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.