For a long long time, I thought that applying oneself meant that whatever I know, I should be able to apply that to a problem that is presented to me. For example, if I was asked something, and I didnt know the solution completely, but knew the basics of the problem, then I should be able to think out a reasonable solution and present it forward.
I thought applying oneself was mostly around 'you understand the basics of this topic, I can solve the problems around this topic even though I do not know this. I can apply myself.'
But I googled and the answer that I got for 'Applying Oneself' was that to work hard.
So what is it then? Also, what is the phrase that I can use in the following scenario.
I am a new member to the team of 5 who are working on a business problem. Even though, I do not understand the problem, I understand the logical reasoning behind what the speaker is trying to present. So I am able to follow and even ask/make suggestions. In this case, I do not know the problem inside out, but the fact that it is a logical reasoning sort of thing, and I have been good at that sort of stuff, so will I say that I was 'applying myself'? or something else?