How to break the rules

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." ― Pablo Picasso

I use to think I could skip steps toward success. I've always trusted that my taste would lead me to great work. The truth is, your taste will only take you as far as your skill levels will carry you.

How can you become better at the fundamental skills of your craft? How can you master the rules, so you learn the right ways to break them?