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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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What is the most important thing you've learned on your own?

In three sentences, explain something that you've learned without being told by another person -- something you've figured out all by yourself. Here's an example:

"I learned how to paint with water colors by reading a book and searching for YouTube videos. It took me a while, but I figured out some techniques that really work for me. I'm not an expert yet, but I have discovered a real joy in painting."

It can be anything -- a practical skill (like painting) or a knowledge set (like how to use mathematics).


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    Feb 22 2013: Very tough to think of the most important thing. In truth, it feels like most of my important skills were taught to me with care by someone else, and all the clearest memories that come to mind of figuring it out on my own are pretty mundane -- fixing a broken zipper, getting from point A to point B in a foreign city, assembling a piece of furniture. But what's cool about those memories is that having done it myself is so much more important than what the task actually accomplished.
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      Feb 22 2013: I think the sense of accomplishment in undertaking tasks alone, and then succeeding is so rewarding.
      It is really what we as parents should try to instill in our children. After all, we don't want them to always try to depend on others for every single thing.

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