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Max Shapira

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Jan 15, 2019
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The Personal Development SCAM

Fair Warning!
This message may be a little long.
But you have my promise it will be well worth your time.
For some of you, this message is really going to clean your clock!
For some of you, it will open your eyes.
And you will be FREE!
Maybe for the first time in years.
Maybe for the first time ever.
About halfway through the article, we'll take a trip together down the Rabbit Hole.
IF you're brave enough...

What is the SCAM?
When Jim Rohn said "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job"
He didn't mean success could be found out there.
He meant success is already within you.
Personal development is NOT about buying
The next book
The next eBook
The next CD
The next MP3
The next course
It is NOT about watching
The next video
The next DVD
The next LIVE stream
It is NOT about attending
The next webinar
The next meeting
The next event
The next company call
Personal development IS about making the most of
What you already have
Where you already are
With what you already have
Right NOW!
True personal development is not about MORE
It's about LESS
Bruce Lee called it "hacking away at the unessentials."
Michelangelo didn't sculpt, he freed what was already in the marble.
Yoda told Luke "You must unlearn all you have learned."
I want you to understand something
This is PROFOUND
This could F.O.R.E.V.E.R change your life and your business if you get it:
As long as you keep thinking that there is something more you have to learn, you
justify to yourself your lack of action, and therefore, your lack of results.

Read that AGAIN!
Can books, events, courses, and webinars help?
YES!
If you're new, you have to start somewhere.
But if you've been doing this a while
And you're still not absolutely CRUSHING it
Another book won't help
Another course won't help
Another event won't help
Another webinar won't help
You've fallen victim to the personal development SCAM
And only YOU can free yourself.
How many times have you bought a book
Started reading it
Then stopped reading after the first chapter
Because you bought ANOTHER book?
Now apply that scenario to a new course.
You buy this life-changing material
Invested a nice chunk of change
It's going to take your business to the next level
Everything is laid out for you like a success buffet
Step by step videos
Quick action checklists
Everything you need to "get 'er done!"
You download everything and dive right in!
You watch the first video
The instructor gives you an action step
You don't do it because you think there is more to learn
You feel you have to watch every video first
You feel you have to know everything before you take action
But wait, what's that over there?
Here We Go Down The Rabbit Hole!
(Follow me if you dare!)

Is that another new course?
Hey, if I get that one too, it will help me understand this one better.
Then I can really explode my business!
Okay, just made payment and I'm downloading everything.
This is going to be so cool.
Okay, download complete.
This is exciting!
Now to watch the first video.
Wow.
That was really great.
Not going to do the action steps right now.
I'll just wait until I finish the course and do it all at once.
Yeah, that will work!
Okay, second video...
Wait, what's that on my Facebook Timeline?
This webinar looks really interesting.
Maybe I should attend that before I finish the course I'm doing.
I think it will really help me understand everything better.
This webinar is awesome!
Such good ideas.
Sounds simple enough.
But wait, the speaker recommended a book.
Got to buy it!
I think it will really help.
I'll read this new book first.
Then I will finish the second course.
Then I will finish the first course.
Then I will be ready to make it happen!
Sounds good.
Okay, this first chapter is really great.
But wait.
This author mentioned a vintage book in the preface that really helped him.
Can't get it out of my mind.
Got to get that book!
I know it will help me understand the first book better.
Wow, this vintage book is really hard to find.
Took all day looking for it online and finally found it.
Spent a little more than I wanted but it's worth it.
Shipping notification says it will take a week to get here.
No problem.
It will be worth the wait.
Hey, what's that over there?
A new system?
Everything is already in place?
Hey, I can get that set up while I wait on my book!
Then, when I finish both books and both courses, I can really make this work.
Okay, spent today setting up this system.
I'm really making progress.
This is exciting!
It says to take a few small action steps but I'm going to wait.
Until I finish those 2 books.
And those other 2 courses.
Then I'll be ready!
It's a vicious cycle that NEVER ends.
It's the Personal Development SCAM!
And only YOU can save yourself.
If you keep going "down the rabbit hole"
You will never succeed
Because you will always think there's something else
Something new
Something cutting edge
You have to know first
Before you can take action
Therefore
You will NEVER take action
Your business will never grow
And you will never change
Until NOW!
Because NOW you understand
You've been scamming yourself
You got lost in the Rabbit Hole
If you're new
Seal off the Rabbit Hole now
Kill the monster while it's little
Buy that first course
Buy that first book
Attend that first webinar
But before you do ANYTHING else
DO what the material says to DO!
If you've been around a while
Look at all of the books around you
Look at all of the courses you have on the shelves
Look at all of the courses you have parked on the Internet
Look at all of the eBooks you have on your Tablet
Now seal the Rabbit Hole!
Take a solemn VOW that you will NOT buy anything new
Unless and until you use what you already have to the fullest
Until you are getting the results you want
From this moment forward, you are FREE.
I've shown you the escape route from the Rabbit Hole
From the Personal Development SCAM
From the trap
From the excuses
From the lack of results
My friend Diane Hochman says
"If you haven't gotten a new result in the last 7 days, you ain't doing the deal!"

