It’s a commonly heard saying that one needs to forget whatever one learned in school when starting in any industry. This is a result of an education system which is still based on an archaic model.
The industrial economy is fast being replaced by what some call the connection economy or post-industrial economy. In this new economic model, jobs are no longer based on a command-and-follow hierarchy as it was in the industrial times. There are fewer and fewer assembly line jobs and as most of these are being automated. Very few people today are in careers where they work for a single employer for their entire life to retire with a pension. The industrial economy is becoming more outdated every passing day.
As a result, most “employees” today have to more or less think like entrepreneurs do. An employee today benefits greatly by developing grit, humility, hunger, smartness, and improving the quality of connections they forge with the people they do business with. Most people end up learning these skills on the job as educational institutions still have an industrial mindset. These used to be called “soft skills”, but are today some of the most crucial skills one needs to succeed and thrive.