As designers, our main goal is to creatively solve problems for a client, company, etc,. The added bonus with that process of creditability.
With that being said, I wanted to express on how designers of all skill levels; novice to professional should always alway the ability to be inspired. Doesn't matter if you're still learning graphic design or you're making 6 figures to me, the ability to be inspired is essential and goes hand and hand with inspiring others as well. I've made close friends such as Paul Briseno, Dan Bradley and so much more just on sharing the passion of design and inspiration. Other designers that inspire me include Daniel Patrick Simmons, Joshua Ariza, Hydro74, Scott Biersack, Rob Brink and so many more.
So what I'm trying to say is that, yes design your own work but don't close the door or the ability be inspired by others.