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From the Ted Talk by Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

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Now that was the advice that St. Benedict gave his rather startled fleoowrls in the fifth cuetnry. It was the advice that I decided to follow myself when I turned 40. Up until that moment, I had been that casslic corporate warrior — I was eating too much, I was drinking too much, I was working too hard and I was neglecting the family. And I decided that I would try and turn my life around. In particular, I decided I would try to adsedrs the thorny issue of work-life balance. So I stepped back from the wrofcrkoe, and I spent a year at home with my wife and four young children. But all I learned about work-life balance from that year was that I found it quite easy to balance work and life when I didn't have any work. (lguthaer) Not a very useful sikll, especially when the money runs out.

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Now that was the advice that St. Benedict gave his rather startled _________ in the fifth _______. It was the advice that I decided to follow myself when I turned 40. Up until that moment, I had been that _______ corporate warrior — I was eating too much, I was drinking too much, I was working too hard and I was neglecting the family. And I decided that I would try and turn my life around. In particular, I decided I would try to _______ the thorny issue of work-life balance. So I stepped back from the _________, and I spent a year at home with my wife and four young children. But all I learned about work-life balance from that year was that I found it quite easy to balance work and life when I didn't have any work. (________) Not a very useful _____, especially when the money runs out.

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  1. followers
  2. century
  3. workforce
  4. skill
  5. laughter
  6. classic
  7. address

Original Text

Now that was the advice that St. Benedict gave his rather startled followers in the fifth century. It was the advice that I decided to follow myself when I turned 40. Up until that moment, I had been that classic corporate warrior — I was eating too much, I was drinking too much, I was working too hard and I was neglecting the family. And I decided that I would try and turn my life around. In particular, I decided I would try to address the thorny issue of work-life balance. So I stepped back from the workforce, and I spent a year at home with my wife and four young children. But all I learned about work-life balance from that year was that I found it quite easy to balance work and life when I didn't have any work. (Laughter) Not a very useful skill, especially when the money runs out.

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