So, do the deal.
STOP buying stuff.
Use what you ALREADY HAVE.
Commit to getting a new result this week.
Something
Anything
That only ACTION will produce
If you will DO that simple thing
Not only will you be forever FREE from the Rabbit Hole
You will be well on your way to unleashing the greatness inside
That will change you
That will change the world.


CREDIT: Ron Henley
 

Roz

Bronze Contributor
Speedway Pass
Jul 9, 2018
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303
164
Today, we have so many books/courses/videos/seminars on how to get rich.

But lately I have been thinking, how did guys like Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, Henry Ford get super rich, in times when there were no books or courses on how to get rich.

Something to think about.

@Kak said it best:
A true understanding of capitalism trumps mindset BS
 

LinorCG

Business Building Warrior
FASTLANE INSIDER
Speedway Pass
Feb 6, 2014
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Australia
Unfortunately, only a handful of Personal Development guru's are really all out, meaning would give everything, to help out.

I also don't think majority of them are there to scam you (or even think "I'm gonna write a book, do a seminar to scam people!" but some are), some are out there just to share their message, experience and thinks that the time they are allotting (airtime) has a cost value attached to it.

It's now up to the individual to put down the book and take action. That's where forums like this comes in. They support and they make you take action.
 

Max Shapira

Contributor
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MJ said this before: "Read books that solve your problems". Meaning, if you have the following books on your shelf: TMF, UNSCRIPTED, and The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster (by Darren Hardy) - there's no need to purchase more books regarding entrepreneurship. Why? Because you will find nothing new on the subject that alter your life forever. Three books on the same topic are quite enough to help you solve the problem that sits in front of your face.
 

LinorCG

Business Building Warrior
FASTLANE INSIDER
Speedway Pass
Feb 6, 2014
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470
246
Australia
MJ said this before: "Read books that solve your problems". Meaning, if you have the following books on your shelf: TMF, UNSCRIPTED, and The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster (by Darren Hardy) - there's no need to purchase more books regarding entrepreneurship. Why? Because you will find nothing new on the subject that alter your life forever. Three books on the same topic are quite enough to help you solve the problem that sits in front of your face.
Haven't read The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster yet, I'm sure it's awesome and I do agree, TMF and Unscripted are books that would lead to a path of success. Lucky are those who found the books early, but what about those who doesn't know about the book? It may take them a couple of books, seminars, entrep videos, etc...before finally getting their hands to this book. ;)
 

Schwarz

Half Man ; Half Goat
FASTLANE INSIDER
Feb 16, 2019
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Flanders | Belgium
Yeah. Totally agree, and I must admit I am guilty of this as well. I've been into personal development books, youtube channels etc for more than 2 years.

It's not a bad thing. But it's like Tyler Durden once said:
"Personal development is mental masturbation."

