How willing are you to use people as opportunities? I'm not talking about exploiting people or being deceitful, I'm just talking about taking advantage of the fact that people can help each other and make things easier for themselves. You scratch my back and I scratch yours. That kind of thing.
Friends and relatives help each other out all the time. So do coworkers, classmates, and even strangers on the Internet. And of course we've got the buyer and seller relationship. But at what point does it become too much for you? Do you ever feel like you're asking for too much or that you're cheating and taking the easy route when you use someone else as a resource?
Would you consider meeting a person because of what you think they might be able to do for you?
Business first. No bullshit. Getting to be the person's friend is a bonus.
For example, to a stranger you know of: "Hey, I'm Sid. I know you have a nice home recording studio and I'd really love to record some of my music, but I can't seem to afford a professional studio. Is there any way we can work something out so that I could record about 3 songs in your studio?"
You never know what a person will say or think, and it's so easy to check.
Maybe the person with the studio hasn't had much fun lately and would love to meet a new musician. You can come and record for free and make a new friend in the process. He might actually be just as excited about it as you are. To him, you are not being intrusive. He's glad you had the balls to ask him.
Or maybe the person with the studio needs some cash himself, so he offers to let you use his studio at a price that you can actually afford.
Or maybe he'll say no. But it only takes a few seconds to ask!
Buying, selling, making friends, jobs, businesses, investments, activities, hobbies, dating, etc... People can make so many things so much easier.
Do you generally take advantage of this or do you mostly just try to stick it out alone and rely on people you already know and are close to? Do you think pride or fear ever cause you to make things 20 times harder on yourself or to give up on what you want because you reject perfectly good opportunities in the form of other people?
Would you consider going through with the recording studio example?