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From the Ted Talk by Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

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But the point stnads. You must look for alternatives so that you find your destiny, or are you afraid of the word "destiny"? Does the word "destiny" scare you? That's what we're talking about. And if you don't find the hhgesit eexrospsin of your talent, if you settle for "interesting," what the hell ever that means, do you know what will happen at the end of your long life? Your friends and family will be gathered in the cemetery, and there beside your gravesite will be a tombstone, and inscribed on that tombstone it will say, "Here lies a distinguished engineer, who ivntened Velcro." But what that ttsmobone should have said, in an artaelivnte lifetime, what it should have said if it was your highest expression of taelnt, was, "Here lies the last Nobel Laureate in physcis, who formulated the Grand Unified Field Theory and demonstrated the practicality of warp drive."

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But the point ______. You must look for alternatives so that you find your destiny, or are you afraid of the word "destiny"? Does the word "destiny" scare you? That's what we're talking about. And if you don't find the _______ __________ of your talent, if you settle for "interesting," what the hell ever that means, do you know what will happen at the end of your long life? Your friends and family will be gathered in the cemetery, and there beside your gravesite will be a tombstone, and inscribed on that tombstone it will say, "Here lies a distinguished engineer, who ________ Velcro." But what that _________ should have said, in an ___________ lifetime, what it should have said if it was your highest expression of ______, was, "Here lies the last Nobel Laureate in _______, who formulated the Grand Unified Field Theory and demonstrated the practicality of warp drive."

Solution

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  2. physics
  3. tombstone
  4. highest
  5. expression
  6. stands
  7. alternative
  8. invented

Original Text

But the point stands. You must look for alternatives so that you find your destiny, or are you afraid of the word "destiny"? Does the word "destiny" scare you? That's what we're talking about. And if you don't find the highest expression of your talent, if you settle for "interesting," what the hell ever that means, do you know what will happen at the end of your long life? Your friends and family will be gathered in the cemetery, and there beside your gravesite will be a tombstone, and inscribed on that tombstone it will say, "Here lies a distinguished engineer, who invented Velcro." But what that tombstone should have said, in an alternative lifetime, what it should have said if it was your highest expression of talent, was, "Here lies the last Nobel Laureate in Physics, who formulated the Grand Unified Field Theory and demonstrated the practicality of warp drive."

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