A while back I interviewed Dr. Robert Coleman for an editorial project I’m working on for some other authors.
Dr. Coleman, to say the least, is one brainy guy.
He studied at Princeton University and holds a PhD from the University of Iowa, and for the last several decades has worked as a distinguished senior professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in South Hampton, Massachusetts. He’s written more than 20 books, mostly about theology and pastoral ministry, that combined have sold more than 7 million copies.
As part of his work at the university, Dr. Coleman mentors a lot of students. Each week he meets at 6 a.m. one morning with a group of younger men who want to learn more about their profession, as well as to grow personally.
He explained that mentoring younger people is one habit all successful leaders must undertake.
I asked Dr. Coleman to tell a bit about his personal learning habits. One of the most important things he’s done personally, he said, is dedicated himself to being a lifelong learner.
He is not only a mentor himself, but he still seeks people to mentor him.
To that aim, he said, he purposely meets with people older than he is. He continually wants to learn from people who have been down the road before him.
Out of curiosity, I asked Dr. Coleman if he’d mind telling me his age.
“84,” he said.
“And you’re still intentionally meeting with people older than you so you can learn from them?” I asked.
“Yes,” he said. “I will never be too old to not be mentored.”
Question: Talk about a mentor you’ve had. How did it benefit you?