You want to solve problem A, you look for a way to solve problem A by books.
Apply this book for X amount of time, but REALLY apply it. Only after that can you start a new one.
No other book is going to solve your problems if you're not applying it anyways.
That's one of the only reasons why you should buy books.
 

Schwarz

Half Man ; Half Goat
FASTLANE INSIDER
Feb 16, 2019
73
78
123
Flanders | Belgium
But lately I have been thinking, how did guys like Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, Henry Ford get super rich, in times when there were no books or courses on how to get rich.
@Kak said it best:
I have been thinking the same! People climbed the mountain of success and greatness coming from the deepest valleys without ever having personal development help.

That's because success only has had one formula, consistency through passion.

But hey, that's just a theory.
 

GJoshi

New Contributor
Oct 14, 2018
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Long but true.
If you don't know what you're doing then self-improvement can trigger some sort of chain reaction. Happened to me a lot. Posts after Posts. Videos after videos. Courses after courses. And ultimately stress and anxiety for not seeing any change after "working hard".

Movement matters. If I'm thirsty I'll need to find water, walk to the fridge, and drink it.
No point in looping endlessly over the "finding" part.

I have been thinking the same! People climbed the mountain of success and greatness coming from the deepest valleys without ever having personal development help.

That's because success only has had one formula, consistency through passion.

But hey, that's just a theory.
They just did what they had in mind. Not to say they blindly followed their thoughts. But, in my opinion, they knew that to figure something out you have to do more of that something.
 

ideasunlimited1

Contributor
Mar 21, 2019
73
65
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Houston
ideasunlimitedonline.com
I hate personal development scams. 90 percent of personal development is doing: making the hard, repetitive steps to be better even if you can't personally see results. It usually takes action, and results in hearing from others that we are making any progress. Very little of it involves thinking/visualizing the change.
 

SamRussell

Bronze Contributor
Speedway Pass
Dec 3, 2018
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181
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I hate personal development scams. 90 percent of personal development is doing: making the hard, repetitive steps to be better even if you can't personally see results. It usually takes action, and results in hearing from others that we are making any progress. Very little of it involves thinking/visualizing the change.
nail on the head.
 

LoveLife

New Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
Feb 10, 2019
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Thanks Max for this sharing.

It's funny I read it just after I post my "first" thread, where at the end of it I talk about all the books I am reading and I am not sure what to think with all these great ideas.

Often I go down this rabbit hole...

But on the other hand I am reading books on various subjects because I am interested in knowing how things work on those. I am still not acting though.
 

Thinh

Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
Aug 11, 2018
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I hate personal development scams. 90 percent of personal development is doing: making the hard, repetitive steps to be better even if you can't personally see results. It usually takes action, and results in hearing from others that we are making any progress. Very little of it involves thinking/visualizing the change.
Not sure if I understood that correctly but "repetitive steps to be better even if you can't see the result" lacks one word at the end: "Immediately".
One shouldn't seek results immediately but repeating an effort and seeing no results after a few weeks is also a big no-no.

Also people easily misunderstand the process of visualization. It's not about visualizing the achievement of the goal, but its process.
 

BJdeMarco

New Contributor
May 10, 2019
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So instead of taking action and getting richer you wrote this poem? Lol just kidding, great read!
 

Prakhar Verma

Contributor
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Read Millionaire Fastlane
Dec 12, 2018
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While I don't disagree with anything said above, for me, personal development is a hobby. I don't replace it with work.

Yes, if you're looking for some specific answers, then sure, read a few books and be done.

But I don't think there's an end to personal development ever (even if you could live forever).
 

LuckyPup

Done Dicking Around
FASTLANE INSIDER
Speedway Pass
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The Personal Development SCAM

Fair Warning!
This message may be a little long.
But you have my promise it will be well worth your time.
For some of you, this message is really going to clean your clock!
For some of you, it will open your eyes.
And you will be FREE!
Maybe for the first time in years.
Maybe for the first time ever.
About halfway through the article, we'll take a trip together down the Rabbit Hole.
IF you're brave enough...

