The truth is that I donate my services quite regularly. But if I'm going to help you move forward in your career and keep my own, we need to get on the same page when it comes to valuing one another's time and expertise.
Consciousness came first, awareness came next. Maturity followed. I am sure the answers to what maturity is would be different for each of us, but answering that helped me identify my values and my goals.
Every person has connections within the community, within their families, at school and at work, where there is some level of influence. What makes the difference among leaders is how connections are utilized.
Whether at work, in your family or in your personal relations, it's up to you to decide how much time and effort you will spend with those who are a positive influence in your life and those are (or may be) a negative influence.
In the hidden drama of the Oscars, Cameron starred as brilliant megalomaniac/erratic ex-spouse/father. Fostering Bigelow's win was her image as a class-act -- a finer person, not necessarily a finer artist.