There is a weird elitist vibe in magic. If you don't do the right pass or know certain of tricks some people will actually look down on you. This to me is just silly. There is no, and I repeat NO formula for creativity nor success. Sure there are things you can do or avoid but for the most part it's just you and me against the world people.
Surround yourself with like minded people who share your vision. This is a sure fire way to keep yourself focused and help combat that homicidal urge that can creep into the back of your brain. You know the one. That little twinge in your skull that tells you to jam a magic wand thru the skull of the next armchair magi that says your cups and balls suck.
Don't let the man get you down kids.