It may have taken me years to figure this part out, but art is very much rooted to the advantaged qualities of the artist (whether that be painting, singing, drawing, dancing, sculpting, photographing, etc). So.....what the heck does that mean? Well, put it this way - if you're a veteran, handicapped, mentally ill, autistic, or possess any traits that make you stand out from the crowd, then consider embracing these traits in your artwork. This may sound strange and might even be offensive to others but let me give you a simple scenario that may convince you otherwise. Let's say....I'm a brain surgeon and that recently I have been driven to explore photography. Alright, I'm just a beginner but I need to make myself stand out from the crowd of numerous other talented photographers. So, what do I do? Do I turn to the works of Rolf Aamot, Ansel Adams, and/or even Keith Carter for help? Do I revisit history? You could... but that may take more time and effort before you find your comfort zone. So, now what? Now you integrate your advantaged quality/qualities into your photographs - for instance, compile CT scans from various patients and create a digital landscape or even create CT scan collages! Embrace what you already have and know best, first. Any further knowledge comes, second.
"Success is like your own shadow. If you try to catch it, you will never succeed. Ignore it, and it will follow you."