Music is a hobby for me, not a profession. Guitars and amps are not tools to me, they are art. Great tone, and nice guitars are part of the whole sensory experience. While I strive to be better, I do not think money will buy me skill, but my goals are entirely personal anyway. I'm not sitting exams, and there is no contest goiing on. It's just me and my noise. So, no, I don't wonder if I am good enough for an amp etc. I just revel in the luxury of the superior tone they allow me to create. My great gear motivates me a lot. I am sure I would not be as dedicated as I am if I had cheap or aaverage gear.