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New Futures Career Navigator

December6

http://lnkd.in/dyjuSaY: I’m pleased to tell you that my younger brother Greg is the Executive Director (CEO in the Non-Profit sector) for New Futures (www.newfuturesdc.org).

This intrepid group has only just launched their innovative and ground-breaking CAREER NAVIGATOR. A year in the making, the Career Navigator is a “game-changer” for New Futures, and exponentially expands the reach of their services to low-income students across the DC region.

“Words used to describe the Career Navigator have been “wonderful,” “incredibly useful,” “fabulous,” and – as one of our Scholars marveled – “amazing!”

career navigatornewfuturescareernavigator.org – “Career Navigator is a product of New Futures, a non-profit organization that offers career education as well as scholarships and mentoring support to D.C. area young people seeking postsecondary education.”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

pillaging ministries for Prophet

February21

So…

I may well have the coolest job in the world. I might shy away from referring to it as a “calling”. But, I really enjoy the work I do. And, I see evidence, daily, that it’s meaningful.

There are many aspects to what I do. But, relevant to the line-of-thinking tied to this post is my efforts around and through men who start businesses from a “best practices” standpoint – and, also ministries (which are a form of business, but not necessarily oriented around best practices).

I’m guessing I’ll discuss that latter topic on a broader scale later (the list of topics I ache to share is endless, and my energy boundless).

But, readers of this Blog already know that.

In any event, I’m going to share a brief exchange I’ve had in the last twenty four hours with John. He is my good and dear friend. He is struggling. But, it’s a healthy and worthy (possibly noble) form of struggle. It’s cool being around it. Especially having the sense that’s it’s going to end well.

By the way… And, don’t bother rolling your eyes… John is likely a kind of Prophet. And, like many Biblically-oriented figures he often can’t heal himself. But, like any good flame, good things could be drawn to it.

Is this John’s Kobayashi Maru? Or, is my role in walking with such men an example of that un-winnable test always demonstrating, and proves, character development is the best result?

In any event, here’s the exchange. Make of it what you will, or must. I certainly will. In fact, I’ve already started thinking about drawing lines of corollary  thought relative to Charles Darwin, men who think they should start ministries, and the gene-pool (this does not include John).

On Feb 18, 2010, at 6:46 PM, John XXXX wrote:

“Thoughts on doing both e29 and ministry?

Does my passion for ministry exclude the need for work? Is ministry the work?

Ideas coming to mind? You know me and know my heart.  And, you will speak candidly to me.

That’s what I need right now.

Peace & Favor,

John”

What came to my mind, and from my heart:

“I’ve always felt that good work was a form of Ministry in it’s own right.

Show me a man who is evangelistic over his products and services, and you’ll see a man on fire in the belief that he is helping people, supporting his family, and honoring God in more ways than I could describe in this email.

I might humbly use myself as an example. I see evidence, every day, that I am making a keen difference in the lives of good people around me. My own daughter describes my work simply as: “Daddy helps people”.

You know… The Nordic (because there were several varieties) Vikings believed that Valhalla was a  place you went to fight, drink and wench for eternity. This was a reward for doing great work (pillaging was more a hobby) on earth using the skills and strength God (in a manner of speaking) gave them.

…maybe… Just maybe, one reason Ministries fail more often than even secular business startups is because the instigators start on the wrong foot with poorly formed financial models, certainly flawed market validation, and  – and worse, desires.”

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

talents

March23

So… My friend Aaron Masih (a rascal and smack-daddy evangelist) offered the following comment on my recent post career Evolution or revolution:

“white guys can’t rap.  And you’re not fat enough.  Plus, I’m not sure how good the Cayman would look with spinners.

Enough stereotypes?”

My carefully considered response:

Don’t need no spinners…

Not like them sinners…

Don’t gotta be FAT…

Just don’t need none o’ that!

Just look at my Cayman…

I say hey Man!

Okay… MAYBE you are right.

Cork

It took me all of 30 seconds to come up with that inspiring tune that could very well find itself utilized in the next Fast and Furious movie.

In any event, let’s throw caution to the wind and get this Monday started off with some mild controversy – and, possibly advance my carer-path based on a simple poll, shall we?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

career Evolution or revolution

March19

When I graduated from college in 1984 it was not possible for me to outline my subsequent career-path.

I had already made a fairly successful transition from moonshine-runner to small business enterprise owner while in school (and, as many of you know sold my first business within weeks of graduation). From there, career points included: Financial Analyst, Program Manager, Professional Triathlete, Model, Stock Broker, Venture Capitalist, Executive Recruiter and Business Coach, and Investor.

However, perhaps now it’s high-time I got really serious about my true calling.

I have decided that I am going to be an R&B Singer (or, just entertainer). I may throw caution and inhibition to the wind and simply surrender to my passion around Rap Music.

Come on…  I converted degrees in Political Science and English into a job as a Financial Analyst (I actually took the job in Los Angeles so I could surf and play volley ball), and later raised over half a billion dollars in private and venture placement capital. At forty eight I can still do more push-ups and pull-ups than most anybody.

Do you feel me?

I look terrific in underwear. And, my truck has an ass-kicking sound system.

Beyond these qualifications, providing my music would be viewed as a form of urban poetry (well… seeing as how I live outside of Atlanta in “horse country” – perhaps “suburban poetry”), I feel that I have a grasp on life that few others share. Might this be reflected in music?

I was raised as a young prince in a military household where I grew up surrounded by men determined that “peace was their profession” – and, willing to die proving it.

My early days of running success were a triumph of will over pain.

I pulled myself through college, and can say I actually learned and earned a lot.

I left one of the country’s largest aerospace company’s much better off than when I found it (or, did they find me?).

I can actually say I was a paid athlete and model.

I raised more money for companies that, to this very day, have changed the world in profound ways, than anyone I know.

I got to be a Firefighter (Louisville, CO Volunteer Fire Department).

I spent sixty days in jail.

I currently have the coolest job (outside of being a suburban rap-oriented poet [and youth soccer coach]) in the world. I sit around all day talking to my friends (old and new), and helping them make ever better decisions. And, if you ask my daughters what I do for a living, they will likely shrug and say:

“Daddy helps people”.

I certainly posess the requisite self-absorption and ego.

However, having said all that, if all goes according to plan (outside of working global benefits with Bono), in the next few years I am piloting a 1971 MiG 19.

What?

More later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1971 MiG 19

1971 MiG 19

NOTES: The MiG-19 was the USSR’s first mass-built supersonic fighter. The highly swept, thin, sharply tapering wing was a remarkable characteristic. The MiG-19 proved to be a capable and sturdy combat aircraft, manoeuvrable and armed with powerful 30mm guns. The prototype of the aircraft first flew in 1963. It entered production in 1965. And, it was the primary fighter of the Russian air force in the sixties and early seventies. The MiG-19S was a simply fair – weather fighter, but the MiG-19P had limited all-weather capability. The People’s Republic of China still manufactures the MiG-19 (under license) as the Jianjiji J-6. They allegedly completed over 4000, which would be about twice as many as the USSR built. The Russians began phasing out the MiG-19 in the sixties with it’s predecessor the MiG-21 Fishbed.

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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