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emphasis • pursuing • quote
alive • passion • contentment • grasp
  1. If working with children really makes you come , then that is what you should do.
  2. Finding is very challenging for her, because she always wants more.
  3. It is important to have goals that are not beyond your .
  4. I didn't know that you were a medical degree.
  5. You put too much on money.
  6. Most of his speeches end with a for you to think about.
  7. Painting is his .
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1226 Success and Failure

Julia and Todd discuss when it is good to succeed and why sometimes failure is a good thing.

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I think that all the emphasis should be put on the effort that people make.

The 'emphasis' of something is its focus. Notice the following:

  1. The emphasis of this class is improving your writing.
  2. Her parents put a lot of emphasis on good grades.


I wasn't pushed to pursue a career.

If you 'pursue' something, you make a huge effort to attain or get it. Notice the following:

  1. Most children now pursue a higher education after high school.
  2. He has been romantically pursuing her for years now.


There was a great quote the other day by someone in the paper.

A 'quote' is something important or profound that was said by someone else. Notice the following:

  1. Have you heard the quote about patience?
  2. All of her notebooks in middle school were covered with quotes and song lyrics.

come alive

There's that other famous quote about doing what makes you come alive.

Something that makes you 'come alive' makes you very animated and excited. Notice the following:

  1. Fashion is something that really makes her come alive.
  2. It fun to watch kids come alive when they discover something they are passionate about.


Pursue your passion, and that will lead to success.

'Your passion' is something that you are very interested in and makes you excited to be a part of. Notice the following:

  1. Music is definitely his passion.
  2. Is exercise a passion, or do you do it for your health?


Happiness is just contentment.

When you have 'contentment,' you are satisfied. Notice the following:

  1. I have finally found a level of contentment in my life.
  2. Dogs have such a look of contentment when they are outside and running.

striving / yearning / beyond your grasp

It's about peace and not striving or yearning for things that are beyond your grasp.

Something that is 'beyond your grasp' is not possible for your to attain or achieve. When you 'strive' towards something, you are making an intense effort to reach a goal. If you are 'yearning' for something, you really want it and you think a lot about how much you want it. Notice the following:

  1. You say that you want to improve, but I don't see that you are striving for it.
  2. She spent most of her pregnancy yearning for ice cream.
  3. It always feels like the solution to all of these problems is just beyond my grasp.