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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 17 2013: Knowledge could become a liability if it is not practically applied. Work towards gaining knowledge only when we can practically apply the same (and earn some money).

    Carefully handle knowledge as it would make us less adventurous at times.

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