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What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?

I am still a kid, And I love asking questions, cause I believe that the best way to learn is through asking questions. And I love the TED community, its full of amazing individuals. So, What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?

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  • Jun 7 2012: 1. Hands down, learning to rock climb has had a profound impact on my life. It has changed how I approach obstacles, how I treat myself and others, as well as just making me a more aware and conscious human being!

    2. As a research scientist, I've realized that things don't go the way they're planned. In fact, with my job, I'm expected to mess up. In life, you should expect to mess up too! I've learned to not get discouraged and to learn with every mistake. Often times you get to where you want to be by making mistakes (just ask Alexander Fleming!). It always works out in the end.

    3. I've learned to always ask questions. Don't be a mean cynic, but definitely don't believe everything you hear and be aware of everything around you. Don't be brainwashed by the crap you hear daily. Ask why. Ask how.

    4. Dogs will never let you down.

    5. GPA doesn't matter. I spend my entire college career obsessing over maintaining good grades and a high GPA. When I applied for my first job, I didn't even put my GPA on my resume and I was hired. Relax, enjoy school, and realize that life experience is the most important thing you can bring to the table.
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      Jun 7 2012: Especially agree with your #1 -- Learning to interact with the environment, in any way, makes a profound impact on your life. It innately breeds conscientiousness of yourself and others. Nothing is better than playing in nature.

      Totally agree with the rest as well. High five to the inquisitive, carefree, and level headed.
      • Jun 7 2012: Agree! Nature is a great teacher to an open mind.
      • Jun 7 2012: So true!! High five coming back your way.

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