All leaders are learners. There are no exceptions. If you’re teaching in a classroom, caring for kids as a stay-at-home parent, or serving in a customer service role, you’re leading someone. And to do that more effectively, you need to keep learning.

When you stop learning, you start dying. It’s that simple.

No matter how old you are and no matter what kind of career you’re in, you need to be learning. Pick up a new skill. Study a fresh topic. Read a new book. Start a new Bible study.

The Bible says in Proverbs 18:15, “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights” (Proverbs 18:15 The Message).

One of the most important roles you have in life is as a student. Jesus wants us to be disciples. That’s just another word for learner. You’re learning what it means to follow Christ.

Disciples of Jesus keep learning. They never stop.

When I was 14 years old, I started reading two books a week. At one point in my life, I was reading a book a day. I now have more than 35,000 books in my library. Why? The people you hang out with and the books you read will determine your future.

You’ll do yourself a favor when you keep learning. The Bible teaches us, “Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed” (Proverbs 19:8 NCV).