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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: I've learned to appreciate my struggles in life because I believe there's something beautiful in struggle. If I didn't have challenges in life I might never have learned to appreciate the small things in life that I think most Americans take for granted such as being able to shower regularly, having a home to come back to and not having to worry about where you're going to sleep at night, or knowing that you have a healthy body complete with two arms and legs to get you to places you need to be.There's beauty in struggle because at that point where we feel weak and helpless some inner part of us that we never knew we had emerges from the depths of our soul and pushes us to grow.

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