On observation

In your early days of an apprenticeship or at a new job, spend all of your time observing and doing. You don’t have the requisite knowledge to understand the depths of what’s going on around you. Don’t act as if you do.

Take your time. Observe the interactions between people in the organization. Observe how others do their work and how their superiors react to that. Figure out the group dynamics and general expectations. Slowly build awareness of how you should adjust your behavior to fit this environment.

If you skip the initial step of observation, you’ll make too many mistakes and won’t be an effective worker. You won’t understand your boundaries, and your efforts will fall short of the group’s expectations.