Disclaimer: This isn’t an insinuating attempt at the way of lives. It’s just another musing.
A true hypocrite (who accepts the fact) and a faux hypocrite (try swapping the terms liar, genius, psycho, erudite, ..) may invariably define one’s character and attitude towards a problem. Cognizance of the concepts and related tools is a great thing, while not possessing the know-how and still being able to define the problem and proposing a few good solutions, is what I perceive as creativity (the generic notion). Getting to know existing solutions and eventually building upon them is great, but that – 0 to 1 – is what counts as discovery and invention. And that is the key to assessing one’s approach and the element of intuition. That 0 to 1 is what gets you the early beginner’s advantage.