How painful it becomes when the sole objective of meeting influential people in the industry is to push your resume and/or get their business cards. Its much more fun when you can simply chat with them and get to learn about their mistakes and achievements.
I can't tell you how much we have been told the importance of Networking (@MBA) and to ALWAYS look for opportunities when you speak to people.
After speaking to so many people in the creativity class, I find the "genuinely talking" to people much more enjoyable, than the "wear-your-suit-fake-a-smile and try-to-push-your-resume" conversations!
It’s a huge learning experience to know about their achievements, their creative processes and especially @the mistakes they made! And for having such a conversation you really have to remove your networking hat(and suit)! At least I have to!