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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 22 2013: Perhaps not a very important bit of information but an invaluable lesson. I think I was in fifth grade or thereabouts (too many years ago) when building a project for my Mom and using a mathematical ratio, found this unique number, 3.14, or so. Had no idea of its significance or name for several years but did come back and use it again and again.

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