For there to be optimal personal progress, there needs to be a balance between giving and receiving.
So many of us get caught on one end or the other.
Some of us live to give, and never receive help, guidance, or mentorship from anyone else. It's only a matter of time before your cup is empty, and you aren't able to help people as well as you would like.
Others are only interested in what other people can give them. Whether that's information, favors, or guidance. Everything you learn is wasted, and the gifts you've been blessed with will never see the light of day.
Ideally, you are like a river: receiving water from rain and melting ice, with an equal amount of water flowing into lakes and oceans.
An equal balance of incoming and outgoing will create the ideal balance for personal progress.