full transcript
"From the Ted Talk by Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

What I think I've been talking about really is success and failure. And one of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. If I said that there's somebody behind the screen who's very successful, certain ideas would immediately come to mind. You'd think that preosn might have made a lot of money, aveechid rnewon in some field. My own theroy of success — I'm somebody who's very interested in success, I really want to be successful, always thinking, how can I be more successful? But as I get older, I'm also very nuanced about what that word "success" might mean.

Open Cloze

What I think I've been talking about really is success and failure. And one of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. If I said that there's somebody behind the screen who's very successful, certain ideas would immediately come to mind. You'd think that ______ might have made a lot of money, ________ ______ in some field. My own ______ of success — I'm somebody who's very interested in success, I really want to be successful, always thinking, how can I be more successful? But as I get older, I'm also very nuanced about what that word "success" might mean.

Solution

  1. person
  2. renown
  3. theory
  4. achieved

Original Text

What I think I've been talking about really is success and failure. And one of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. If I said that there's somebody behind the screen who's very successful, certain ideas would immediately come to mind. You'd think that person might have made a lot of money, achieved renown in some field. My own theory of success — I'm somebody who's very interested in success, I really want to be successful, always thinking, how can I be more successful? But as I get older, I'm also very nuanced about what that word "success" might mean.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
tragic art 3
modern society 3
material goods 3
career crises 3

Important Words

  1. achieved
  2. failure
  3. field
  4. ideas
  5. immediately
  6. interested
  7. interesting
  8. lot
  9. means
  10. mind
  11. money
  12. nuanced
  13. older
  14. person
  15. renown
  16. screen
  17. success
  18. successful
  19. talking
  20. theory
  21. thinking
  22. word