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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

The Jeep Wrangler is the new Porsche 911

August25

corks big bad ass Jeepthe Jeep has turned-out to be a bit transformational.

it’s all part of being ready.

I am now part of a “culture”. it involves the special Jeep “wave”. maybe that’s a sub-culture. if you’re not part of it I suspect it’s viewed as a subversive culture due to one of the fact that it’s exclusionary, by definition.

JEEP actually stands for “just-empty-each-pocket” because there is a lot you can do to make your “rig” more cool.

oddly, but not really, I don’t mind careening down the road in the rain getting wet because I can’t be bothered with the full top, because the bikini top makes the rig so much more striking, and Jeeps air out and dry quickly. its a Jeep.

that said I’m exploring options for a “pop-top” version of a hard-top. I think I’ve found a solution that was part of someone else’s efforts that failed. I’m trying to get my hands on a mold that I believe I can then get into the hands of a dude that used to shape surf boards for me. if this all plays-out like I’m hoping, I’m in the Jeep aftermarket business.

meanwhile, I often meet about a dozen executives, and leaders by any definition on a weekend morning at my Starbucks (its also referred to as “Corks SBUX in this neck of the woods). we are generally in agreement that the 4-Door Jeep Wrangler is the “new Porsche 911”. in fact, over the past three weeks, four more have appeared in the SBUX parking lot. we are an insufferable lot. several of them want to invest in the hard-top concept. stay tuned.

in any event, I refuse to put a “Life is Good” sticker or rear wheel cover on the rig. however, I will likely place something VERY goofy sticker on it like “Zombie Hunter” (surely you are  fully aware that I’m distracted with the whole zombie apocalypse thing : https://www.unsinkablebriancork.com/2013/08/04/not-all-zombies-are-real-or-good/).

I bought a three foot axe to keep in the Jeep in the event of an zombie attack.

seriously.

…well… kindjeeps can roll over porsches of seriously. I’m also keeping myself quite fit (I bragged to Tom Lech last night at The Union Restaurant that I ran six miles and biked forty yesterday) in the event I simply need to run like hell (but also called into action for one of The Expendables movies).

it should be noted, so, I’ll do it here, that zombies are the best imaginary enemy because they let you indulge in psychotic fantasies while still pretending to be the good guy. you’re not a demented serial killer, you HAVE to slaughter your way through the crowds of people you see every day! except they’re all brain-damaged and incapable of teamwork! that’s less sporting than an ice hockey team versus a figure skater, and even more fun. but it’s only fun because, like all daydreams, you only imagine the good bits. very few people daydream about their own failures and pointless unnoticed deaths (and those that do are safely channeled into reality TV).

by the way…

don’t use Kung Fu when faced with the inevitable zombie(s), or youth sport parent mob:

Why it’s awesome:

anyone who doesn’t enjoy a Resident Evil movie is an idiot, because they knew exactly what they were getting into before they watched it. the movies’ mission statement is “Milla Jovovich improbably kicks all zombie ass,” and they stay so true to that statement they even have her kick zombies to death despite that being stupid and impossible. this is because in the Resident Evil world those are both synonyms for awesome.

for example, Milla goes up against a dead security officer armed with only a cocktail dress. her first response is to shove both her bare fists at its biting mouth, then leap two meters straight up and jam her leg in there too.

either she’s trying to confuse its mind by giving it too many limbs to choose from, or she’s forgotten that Milla doing splits only stuns living men. luckily we’re more than five minutes into a Resident Evil movie by this point so physics has already given up and gone home – which is why the standing jump-kick shoves the zombie twice her mass five meters back (to death), instead of bouncing Milla off the door behind her into its open mouth.

But… Now you’re a zombie because:

if I have to explain why shoving your naked flesh into a zombie’s face is a bad idea, go right ahead. your intelligence is so low you’d slow even them down, giving the rest of us more time to escape. so, now I’ve added my optimistic views of why the Laws of Natural Selection work for me. even an abrasion would have you “T-virused” and rotting, although Milla’s okay – the one thing the movie got right is how she’s a genetically superior being.

NOTE: I don’t care if you are confused by this deviation from Jeeps, how they relate to Porsche’s, into Zombie shit.

I figure if I’m sporting a Jeep and an axe, I’m in good form. I can run, I have really cool friends. most of us understand the Laws of Natural Selection, and we completely appreciate how it’s not really about zombies.

its more about being ready.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

will Facebook consume YOU?

