Be open to anything being said to you. You have to have the character to solve the problems that are inevitably in your work. I find that 80% of artists are so defensive they won’t listen to anything from anyone, they’re just happy little factories.
Look at as much art as possible from your own generation. Stay up very late every night with artists and art critics of YOUR generation. Start a new world. Mine will be gone in like 10-15 years. Your turn then… And take good care of your teeth.