I think when you’re self-taught you experiment more, trying to find the same sound in different places, you learn how to solve problems.*
But to be what I am,,, to live what I was meant to live, to want to sound like no one else, to yield the blossoms dictated to my heart: this is what I want – and surely this cannot be arrogance.**
Rainer Maria Rilke
Don’t wait to be taught or trained.
The first can help us to fit into something that needs to happen. The second comes up with new things that we see need to happen.
Obviously there’s a lot more to all of this, but the more we take responsibility for our learning and pursue it wherever we are, the more likely we will be to innovate:
the more contexts in which something is learned, the more the learner creates abstract models, and the less they rely on any particular example. Learners become better at applying their knowledge to a situation they’ve never seen before, which is the essence of creativity.^
Don’t give up on being taught or trained, but take it into your own learning practice.