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Jordan Reeves

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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: I'm cheating (I've learned you don't have to follow rules just because they are "rules"...heh) so i'm giving another example of what important things I've learned... and that is
    You* have the power to be happy. To stop worrying. To not be depressed.
    That power is a magical switch you possess that you either haven't realized yet or you FORGET when you are stressed or anxious or depressed.

    It is related to another thing i firmly believe: you make your own destiny.

    If you KNOW you can flip that switch and DECIDE to not be depressed, REALIZE you don't have to be, and MAKE IT SO (for me, it's being creative - making something, or helping someone else, etc) you can become that which you wish to be.

    As for worry - i make it a point never to waste time worrying about something i can't change by worrying. If the situation requires action, ACT. If the situation requires patience and waiting for something else to occur, then for godsakes don't fret. Get on with your happy busy life!

    *unless you're chemically or clinically depressed or something, which i honestly don't have the answers for, but I would at least attempt "my" solution because it couldn't do you any harm, right?

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