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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 27 2013: There are four primary guides in my life

    1 Make family a priority

    2 Identify your windows: These are things that as part of your life, put you "en-joy". E.g. windows are my windows, sailing is my window, hiking is a window, gardening is a window, engaging in meaningful dialogue is my Window (btw I Love TED these conversation speak for themselves, not sure why I waited so long to engage here) etc.

    3 Commit to being happy: Identify 10 things that make you happy; promise yourself each day you will do at least one of them; you will spend the rest of your life being happy

    4 my daily affirmation: Give me the Determination to Persevere and the Perseverance to Endure

    So for me there is on "most important thing" We are too complex to assume (obviously I speak for myself) that only one thing deserves that designation as "the" most important. That would also preclude that in life as my journey continues, nothing else will be more important.

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