Rules are made out of fear. They keep people out, protect stuff, limit impact, and must be agreed to or enforced. But when a rule is silly, like “thou shall not approach a person of influence until thou are of influence” the rule becomes a loud barking dog with no teeth.
Of course you can approach people, ask questions, offer thoughts, and your services–it’s practice! If you have something of value to bring to the table, come to the table!
To get good at making stuff happen in your life you have to practice. Please don’t allow silly barking-dog rules chase you or your children away from practicing and becoming successful.