I will offer another analogy -
I ride mountain bikes. Years ago I dated a woman who raced downhill bikes professionally. On casual group rides, she could (and did) take an entry-level hard-tail mountain bike and with about 5 minutes practice in the saddle, race just about anyone in our group down the hill and beat them by a huge margin. And this was a group of expert riders on big full suspension bikes.
She had talent and desire. She trained constantly and honed her skills. She examined her weaknesses and worked to balance them with her strengths.
The bike (a tool) was only a small part of the equation. A bike is an inanimate object, it's nothing without the rider. Was she faster on a pro-level bike? Of course. Was she better? No. Her skills were always improving no matter what bike she was on, because that was her will.
A better camera does not make you a better photographer, it's just a better tool. You might be able to shoot faster and sharper, but if your pictures suck, they are just going to suck faster and sharper.