People are not willing to give up easily. This challenge will last longer than you expected.
Exploit your talents as much as you can. Use them up, exhaust them, just as you would exhaust the power in a battery. Don't save up your talents for a rainy day. Use them now and make the most of them. In your final days on this Earth, do you want to have a full tank of unused talents or do you want to say that you used up every drop and lived life to the fullest?
It pays to be polite. You never know how important that person might be to your future success.