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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 20 2013: That life doesn't turn out as perfect as one idealizes it would in ones youth. Though imperfect, embracing both one's and other's mistakes, misunderstandings and missteps with grace fosters an often surprising and full life. Gratefulness for this full life mixed with a bit of vulnerability toward others invites further opportunities to be surprised and experience more fullness in life.

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