2016 Reading List

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I was looking back through old articles today, and I found my reading list for 2015. Unfortunately, I didn’t read through all of the books that I had on that list, but I plan on finishing off the ones that I never completed this year. Weirdly, though, after I wrote that article, I completely forgot about it. A lot happened early last year, and I completely fell off the path I was paving for myself. What’s even crazier, even though I forgot about the list of books I wanted to read, I still ended up purchasing almost all of them without even knowing they were on my list.

To me, it’s absolutely crazy that I ended up purchasing all of those books months later without even remembering the list consciously. With that said, though, I would like to remember this list and read through all of them this year.

Additionally, because I didn’t finish all of the books on my list last year, I’m going to break this year’s article into two categories: purchased and new. It’s self-explanatory.

Purchased

  1. Think and Grow Rich

2. Trading In The Zone

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad

 

New

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

3. The Secret

4. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

5. How Successful People Think

 

Overall, the list isn’t too long. I obviously want to restart the 3 books that I never finished last year, mainly just to jog my memory of them and learn some things I missed. Throughout the entire year, 8 books isn’t a lot, so I will probably be adding a few more. When I do, I’ll add them to this list as well.

My Goals For An Amazing 2016

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If I had to sum up every single thing I want to achieve in 2016, I would have to say it would be indescribable. I want 2016 to be the year that I have trouble describing to people because of how amazing, inspiring, and fulfilling it was. As I’ve done for the last two years, though, I want to publicly list all of my main goals for this year, and there’s quite a few of them. Amazingly, though, I’ve already achieved a couple of them. I know it’s already halfway through February, but it’s a hell of a lot better than never.

1. Abundance

The main goal this year is to live a lifestyle filled with abundance. To me, this is all about mindset; you can live a life of abundance while living on a small income. This wonderful life we live can be transformed instantly with a change in perspective. I want to attract abundance this year, and that includes love, wealth, happiness, friends, family, and even the “greedy” possessions.

Abundance has recently become something that I strive everyday to have throughout 2016. I met some truly amazing and inspiring people last year, and through meeting them, I learned all about living a life filled with plentifulness. The rest of my goals for 2016 are going to be based around living a life of abundance in life, love, experiences, and possessions.

2. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Yep, this is the year that I buy my first exotic car! I’ve truly been working around-the-clock with the goal of purchasing my first super-sports car by the end of the year. With the price of the V8 Vantage dropping dramatically due to depreciation, picking one up will only really set me back around $60,000 – a small price to pay for such a beautiful roadster.

The Aston Martin brand makes a statement that few other car companies have been able to pull off. The brand represents abundance, status, luxury, and performance. Sure, it’s not the fastest car you can buy for the price, but the way it makes me feel is what’s truly important here. When I see the car, I know it’s the right choice for my first exotic.

instagram-pictureCrazy enough, though, I posted a picture on Instagram over a year and a half ago while I was in Charleston, SC. The image was of a Ferrari 458 Italia, and the caption states that I plan to purchase my first supercar at the end of 2016. At the time, I had no clue how it was going to happen. I had just graduated high school, and I was ready for something new. Once again, little did I know, within the next year, Nic and I would increase our company’s revenue by 350%! With that, and everything else going on in life right now, I’m on track to purchase the Aston Martin by the time winter comes around… Oh well! That just brings me to my next goal!

 

3. Moving On & Moving Up

This is the year I leave Morristown, TN. Medium-sized towns are not for me (especially in the South-East). I’m ready for warm weather, a new atmosphere, and some damn good vegan food! That’s why this year, I’m moving to Orlando, Florida.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a few cities. These include Austin, TX (my least favorite); Charleston, NC; Blacksburg, VA; New York City, New York; and the beautiful Orlando, FL. It wasn’t until the end of 2015 that I realized Orlando is the place for me.

