A group of people who had suffered severe injuries were asked this question: What Are Your Strengths and How Have They Helped You? I found the answers to be inspiring and motivational as they apply to my own life, particularly my journey to become a published author. So here is the first reply:
I seek until I find. If I want it I go get it. I find the knowledge I need to help me reach my goal. I became a sponge, soaking up everything I could.
One of the most common pieces of advice I have heard (or read) about being a writer is that you need to educate yourself- read others' works, read books about writing, soak up everything you can about the publishing industry, the list is endless. I think this also applies to self-discovery and learning/growing as you gain experience. The first few things I wrote weren't great (sure I can say that now- grimace) but I sure as heck learned a lot about what wasn't working, and my most recent works have reaped the benefits. I think writing is a constant quest for knowledge.