There is something to be said for for norms. They help us operate together in a functional way. Workplace norms, familial norms, design norms, technical norms, etc.
But there’s a gray area we all operate in, and that gray area is a wonderful place. It’s the place that allows us to be ourselves, to be unique, to learn and grow and be different.
People will give you advice. In your designs, in your work, in your projects. They’ll tell you how things have to be done. And sometimes, they’re right. Norms have their place, after all. But when advice can be taken with a grain of salt, take all the grains you need.