I am a committed lifelong learner and love helping people maximize their learning potential.
In university, I spent several hours studying for tests, but didn't really learn many new skills. I finally learned the skills that I desired by actually doing it. Over the time of learning many skills, I've refined the entire process to be able to learn as efficiently as possible.
The whole process of studying for several months is just a horrible way to learn. Conversely, jumping into a learning situation without knowing what you're doing at all will only lead to failure.
You don't want to spend all your time reading about starting something, but never get started. However, you don't want to just start something without knowing what you're doing and drown.
Several years of my life have been spent figuring out what the happy medium between studying and practicing is.