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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 6 2013: After a childhood of knowing soup only came from cans, I learned how to cook on my own, from scratch, when I lived in Russia. There was minimal processed food, so if I wanted chicken soup, I need to buy a chicken, finish plucking it, and figure out how to make soup using only a pot and a heating element. From this experience, I gained a love of cooking, experimenting with cooking, and attempting to figure out how to make food "the hard way" (or the fun way!).

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