Here is a piece of advice I have for younger ones.
While you may be inclined to think that a smart/resourceful person will be able to do good work anywhere, you are wrong. The vast majority of significant accomplishments in the world are not the work of one person. Your own abilities will only be a multiplier, factored in with the abilities and resources in the organization you work with. You will almost always have to rely on others. You will need good advice and direction, but more importantly, you will always need to rely on the labor of others to be able to execute any vision you have.
As a senior PhD student, one of the trends I notice when I try to recruit undergraduate, masters, and junior PhD students to contribute to my research projects is that they care very little about me at all. Students will not rally around me. I observe a similar trend in professional settings as well: your chances of getting co-workers to rally around your vision, as a younger professional, is very low, unless you have exceptional people skills. I expect it will be similarly difficult to recruit talented individuals as a novice founder without an obvious track record.
So here is the insight: While your juniors will not rally around you, they will rally around your boss, your professor, or your senior advisors and associates; as well as the institutions you are part of. This is why, if you are an ambitious individual, it is convenient to associate yourself with “brand name” institutions and well-known individuals.
It doesn’t matter what talents you have, how smart you are, or how excellent your vision is. Until you get recognition for what you have already accomplished, you are nobody. Personally, so far, when I tried to recruit others for my projects based on my own outreach, I have most often failed. But I have observed that my seniors with a track record, even in cases where their practical involvement or even knowledge in the domain is very limited, have a much easier time recruiting.
This is one important thing to pay attention to, when choosing your boss, your professor, or your advisors.