Here’s a little back-story on how I found out this was the place for me. I’m a member of a Forex Trading community called Infinite Prosperity. At the end of 2015, they held the first Infinite Prosperity Ball, which was a truly life changing event! I originally didn’t have the chance to purchase tickets for the ball, but I decided to fly to Orlando and check it out. Along with me was my best friend and business partner, Nic King. On that trip, we ran into the founders of Infinite Prosperity at lunch, and I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for that! During the lunch, we were invited to the ball the next day, and of course we had to go! That trip was unforgettable. I met amazing, inspiring, and wonderful people, and I came home with the goal of moving to Orlando.

The atmosphere Orlando has, mixed with the amazing people, food, and weather made me decided that it was where I belong. By the beginning of 2017, I want to be living in that city – preferably the Winter Park area.

4. Travel

Over the past couple of years, I learned that traveling is a huge value of mine. I always come home with new perspective, memories, and I’m filled with passion, love, and happiness. This year, I’m going international again.

I’ve been to some countries in Europe and Central America before, but this time, I’m going further. At the end of the year, I’m going to be taking a trip to Bali for at least two weeks, followed by a trip to Australia for another couple of weeks. Given, I’m going to be gone for a month, so this is going to be quite a life-changing experience. For that, I’m motivated, excited, and ready. Oh god, am I ready for this trip!

After the memories I’ve made here in the United States, I can only image how crazy these memories are going to be on the other side of the world! I’ll talk much more about this trip when I learn more details, but expect greatness!

Along with that, I would like to return to Orlando for another visit before we move, and I would love to revisit New York City (perhaps with a new lover…)!

5. New MacBook Pro

So, as I said earlier in the article, I’ve already achieved a couple of the goals in this article. This is one of them. I was planning to buy a new MacBook Pro with a Retina display around the middle of the year. I just purchased a new 5k iMac last year, and I didn’t really need a new MacBook. However, the MacBook I was using at the time was out-dated, slow, and truly unusable. I couldn’t trade FX and travel, and that was starting to frustrate me. I couldn’t work away from my desk at home, and I couldn’t take it anymore.

One night a couple of weeks ago, I just decided to say fuck it and bought one. At the end of the day, I can receive a huge ROI on this just from traveling and working alone. Not to mention, this computer is a beast. I now have the ability to do everything I can at home while I’m anywhere with an internet connection.

Was it a bit impulsive to just do it randomly one night? Yeah, sure it was. Whatever, though, it was great purchase! It’s fun to be impulsive sometimes. I’ll just consider it a Valentine’s Day gift to myself!

6. Read & Write Daily

A few moths ago, I had just gone through a breakup that truly tore me apart for a while. It ended up, though, that it was the best thing that could have happened. The relationship was toxic, even though it was a relationship I once cherished.

I didn’t speak much of it, but I had an extremely hard time for a while. One day, I received a gift that truly changed my perspective. Nic purchased a “Five Minute Journal” for me, and I started writing everyday. I wrote my goals, affirmations, accomplishments, and failures. I laid it all out in the journal, and it helped. Within a week, I truly noticed a difference in myself.

I felt so much better about myself, my future, my past, and my goals. It brought me back to who I am and reminded me of what I’m meant to be doing for the world. It sounds weird that a journal can change a life so dramatically, but just reminding myself that I’m an amazing person was what I needed at that time.

With that, I realized that I want to write something everyday this year, even if it’s just in the journal. Additionally, I would love start reading daily again. This is something I did for a while a few months ago, and I was learning new concepts about life, love, money, and perspective constantly. I’m going to do that again starting today.

I want to document my days this year, and I want to learn something great from someone else’s perspective. I’ve always said that once you stop learning, you’re as good as dead. Considering I have a lot more life to live, I think I need to continue learning.

7. Share My Knowledge & Passions

Recently, I’ve learned that I have a huge passion for sharing the things I’ve learned and experienced over the last couple of years. I’m nowhere near where I aim to be in the end, but I’m closer than I have ever been. While I’m far from the smartest and most experienced in any field, I have been able to accumulate a lot of information since I started my journey through life.

I want to share these amazing experiences that I’ve been fortunate enough to have. I want to help other people along their journey. I want to be able to motivate just one person to be something better in life. There are so many ways to grow in life, and I truly believe that helping other people would also benefit my personal growth.

