014: Navigating the Transition to Adulthood with Cory Smith

Cory is a Virginia native and attended Virginia Commonwealth where he received his undergraduate degree in biology and his Masters in Teaching. During his time at VCU, Cory played on the soccer team and was a full-time volunteer for Young Life. After finishing college, Cory entered the Young Life intern program for two years and continued on staff for two additional years in Virginia. Cory and his wife Christine were married in 2001 and have lived in Colorado since 2002. They have two children : a beautiful children, daughter daughter, Sage and, born in 2009 and a son, Cedar., who was born 2013. Christine and Cory love being parents and will soon be celebrating 15 years of marriage. Cory enjoys fly fishing, wearing flip flops and shorts, and hanging with friends in his garage. Cory is one of the founding directors of Training Ground, an organization that provides evaluated real life experiences, mentoring, and intentional Biblical teaching in the context of work, wilderness, and worship.

In part one The Path of a calling is not a straight line Cory shares about how a challenging 2-year season of remodeling a barn with a friend led to discovering a calling and career. In this episode, part two, Cory talks about the unique challenges of transitioning into adulthood, and how risk, failure and community are essential elements to the transition. Join us as we discuss:

  • Founding and Design of Training Ground
  • Refining Energy within Perspective Spaces
  • The Value of Conflict and Tension
  • The Permission to Fail and Experiment
  • Who is Training Ground
  • Fifty Bucks and a Phone Number
  • Risk is Necessary to Shape a Life Worth Living
  • Death Bringing Life
  • The Different Challenges Through Different Generations
  • Navigating the Transition To Adulthood
  • The lesson of “Do What’s in Front of You”
  • What Doesn’t Look Safe May Be Safe
  • The Paradox of the Gospel in Finding Your Calling

Upcoming Workshops and Events:

Gap Year in Sarasota

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