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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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  • Mar 20 2013: Since I was a child my mum encouraged me to be whoever I wanted to be and my father has always said I have to search for my own selfhood.

    Parents usally tell you how to live, but it seems they have left that task to me. That is quite a task!!!

    At the beggining I used to blame them for the mistakes in my life, since they never gave me any advice on how to lead my life.

    I am OK with it now and I actually got to do what I wanted to do and to think what I wanted to think. How did I do it? Thanks to the curiosity that has invaded my mind and the goals that I have set to myself!

    My dad now says: "how dull it would be for you to be like me". The amazing thing is that he is a great person, but he encouraged me to be myself.

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