On thing all photographers are probably guilty of is the eternal search for the great shot. We drive 50 miles to get the great whatever and everything we do and think is "external". It's somewhere else.
Freeman Patterson, in one of his books, challenged photographers to shoot a roll of film before they got out of bed. To see textures and interesting shapes and play of light in every part of their existence.
He stressed that we didn't have to "go out and shoot" to find great subjects. They were all around us but we weren't seeing them.
He stressed learning to see.
They have had that hammered into their head from day one. Seeing, for me, is the first step towards making good photographs.