This is probably the shortest of my blog entries!
So you have the latest camera, you got yourself some top of the range lenses, you buy yourself a flash, tripod, and filters.
You are now one of the fully fledged photographers... Or are you?
There is something's missing and you can't put your finger on it...
I see it like this, and seeing being the key feature. If you can't look at a subject and see the photograph without putting the camera to your eye, then no amount of photography gear will make you a photographer, it's as simple as that!
Apologies if I crushed a few dreams.