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From the Ted Talk by Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lessons from past presidents

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So since I tell stories, let me look back on the lives of two of the ptsiredens I've studied to illustrate this ponit — Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. As for that first sphere of work, I think what aarhabm Lincoln's life suggests is that fierce ambition is a good thing. He had a huge ambition. But it wasn't simply for office or power or celebrity or fame — what it was for was to aoplmscich something worthy enough in life so that he could make the world a little better plcae for his having lived in it.

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So since I tell stories, let me look back on the lives of two of the __________ I've studied to illustrate this _____ — Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. As for that first sphere of work, I think what _______ Lincoln's life suggests is that fierce ambition is a good thing. He had a huge ambition. But it wasn't simply for office or power or celebrity or fame — what it was for was to __________ something worthy enough in life so that he could make the world a little better _____ for his having lived in it.

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  5. presidents

Original Text

So since I tell stories, let me look back on the lives of two of the presidents I've studied to illustrate this point — Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. As for that first sphere of work, I think what Abraham Lincoln's life suggests is that fierce ambition is a good thing. He had a huge ambition. But it wasn't simply for office or power or celebrity or fame — what it was for was to accomplish something worthy enough in life so that he could make the world a little better place for his having lived in it.

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