When I first bought my camera, I acted on impulse. I did not ask questions on how to select a camera. I did not ask myself what genre of photography I wanted to pursue either. This took me down a path of
I think, in the beginning it is important to shoot what is available to you.
Learn to appreciate acclaim, praise and awards. Be humble about such gestures, they are definitely great for motivation. Just have it at the back of your mind that it can also be your downfall.