April5

Brian Patrick Cork

I am NO fan of Facebook. if you read this blog, visit my house, talk to my daughters (and, their friends), or have heard me speak, you know this.

I can prove it. just read the following related posts (do it!):

  1. Facebook and Divorce lawyers (8.6)
  2. Facebook is dead to Me (8.2)
  3. why other people should buy Facebook (7.7)
  4. nobody “Likes” Facebook other than Mark Zuckerberg (7.6)
  5. why Facebook might be a great bad story (7.1)
  6. Facebook’s contribution to Terrorism (6.1)
  7. shorting Facebook, part II (5.9)
  8. I like Apple’s stock better than Googles numbers (5.8)
  9. facebook is proof we have a Problem (5.7)
  10. facebook challenge (5.7)

however, I’ll admit Facebook’s new version of Android is pretty slick by way of being resourceful and opportunistic.

Mark Zuckerberg and his crew have figured out a way to get the growing global mobile device market to be his viral marketing agent.

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, is holding a live news conference to show Facebook’s new phone software, designed for Google’s Android’s operating system.

I wonder if they will transition to a “consumption” model and leverage this new platform under their dark and insidious world domination strategy to wreak havoc in the lives of the ignorant crowd-followers.

…I wonder if North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is a Facebook shareholder?

in my book, that makes it appropriate that the new software is launching off of Android phones.

while I Facebook akin to a disease, Zuckerberg is working diligently to reward his shareholders. he gets points for that. even if they include Kim Jong Un.

all that said… everything evolves. most of it changes. the potential for redemption realized. I acknowledge that social media and networking platforms are part of our lives, and certainly the future. and, they will continue to be influential. so, I am hopeful that, as Zuckerberg and other influencers mature, their designs evolve into solutions, and great good shared by us all.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

awareness

February23

as I continue to share something of a personal journey with you, let’s reference one of my more recent posts as a baring-point:

rules today that pave The Road for tomorrowbut also, why change need not be arbitrary.

we started with, desire.

so, we move-on to, awareness.

a·ware  (-wâr)

adj.

1. Having knowledge or cognizance: aware of the difference between the two versions.
2. Archaic Vigilant; watchful.
and then,
a·wareness n.
Synonyms: aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, awake, alert, watchful, vigilant
These adjectives mean mindful or heedful: Aware implies knowledge gained through one’s own perceptions or by means of information: Are you aware of your opponent’s hostility? I am aware that the legislation passed.

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance”. – Nathaniel Branden

I think this means we must be aware of the need for something, possibly change, and then accept that it’s our path, and embrace the effort through it’s application. then, once you’ve accepted this mission, others will follow, and that is also a form of acceptance.

for me, it’s about having a Servants Heart. my roll is making things better for other people. when things are good for people around me, I’m great. when things are not so good for people around me, I am dark. I suppose that makes me something akin to a Rhodesian Ridgeback (dog). I’m a reciprocator, and a kind of mirror. so, I go out of my way to make everything right around me. that way, I can breathe, literally.

it helps to have questions:

  • what are you good at? dig deeper. what are you really, genuinely, good at?
  • what do you want to do?
  • who needs you?

if you can divine that last question, you probably know what you are good at, and where you can be affirmed by being surrounded by people that need and want you.

ignorance is possibly the opposite of awareness or knowledge. just like death is the opposite of life or salvation. knowing what you are good at takes self-awareness (as I discussed in desire). you probably need to know some answers to these questions before you can make purposeful and meaningful steps towards that self-awareness that helps or allows you to be useful to other people. you know the old adage…

“you can’t help others until you can help yourself”. – Unknown (but, likely a philosophic sophomore)

this leads us to how, when and where we can help others. where does your special talent reside? what and where is it’s foundation? I believe there are three ways to pin this down:

listening.  this ability to be mentored or taught is crucial. because that, in turn, allows us to positively influence others.

experience. this can be realized through epiphany, or gradual awareness. the idea that past experiences influence future experiences was termed continuity by John Dewey.  all experiences, argued Dewey, impact on one’s future, for better or worse.  basically, cumulative experience either shuts one down or opens up one’s access to possible future experiences. experience refers to the nature of the events someone or something has undergone.  Experience is what is happening to us all the time – as we long we exist. our experience becomes a platform of influence that can benefit others.

influence. one of my soccer players once said, “Coach Brian is teaching us how to use our super powers for good”. I learned a lot about myself in that moment. I leveraged a lot of my own experience, knowledge and servants heart to teach her teammates how to win despite many obstacles, including themselves. the core to my coaching has always been life lessons for citizen athletes. it works for people in business, as well.

