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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 21 2013: The ability to research on the internet.

    Most of the time I prefer asking the internet over talking to non experts or discussing a topic that actually has a solution. I've wasted so many time discussing a topic with a simple answer that each of us could have found in a matter of seconds on the web.

    That way I learned that the victor of a discussion is not always right.

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