We had the good fortune of connecting with Vivian Cobb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vivian, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is the spice of life! Risk gets the blood flowing, the passions burning, the creativity engaged. Without risk, we can become apathetic and stagnant. There is risk in that! Not moving forward in our lives can keep us emotionally stuck. Depending on the emotion, the translation becomes health issues both mental and physical. When stuck emotionally, this can cause us to filter life through that emotion such as anger, fear, or sorrow. Risk propels us and helps us face the danger opportunity, breaking us free to realize our potential in a whole new way. My life has certainly been a chain of events involving risk; some chosen, most thrust upon me. And despite some of the discomfort associated with risk, I wouldn’t change a thing. The risks I’ve taken have always contributed to my growth as a person enabling me to grow my careers. I risked being an entrepreneur. I risked being a single mom. I risked becoming an inspirational speaker. Risk has played a huge part in the advancement and joy in my life! At the risk of sounding like a risk-taking junky, I am a fan of risk.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the embodiment of a multi-passionate soul! I have been an entrepreneur my entire adult life. The one constant thread through any of my businesses has been my commitment to the people I serve. I’m most proud of my customer service. I go far above and beyond for my clients and as a result, my real estate business is now referral only. I don’t need to advertise or buy leads. My clients, most of them now my friends, keep me in business spreading the word about my caring yet professional approach to real estate. I don’t just go for the sale, I go for what is truly best for my client. And selling or buying isn’t always the right decision. Folks appreciate my honesty and they trust my opinion. In my speaking, I’m most proud that my stories and messages are inspiring and thought provoking for the audience. After any speech I’ve given, I always have someone come up and tell me I’ve made an impact. It fills my heart every time. I’ve had a great deal of adversity in my life, from a difficult and abusive childhood, to the loss of my husband, to my extreme illness with Covid19. Through it all, I have persevered and continue to shine my light in this world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve had the fortune of living all over the world. I landed in Colorado Springs 28 years ago and have been here ever since. I could live anywhere now as all my children are grown. But I chose to stay right here in Colorado because it is by far one of the most beautiful places on earth. That has been discovered and why so many folks are moving here! My best friend would see as much I could show her, starting at The Famous for a steak and string fries in downtown COS . We then would go to Old Colorado City to shop at all the boutiques and art galleries. I’d take her on a little tour of mountain towns like Buena Vista (there are so many great restaurants), Breckenridge (visit the Crepe Trolley), Vail (eat at Pepi’s), over to Gunnison and Crested Butte. And I wouldn’t forget the Western Slope and all the organic farms and wineries for wine tasting. There are so many beautiful trails and sites along the way to stop and hike. We’d bring a picnic and eat at any of the State Parks. Maybe we could squeeze in a dip into any of the hot springs. There is so much to do in this place. It would be hard to pick where to start!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In every phase of my life there has been shinning lights guiding me away from the dangerous, angry waves crashing on the rocks. Even my own little light shined bright and kept me from the depths. There has been a lifetime of friends, coaches, mentors and more friends helping me along the way. Lately, I would like to recognize my Toastmasters Club for helping me find my voice, in more ways than one. The organization of Toastmasters and the people within my specific club, have changed the course of my life all for the better. My mentors and coaches within the club, the supportive club members, and the love and acceptance that has been given me, has lifted me up to heights I couldn’t have imagined. My speaking career exists because of Toastmasters. My confidence as a leader exists because of Toastmasters. I also have very special friends who have stood by me through thick and thin. Caroline, Susan, Robert, Julie, Bill, Angela and the list goes on. I’m currently working with a Performance Coach, Sean, who is pushing me far and hard. I am eternally grateful to all of them.
Love Your Everyday Life Photography, Turpenoff Photography