A lot of people like to say they are excellent learners. Most of them are not. Learning takes initiative. Being taught is what they are usually referring to.
If you are open to new ideas and passive you are waiting to be taught. This will only work for you if you are in an environment that is extremely tolerant of slow to no progress. If you are not open to new ideas you are pretty much screwed as the world we live in necessitates new ideas and change. Without them you are no longer even static. Without them you move backwards.
So if you are open to new ideas and take the initiative to move yourself forward you are golden! You are golden because you will be a leader and a star among those who do not have the capacity, or sometime just don’t have the guts to do so. The beauty of the whole scenario is it is simple to do. In summary…go do it.