Along with a few other businesses that I have founded and currently own with Nic King, one of the newest is a business called Achievable. The entire purpose of this website is to send out motivational, inspirational, and kick ass content to members. Another business that we would love to start this year is still in the works of being validated. This business is more of an online course for people looking to start an online business to open up a new income stream. This idea is still in the very beginning stages of development, but it is something that is likely to be released near the middle of the year.

8. Grow Social Media Accounts

This category can really be a part of “Share My Knowledge & Passions”, but this one is much more specific. I’ve had close to 1,000 followers on Twitter for close to a year now, and that number has just sat there. I gain and lose an equal amount of followers each months, and it’s honestly become quite annoying. I want to share amazing content with people, and the best way to start doing that is to utilize the social media accounts that I have.snapcode

By the end of the year, I want to have my Twitter account to 10,000 followers, and I want my Instagram account to be around 2,000 followers. With that, though, I also want to grow my Snapchat account. I’m going to start doing “lessons” on Snapchat this year as an incentive to follow me on that platform. Those lessons will include anything from starting a business, Forex trading tips, behind the scenes content, and so much more. I am currently planning on doing two of these “lessons” each week starting in March, so if you’re interested, my username is PaFassler.

9. Relationships

This is something that is going to be extremely important to me in the year of 2016. Last year, I had three different relationships, and two of them were absolutely draining emotionally. One of them failed after over two years of what at times felt like hell, and the other two were much shorter. The longer one, which was the worst, was with a person I met in high school, and at the time, I was very naive to the fact that some people just are not worth the effort. People lie, manipulate, and drag you down for no reason, and I was too foolishly “in love” to put it all together.

Before I dive into this any further, I want to point out that just because a relationship ends doesn’t mean it failed. From every relationship you enter into with someone, being a friendship or traditional relationship of love, you learn a lot. Though the longest one that ended last year was the biggest failure, it was also the one I learned most from. I learned what I didn’t want. I learned who I didn’t want to become in a relationship, and most importantly, I learned what a real relationship needs to do for me in order for me to be happy.

I want this year to be much different; I want to have successful relationships with people. It doesn’t matter if it’s one relationship or 4. I just simply want to connect with amazing people on a deeper level. I want to find at least one person this year that I can see potential in. No, I don’t mean that I want to find someone to spend the rest of my life with. At the same time, though, if that came up, I wouldn’t be opposed to it. I’m open to anything right now, but simply put, I want to meet and connect with someone amazing. I want to spend time with someone who sees the world in a different way. This year, I want a relationship with someone who will travel, learn, grow, live, and prosper with me. I want to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

Quite frankly, I’m tired of being in relationships with people who have little to no motivation to make an impact on the world. I’m tired of being with people who are able to settle for mediocracy. This year, I’m going to enter into a relationship with someone that I can build with, and when I say build, I mean build each other up by traveling, learning, adventuring, being happy, and any other way.

There’s quite a lot more I want to say about all of this, but it’s probably best that I will leave that there for now.

10. Financial Freedom

This is one the categories I’m most apprehensive for. See, for some reason unknown to me, people freak out when you start talking about your financial goals. For some strange reason, it’s taboo in our society to publicly state your goals for finances. But fuck ’em. The thing is, I’ve set my sight on an income of $30,000/month by the end of the year. It’s honestly nothing too ridiculous; people make more than that every single day. Is it a good income? Hell yeah, it is, but people make much more than that a month. This is going to be a goal that’s difficult to achieve, but it’s most certainly achievable.

By around the end of fall, I see myself being in a position where that is my income. Thankfully so, too, because Aston Martin’s aren’t known for their great running costs… From the research I’ve done, they don’t seem to be too reliable either, but that’s perfectly fine with me. I’ve prepared for that, and I’m thrilled that I know I’ll be in that position by the end of the year!

So there it is! Those are some of my main goals for the year, and it’s going to be absolutely insane! I’m so excited for everything that’s coming this year, and I can’t wait to share everything on Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook! Go ahead and follow me there to keep up, and sign up for my email list to stay updated on everything in one place!

