“Life change is the proper measure of whether information makes a difference.”
— John C Maxwell
Growth is a two-step process. It starts with something entering in, and ends with something breaking forth. Your experience should contain both a new input and output.
New input without the accompanying output may be a kind of growth, but it isn’t the kind that actually matters. Life change (output) should be the measuring stick for whether or not the activities you're engaged in (input) truly make a difference in your life.
Are you putting what you’re learning into practice? Are you applying it to your life? That’s how you make the most of what you’re learning—by putting it into motion.