“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Nobody is really sure; it has been wrongly attributed to Buddha, but the first person I ever heard say it was Jim Rohn.
“But I don’t want that,” he said to me. “I really just want to make more money.”
And with that, any serious discussion of working together was over.
It’s much easier to persuade a philanthropist to donate to your cause than it is to persuade a wealthy person to become a philanthropist.
Encouraging someone to shift, to look at something a little differently, to choose this instead of that, or either this one or that one is a completely different endeavor than trying to turn a no into a yes, or to change someone’s world view or behavior.
When you want to grow, start with the people who already believe that they have a problem you can help them solve. This is a lot less frustrating than trying to teach people about a problem they have.