For years I labored under the misconception that all I had to do was learn animation principals and rules and automatically I would be an animator. Experience has taught me differently. Certainly, techniques are important and nobody is exempt from learning them. But more importantly is the feelings you have for entertaining your audience. Art is the sharing of an individuals feelings with his/her audience; technique is only a tool to get you there.
Having said that, I also know that show business is highly political and you have to play the game to stay in the game. If your contribution as an animator/artist are to be significant to us who sit in the dark theater watching it, you must bear your soul not your technique. You can love your employer anyway!