In one of the classes we talked about the need to learn from (read) people. Rick Warren on his blog has an article entitled, ‘You can learn from anyone‘, in which he suggests a few questions you can ask people you want to learn from. Here is an extract from what he says:
…questions are the key. Proverbs says, “Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.” (Proverbs 20:5 NIV) Ask questions. That’s the secret of growing. You’ve got to draw learning out from other people.
So I’d encourage you’d to put together a list of 15-20 questions to ask whenever you’re with someone you admire. Questions like:
- What are the most important decisions you’ve ever had to make in the ministry?
- What are the five books that have made the biggest difference in your life?
- How do you manage your time?
- How do you relax?
- What are the lessons that you’ve learned that you wish you could pass on to somebody else?
- What are your greatest failures and what did you learn from them?
- What are your greatest successes?
- What other people have influenced your life?
- How do you deal with problems?
- How do you deal with criticism?”