Heroes

A girl asks Neil deGrasse Tyson if he knows any dyslexic scientists. He responds with showmanship.

The "interesting thing about high-level science is you can just work at your desk."

A girl asks Neil deGrasse Tyson if he knows any dyslexic scientists. He responds with showmanship.

SCIENCE FACT: Neil deGrasse Tyson has showmanship.

A little girl asked him a very simple question: "In your field, do you have someone that is dyslexic?"

His answer could have been simple and to the point.


He could have just said "yes" and moved on to the next question.

But he's Neil deGrasse Tyson, so he didn't do that.

He talked about how his colleagues and coworkers with ADD, dyslexia, autism, etc., cope with not being what some people consider "normal."

Having a learning disability doesn't mean you can't do the things you love. It just means you might do them a bit differently.

He told her how people adapt to the situation they're in.

He explained how they adjust for whatever their hurdle is. For example, if a person is dyslexic, they know they're a bit slower at reading, so they make extra time in their workday for reading.


Or if a person has social anxiety, or isn't comfortable making small talk, or has trouble reading social cues, the great thing about the field of science is that it doesn't matter as much as the work you do.

You don't have to be a social butterfly to be a great scientist. The "thing about high-level science," he tells her, "is you can just work at your desk."

But then! Then he got to the most important point.

What do you do when things get in your way? When there's something that might slow you down? Or that people say you can't overcome?

It really can be just that simple. Really really.

Give the man a gold medal already.

Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash
True

This story was originally shared on Capital One.

Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

Keep Reading Show less

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

Keep Reading Show less