You know the importance of focusing on what you like doing and what you’re good at in order to not crash and burn. But everyone has weaknesses. You need a great team to scale the heights of the Entrepreneur’s Pyramid. But that team, which is one of the five facets of Redesign, has multiple layers.
Whenever I say that you need a great team, most people think I’m talking from the get-go about the employees you hire or the professional advisers you pay. I’m not.
What’s required in the very beginning, right there at base camp when you’re either conceptualizing or forming your venture, is a team of mentors. It is is a group of experts you don’t pay and who are willing to answer your questions about your strategies and tactics to grow.
You should never try to ascend the pyramid by yourself. An experienced trekker would rarely ever climb a mountain alone in real life, and you shouldn’t attempt to do so in entrepreneurship. It’s critical to define the areas where you need expertise.
Then I set out to find mentors who could advise me on those areas. Bottom line: the purpose of a team of mentors is to solve specific gaps in your knowledge.