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Heroes

This Guy Says We're All Faking Each Other Out, And That's Not Helping Anything. Let's Stop That.

The path to success sometimes seems like a straight line — eyes on the prize, no deviation. It turns out that most people who achieve big things spend a lot of time totally lost, but they're not about to tell you about it.Uri Alon splits his life between the lab, where everyone hides their failures, and the theater, where there's no place to hide. He challenged his fellow researchers to be honest about their struggles and transformed his lab in the process.You don't have to wait long for his road map to success. He hits it at about 5 minutes in. At 8:15, he'll give you a phrase that will disrupt every boring meeting you sit through. 11:30 is where we learn why scientists — and most "professionals" — feel like they need to hide their pain. (Hint: It has to do with "Star Trek.") And stick around for the sing-along at about 13:30.

Education

Teacher of the year explains why he's leaving district in unforgettable 3-minute speech

"I'm leaving in hopes that I can regain the ability to do the job that I love."

Lee Allen

For all of our disagreements in modern American life, there are at least a few things most of us can agree on. One of those is the need for reform in public education. We don't all agree on the solutions but many of the challenges are undeniable: retaining great teachers, reducing classroom size and updating the focus of student curriculums to reflect the ever-changing needs of a globalized workforce.

And while parents, politicians and activists debate those remedies, one voice is all-too-often ignored: that of teachers themselves.

This is why a short video testimony from a teacher in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County went viral recently. After all, it's hard to deny the points made by someone who was just named teacher of the year and used the occasion to announce why he will be leaving the very school district that just honored him with that distinction.

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Chef broke cycle of "miserable leadership."

Anyone who's worked in a restaurant will know how intense it can be, especially in the kitchen. It’s hot, the cooks are stressed, someone’s always yelling about something and dishes, well, sometimes they end up broken. In upscale restaurants the pressure is even higher, so when this chef began to explain how he turned his kitchen around to be more harmonious and less chaotic, I stopped to listen.

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Golden retriever has cutest reaction to sister walking.

Here at Upworthy we look for stories that will make you smile and warm your heart and, let’s face it, we could all use a little help in the smile department these days. When we ran across this ridiculously sweet story on The Dodo about a golden retriever and his little human sister, we simply had to share it with you. Taco is a 3-year-old golden retriever who has been lovingly waiting for his new baby sister, Vanora, to be able to play with him, and the day has finally come.

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