What is the SCAM?
When Jim Rohn said "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job"
He didn't mean success could be found out there.
He meant success is already within you.
Personal development is NOT about buying
The next book
The next eBook
The next CD
The next MP3
The next course
It is NOT about watching
The next video
The next DVD
The next LIVE stream
It is NOT about attending
The next webinar
The next meeting
The next event
The next company call
Personal development IS about making the most of
What you already have
Where you already are
With what you already have
Right NOW!
True personal development is not about MORE
It's about LESS
Bruce Lee called it "hacking away at the unessentials."
Michelangelo didn't sculpt, he freed what was already in the marble.
Yoda told Luke "You must unlearn all you have learned."
I want you to understand something
This is PROFOUND
This could F.O.R.E.V.E.R change your life and your business if you get it:
As long as you keep thinking that there is something more you have to learn, you
justify to yourself your lack of action, and therefore, your lack of results.

Read that AGAIN!
Can books, events, courses, and webinars help?
YES!
If you're new, you have to start somewhere.
But if you've been doing this a while
And you're still not absolutely CRUSHING it
Another book won't help
Another course won't help
Another event won't help
Another webinar won't help
You've fallen victim to the personal development SCAM
And only YOU can free yourself.
How many times have you bought a book
Started reading it
Then stopped reading after the first chapter
Because you bought ANOTHER book?
Now apply that scenario to a new course.
You buy this life-changing material
Invested a nice chunk of change
It's going to take your business to the next level
Everything is laid out for you like a success buffet
Step by step videos
Quick action checklists
Everything you need to "get 'er done!"
You download everything and dive right in!
You watch the first video
The instructor gives you an action step
You don't do it because you think there is more to learn
You feel you have to watch every video first
You feel you have to know everything before you take action
But wait, what's that over there?
Here We Go Down The Rabbit Hole!
(Follow me if you dare!)

Is that another new course?
Hey, if I get that one too, it will help me understand this one better.
Then I can really explode my business!
Okay, just made payment and I'm downloading everything.
This is going to be so cool.
Okay, download complete.
This is exciting!
Now to watch the first video.
Wow.
That was really great.
Not going to do the action steps right now.
I'll just wait until I finish the course and do it all at once.
Yeah, that will work!
Okay, second video...
Wait, what's that on my Facebook Timeline?
This webinar looks really interesting.
Maybe I should attend that before I finish the course I'm doing.
I think it will really help me understand everything better.
This webinar is awesome!
Such good ideas.
Sounds simple enough.
But wait, the speaker recommended a book.
Got to buy it!
I think it will really help.
I'll read this new book first.
Then I will finish the second course.
Then I will finish the first course.
Then I will be ready to make it happen!
Sounds good.
Okay, this first chapter is really great.
But wait.
This author mentioned a vintage book in the preface that really helped him.
Can't get it out of my mind.
Got to get that book!
I know it will help me understand the first book better.
Wow, this vintage book is really hard to find.
Took all day looking for it online and finally found it.
Spent a little more than I wanted but it's worth it.
Shipping notification says it will take a week to get here.
No problem.
It will be worth the wait.
Hey, what's that over there?
A new system?
Everything is already in place?
Hey, I can get that set up while I wait on my book!
Then, when I finish both books and both courses, I can really make this work.
Okay, spent today setting up this system.
I'm really making progress.
This is exciting!
It says to take a few small action steps but I'm going to wait.
Until I finish those 2 books.
And those other 2 courses.
Then I'll be ready!
It's a vicious cycle that NEVER ends.
It's the Personal Development SCAM!
And only YOU can save yourself.
If you keep going "down the rabbit hole"
You will never succeed
Because you will always think there's something else
Something new
Something cutting edge
You have to know first
Before you can take action
Therefore
You will NEVER take action
Your business will never grow
And you will never change
Until NOW!
Because NOW you understand
You've been scamming yourself
You got lost in the Rabbit Hole
If you're new
Seal off the Rabbit Hole now
Kill the monster while it's little
Buy that first course
Buy that first book
Attend that first webinar
But before you do ANYTHING else
DO what the material says to DO!
If you've been around a while
Look at all of the books around you
Look at all of the courses you have on the shelves
Look at all of the courses you have parked on the Internet
Look at all of the eBooks you have on your Tablet
Now seal the Rabbit Hole!
Take a solemn VOW that you will NOT buy anything new
Unless and until you use what you already have to the fullest
Until you are getting the results you want
From this moment forward, you are FREE.
I've shown you the escape route from the Rabbit Hole
From the Personal Development SCAM
From the trap
From the excuses
From the lack of results
My friend Diane Hochman says
"If you haven't gotten a new result in the last 7 days, you ain't doing the deal!"