How the US Education System is Broken

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The title of this article is extremely vague. Let’s be honest; there are hundreds of ways you could take this article from that title, because there are so many reasons that our education system is broken. However, this article mainly is going to focus on one huge factor – the fact that we expect all of our students to learn the same material, no matter how little it will affect their future.

Obviously, all of our students need to be educated in math, science, history, and a language on a fairly high level; however, there comes a point where taking advanced math classes just to get a “credit” in a course doesn’t make sense whatsoever. Unfortunately, though, it happens very frequently in the current education system, and it brings up a much larger problem. Eventually, there are going to be some extremely intelligent students who will start to feel “stupid” because they are not retaining the information they are being “taught” in class.

Here’s the bigger problem, though. When these bright-minded students start to feel as if they are not matching the standard that the state feels they should be held to based on averages, they become easily discourage, and other areas of their lives start degrading. Their life passion can take a hit from the extra “studying” they engage in to simply try to retain information to pass a test. At that point in time, if a student has found their life passion, it’s what they should focus on working towards. If the student has yet to find their purpose in life, more of their focus should be going towards finding it, because within a couple of years, they are going to be forced to choose a “career path” in college based around it. I won’t go into an in-depth college rant here, but a lot of these people loose sight of their passion, and they will end up getting a formal education based on another person’s desires. That simply doesn’t make sense.

Believe it or not, students are actual people… They have dreams, goals, passion, strengths, and weaknesses. When we force students to try to retain information that they simply won’t need, we are also forcing them to often try to learn about topics they aren’t passionate about, and it doesn’t work well that way. The best learning experience you have is when you are being taught something that strikes a nerve within you – good or bad. You’re more likely to engage, retain, and be happy. When we are forcing students to learn about topics that do not matter for their future and that they have no passion in, we’re wasting time, energy, and resources. It’s almost as if our current education system was designed years ago when people were meant to work in factories and respond to bells like cattle. Hmm…

Every single one of the students we have in our education system right now is at least a tiny bit different than ay other student in some way or another. Why are we forcing them to all act the same, think the same, and learn the same? We are setting up a society for complete failure at this rate, and a change needs to be made soon. Huge consequences come when we force people to be the same day in and day out. Instead of discouraging students and making them feel as if they can not be educated properly, why don’t we instead encourage them to follow areas they are passionate about. Your education doesn’t stop after high school or college, so why do we act as if you have to have everything figured out at that time? Why do we act as if you have one shot to make the right choice for the rest of your life? You can learn a new skill and follow a new passion at any given time, if you have the true desire to do so.

Top 5 Best Documentaries to Watch in 2016

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Recently, thanks to Netflix, I’ve fallen in love with watching documentaries. My favorite thing to do above anything else is to learn new things and share that knowledge with anyone and everyone. With that, I’ve complied a list of the 5 best documentaries to watch in 2016 – all available on Netflix!

1. Cowspiracy

Want some Leonardo Dicaprio to start off your year? Look no further! Leo was an executive producer of this eye-opening documentary about the lack of care we have for our environment.

This will change your views about global warming, health, and the way our society is hidden from the real facts. Even if being vegan isn’t your thing, and even if you don’t believe in global warming, just give this a watch. It may just change your opinion on what’s actually going on right in front of us.

2. Fed Up

With childhood obesity becoming a growing (no pun intended) concern in the United States, Fed Up takes you to a deeper level and uncovers some interesting facts about the way we accept soda as an everyday drink, fatty foods as healthy lunches, and the amazing concept of “skinny-fat” people.

One of the most fascinating facts I picked up in that film is that 80% of schools have exclusive deals with soda companies to sell their products directly to students in some way. With almost 100,000 public schools in the US as of 2009-2010, that would mean almost 80,000 public schools have an exclusive deal with a soda company.

As much as we try to think that we are making lunches healthy for our students, it simply isn’t happening.

3. Soaked in Bleach

Soaked in Bleach (surprisingly) has nothing to do with health or the planet we live on. Instead, this is all about “conspiracy,” specifically about Kurt Cobain’s death. This amazing crime documentary will dive into some alternate and unpopularized opinions about the death of the famous Nirvana lead singer.

