Yes Chris, thats very pragmatic; and I like it.
I've pretty much always had that feeling; that somehow, by aiming to be good at somthing; to spelcialise; you ask your own questions; and if the answer isn't there; you find a way to get one.
I always tired learning endless diagrams; which I knew someone once had seemed necessary to achieve his purpose. I always wanted to be on that side of things. Now I'm finally on that side
Of course; at a higher level; where you have to answer questions where there isnt a book or a manual to follow; as in car mechanics
in today's world there has to be some schooling before work - law is an easy example, though a boring one. Most of the work is modelling too - so you may have to understand what to put in, what to use, where and when.
My post relates to trying to see past the motives behind problem solving; and indeed asking whether this problem is one worth working out in the first place; but over and above this; having your own purpose so that you can ask your own questions. But remember, you have to serve something, somebody.