“No man is an island” was originally a meditation by the English poet/priest/barrister, John Donne (1572-1631). In 1964, it was also a hit song by The Lettermen.
The essential truth that no one succeeds solely by themselves and by the dint of their own efforts, is a fact that carries forward today.
Many successful financial advisors, entrepreneurs, and professionals know this reality, and make a point of periodically reaching out to others for advice and assistance. On the receiving end, the busiest-of-the-busiest know this as well. In today’s era of hyper-networking, they get asked for help, favors, and introductions all the time. One renowned and established venture capitalist that I know gets multiple requests like this…daily.
However, reaching out to others who might be casual acquaintances or indeed complete strangers is a real skill that takes some forethought.
Here is some thinking that might help: