It seems to me the difference in your approach is that you are looking to discover rather than be discovered. Using your illustration, it’s the difference between looking for a cool shop to buy things at and looking for a cool consignment store where you can sell your stuff.
Is that an accurate assumption of your approach to medium?
If not, how would you change my summary? Are you looking for both? Are you looking to sell and finding stuff to buy on the journey?
If my assertion is on point, I’d like to hear more about how you cultivate that attitude and how it shapes your approach to your own art.