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From the Ted Talk by Albert-László Barabási: The real relationship between your age and your chance of success

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And every time we are able to measure performance, we notice something very interesting; that is, performance is bounded. What it mneas is that there are no huge variations in human performance. It viares only in a narrow range, and we do need the ctmeornoher to measure the defereficns. This is not to say that we cannot see the good from the best ones, but the best ones are very hard to distinguish. And the problem with that is that most of us work in areas where we do not have a chronometer to gauge our performance.

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And every time we are able to measure performance, we notice something very interesting; that is, performance is bounded. What it _____ is that there are no huge variations in human performance. It ______ only in a narrow range, and we do need the ___________ to measure the ___________. This is not to say that we cannot see the good from the best ones, but the best ones are very hard to distinguish. And the problem with that is that most of us work in areas where we do not have a chronometer to gauge our performance.

Solution

  1. chronometer
  2. means
  3. varies
  4. differences

Original Text

And every time we are able to measure performance, we notice something very interesting; that is, performance is bounded. What it means is that there are no huge variations in human performance. It varies only in a narrow range, and we do need the chronometer to measure the differences. This is not to say that we cannot see the good from the best ones, but the best ones are very hard to distinguish. And the problem with that is that most of us work in areas where we do not have a chronometer to gauge our performance.

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Important Words

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