As someone who truly had no interest in Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, I found this documentary to be one of the best, as after a few minutes, I was hooked. The writing and directing of this film is amazing, and I highly recommend giving it a view if you’re looking for something to get your mind running wild.

4. Freakonomics

The fourth and fifth movies on this list come in at a tie for me. I absolutely love both, but Freakonomics is all about money. The film focuses on one chapter of the book written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

If you have any interest in how money works, how our society treats money, acts, conforms, and tries to understand cash, watch this. The psychology behind what keeps our economy moving is fascinating, and I promise this film won’t you let you down.

5. The Secret

While The Secret ties with Freakonomics on my list, I think The Secret is just a little bit better. If you want to change any aspect of your life, watch this right now. You need to realize that what is happening in your life is a result of the thoughts you have manifested in your mind. Whatever is going on around you is happening because of your thoughts, fears, ambitions, and dreams.

Use this secret to your advantage, and I promise you will see amazing results to whatever you want within a short period of time. Believe that something can happen, and it surely will happen. Don’t believe your mind can determine your future? Give this a watch. It’ll convince you very quickly! If you want to change your situation, start with changing your mindset!

Have anything to add to this list? Start a discussion below!

“I’ve Got a Case of the Monday’s…” – Dreading the Days Away

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Recently, I was browsing my Facebook News Feed, which these days is a mistake, as I just get irritated with the fact that most of it is people I graduated high school with complaining about everything, and yes, I do mean everything. Every Saturday and Sunday, though, I see the same thing. “I’m so not looking forward to Monday,” says one friend. “Monday’s ruin all the fun from the weekend,” says another. But my favorite thus far is quite an interesting one. “I’ve sure got a case of the Monday’s today. Work sucks. Job sucks. This day is ****. And I just want it to be the weekend again!!” says my new best friend on the social network! All of that brings me to my point of the article – why live a life you dread?

I get it; people have bad days. However, that seems to be a bit excessive. To be honest, if you dread what you do so much that you feel the need to post a status update about it, maybe you should reconsider what you need to do with your life. I cannot imagine living a life where I woke up on Sunday morning and had a feeling of sadness and dread for the next day or few days until the weekend. Trust me, I’ve had things in my life I wasn’t looking forward to, but I found that if I have to do it, I will do it with a positive attitude. Complaining about the future only sets you up for failure – being unhappy.

When you’re unhappy, you’re unmotivated, not productive, stressed, a stressor to those around you, and more than likely, no fun to be around. Who wants that? Do you honestly think for a minute that your friends want to sit around and complain about tomorrow with you every time you hang out? No, because believe it or not, people want happiness and motivation and a reason to keep going. Even unhappy people don’t want to associate themselves with other unhappy people. So why do we, as a society, think it is okay to complain publicly about the “Monday’s?” Why do we accept that you’re just supposed to not enjoy your work week? How twisted of a society are we?

When I work, I feel happy, more productive, motivated, and accomplished. When I’m lazy, I feel unmotivated; thus, I don’t accomplish anything to further myself as a person and become unhappy. I become lazy when I feel like I’m dreading something, so I simply turn that into “Hey, when I get this done, and I’m free to work on what I love.” So I do it, finish it, and move on to what I love. Even if you love your work as much as I love mine, you’re still going to have those tasks (weekly for me) that you just don’t enjoy like you used to. But since when does complaining fix that? Get it done, and move on to what you love about it. After all, you picked your career (hopefully) because you had some interest in it. Find that interest again, and use it to your advantage.

Additionally, if it just makes you that unhappy, find something else. Sure, you may have kids, a family, a longtime career, but you can make small steps toward finding something new. Your income isn’t worth losing your happiness. It never has been. The worst thing you can do to yourself is force yourself to be miserable. So let it go. Find what you love, and go for it. It is truly never too late. Sometimes, you need to take the worst situation and find the best opportunity. So next time you start to complain about Monday, maybe you should realize that it’s not Monday that sucks. It may not even be your job that sucks. It’s your attitude that does.

