“Always do your own thing” could become a bugaboo. [sardonic_tone] It is not often that I re-invent the wheel, but when I do, I always arrive at a rounder product. [/sardonic_tone]
Celebrate the high quality accomplishments of others. Get your cultural appropriation on, as though there weren’t some Politically Correct hall monitor trying to destroy our culture and bring you down.
Do your own thing when you encounter a gap, or a chance to make a substantial improvement. Which you will. If you are patient.