Whenever you take on a significant creative project: a work of art, starting a business, losing weight, etc., three types of people show up:
The helper. They’re the best. These will often be people who know you and can plug in to what you need in terms of encouragement, resources, etc. Sometimes though, these can be complete strangers drawn to you, perhaps through a friend. Helpers will rarely ask or need something in return. They’re on your pathway to help you.
The mutual beneficiary. These will often show up looking like a helper. They are, however, interested in quid pro quo, or something in return. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Mutual beneficiaries will often offer a high-level of assistance, since they are exchanging it for something in return. Examples: a weight-loss coach, a graphic designer for your book, guitar lessons from a local teacher.
The blood-sucker. Keep an eye out for these. They range from mindless trolls to manipulative acquaintances. They will pull energy, focus and vision from you. Most of all, avoid being your own vampire. Be careful with the stories you tell yourself.