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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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  • Dan F 50+

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    Mar 10 2013: The value of self expression as a TED member has been an interesting learning experience. Posting on TED was not easy for me. I had to work at it because it required that I would say what I thought publicly at least to the TED community. It was a new challenge and required making observations about things, taking a position, or another focus on the importance of something, etc., but it soon it became unexpectedly rewarding via a credit, or interesting reply, thumbs up, etc.

    Most of us do not push ourselves enough to learn and be all that we can be. TED tends to attract individuals who have studied specific fields of knowledge, and/or are engaged professionally. They provide TED TALKS as well as contribute to the reexamination and/or accounting for certain presumptions, claims, etc., which characterizes the posted comments and discussion in response to a given TALK. So these Talks and Responses have expanded my world by becoming more involved in what's going on all around me.

    The value of expressing myself is not without a few scars, but these scars have been instructive for the most part motivating and challenging me to measure up.

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