So, do the deal.
STOP buying stuff.
Use what you ALREADY HAVE.
Commit to getting a new result this week.
Something
Anything
That only ACTION will produce
If you will DO that simple thing
Not only will you be forever FREE from the Rabbit Hole
You will be well on your way to unleashing the greatness inside
That will change you
That will change the world.


CREDIT: Ron Henley
Brilliant post. Guilty as charged. For too many people is action faking - it becomes and end unto itself, rather than a means to an end.
The Personal Development SCAM

Fair Warning!
This message may be a little long.
But you have my promise it will be well worth your time.
For some of you, this message is really going to clean your clock!
For some of you, it will open your eyes.
And you will be FREE!
Maybe for the first time in years.
Maybe for the first time ever.
About halfway through the article, we'll take a trip together down the Rabbit Hole.
IF you're brave enough...

What is the SCAM?
When Jim Rohn said "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job"
He didn't mean success could be found out there.
He meant success is already within you.
Personal development is NOT about buying
The next book
The next eBook
The next CD
The next MP3
The next course
It is NOT about watching
The next video
The next DVD
The next LIVE stream
It is NOT about attending
The next webinar
The next meeting
The next event
The next company call
Personal development IS about making the most of
What you already have
Where you already are
With what you already have
Right NOW!
True personal development is not about MORE
It's about LESS
Bruce Lee called it "hacking away at the unessentials."
Michelangelo didn't sculpt, he freed what was already in the marble.
Yoda told Luke "You must unlearn all you have learned."
I want you to understand something
This is PROFOUND
This could F.O.R.E.V.E.R change your life and your business if you get it:
As long as you keep thinking that there is something more you have to learn, you
justify to yourself your lack of action, and therefore, your lack of results.

Read that AGAIN!
Can books, events, courses, and webinars help?
YES!
If you're new, you have to start somewhere.
But if you've been doing this a while
And you're still not absolutely CRUSHING it
Another book won't help
Another course won't help
Another event won't help
Another webinar won't help
You've fallen victim to the personal development SCAM
And only YOU can free yourself.
How many times have you bought a book
Started reading it
Then stopped reading after the first chapter
Because you bought ANOTHER book?
Now apply that scenario to a new course.
You buy this life-changing material
Invested a nice chunk of change
It's going to take your business to the next level
Everything is laid out for you like a success buffet
Step by step videos
Quick action checklists
Everything you need to "get 'er done!"
You download everything and dive right in!
You watch the first video
The instructor gives you an action step
You don't do it because you think there is more to learn
You feel you have to watch every video first
You feel you have to know everything before you take action
But wait, what's that over there?
Here We Go Down The Rabbit Hole!
(Follow me if you dare!)

