I often find that I enjoy the research related to a new project more than the actual project itself. For example, if I want to make something, I enjoy becoming an expert on that subject and all that it entails. Making the thing is never as rewarding.

Kris @Alligator

Although I have many years of formal education, most of what I've learned has come from experimenting and trying to solve problems on my own. Once an idea for a project is set in my mind, it is all-consuming and one must learn everything possible about the subject on the way to the outcome. For learning is more than reading books and spoken word, it is hours of frustration, trial and error, and one sudden flash of insight when the world magically makes sense. It is during this moment when I am truely alive.