John Knotts is a business coach and consultant with over 30 years of experience in military, non-profit, and commercial leadership and consulting. He has an extensive background in strategy, change, process, leadership, management, human capital, training and education, innovation, design, and communication.
“look before you leap. Too many people start out in business without a good plan and they don’t even know that they need one. And I said it 9/10 business fail because they didn’t have a plan or the plan was poor, they didn’t use it. So my most important piece of advice is get a really good business plan that you use every day to drive your business”…[Listen for More]
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Brad Sugars started the ActionCOACH brand in 1994 in Brisbane, Australia. Today the company is ranked as the leading business coaching franchise by Entrepreneur magazine. ActionCOACH operates in over 70 countries and has more than 1,000 coaches around the world, coaching 15,000 business every week. The franchise has received numerous awards including Fastest Growing Franchise, Franchisee Satisfaction, Best Overall Company and has been named the number one business coaching franchise in the world every year since 2004. Using the coaching strategies that have helped thousands of companies around the world, Brad Sugars and his executive team helped lead ActionCOACH and its coaches to some of its most profitable and best years ever… in the face of challenging economic conditions. Brad Sugars and his team continue to build “business re-education” to new, more innovative and exciting levels.
“very simple, keep learning… Your business can only grow to your level of incompetence. The day you run out of ideas is the date your business stops growing. So if you keep learning your business keeps growing. I guess I will give one other piece of advice. My dad gave it to me when I was 20 think. I turned to him and I said you know what dad I just can’t get good people and my dad looked me dead in the eye and said ‘Brad you get the people you deserve.’ If you are an average manager running an average business, I don’t see how you are going to get amazing people who want to work for you. He said the highest calibre employee going to get is average. So, when I became a better leader, when I became a better manager, when I started building a better company great people wanted to work for me. Great people want to work in great companies that are doing great things led by other great people… If you keep growing the business will keep growing and you will start attracting better and better customers, better and better employees, better and better suppliers. Just remember that the more you grow the more the business grows.”…[Listen for More]
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Ron Carucci is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a thirty year track record helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization and leadership. From start-ups to Fortune 10’s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. He has helped organizations articulate strategies that lead to accelerated growth, and design organizations that can execute those strategies. He has worked in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. He is the author of 8 books, including the recent Amazon #1 Rising to Power. He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where Navalent’s work on leadership was named one of 2016’s management ideas that mattered most. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes, and a two-time TEDx speaker. His work’s been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, Inc., BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Business Week, Smart Business, and thoughtleaders. The Whole Me He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children. On weekends, you’ll find him on his bike, on the lake, on his skis, at the movies, or cheering for the Seahawks. His greatest joy is seeing leader’s thrive by having the impact on the lives of those they lead. Helping leaders find their voice, and use it to serve their organization’s greater good is what gets him up every morning. In his office, Ron has a collection of antique door knobs, door knockers and skeleton keys. Every day, they remind him that life is about finding and pursuing the open doors in front of you, and making sure those doors open for others. In the morning, one of his favorite routines is picking the coffee mug in the conference room from among his collection. Each mug hails from a difference experience and person in his life, and helps him begin his day remembering to be grateful for all those in his life who’ve been part of his story.
“know who you are and know why you are doing it, really really know. Don’t just assume you have a great idea and the world needs it. Really know who you are and why you believe your idea matters to other people”…[Listen for More]
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Josh Levine is an educator, designer, and author, but above all, he's on a mission to help organizations design a culture advantage. Josh leads both Culture LabX, an international non-profit and Great Mondays, a culture design agency. His new book, also called Great Mondays, teaches organizations how to design a company culture employees love. Josh’s writing has been seen in Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and the Design Management Journal.
“you have to be passionate about what you do you won’t succeed. You have got to love it, you have got to be able to be convinced that this is what you were born to do. If there’s other options and you can see yourself taking them that might be the way to go and I can appreciate that. If you are going to be a successful entrepreneur you have to commit 110% because there are going to be harrowing days, weeks, months, years where you doubt yourself. And if you have a deep belief in your passion, and what you are working on and a love for actually running your own business that is the one and only way that you are going to be able to make it because it’s a hard hard job. It is really difficult it’s not for the faint of heart… But as you know the highest highs is always about landing that next gig or launching that new product. It’s an incredible feeling that success. ”…[Listen for More]
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Deana Karim is the owner/founder of Good Dee's. The journey to this mix has been long, she embraced going low-carb and sugar free and looked up alternative sweeteners. Through months of trial and error, Deana made a cookie that after numerous taste tests with non-LCHF people, got a giant thumbs up.
