Talan Cobb

Age: 36

Business:  Big Brothers Big Sisters

Job title: Market President, West Central Texas

Why are you working in this industry? I have pursued many different endeavors in my life and spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom before moving into a full-time job. I joked years ago with my husband, Dillon, and friend, Mark Rogers, that my dream job would be “professional volunteer.” So here I am, living the dream and leading a non-profit organization that has been dear to my heart for 20 years. I know in this industry that every bit of the work I do serves a greater purpose and makes a profound impact in so many lives. If just one life is changed for the better in my time here on earth because of my chosen career, then I have lived and done exactly as I should.

What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful?

1) Make up the bed- start the day off with a success.

2) Meditate on life, Hic et Nunc and death, Memento Mori

3) Love the life I have - Amor Fati

 

Who is the person who most influenced you in business? Mark Rogers has had the greatest influence on my career. He was my friend and mentor who saw my potential as a non-profit leader and helped ignite my belief in myself. He took time to teach me and ultimately gave me the biggest gift by trusting me to lead the non-profit, World’s Okayest Mom, Inc., that he founded with his wife and my best friend, Jenn.

What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is actually a quote from the book “Theodore Rex” by Edmund Morris; “He made a dent in practicing fearlessness.” Being a person that has chronically been afraid of just about everything, this challenged and inspired me to practice fearlessness daily. When I started consistently doing things that terrified me and were far out of my comfort zone, my life changed completely.

What was the most significant hurdle you had to overcome to get where you are? How would you address this hurdle today? I am my own biggest hurdle. I have learned the only thing that is really capable of getting in my way, defeating me, or stopping me, is myself. To get out of my own way I practice stoicism, I pray, I live with purpose, and when I feel like I want to give up, I don’t. Being brave and vulnerable enough to allow others to lift me up is also critical. Having support and daily encouragement from Dillon is additional nourishment that gives me strength.

Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off? In nature, preferably with my loved ones and fire.

Describe yourself in one word. Gritty

 

Community Involvement:

  • World’s Okayest Mom, Inc.- former director, board member

  • Young Audiences of Abilene - Executive Director

  • Abilene Young Professionals, member

  • United Way of Abilene- Volunteer

  • Southern Hills Church of Christ- Member

 

Family:

-Dillon Cobb, husband of almost 17 years

-Harper, 12, in 7th grade at Craig Middle School.

-Olivia, 10, in 4th grade at Taylor Elementary

-Calvin, 8, in 3rd grade at Taylor Elementary

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