Anything you undertake will have an associated set of basic principles and applications that govern that activity. Your job, as a novitiate, is to master those basics. If you are the teacher, manager or guide, your job is to provide a steady diet of the basics to those for whom you are responsible in a well-sequenced flow.
Once the neophyte has mastered the basics, he is then in position to develop his personal touch. He will have a solid foundation of success and confidence from which he can experiment and innovate. Absent this foundation in theory and practice, the novice will invariably develop habits that will limit his future growth.
The challenge of the teacher is to identify those core principles which converge in relation to the activity being taught and to articulate them in the way that they are most likely to be understood and implemented by the student. The student, on the other hand, must find the way in himself to “own” those fundamentals, to know them so well that they can be performed with little conscious thought.