I am working on a thing, I swear. Soon. I am calling it a "lightning book" because I am hoping to get it together in 3 week. KA-CHOW! It involves Actually Posting Pictures, which will be a bit of a novelty here.
Back to the topic. Michael Reichmann, when questioned about the way he runs his business, will invariably, every single time, mention that his team has 100 years of business experience. Every single time, I am reminded of a sailboat I used to race on, where the core team had a combined 120 years (or something) of racing experience. They lost Every. Single. Time. They were soooo slowwww. Vast sums of money were spent. New sails, new rigging, blah blah blah. It was painful, but they all had a good time (and so did I expect for the part where we lost every time, usually very badly).
The biggest problem on the boat was that they were complacent. They had all the answers, and they were very skilled, so obviously whatever decisions they made were the right ones. When they lost, it was always due to external factors of some sort, or inadequate equipment, or something (that's a bit of a simplification, to make a point, of course).
Consider now my favorites. Michael Reichmann, Ming Thein, Eric Kim, Zack Arias (although more on Zack in a moment). These guys are all just typical members of a group, but let's think about them a bit. They are all selling themselves as experts and so, of course, act confident. Each of them pays some lip service to the idea of growth and expanding frontiers but one senses (i.e. I sense) that they genuinely think they've got all the answers. This leads to the circular reasoning that because they are extremely skilled, everything they shoot is pure gold. Of course they throw 98% of their shots away because they're Super Picky etc, but it's all artifice. They are brilliant, so their photographs are great, and their great photographs are proof of their brilliance.
Which is why they shoot the same handful of boring frames over and over again. They've got all the answers, and the answers are wrong.
A common theme among artists is the failure of confidence. On the one hand, you have to be confident enough to carry on. You've got to believe that the answer is out there. On the other hand, you've got to believe that you haven't found it yet, otherwise you'll just drag out the same tired tropes and shoot the same thing. Antarctica will look like Kansas with an ocean, Kuala Lumpur will look like Berlin.
This is, I think, an aspect of the stereotypical struggle. The artist is balanced between fear of failure, and confidence that persistence will, might, may, produce a good result. Eventually. The search for the answer must be fraught and worrying, for if it is not you're in the arms of complacency and are going to start grinding out the same old crap.
Zack Arias is an interesting case. He's got the swagger and the confidence, because he's selling. But sometimes he struggles and questions and worries, occasionally in public. And when he is doing that, the quality of his output spikes upwards amazingly.