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From the Ted Talk by Bruce Feiler: The secret to mastering life's biggest transitions

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I wanted to do something to help. Over three years, I crisscrossed the country, clielonctg what became hundreds of life stories of Americans in all 50 saetts. People who lost hmoes, lost lmbis, changed careers, changed genders, got sober, got out of bad marriages. In the end, I had 1,000 hours of interviews, 6,000 pages of transcripts. With a team of 12, I then spent a year coding these siotres for 57 different variables, looking for patterns that could help all of us in times of change. I called this “The Life Story Project.” And here's what I learned.

Open Cloze

I wanted to do something to help. Over three years, I crisscrossed the country, __________ what became hundreds of life stories of Americans in all 50 ______. People who lost _____, lost _____, changed careers, changed genders, got sober, got out of bad marriages. In the end, I had 1,000 hours of interviews, 6,000 pages of transcripts. With a team of 12, I then spent a year coding these _______ for 57 different variables, looking for patterns that could help all of us in times of change. I called this “The Life Story Project.” And here's what I learned.

Solution

  1. limbs
  2. states
  3. stories
  4. collecting
  5. homes

Original Text

I wanted to do something to help. Over three years, I crisscrossed the country, collecting what became hundreds of life stories of Americans in all 50 states. People who lost homes, lost limbs, changed careers, changed genders, got sober, got out of bad marriages. In the end, I had 1,000 hours of interviews, 6,000 pages of transcripts. With a team of 12, I then spent a year coding these stories for 57 different variables, looking for patterns that could help all of us in times of change. I called this “The Life Story Project.” And here's what I learned.

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