[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most entrepreneurs depend on an ecosystem of coaches, mentors and vendors to help mitigate risk from gaps of experience and knowledge. It is very confusing to receive a lot of advice that is at many times highly contradictory. These interactions should be “learning” experiences, not “teaching” experiences. As an entrepreneur you owe no one anything, except your employees, customers and shareholders. Question everyone and everything. Spend time with people that have done it, are doing it and investing in others that are doing it. These people should be in two of these categories. Not just one but at least two. The best coaches and mentors are busy, very busy. Most of them are busy perpetuating their ongoing success. Everyone has motives. In business these motives are typically monetary. I typically coach companies to either invest or recruit talent. I meet amazing people that will either make it happen or need more grooming. The latter, I look to hire. There is nothing better than an employee with a startup CEO mentality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]