We had the good fortune of connecting with Branden Cobb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Branden, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Consistent hard work. Never giving up and continuing to push ahead. Having the vision that things will get better and better through persistence, which has occurred both in every business situation I have been in and personal life situation one way or another. Learning to express. Open, honest and transparent communication. I used to keep ideas internal and years ago a mentor told me I had good ideas and to be more vocal with them. As I started to speak up more and more, not every idea was good, but there were enough good ideas I presented and executed on which others received well that it continued building my confidence and comfort with expressing. Keeping focused on the main thing, whatever that may be. Setting goals and not worrying so much about any one path to achieve them, but evaluate based on the final result. I am very much a results oriented person.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think what sets me apart is my ability to creative problem solve. No matter the obstacle, I try to come up with a way to fix or overcome it and it’s not always the most traditional, common way. I am most excited about having joined Corcoran Global Living back in September as a VP of Marketing focused on expanding our brand awareness and brand loyalty across Southern California. There is a ton of growth ahead and it’s going to be a fun time to be apart of this organization. Shouting out gratitude to Partners Amy Green and Susan Meyers-Pyke for helping us get here and CEO Michael Mahon, CXO Melody Foster and all the leadership at Corcoran Global Living helping to take us even further. Getting to where I am was no easy task, and this is where I say the path doesn’t matter as much as the results. I think with all of this, the lesson learned is keep stretching yourself into new and tougher challenges, to where you fall down, but not fall flat or get hurt and then get up and keep going. Constant progression. That over time makes you more and more capable with the abilities obtained through the process.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So I live in Carmel Valley, San Diego and I would plan out many of the same things I have done with family and friends who have come to visit. 1. Start off with flying into San Diego International Airport mid to end of week, which is such a great airport because it is not too busy, it’s clean and also easy to get in and out of. 2. Then we go to Old Town San Diego and jump on the trolley going all around downtown. It stops in Little Italy, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, goes by the Padres stadium, Coronado, all over the place. 3. We get back to Carmel Valley and shower up then go out to Villa Capri, a hidden gem just around the block for some of the best Italian. 4. Call it a night and plan to get up early the next day for a quick hike at Torrey Pines. 5. Then off to Sidecar Doughnuts in the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center for the freshest doughnuts in the world. 6. At that point we are either heading to the Zoo (possibly Downtown in Balboa Park or possibly the Safari Park in Escondido) or we are going to a beach to relax. If choosing the beach route, depending where we are, on the way home we’ll stop by La Jolla Cove to see the Sea Lions. If there is time, we may even snorkel the La Jolla Cove. We could eat there at one of the many amazing restaurants or head back to CV and go to Royal India who has the best chicken tikka masala. 7. The next day is full of options – we go to Los Angeles for all that it has to offer and say hi to some friends, Tijuana if want to experience a culture change, or stay around San Diego to go on a fishing charter exchangeable with a whale/dolphin sight seeing tour and wrap the day up with a hot air balloon ride over the fancy homes of Rancho Santa Fe. 8. I am hoping at this point the trip is planned where we are now at Sunday and can do a Sunday Brunch Cruise leaving Embarcadero and then after the cruise take the guests to the airport and go home to nap and prepare for getting back to work Monday.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Friends and family. They are the core of my success. I have a good batch of friends and family that I consult with and receive feedback and suggestions from all angles for moving ahead in life and business. I am then usually able to zoom out and make a good conclusive decision based on the collective information obtained. There are so many sayings about the 5 closest people to you will create the reflection of who you are, your wealth, etc and I find that to be pretty true. I have a bunch of people around me who have been through real challenges and overcame them, so they can relate in tough situations, good situations and all situations even if they didn’t go through the exact specific situation I am. Also just in general, having smart. skilled people around you helps.
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