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"From the Ted Talk by Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices"

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Now, people who don't exercise their normative porews in hard choices are drifters. We all know people like that. I deirtfd into being a lawyer. I didn't put my agency behind lawyering. I wasn't for lawyering. Drifters allow the world to wtire the sroty of their lives. They let mechanisms of reward and punishment — pats on the head, fear, the easiness of an option — to determine what they do. So the loessn of hard choices: reflect on what you can put your agency behind, on what you can be for, and through hard choices, become that person.

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Now, people who don't exercise their normative ______ in hard choices are drifters. We all know people like that. I _______ into being a lawyer. I didn't put my agency behind lawyering. I wasn't for lawyering. Drifters allow the world to _____ the _____ of their lives. They let mechanisms of reward and punishment — pats on the head, fear, the easiness of an option — to determine what they do. So the ______ of hard choices: reflect on what you can put your agency behind, on what you can be for, and through hard choices, become that person.

Solution

  1. lesson
  2. write
  3. story
  4. drifted
  5. powers

Original Text

Now, people who don't exercise their normative powers in hard choices are drifters. We all know people like that. I drifted into being a lawyer. I didn't put my agency behind lawyering. I wasn't for lawyering. Drifters allow the world to write the story of their lives. They let mechanisms of reward and punishment — pats on the head, fear, the easiness of an option — to determine what they do. So the lesson of hard choices: reflect on what you can put your agency behind, on what you can be for, and through hard choices, become that person.

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hard choices 27
equally good 7
real numbers 4
hard choice 4
create reasons 4

Important Words

  1. agency
  2. choices
  3. determine
  4. drifted
  5. drifters
  6. easiness
  7. exercise
  8. fear
  9. hard
  10. head
  11. lawyer
  12. lawyering
  13. lesson
  14. lives
  15. mechanisms
  16. normative
  17. option
  18. pats
  19. people
  20. person
  21. powers
  22. punishment
  23. put
  24. reflect
  25. reward
  26. story
  27. world
  28. write