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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 8 2013: The most important thing I've learned on my own and that I think everyone needs to learn on their own is how to learn. Learning how to learn, allows you to remain flexible. Problem-solving, and learning are the most important things in life.
    • Mar 20 2013: Read to Read, Read to Live, Read to Learn, Live to Read, Live to Live, Live to Learn, Learn to Read, Learn to Live, Learn (how) to Learn. This is how I originally summarized the Philosophy of Philosophy. To learn is to know and knowledge is power, was the thought process. Knowledge of Knowledge, or Knowledge, within itself, is Power. But beyond Knowledge/Logic is Wisdom. Philosophy defined is "love of wisdom" and therefor the Wisdom of Wisdom is more pure. Beyond Wisdom is Abstract and Faith. Abstract (or Theory) is imagining things that are not known to us and can be verified in truth or falsified, anything else is Faith. The true power is in the Theory of Theory, but this is not possible if you do not first Learn how to Learn.

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