So, you have been told by your parents, teachers, mentors to follow rules, regulations. To me, the first and final rule is .."There are no rules!"
If you follow a rule in solving a problem, you will get only same results - like everyone who attempted before you! No wonder.
I particularly liked the following advertisement campaign by IBM.
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
"Think Different" Advertisement - Apple Computers
Think Different! That's the final word!