198: Ken Coleman | Living Your Passion

Hear from Ken Coleman, host of the Ken Coleman Show and the top-rated EntreLeadership Podcast, and author of One Question – Life Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices. Ken is an acclaimed interviewer with a show on Sirius XM Radio and a podcast. Ken speaks with your host Travis Chappell about how to build valuable relationships with people, shape your environment, and instantly improve your resume with a quick hack.

Here’s what Travis and Ken discuss in this episode:

  • What was it like growing up as Ken Coleman?
    • He had a loving environment with a focus on learning, primarily history.
    • He looks back on it with appreciation.
  • Was there pressure for you to take a certain career path?
    • There was no pressure, but a need to discover his call and excel in it.
    • The environment does matter, and love and support are important.
  • How important is it as an adult to cultivate your own environment?
    • It’s extremely important, you need to be in the right place.
    • When you’re in the right place you’re at a train station of opportunity.
  • Talk us through how you got started with EntreLeadership and how that transformed into everything else.
    • He works with Dave Ramsey and has known him for over 12 years.
    • Dave hired him to take on the EntreLeadership podcast.
    • Ken sits down with thought leaders and has conversations every week.
    • Ken is wildly passionate about helping people find out who they’re supposed to pay.
    • Passion is the secret to significance and meaning in your work and life.
  • How do you balance everything you have going on?
    • He loves his work so much that it’s easy to stay sane.
    • Who you hang out with is extremely important.
  • Is who you know or what you know is more important, and why?
    • Who you know is number one, but what you know is number 1a.
    • Who you know will get you in, what you know and what you do will keep you there.
    • The number one skill to create is learning to master new skills quickly.
  • Talk about your resume resource.
    • The average hiring manager is spending six seconds to a maximum of 60 seconds scanning your resume.
    • What matters the most is whether you have some kind of relationship with an existing person in the company.
    • Get the resource at kencoleman.com.
    • Bottom line, lead with who you know.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • College Basketball Coach
  • If you could sit on a park bench with someone past or present and talk with them for an hour, who would it be and why?
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • How much pressure he felt, and questions about the Declaration of Independence.
  • How do you like to consume content best?
    • Books, podcast, documentaries in that order.
  • What’s one of your favorite books?
    • Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty by Harvey McKay
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
    • Wake up and get coffee
    • Lets the dogs out
    • Does his quiet time
    • Gets the kids ready.
  • What’s your go-to pump up song?
    • This is Me from The Greatest Showman
  • What is something you’re not very good at?
    • Details
  • Where can we find you online the most?
    • KenColeman.com
    • Instagram @kencolemanshow, Facebook, and Twitter @kencoleman


3 Key Points:

  1. No matter your background, you need to make a decision to be successful.
  2. You need to be in the right place to create success.
  3. Most jobs are actually gotten through an acquaintance, so capitalize on that.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Environment is the most important part of a person’s development, but it’s not necessary for success.” – Ken Coleman
  • “In order to do what I want to do, I need to be around people who are doing it.” – Ken Coleman
  • “Everything I need to get started is already around me.” – Ken Coleman


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