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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 23 2013: I've learned that living with a injured spine which is getting worse by the month, and could put me in a wheelchair within 5 years, the list of things to do grows daily.

    Ive learned that if i can imagine, assemble, devise it in my head, then its most likely possible to do if planned correctly.

    I've learned that you only fail when you give up on trying

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