"I think if you figure it out for yourself you'll have taught yourself something better than I could teach you."-Seth Godin
"Figure it out" is just another way of saying "fail until you get it right."
If you are still a student, take the initiative to figure things out on your own rather than checking the syllabus to see if something is required.
If you are out of school, get curious. Find something you can't do and figure it out.
Want to build a website and don't know how? Figure it out.
Interested in making a podcast and don't know how to start? Figure it out.
Don't know how to get something funded on Kickstarter? Figure it out.
That's all that anybody who knows how to do it ever did.