this can’t always be easy. perhaps it should not be easy. but, it can be simple. leadership is an example. the ability to make good decisions, and guide others through that process may not be easy, but successful often looks or appears simple.

when I coach kids in sports, or adults in business, I often say…

“it may seem simple, but it won’t be easy”.

since we don’t know what we don’t know, we should to look for opportunities to change, evolve, grow, just be different. consider the following points to help you process the establishment of awareness:

  • look around yourself , in the moment. at what might be or could be or should be, different.
  • you may have misplaced or missed an opportunity.
  • what you see may not be what you expected or expecting.
  • consider the possibility that you have lost perspective and seek guidance. meditate. pray.
  • is it possible you are moving down the wrong path? what do your instincts tell you? are things working? or, are you always having to “muscle through”? do other people accept your guidance and influence?
  • are you willing to pay the price?

 You gotta have a PLAN

vision + plan + desire + / different = change.

readers of this blog (and, the others), and the people that I coach professionally, relative to any span of time, know that a driving theme for me is having a plan.

having a plan helps you maintain awareness. try and keep it simple.

look… even with the kids I coach in Lacrosse and Soccer, I teach them to know where they want to “end-up” with the ball. people that follow me are also familiar with the concept of “finishing well”. so, thinking two and possibly three moves ahead (oaky… think Chess, as well) offer s distinct advantage and helps focus us in the moment. this helps with a sense of direction driven by vision. the vision, driven by desire, has to be inspired and is the catalyst for doing things, stuff, anything, everything, something vitally important, differently. that difference, is the key. you can make a difference, be different, do it differently… it’s all separated from the thing you want to be different and changed.

through The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-28) we can understand that by leveraging your talents, attributes, passion, and vision you can manage both challenges and opportunities and better focus on the objectives that have you finishing well.

while it’s not a foundation for a strategy, hope, fueled by faith and prayer helps refine our vision (hint: you don’t need peyote).

I’m an entrepreneur. not a “serial” entrepreneur (that term has always struck me as creepy sounding). a successful entrepreneur. I’m drawn to other people that like to start things and drive them forward, with will and purpose, through a vision with a platform for change ever on the horizon. I use all of this thinking as a Dad, husband, friend, philanthropist, etc as well. very few people can summon the courage to follow their dreams, ideas, and vision. many things chip away at our resolve. but, staying true to a plan that is founded in solving specific needs enables us to change (evolve) ourselves, and those around us.

building off of desire, keep asking yourself the key questions:

  • what am I good at?
  • what do I want to do?
  • who needs me?
  • why?
  • what am I going to do different?

do you feel joy?

I ask my Lacrosse and Soccer players, my daughters, and my business coaching clients if they perform with “joy in their hearts?”. if you can’t say yes, hopefully absolutely yes, then you must be aware for a need to change. as I tap that last sentence into existence I feel it’s so obvious. but, it’s not for most people. joy is a positive reinforcement and driver for repetition.

perhaps it’s important to have an over-arching goal that is a companion or underlying objective for life. what if that is nobility? become familiar with the term, noblesse oblige.

if we have a desire, it can be change, and we are aware of the potential for that change, and it means good things or greatness can come of it, why not move purposefully towards it. that gives life meaning. and, we’ll talk about that next.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Obama responds conclusively to brian Cork

April27

yesterday I called upon president Obama to get off his high-horse and suggested that he simply show everyone his birth certificate with my post: brian cork is asking President Obama to be a LEADER.

doing so would simplify matters (and have him stop wasting even more tax-payer dollars), clear the air and let us all get to work, and allow him to demonstrate a simple step towards being a leader. clearly, he has a looong way to go on multiple fronts. but, this morning he finally allowed the certificate to be posted on the White House website.

to wit…

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wed, April 27, 2011 — 9:24 AM ET
—–
White House Releases Long Form of President Obama’s Hawaii Birth Certificate

President Obama posted a copy of his “long form” birth certificate, hoping to finally end a long-simmering
conspiracy theory among some conservatives that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president.

The birth certificate, which is posted online at the White House website, shows conclusively that Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is signed by state officials and his
mother.

Read More:
http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

thank you, Mr. President. I have a reasonable list of next steps for you. I’ll have that your way over the next week or so.

see what happens when you take action, leverage influence (channel Thomas Jefferson), and believe your words have power? that is using our super powers for good.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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