Is that another new course?
Hey, if I get that one too, it will help me understand this one better.
Then I can really explode my business!
Okay, just made payment and I'm downloading everything.
This is going to be so cool.
Okay, download complete.
This is exciting!
Now to watch the first video.
Wow.
That was really great.
Not going to do the action steps right now.
I'll just wait until I finish the course and do it all at once.
Yeah, that will work!
Okay, second video...
Wait, what's that on my Facebook Timeline?
This webinar looks really interesting.
Maybe I should attend that before I finish the course I'm doing.
I think it will really help me understand everything better.
This webinar is awesome!
Such good ideas.
Sounds simple enough.
But wait, the speaker recommended a book.
Got to buy it!
I think it will really help.
I'll read this new book first.
Then I will finish the second course.
Then I will finish the first course.
Then I will be ready to make it happen!
Sounds good.
Okay, this first chapter is really great.
But wait.
This author mentioned a vintage book in the preface that really helped him.
Can't get it out of my mind.
Got to get that book!
I know it will help me understand the first book better.
Wow, this vintage book is really hard to find.
Took all day looking for it online and finally found it.
Spent a little more than I wanted but it's worth it.
Shipping notification says it will take a week to get here.
No problem.
It will be worth the wait.
Hey, what's that over there?
A new system?
Everything is already in place?
Hey, I can get that set up while I wait on my book!
Then, when I finish both books and both courses, I can really make this work.
Okay, spent today setting up this system.
I'm really making progress.
This is exciting!
It says to take a few small action steps but I'm going to wait.
Until I finish those 2 books.
And those other 2 courses.
Then I'll be ready!
It's a vicious cycle that NEVER ends.
It's the Personal Development SCAM!
And only YOU can save yourself.
If you keep going "down the rabbit hole"
You will never succeed
Because you will always think there's something else
Something new
Something cutting edge
You have to know first
Before you can take action
Therefore
You will NEVER take action
Your business will never grow
And you will never change
Until NOW!
Because NOW you understand
You've been scamming yourself
You got lost in the Rabbit Hole
If you're new
Seal off the Rabbit Hole now
Kill the monster while it's little
Buy that first course
Buy that first book
Attend that first webinar
But before you do ANYTHING else
DO what the material says to DO!
If you've been around a while
Look at all of the books around you
Look at all of the courses you have on the shelves
Look at all of the courses you have parked on the Internet
Look at all of the eBooks you have on your Tablet
Now seal the Rabbit Hole!
Take a solemn VOW that you will NOT buy anything new
Unless and until you use what you already have to the fullest
Until you are getting the results you want
From this moment forward, you are FREE.
I've shown you the escape route from the Rabbit Hole
From the Personal Development SCAM
From the trap
From the excuses
From the lack of results
My friend Diane Hochman says
"If you haven't gotten a new result in the last 7 days, you ain't doing the deal!"

So, do the deal.
STOP buying stuff.
Use what you ALREADY HAVE.
Commit to getting a new result this week.
Something
Anything
That only ACTION will produce
If you will DO that simple thing
Not only will you be forever FREE from the Rabbit Hole
You will be well on your way to unleashing the greatness inside
That will change you
That will change the world.


CREDIT: Ron Henley
Brilliant post. Guilty as charged. For too many people is action faking - it becomes and end unto itself, rather than a means to an end. It can be useful, but too much is entrepreneurial masturbation.
 

Jsoh

Bronze Contributor
May 16, 2019
55
106
117
California
Yeah I agree. I've been a bit lost within the past few months and so I decided to consume all types of learning material from all types of "gurus".

Well... Here I am -- Still the same as before except now with a lot more knowledge on what doesn't work.

But listen, self-education is def something that we all need. But, action is the only way we get where we want to go.

Action IS the key to self-development.

Good post!
 

ecommercewolf

Contributor
Jan 8, 2019
29
33
20
Dallas, TX
www.instagram.com
Personal development is a dichotomy to me.

I usually start the morning when I wake up and listen to a podcast to get the day going on the right foot.

Listening or reading personal development is better than constantly listening to music.

But yes overconsumption like anything else can harm you more than help you, due to overanalyzing things and never taking action.

Small amounts of Personal development followed by action is GREAT

Constantly consuming personal development and getting sucked into the never ending cycle, followed by no action... BAD
 

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