He sat in the large auditorium on the campus of a small Christian college. Chapel would begin soon. Students began to fill the auditorium.
He was a longtime professor at the college. For many years he taught undergraduate Bible classes. He was a student and a scholar. Long ago, he had earned a Ph. D. in New Testament and continued to learn and grow for many, many years. Today was no exception.
As the chapel program began, a young undergraduate walked to the lectern to “make a talk.” The old professor did what was his custom each day in chapel. He opened his notebook and, with pen in hand, began to take notes of the young man’s talk.
One day, a colleague asked him about this habit. The old professor explained that he wanted to learn and grow. He said, “I never know when I might learn something. So I
want to be ready to write it down.”
This gentleman had never stopped learning. He had never stopped growing.
So what are some characteristics of people who are lifelong learners?