. My career is not related to broadcasting at all and he can't help but relate all of his advice back to that. You would probably get more out of this book if you had heard of Ken Coleman before, or if you were interested in a career that had anything to do with performance.

Mainly it just says that you s
Cheryl L.E.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a quick, easy read with some helpful advice. Although it wasn't quite what I expected, as in it didn't help in the way I thought it might, I did receive a little "get going" kick and some ideas on how to move forward with my "dream."

The beginning few chapters, I had trouble relating to the examples, it felt like it was written for someone looking for a traditional "dream job" or already had a bunch of networking connections or friends in high places. In fact, it seemed to rely heavily on
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Ken Coleman is a career expert, author of The Proximity Principle and national 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 ...more

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