“research. I think it’s just great to go in and start something – I am that person. But also knowing what to research. So researching like I said… I think doing everything that won’t cause problems for you later on is super important and such a major component and foundation of a company that’s the least fun part but it’s vital. It’s not fun at all, it’s actually a headache and it gives me anxiety but it is so vital ”…[Listen for More]
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Based in the San Diego area, Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) is a renowned parenting expert, guidance counselor, licensed educational psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst. For more than 20 years, Patel has had the privilege of working with families and children, supporting all aspects of education and positive wellness. She works extensively with developing children as well as children with exceptional needs, supporting their academic, behavioral and social development. She was recently nominated for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year.”
“Hang in there, every day is a different day. Make sure you practice self-care, take time for yourself, it’s a 24-hour job being an entrepreneur and you need to make sure that you take time for yourself. So make sure you practice self-care”…[Listen for More]
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Sally Marshall worked for many years in the House of Commons as a Business Manager. She now uses those transferable skills to work with businesses on their strategy and planning as well as publishing a business magazine with a complementary app called Steer Your Business
“talk to each other because you don’t need to be competitive but you can learn from each other. And When you look at businesses of all different shapes and sizes, they all have the same issues at different times in different ways but they basically all have the same challenges. So just by talking to someone you probably find that they’ve been there done that or know somebody who has who can help you. So don’t sit in the silo and worry about it just going find somebody that you can trust and talk to them, talk to each other”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Steven Hymovitch, also known as “Dr. H”, is a certified executive coach and the co-founder of The Scottsdale Leadership and Coaching Center. Additionally, Dr. H is also and endodontist and the founder and CEO of Valley Endodontics and Oral Surgery. He has 10 successful endodontic and oral surgery practices throughout Arizona since 1996. Valley Endodontics and Oral Surgery is the largest Endodontic/Oral Surgery practice in the Southwestern United States
“just because you do it by yourself that doesn’t mean you are all alone. Entrepreneurs usually we are lonely at the top but that does not mean you are all alone in… Take advantage of people. There is resources out there. We all feel like we don’t want to take the plunge but there is other people out there to support you and help you ”…[Listen for More]
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Cait Scudder is a business coach and success catalyst for driven, bold-hearted women who want it all - global impact, bursting income, and the legacy that comes from building a movement bigger than themselves. As CEO of a multi-six figure online business coaching empire, Scudder serves as the fearless front-woman of the boss babe revolution. A true trailblazer, she leads other inspired femme-preneurs in the fight to courageously make their dreams a reality, all while truly enjoying life and traveling the world with her husband. Scudder’s story began in 2012 while earning her Education MA from Smith College. She was awarded a Project Coach fellowship training at-risk inner-city youth to be leaders in their communities. With a newfound passion and gift for teaching, Scudder entered the world of academia only to discover that the 9-to-5 grind left her burned out, frustrated, and unfulfilled. In 2015, Scudder left her treaching career behind and sojourned to Bali to plan her next move. There she took an internal deep-dive to rediscover her own passions and, just two years later, after creating a plan and executing it, Scudder established a multi-faceted business coaching enterprise run entirely from her laptop - one which she scaled to six figures in her first 12 months. Having learned how to trust in her deepest passions, identify her unique zone of genius, and leverage that genius to serve the world, Scudder now teaches other women to do the same and earn the money they deserve while bringing their unique gifts to the world in a big way. Featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and many more - Scudder and her team now lead a tribe of more than 25,000 ambitious women across six continents in their quest to “nail their niche,” leverage their “zone of genius,” to finally build the profitable business and radiant life of their dreams. Her wildly popular Born to Rise podcast is pure mental fuel for go-getters thirsty for the inspiration and actionable tools to help master their mindset, explode their business, and achieve everything that becomes possible “when you decide that now is your time to rise.”
“start when you are afraid, start when you are scared, start when you don’t know the answers but just start and don’t feel like you need to do this thing alone… There are so many incredible people out there further along on this path who would be so happy to support you. So reach out and ask for help, believe in yourself and just keep putting 1 foot in front of the other ”…[Listen for More]
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Autumn Shelton is a partner and CFO of Autumn Brands, a 50 percent woman-owned cannabis business located in Santa Barbara County, California. Autumn oversees the company’s financials and is in charge of legal compliance on the local and state levels, this includes, but is not limited to, ordinances, regulations, packaging, permits, and licensing.
