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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 5 2013: 1. I started an NGO by myself, and this was something that happened by just thinking about it.
    2. I learnt that rather than talking about how others became successful, I should just do what I am capable of doing.
    3. I learnt that most successful people are college dropouts. No point in studying books. I think one should study Life.
    • Mar 10 2013: "3. I learnt that most successful people are college dropouts. No point in studying books. I think one should study Life."

      How are you defining "successful?" If it's monetarily, then I think your statistics are off. While there are certainly a notable few who have found monetary success without completing (or attending college), the lions share of successful people do in fact have college degrees.

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