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From the Ted Talk by Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

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It goes like this: 163 pelope across four separate tetss. Everyone wrote down their psneoral goal. Then half of them announced their commitment to this goal to the room, and half didn't. Then everyone was given 45 minutes of work that would directly lead them towards their goal, but they were told that they could stop at any time. Now, those who kept their muthos shut worked the entire 45 mnuetis on average, and when asked afterward, said that they felt that they had a long way to go still to achieve their goal. But those who had announced it quit after only 33 minutes, on average, and when asked afterward, said that they felt much cloesr to achieving their goal.

Open Cloze

It goes like this: 163 ______ across four separate _____. Everyone wrote down their ________ goal. Then half of them announced their commitment to this goal to the room, and half didn't. Then everyone was given 45 minutes of work that would directly lead them towards their goal, but they were told that they could stop at any time. Now, those who kept their ______ shut worked the entire 45 _______ on average, and when asked afterward, said that they felt that they had a long way to go still to achieve their goal. But those who had announced it quit after only 33 minutes, on average, and when asked afterward, said that they felt much ______ to achieving their goal.

Solution

  1. minutes
  2. closer
  3. mouths
  4. people
  5. tests
  6. personal

Original Text

It goes like this: 163 people across four separate tests. Everyone wrote down their personal goal. Then half of them announced their commitment to this goal to the room, and half didn't. Then everyone was given 45 minutes of work that would directly lead them towards their goal, but they were told that they could stop at any time. Now, those who kept their mouths shut worked the entire 45 minutes on average, and when asked afterward, said that they felt that they had a long way to go still to achieve their goal. But those who had announced it quit after only 33 minutes, on average, and when asked afterward, said that they felt much closer to achieving their goal.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. achieve
  2. achieving
  3. afterward
  4. announced
  5. asked
  6. average
  7. closer
  8. commitment
  9. entire
  10. felt
  11. goal
  12. lead
  13. long
  14. minutes
  15. mouths
  16. people
  17. personal
  18. quit
  19. room
  20. separate
  21. shut
  22. stop
  23. tests
  24. time
  25. told
  26. work
  27. worked
  28. wrote