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.