We are not librarians trapped in libraries of knowledge for every single topic we would like to know. In our pockets we have phones capable of doing that, but they are still at the mercy of humans knowing how to interact with them. In some instances our minds aren’t even aware that a potential piece of information might become useful at a later date. I think keeping a network of people you can resource is very important because they help you grow as a person. These people usually have something they are experts on, or at least have a lot of experience in, that they are very happy to pass on. We all enjoy feeling useful in some capacity, right? I met up with a wonderful person recently who acted as a sounding board for my future plans, while offering constructive suggestions during our conversation. It’s conversations like this that make you see things differently even if they’re painfully obvious or add hopeful excitement to your plans. We look at our own shit for too long that a fresh pair of eyes might offer us new insights. Should you take all of the suggestions, insights, criticisms, advice, and suggestions given to you? Of course not! You do have to think them over and take the ones that most suit your situation. This doesn’t paint you as a picky person. It paints you as an efficient editor who only takes what may work. We know ourselves better than the person sitting across from you. If not, that’s something that should be bumped up on our priority list.