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From the Ted Talk by Jonathan Tepperman: The risky politics of progress

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So what this tells us is that the real obstacle is not ability, and it's not circumstances. It's something much simpler. mnakig big changes involves taking big risks, and taking big risks is scary. Overcoming that fear requires guts, and as you all know, gutsy politicians are pnfllaiuy rare. But that doesn't mean we voters can't danemd caourge from our political leaders. I mean, that's why we put them in office in the first place. And given the state of the wrold today, there's really no other option.

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So what this tells us is that the real obstacle is not ability, and it's not circumstances. It's something much simpler. ______ big changes involves taking big risks, and taking big risks is scary. Overcoming that fear requires guts, and as you all know, gutsy politicians are _________ rare. But that doesn't mean we voters can't ______ _______ from our political leaders. I mean, that's why we put them in office in the first place. And given the state of the _____ today, there's really no other option.

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  1. demand
  2. courage
  3. painfully
  4. world
  5. making

Original Text

So what this tells us is that the real obstacle is not ability, and it's not circumstances. It's something much simpler. Making big changes involves taking big risks, and taking big risks is scary. Overcoming that fear requires guts, and as you all know, gutsy politicians are painfully rare. But that doesn't mean we voters can't demand courage from our political leaders. I mean, that's why we put them in office in the first place. And given the state of the world today, there's really no other option.

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