“I think in order to succeed as an entrepreneur you really have to be prepared financially and mentally for the challenges ahead. Don’t just jump into the business and hope for the best. Definitely talk to others in your industry that you are going into. Find out what their challenges and successes were. Be frugal in the beginning don’t try to go make some fancy office or systems, really live within the means or the finances that you have available to you. And if possible, have a secondary income source so that you are not just depending on this because you get one good sale you think that you are going to be on your way but it doesn’t always work out that way. So really just been in mind frame that when you start a business a slow and steady journey and not necessarily just straight up”…[Listen for More]
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Ora Nadrich is founder and president of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity. A certified life coach and mindfulness teacher, she specializes in transformational thinking, self-discovery, and mentoring new coaches as they develop their careers.
“really stay committed to what it is you feel passionate about. What is your vision? Why do you feel that your product, your vision, your business idea or your business can really affect change or make a difference in the world? And stick to it and also make room for improvement and know that it is a constantly changing organism. Do you know that whatever it is you have created or you are in the midst of creating there is always room for change, there is always room for improvement, there is always room for open-mindedness approach to your business. So I would say stay open, stay open minded”…[Listen for More]
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Jenna Suru established her company Belle Époque Films in January 2015. She directed and produced her debut feature film "L'Âge d'Or" with an international cast, 35 exceptional locations and an outstanding soundtrack, featuring songs from Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed. She organizes shoots for multiple foreign productions filming across Europe.
“have a plan and manage your risks. Of course you can try and fail three times as an entrepreneur before actually doing it right. And there are many entrepreneurs who will explain also how important it is to fail and how you must be ready to fail. But really it’s going to be so much less painful and it’s going to also avoid you losing time if you just come in prepared. You may think all the time you put into this preparing phase is going to add maybe delay at the start of your business but is going to be difficult but really you’re going to be so thankful that you did it later because it’s actually going to make you save time and be more competitive. So I would say preparing, learning about all the dimensions that will make you become a good entrepreneur, learn from other people and then manage your risks”…[Listen for More]
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Ximena Hartsock is co-founder and President of Phone2Action, a digital advocacy platform that connects citizens to lawmakers. Prior to founding Phone2Action, Ximena was a member of the executive cabinet of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Washington DC Public Schools Deputy Chief for Teaching and Learning. A native of Chile, she holds a Doctorate in Policy Studies and Administration from The George Washington University.
“believe in your gut and develop guts. Because we know more than we think we do and especially if you had a career before, you have a few years under your belt of experience. Every time we make a decision our instincts get sharper. And so, we need to try to make as many decisions as possible, as fast as possible and hopefully be as right as possible. And when we are not right, we need to try to assess why. A good entrepreneur, a successful entrepreneur for the ones that I know including our own experience here tend to make decisions fast and have good instincts”…[Listen for More]
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Born and raised on a farm in northern Indiana, Bert Miller raised himself up through the brands of E. & J. Gallo and Revlon, to then start Protis Global and recently acquired Management Recruiters International Inc. An athlete all his life, from baseball to football, and now mind-numbing, soul-building marathons, Bert takes the competition, the drive, the sweat and the brutal determination of a sportsman and plows it all into his work. From farm to founder, he knows better than anyone else that the underdog can take on the mighty. It’s one of the reasons he owns three companies; the absolute, all-consuming belief that anyone can choose a path less traveled and fulfill their dreams. His ethos is why we all hustle every day, to build companies and put talented individuals in their dream roles. If you ask Bert anything, his answer will always be bourbon.
“take the road less travelled, out work the others (you have got to outwork folks), be present with people, and you have got to show up. And when you show up and you have those other attributes, you give yourself a chance to win… If you just make all of the ordinary plays… Make the ordinary plays and not try to be extraordinary you will always give yourself a chance to win”…[Listen for More]
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Recently named one of Vegas, Inc.’s 40 under 40, this Las Vegas native brings her vast knowledge of communications as founder and CEO of Vegas Girls Night Out, a boutique concierge service offering exclusive, inside access for women to the Las Vegas party scene. Please help me in welcoming Bri Steck!
