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Is there a word which describes a person that is always looking for self-improvement (i.e. is aiming for perfection, never satisfied and is always looking for areas of improvement)?

Thank you.

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    Ambitious is the first word that comes to mind – Othya Jun 16 '15 at 12:07
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    Perfectionist?? – nickson104 Jun 16 '15 at 12:10
  • Not as an exact answer, however may be considered inspirational: "The art of continuous self-development can be summed up in a single word. Change. The Japanese have added goodness to this simple concept through their term Kaizen. Kaizen literally means the following: To become good through change". (workawesome.com/general/self-development) – Eilia Jun 16 '15 at 12:25
  • a progressive person. – Misti Jun 16 '15 at 12:48
  • Idialist??? (in a non-philosophical definition) – hrexen Jun 16 '15 at 12:52
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Though the word has a negative connotation attached to it, "emulous" is one word with right vigor to describe a person that is always looking for self-improvement.

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Striver

From Oxford Dictionaries Online:

‘Certainly, immigrant strivers have always done astonishingly well in national academic contests, not to mention in school in general.’

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