Stop Asking People If You Can “Pick Their Brains.” Pick Your Own.

Kelly Dawson
3 min readJan 1, 2024
Two women are sitting at a bistro table drinking coffee.
Photo by Nicolai Perjesi Photography

When you get far enough into your career, or at least experience a level of success that makes parents talk about you proudly with so-and-so from church, then something interesting happens: Strangers ask if they can take you out for coffee. It’s not just about giving you a buzz so that you can continue to build upon your success, even though that’s a fringe benefit. Asking you…

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Kelly Dawson

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