Jack, not every situation calls for the same approach. There's a time to go to to bullpen, a time to protect a lead and a time to push your chips into the center of the table (this is starting to sound like a kenny rogers song). Just about every day I talk to somebody who does something a certain way because "this is the way we do it." That philosophy makes me laugh. Especially when people are trying to innovate, get ahead, or solve a problem. Most situations you'll encounter will feel familiar but are going to be quite unique. Reinventing the wheel is pretty dumb too. Its foolish to always start from the ground up. Its also foolish to finish exactly the same. Draw from what you know. Do what you feel to be right. Sometimes you have to do the hard work.
Jack, hard work is hard. That's ok.
This world is just full of people who talk and talk. Reasons not to. Reasons to always stay in your comfort zone. People are going to tell you that you'll "save a lot of time" if you "do it this way".
If you look at every situation as unique as it really is; listen and digest what's there; react and do the right thing....there's not too much you won't be able to do. At that point, the secret is deciding which of all the "what's" to do; where of all the "where's" to go; and who of all the "who's" to surround yourself with. That doesn't mean you'll be better than anybody, but it does mean that you'll be the best at what you decide to do. That's a subtle, but very important distinction.