I have really struggled with this concept in 2017.
The Proximity Principle is, as defined by Ken Coleman of The Dave Ramsey Show, of whom I heard this from, says
“To do what I want to do, I have to be around the people who are doing it and the places it is happening.”
I can’t think of a more detailed explanation other than to say that I’m bad at relationships. I’m an “all-in” kinda guy and if we have some things in common, AWESOME! Let’s immediately start hanging out more. I have made and kept only a half-dozen or so friends since moving to Atlanta that know me very deeply. OK, more like 3-ish…
I’ve met and still stay in touch with dozens of people, but many of them are on their own track in life, beating to the sound of someone else’s drum. As I write this, I’m giving myself a Call-To-Action to get far away from my comfort zone, shake 1,000 hands, have 1,000 conversations, and “be around the people who are doing!”
I’ve joined a few Facebook groups for small business owners in Atlanta, as well as some networking groups that meet weekly in my area. I haven’t attended one yet. There’s always something else to do, or I don’t make it to the 7:30am group because I overslept. Pathetic. But, that’s not really an excuse. I have no excuse. I have to hustle and leave it all out there. Give it my best and then some.
I’m really looking forward to hearing from you and what kind of struggles you have with separating yourself from toxic relationships and moving into places that are conducive to your success! Leave a note in the comments and let’s chat! 🙂