This may be an odd thing for some to grasp. When I say forget what they teach you I mean use what they have taught you and develop your own way of working. Because if you just do what you were taught in school your work will be stagnated and dull. Well it may not be for a little while. But you have to think how fast our world is changing.
Because you have to realize that what you learn while in school may or may not work in the real world. Within a classroom we are sheltered and somewhat protected. Then when we enter the real world we get hurt when we get clobbered by those more experienced then us.
Whenever you are designing, illustrating or whatever do not use the internet for inspiration and see what you come up with. For example instead of searching behance or pinterest take a walk through your house or even your backyard. Because