“work hard, treat people how you want to be treated. Just because you are the boss doesn’t mean you are the drill sergeant. Create a great team, listen to your customers, listen to the market; they can dictate what is needed. Try something different and outside the box whether it’s something that you’re offering or it’s a marketing technique don’t be too afraid to try something new because maybe you are on the cutting-edge of something and you are going to start a new trend yourself. So don’t be afraid to try something new”…[Listen for More]
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Neil Gordon helps public speakers and authors to craft their message. He is a former member of the editorial staff of Penguin, has ghostwritten or collaborated on books published by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Hay House, and has been featured in Inc as well as The Irish Times.
“become an absolute expert in your target audience’s problems. Just know the ins and out their problems. The better you speak to their problems in your marketing as well as engaging with them in any aspect of their experience with you the more successful you are going to be”…[Listen for More]
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Charmaine Hammond is an expert in collaboration, partnership and sponsorship. She helps entrepreneurs raise their dreams, launch their projects and make a bigger impact through the power of this untapped revenue source...collaboration and sponsorship.
“stick with it when times get tough. I see so many people who have big dreams and their business can help so many people and make a big impact. And when times get hard, they give up easily or too soon. And there is an opportunity there for us to ask for help, to get a coach, to find somebody to collaborate with. But when it is important to you don’t give up because I think sometimes the regret is bigger than the pain you go through in that moment to keep things going. So, don’t give up too soon. Sometimes good ideas don’t pan out so we have to let go of things but just really doublecheck with yourself about giving up too easily”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Steve G. Jones is a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been practicing hypnotherapy since the 1980s. Dr. Steve has authored 25 books, created over 9,000 hypnosis audio recordings and 22 different online certification programs, which are sold in over 140 countries.
“follow your passion. It sounds trite, it sounds cliché, I know but it’s not. It’s popular because it’s the truth. Follow your passion.”…[Listen for More]
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Kenny Kline is a serial entrepreneur and founder/managing partner at JAKK Media. JAKK Media is a niche content company that runs some of the most popular sites on the web targeting passionate audiences.
“I think it goes back to survival. So figure out how to survive another day and just be ready to seize opportunity when it is there. And with that make just sure that you are doing something that you plan on doing a long time. The things you read about in the newspapers or the blogs where they raise millions of dollars and then the raise tens then the raise hundreds and they sell four years later that is one out of 50 million businesses. The rest feel a little more like a slog. And there is nothing wrong with that but just be prepared for and it doesn’t mean it is not going to be a great journey as well for you”…[Listen for More]
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A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising, Hasmig “Jasmine” Penna received a degree in business and product development and studied everything from textile and product development to personal shopping and styling. Upon graduation, she took a trend forecasting position in footwear with ACI, which ignited her passion for footwear construction. As a Footwear Line Builder at Report/Topline Footwear, Hasmig traveled overseas, where she pocketed influence from the landscapes, cultures, and people. A survivor of meningitis and a diabetic since the age of fifteen, Hasmig worked for various companies until given equal opportunity through Obama Care to start her own business. Congés transpired while Hasmig was in Bora Bora on her honeymoon. The fine jewelry collection embodies the confluence of all forces and experiences of Hasmig’s life and helps enhance courage, self-awareness, discovery, and healing.
“expect the unexpected, good and bad, just roll with it… You have to always remind yourself and remember that there is room for everyone so don’t hold back. My success will not stunt your success, your success will not stunt mine, there is room for all of us”…[Listen for More]
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Louis Stack, “Leading the World to Better Balance” since 1985. His brand Fitterfirst is recognized worldwide for supplying premium professional and personal products that help people recover from and prevent injury, maintain balance and fitness and keep moving at work. He has built a foundation of integrity and quality in everything he does. Along his journey, Stack has been an advocate and industry expert, often leading the way in the physical rehabilitation world and setting precedence in the way we approach of office environment. Nothing makes him happier than improving someone’s life with one of his products - a “win-win-win” as he likes to call it. Canadian National Speed Skiing Team, 1990 - 1995 Calgary's Small Business of the Year Award, 2002 Winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016
“you have got to be passionate and believing what you are doing. Anything less than 100% commitment and passion, it doesn’t guarantee failure. But it’s not a ticket to success. There is going to be hardships, there is going to be challenges, you are going to have adversity. That’s called life, that’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans, you are living your life, crap happens and you have got to get through it. I always look for the light at the end of the tunnel, I look for the opportunity, I look for the diamond in the rough. And for me I tend to find them very very early in the game which makes it a little bit harder. It would be nice to hit a home run all of the time. ”…[Listen for More]
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Ryan served our country in Ramadi and Fallujah with the U.S. Marine Corps in some of the most intense fighting of the Iraq war. Ryan reached platoon sergeant status and received combat promotions and awards as an infantryman as well as being recognized as Marine of the year in 2005 and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year in 2006. He also trained Iraqi Police and Navy Corpsmen in infantry tactics. He earned a Naval Achievement Medal for his Combat Valor. Ryan has been with the Department of State for four years. He served on the Ambassador Susan Rice’s Protective Detail for three years and currently serves as a General Services Specialist. In addition to his service Ryan Tate has always been an animal lover. After returning from one of his tours in Iraq he was deeply affected by a program he watched on TV that showed an African rhino still alive and suffering greatly with half its face hacked off solely for its horn. Tate, realizing that criminal poaching networks operate very much like the intricate terrorist networks in the Middle East, set out to repurpose his skills into an effort to stop the slaughter of these magnificent endangered animals. Many Post 9-11 U.S. veterans often have difficulty leveraging their combat skills in a conventional civilian vocation. Ryan realized these vets could benefit profoundly from the opportunity to utilize their valuable military skills in combat-related areas protecting endangered wildlife in Africa and saving lives. With Tate’s military experience and savvy navigating the tumultuous world of “boots on the ground” conservation, he’s able to speak directly to the unique skills that veterans can bring to anti-poaching efforts making a vital difference for endangered species and veterans that now have a renewed sense of purpose.
