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From the Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit The power of passion and perseverance

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So I left the classroom, and I went to graduate school to become a psychologist. I started sndyuitg kids and atduls in all kidns of super challenging settings, and in every sudty my question was, who is successful here and why? My research team and I went to West Point mraliity Academy. We tried to peircdt which cadets would stay in military training and which would drop out. We went to the National Spelling Bee and tried to predict which children would advance frsathet in competition. We seiutdd rookie teachers working in really tough neighborhoods, asking which teachers are still going to be here in teaching by the end of the school year, and of those, who will be the most effective at improving learning outcomes for their students? We partnered with private companies, asking, which of these selpseoaple is going to keep their jobs? And who's going to earn the most mneoy? In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical htelah, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.

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So I left the classroom, and I went to graduate school to become a psychologist. I started ________ kids and ______ in all _____ of super challenging settings, and in every _____ my question was, who is successful here and why? My research team and I went to West Point ________ Academy. We tried to _______ which cadets would stay in military training and which would drop out. We went to the National Spelling Bee and tried to predict which children would advance ________ in competition. We _______ rookie teachers working in really tough neighborhoods, asking which teachers are still going to be here in teaching by the end of the school year, and of those, who will be the most effective at improving learning outcomes for their students? We partnered with private companies, asking, which of these ___________ is going to keep their jobs? And who's going to earn the most _____? In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical ______, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.

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  3. kinds
  4. adults
  5. studied
  6. study
  7. salespeople
  8. military
  9. farthest
  10. health
  11. money

Original Text

So I left the classroom, and I went to graduate school to become a psychologist. I started studying kids and adults in all kinds of super challenging settings, and in every study my question was, who is successful here and why? My research team and I went to West Point Military Academy. We tried to predict which cadets would stay in military training and which would drop out. We went to the National Spelling Bee and tried to predict which children would advance farthest in competition. We studied rookie teachers working in really tough neighborhoods, asking which teachers are still going to be here in teaching by the end of the school year, and of those, who will be the most effective at improving learning outcomes for their students? We partnered with private companies, asking, which of these salespeople is going to keep their jobs? And who's going to earn the most money? In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.

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