Several years ago I made a goal to summit the five tallest peaks in the Cascade Mountain Range. So far I’ve climbed Mt. Rainer, Mt. Adams (5 times) and Mt. Shasta. The last two are Mt. Baker and Mt. Hood.

And tonight after dinner I texted a guy named Austin who I met at CrossFit who said he had climbed Mt. Hood before. I was excited when I found this out because we’ve been looking for someone to go with who has done it before.

130 people have died climbing Mt. Hood so I don’t want to take any chances. Even though we’ve climbed Rainer (with RMI Expeditions, an excellent guide service), which is a taller mountain and a more difficult climb, I wouldn’t attempt Hood without going with someone who has been up before.

Some people have told me and my group (I climb with my father-in-law, Ben, and my friend David) that we would be fine to just climb it on our own. “If you’ve done Rainer you’ll be fine on Hood. Don’t worry about it, just go,” they say.

But I think that’s stupid. That “I don’t need help, I can do it all on my own” attitude is dangerous. There’s already risk involved and to ignore help from others who have “been there, done that” just compounds the risk.

It’s the same in business. Running a business is risky. We’ve all heard the “failure rate” stats of small businesses. But I think a lot of that risk can be minimized by partnering up with people who have “been there, done that.” I know I’ve personally benefited a ton from mentors and coaches who have shared decades of real world experience and knowledge with me. In the last two years I’ve invested over $12,000 in coaching. And it’s been well worth it.

If you want to start or grow your business I would encourage you to seek out mentors and coaches. It’s not worth it to compound the risk of failure. Business is hard enough as it is even when you have great mentors and coaches.