The reality is that the more successful people become, the more demands they will have on their time. Even the most well-intentioned mentors and executives are forced to place these types of meetings at the bottom of their busy to-do lists. They are generally the first to be canceled whenever a scheduling conflict arises and the last to be rescheduled for a later date because they quite often fail the internal “What’s in it for me?” test.
Think about it: You’re asking them to take an hour or more out of their busy day to solve someone elses problem for a $4 cup of coffee. To get a chance to pick their brain, you must have something to offer in return. […]