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"From the Ted Talk by Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll: How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison"

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So at 20 years old, I did the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life. I picked up a book, and it was the most agonizing time of my life, trying to lraen how to read, the ostracizing from my family, the homeys. It was rough, man. It was a struggle. But little did I know I was receiving the greatest gifts I had ever deraemd of: self-worth, knowledge, discipline. I was so excited to be reading that I read everything I could get my hands on: cdany wepaprrs, clothing logos, street sings, everything. I was just reading stuff!

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So at 20 years old, I did the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life. I picked up a book, and it was the most agonizing time of my life, trying to _____ how to read, the ostracizing from my family, the homeys. It was rough, man. It was a struggle. But little did I know I was receiving the greatest gifts I had ever _______ of: self-worth, knowledge, discipline. I was so excited to be reading that I read everything I could get my hands on: _____ ________, clothing logos, street _____, everything. I was just reading stuff!

Solution

  1. wrappers
  2. dreamed
  3. signs
  4. candy
  5. learn

Original Text

So at 20 years old, I did the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life. I picked up a book, and it was the most agonizing time of my life, trying to learn how to read, the ostracizing from my family, the homeys. It was rough, man. It was a struggle. But little did I know I was receiving the greatest gifts I had ever dreamed of: self-worth, knowledge, discipline. I was so excited to be reading that I read everything I could get my hands on: candy wrappers, clothing logos, street signs, everything. I was just reading stuff!

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Important Words

  1. agonizing
  2. book
  3. candy
  4. clothing
  5. discipline
  6. dreamed
  7. excited
  8. family
  9. gifts
  10. greatest
  11. hands
  12. hardest
  13. homeys
  14. knowledge
  15. learn
  16. life
  17. logos
  18. man
  19. ostracizing
  20. picked
  21. read
  22. reading
  23. receiving
  24. rough
  25. signs
  26. street
  27. struggle
  28. time
  29. wrappers
  30. years