Why I Love Change

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We seem to be living in a world that is terrified by change, but I’ve never been able to figure out why. From what I’ve always understood, change is something that is required to keep the world progressing forward. Once we stop changing, we become stagnant, and since when is that efficient? When things stay the same for too long, I get bored, and I lose motivation. After all, what’s the point in going on if things will just stay the same? If I’m correct, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. If you’re doing the same thing, day by day, and you’re expecting a different result, doesn’t that technically classify as insanity, if nothing is changing by design? That may be a bit farfetched to some; however, take a minute to think about what it actually means.

For some people, it may work just fine. After all, there are many different types of people in this world, but for me personally, having things stay the same for too long gets boring. Don’t get me wrong, I think a consistent relationship with people is important. I think consistency is important in many aspects of life, but sometimes, it’s good to get out and try little things that can cause quite a bit of change in your life.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a change that affects your entire life, family, friends, education, and every other aspect. But sometimes, even changing something as simple as your thoughts can have a huge affect on your life. Additionally, changing your office around, or changing your bedroom’s arrangement can have your massive change on your overall workflow, mindset and more.

And that’s why I love change, no matter how big or small it may be. It affects your mindset, workflow, and can have a huge boost in motivation for your overall day. I certainly don’t really want to become stagnant in life and be doing the same thing everyday with always getting the same end-result. That, to me, would drive me insane, and I would feel like I was not really getting anything productive and forward-moving accomplished through the days.

Changing things up allows you to see yourself, or even the world, from a different perspective. It gives you the chance to clear your mind and move forward. Times change, and when you as a person stay motionless in life, you won’t get nearly the experience you would be getting if you were opened and accepting to change.

What are your thoughts on change? Does the concept of it sound nice, but when it happens, does it make you reconsider? Let us know in the comments below. We love to know what you are thinking!

Why I Follow Less Than 50 People

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When you sit down and really think about how easy it is to get distracted today, you do two things.

  1. You say “Hmm,” and move on.
  2. You take action to reduce your distractions throughout the day.

For so many years, I wasted countless hours scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit, until one day I decided that it simply wasn’t worth it anymore. It was dramatically affecting my productivity, and I decided that I just wanted to be able to work with less distractions than previously accustomed to. I say and heavily emphasize less because I truly believe that working distraction-free is near impossible in today’s world. That’s not to say that it is impossible, but it is improbably. Sure, you can focus in on something and get a ton of work done, but typically, you’ll still have those little distractions, even if it’s just a passing car.

Now, there are a ton of little and big things you can do to cut down the amount of distractions that you have in your day-to-day life; however, one of the biggest ones focuses around social media. In fact, it is something that I heavily mention in my article about avoiding information overload, which can be viewed here.

If you’re like me, which in this case, I’m sure a few of you are, you have a Twitter client open on your desktop or in-browser almost all of the time that you’re on the computer. We live in an extremely fast-paced world, and because of that I like to keep up to date (or hour) with technology news, so at one point, I was following over 350 people to keep current with things. This was horrible for my productivity, and I could rarely get a task done start to finish without getting distracted by a news article or somebody’s sushi for lunch.

I tried for a while to only open the Twitter app for Mac or Tweetdeck when I had a few free minutes; however, that also took a toll on my productivity, as I would spend quite a lot of time browsing Twitter, Reddit, etc., and I would forget what else I needed to do before the day ended.

So a few months ago, I decided that it was time to cut back, and I unfollowed everyone. Then, I went back to Twitter an hour later, and I followed everyone that I could think of off of the top of my head, which was about 40 people. Over time, I’ve followed 9 more people total, including unfollowing some and following others. So my total, as just stated, is up to 49. And I quite like it there. It’s a nice even place to keep my following, as I rarely get distracted throughout the day by news. In fact, I don’t even follow a lot of news accounts anymore, as most of it didn’t pertain to what I wanted to know.

So there it is – a quick and simple explanation as to why I think it’s important to follow a small amount of people. More specifically, make these people matter. Interact with them, and get to know them, if you don’t already. It will really make more of their tweets feel like they are more relevant to you, and, ironically, you won’t spend as much time going through it if you understand it when you first look at it.

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