“take negative criticism as just criticism or as just help. Don’t look over all look past negativity it’s happening for a reason and so it should be focused on but it shouldn’t be taken to heart. You have got to grow a thick-skinned, you have got to be able to take a punch, you have got to be able to take several punches to the mouth over and over and over again. But if you don’t get up you are not an entrepreneur – you are not. So be prepared to take a hit, grow thick skin, don’t let it alter your direction, let it improve your direction and the efficiency and the speed that you are headed in. And just take everything as a learning lesson. It’s all part of the journey. The Quicker that you can take criticism as a learning lesson instead of negativity the quicker that you are going to get your mission done and certainly the less years are going to be taken off of your life from the stress that comes with that negativity. So as negative as it is try to just take it in stride and build off of it.”…[Listen for More]
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Randy McKee is the Owner of Tax and Income Management Enterprises. . He helps them with many aspects of the financial sides of their businesses including managing their bank accounts, income and expenses, bookkeeping and setting up LLCs.
“just go for it. It is life changing to have your own business… People say you are your own boss, I don’t really look at it that way, I look at it as I am in control of my destiny, I can choose how much I work, I can choose how much money I make, I can choose when I work, I can choose what clients I work with, and if I don’t want to work with the client I don’t have to work with that client. I am able to do the things that I want to do so I am really in control of my future. And if I want to build this business a really hard and partner up with someone and start franchising or whatever I might go into I can do that if I want to. I have that potential to become a millionaire, a billionaire. But I wouldn’t have that potential if I was a paid employee. So for all of those entrepreneurs out there go for it”…[Listen for More]
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Scott York escaped from his corporate job 20 years ago and has been helping athletes become bigger, faster, and stronger out of his garage gym ever since. His goal is to educate and motivate high school and college athletes to maximize their playing years by becoming stronger physically and mentally.
“follow your passion… Find a mentor or mentors. I think a really good one also public speaking… If you want to live the fullest life you are going to have to step outside of yourself and put yourself in those types of situations… Toastmasters helped me… Learning public speaking because you are going to have to do it just like I am doing right now, just like you are doing. And there is going to be opportunities in your life as you get better at your craft, at your job that people are going to want you to speak. And it’s going to help you if you can really polish that, polish your public speaking”…[Listen for More]
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I am Alison Standish, a professional colour consultant who is passionate about colour and how it's can positively affect our lives. They say 'our eyes are the windows to our soul' so colour is a very important part of how we see the world and also how the world see us. Colour is the first tool of communication and is widely used in branding and marketing affecting our emotional responses to what we purchase, we just don't think about it. Colour affects us not just psychologically, but physically and emotionally. When we combine the ancient art of colour therapy along with today's science, we can harness a powerful tool to support our businesses, employees and our own personal health and wellbeing.
“’face the fear and do it anyway’ Susan Jeffers talks about that. But it’s instead of across the mating and thinking about it all the time is actually to get it down, get it written and then slowly but surely it will start to actually appear. So as long as you have your ideas in writing and you are able to see them then that will actually focus your mind about where you need to be. And life is a bit of a gamble, change happens be prepared that it will always change and it will never be what you think it is ”…[Listen for More]
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