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From the Ted Talk by Constance Hockaday: The one question every aspiring leader needs to ask

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So obviously, I was very taken by this, not because I wanted to permanently live on a raft, but because I wanted to believe in an eriaxadorrtny life. And Betsy was the first proesn to ever ask me what it is that I wanted. And she did this using a practice cealld the three deepest desires. She’d say, “Pretend you’re gonna die.” You’re gonna die, you’re all gonna die. “Pretend that you’re gonna die tomorrow. What is one thing that you need to do before you die?" And then I would have full-on drama meltdowns around asrinewng this question, because it was impossible for me to believe that I had any authority over my own life. That I could want things outside of what my peatrns and our culture had told us to want.

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So obviously, I was very taken by this, not because I wanted to permanently live on a raft, but because I wanted to believe in an _____________ life. And Betsy was the first ______ to ever ask me what it is that I wanted. And she did this using a practice ______ the three deepest desires. She’d say, “Pretend you’re gonna die.” You’re gonna die, you’re all gonna die. “Pretend that you’re gonna die tomorrow. What is one thing that you need to do before you die?" And then I would have full-on drama meltdowns around _________ this question, because it was impossible for me to believe that I had any authority over my own life. That I could want things outside of what my _______ and our culture had told us to want.

Solution

  1. person
  2. extraordinary
  3. answering
  4. parents
  5. called

Original Text

So obviously, I was very taken by this, not because I wanted to permanently live on a raft, but because I wanted to believe in an extraordinary life. And Betsy was the first person to ever ask me what it is that I wanted. And she did this using a practice called the three deepest desires. She’d say, “Pretend you’re gonna die.” You’re gonna die, you’re all gonna die. “Pretend that you’re gonna die tomorrow. What is one thing that you need to do before you die?" And then I would have full-on drama meltdowns around answering this question, because it was impossible for me to believe that I had any authority over my own life. That I could want things outside of what my parents and our culture had told us to want.

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