“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” — Proverbs 1:5
If you think you know everything about everything, you cannot grow. The first requirement of growth is the recognition of discovery. There is always more to learn. A wise person becomes wise because they have a thirst to learn and grow. Even experts in a field continue to read books, listen to fellow experts, follow the news, and engage with their community.
A person, who loves to learn, will continue to learn. There is no growth in staying the same. Progress happens when you press forward. “Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5 NLT) Even those with understanding need guidance. I learned from my grandmother that the wise are humble enough to listen to a child.
A novice, in their so-called ignorance, can ask questions that cause the expert to look at his or her chosen field anew. One day my oldest daughter was watching me write some Sunday School lessons. She asked me how I did it. To not quench her curiosity, I took a few moments to try and explain my process in simplistic terms. After a few moments, she was satisfied with my answer, and bounced on to her next adventure. But I was left with a revelation.
Though I had been writing these lessons for several years before she was born, until then I never consciously realized that I even had a process. Her simple question brought me clarity. Her question made me think about my approach, how I came to it, and all the teachers that added to my process. The wise get wiser because they understand that wisdom is a journey that never ends.