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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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  • Mar 3 2013: It doesn't matter if someone tells me something or not... i usually have to find things out on my own.

    I guess the most valuable lesson is to RTFM

    I can't believe I used to write and edit software manuals - including some of the first Microsoft Word manuals, the manual for the precursor to Apple's Final Cut, the Photoshop 4 manual, etc. and never actually *read* a manual to learn something —really learn something— until deciding to drop the engine out of one of my motorcycles and put it into another. THAT was an experience I still treasure.

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