We had the good fortune of connecting with Cobi Hopkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cobi, do you think college made a positive impact on your life and career? Do you think it was worth the price tag?
That’s a tough question but I would have to say college was worth the price tag for me. First off, the degree adds a layer of credibility. Even though I have gained more applicable knowledge in my hands-on internships, certifications, seminars, books, and podcasts, I acknowledge that both new hires and clients instantly give more trust and respect when they know you have your degree. SDSU also surrounded me with a giant network of like-minded individuals and exposed me to opportunities that I otherwise would have never heard of. The only reason I am where I am today is because I had a classmate who worked at Stretch U when they first opened. I can also thank college for teaching me how to think critically and problem solve at a high level; both skills I use on a daily basis in the operation of our business. In addition, the importance of building relationships with both staff and clients can not be understated and I feel those four years at SDSU provided me with a lifetime of experiences, making it easy to relate to anyone! So with the added credibility, giant network, problem solving skills, and experiences that I gained, I would have to say college was 100% worth the price tag for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As with most small businesses, many of us wear many hats. So my challenge is finding how to prioritize my time most effectively. Between training new hires, developing systems and processes, managing projects, and strategizing business growth opportunities, my hands are pretty full. Fortunately, I came across the book “Great CEOs are Lazy” and I have found that to be super helpful in efficiently prioritizing my time on the things that matter most. I am honestly just so thankful for the opportunity I have to teach and lead for a company like Stretch U. We provide such an amazing, unique service that has helped so many people live healthier, happier lives.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
1. Point Loma Seafood
2. Torrey Pines
3. La Jolle Cove
4. Balboa Park
5. Crack Shack- Downtown
6. City Tacos
7. Wings n Things
8. Old Town
9. Tajima Ramen
10. National Cabrillo Monument
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate a shout-out to Doug Logeais. Since he has come on board to work with Stretch U, the energy has completely changed. He has created a sense of urgency with a growth mindset while still paying attention to detail in every aspect of the business. Without him, we would be nowhere near where we are today.