As mentioned before, there are a lot of people in this world. In pursuit of your best work you’ll have to choose who you spend your time with. Your limited time should be spent with those who share your principles and vision.
There will always be some level of uncertainty in life. And the larger the reward the larger the risk. However you should always avoid unnecessary risks. In pursuit of your best work take opportunities to de-risk your plans where possible.
You want to become a T-shaped professional. You go broad in learning many subjects in a shallow way and go deep on learning a few subjects as a specialist. You’ll be aware of the broader context while contributing as an expert.
The most expensive cost of switching tasks is time lost. One way to mitigate this loss is by grouping similar tasks together. The more similar the tasks the less overhead required to switch between them. To min-max batching try and make micro process improvements each time you complete a task.
They may not know exactly what they want, but they’ll let you know what they like or don’t like about the status quo. Your job is to synthesize relevant solutions based on this input. Your biggest impact is going to be through helping others, so it makes sense you should get to know them.
Use a system to keep everyone in sync. The demands of the team will determine what that system looks like. The variables will include frequency, mode, and content. Default to a 15 minute daily stand-up covering everyone’s progress and any blockers.