I recently finished Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Things about Hard Things and highly recommend it for anyone in business.  Now, I am a big fan of biographies and will always read one versus a work of fiction.  I find it fascinating to learn about the journey a person took and see if there any inspiring tales I can take from it.

Although Ben’s book has lots of great advice on how to build a business and entrepreneurship, I think the key nugget was the value he found in having strong mentors throughout his career. In particular, whenever he had a tough decision to make he reached out to a mentor who guided him through the process.

Most successful entrepreneurs or business leaders, have mentors that they use or have used as a guidepost.  The importance of mentors cannot be undervalued.  In certain situations, having multiple mentors is required to get a broad perspective on the opportunity.  In other situations, a mentor has the experience of having lived through similar circumstances.

Unfortunately, many people do not have access to mentors and no two mentors are the same.  The thing that I am most passionate about is being a mentor to women and underrepresented minorities so they know how to access the same entrepreneurial and educational opportunities as everyone else.

Basically, I am trying to emulate my mentor, Bob Cottingham, who is a successful entrepreneur, father, husband, Olympian and philanthropist.  I have a long road ahead of me, but it is never too late to start the journey.