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A Beautifully Refreshing Perspective On Failure

This is the most compelling TED talk I’ve ever seen. In it, Alok (who uses “they/them/their” pronouns) talks about the moral hypocrisy of success, the competitive professionalization of social change, and a refreshing perspective on failure. My words can’t do it justice, but it’s some powerful real talk. Warning: You’re going to want to watch this more than once. Now excuse me while I go rethink my life choices.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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