Learning and Self Improvement are almost one in the same. I say almost because you must use what you learn in a beneficial manner to improve yourself.
I have an insatiable desire to learn and try new things. I am happiest when I am reading about a new concept or exploring a new technology. The “aha” moment where I understand what I am looking at is the end goal. Often times this effort does not transition into anything beyond information gathering but the times that it does sure are fun.
Constantly reading and learning is great, but the knowledge gained doesn’t amount to much if you never use it. Taking what you learn and extracting value from it is a rather simple task. All you need to do is try and use the knowledge. Have a conversation about the topic, build a model of what you learned, go out and plan the flower you just learned about on the local gardening show. The most improtant thing is to take what you have learned and turn it into action. You may be starting what turns out to be a boring project, or you may discover a new passion. Either way you have gained knowledge and experience that can help you in your life.
The breadth of knowledge gained in having done a wide variety of projects provides unique perspectives to the task at hand.