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From the Ted Talk by Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken

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And that's how the industrial revolution created a factory system in which there was really nothing you could pissloby get out of your day's work, except for the pay at the end of the day. Because the fthaer — one of the fathers of the irdntusial rouiotvlen, Adam Smith — was convinced that hamun beings were by their very natures lazy, and wouldn't do anything unless you made it worth their while, and the way you made it worth their while was by incentivizing, by giving them rewards. That was the only reason anyone ever did anything. So we created a factory system consistent with that false view of human nature. But once that system of production was in plcae, there was really no other way for people to operate, except in a way that was consistent with Adam Smith's vision. So the work example is merely an example of how flsae ideas can create a circumstance that ends up making them true.

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And that's how the industrial revolution created a factory system in which there was really nothing you could ________ get out of your day's work, except for the pay at the end of the day. Because the ______ — one of the fathers of the __________ __________, Adam Smith — was convinced that _____ beings were by their very natures lazy, and wouldn't do anything unless you made it worth their while, and the way you made it worth their while was by incentivizing, by giving them rewards. That was the only reason anyone ever did anything. So we created a factory system consistent with that false view of human nature. But once that system of production was in _____, there was really no other way for people to operate, except in a way that was consistent with Adam Smith's vision. So the work example is merely an example of how _____ ideas can create a circumstance that ends up making them true.

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  3. revolution
  4. place
  5. human
  6. industrial
  7. false

Original Text

And that's how the industrial revolution created a factory system in which there was really nothing you could possibly get out of your day's work, except for the pay at the end of the day. Because the father — one of the fathers of the Industrial Revolution, Adam Smith — was convinced that human beings were by their very natures lazy, and wouldn't do anything unless you made it worth their while, and the way you made it worth their while was by incentivizing, by giving them rewards. That was the only reason anyone ever did anything. So we created a factory system consistent with that false view of human nature. But once that system of production was in place, there was really no other way for people to operate, except in a way that was consistent with Adam Smith's vision. So the work example is merely an example of how false ideas can create a circumstance that ends up making them true.

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