This is SO important. I'm lucky to have had amazing art professors that taught me about different mediums and techniques back in college and I used the things I learned (and loved) from them as my foundation. Then years and years of teaching myself and spending lots of alone time with my own creativity, I've reached a point in my art journey where I feel that I've finally found my true identity. Sure, this style that I currently have may change every so often in the future, but I will continue to stick with what I love to identify myself with, and that is simplicity. I feel it's most authentic to who I am as a person.
When people tell me that I'm doing something wrong, I brush it off because I believe there's really no right or wrong way to creating art. I refuse to limit myself to certain rules and techniques because I find that restricts me from being my true self. I allow my hand and intuition to lead the way, because that's just how I work. I care less about perfection in my work, and I think that's the beauty of it. To create till my hearts content and to embrace the flaws in my work.
Sure, you can gain inspiration from your favorite artists, but just take certain aspects of their work or aesthetic and use it as a foundation to shape your own personal style. The process can be quite tedious and frustrating at times, but when you love it so much your true style will emerge and people will notice.