There is no such thing as a free lunch. There are, however, very cheap lunches that, in theory, could be very costly.
Smart people, and the ability to be surrounded by them, have the potential to save your business or take it to the next level.
Imagine spending two bucks on pizza slices, one for you and one for your meeting partner. If you then calculate a reasonable hourly fee that you’d otherwise have to spend on consultancy, you end up with a lot of money saved.
Being surrounded by smart people is a privilege. One that should be cherished and nurtured. Additionally, the quest for adding said people to your circle is always rewarding.
A good mentor is priceless.