That’s good. Experience is the best teacher. I’m quite a bit older than you are, late 50’s, and I started working full time as a goldsmith when I was 18. I was apprentice to a great smith early on but owned my own shop most of my working life. What I’m getting at was I had good training I think but I was also on my own for the last 30 years or so and usually had to figure things out myself. So it’s lots of fun to watch you and others work through problems we all face.
I’d add that having mentors is great, it sort of gives you a map to one destination. But figuring things out on your own and learning from your mistakes is really where you build that inventory of skills that will get you through your life successfully. My greatest strengths were built by being the goldsmith of last resort and having no choice but to figure things out on my own. Looks like it’ll be the same for you.