My mentor told me that I should pursue my dreams. Find the people who are the best in class in the talents I need, and learn from them by adding value to their dreams. By making a positive exchange in value with people, everyone is a winner. Sounds like something Zig Zigler would have said.
He also told me to avoid those who would gold brick off of my talents and success. People who would create a negative exchange of value with me. There is no upside to this scenario. Helping people is great. Being a doormat is not.
The first point requires hard work. The second can happen with no effort on your part.
When swimming the deep water of hard work and sacrifice, partner with a life vest, not a concrete block.