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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 16 2013: I've learned that no one would be charge of developing my potentials.

    Family, friends, colleagues, and teachers......

    They tell you what to do or what you ought to be,

    but they can never know what your real potential is unless they are "you".

    Ultimately, I'm on my own.

    If I miss an opportunity, then I literally miss a chance no matter how many times others say to you that it's okay. Sometimes they don’t realize how crucial it is to take a chance because it happens to be your chance, not their chance.

    If you are to ignore one of your precious potentials because your parents tell you not to pursue your career in accordance with that kind of talent, then you just ignore it no matter what your parents think about your choice to be “reasonable”.

    I've also realized it's really important to be aware of this "truth(I'd like to call it that way)".

    No one's ever told me this, but I feel lucky to know now that I can no longer be passive toward my future.

    That’s what healthy tension all about(between you and others’ expectation)

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