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Dream to Reality: How I Quit My Day Job

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. ~Steve Jobs

Ever since I learned about the concept of financial independence five years ago, the seed of a dream had been planted. My dream: Having the freedom to deliberately choose how I spend every day – to have complete freedom of time.

As of last week, my dream became a reality.

I left my job at Amazon to start this new life chapter. I have three goals:

  • To complete a triathlon
  • To learn French
  • To live everyday fully, as if my last

My answer to the question “What do you do?” will now be “I spend fulltime pursuing my passions.”

Personal Story

I had a wonderful job at a phenomenal company. I had flexibility, an understanding boss, and a high paying salary. I loved my job. But after 6 years of expending myself on the job, trying out various professional roles, I felt that I’d grown beyond the fixed positions available at the company.

I’m not going lie, having a lot of money is nice. Money can buy you things, nice things. However, the cliché is true – money cannot buy you happiness, and having it doesn’t mean that you are a successful person. After several years, I realized that the more money I made, the less satisfied I became. Days started to blend into one another, time flew by, and I deeply longed for something with more meaning.

Upon realizing that I was trading my time for money, I started experimenting with various passive income sources. I’ve started and ended businesses, I’ve turned hobbies into professional pursuits, and I’ve tested out investment avenues.

In the end, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what you’re doing. As long as you are doing something that expresses your passion, you will excel and you will gain satisfaction. I’ve also learned that starting something from nothing and watching it grow is deeply rewarding.

Through my quest to finding my passion, I discovered blogging as a platform where I can share ideas and lessons learned that are closest to my heart, as a way to serve others. For the first time in my life, I feel that I am living my life purpose.

Words cannot express the joy I feel while writing for Think Simple Now, and the numerous times when feedback from readers has brought me to tears. This just feels right.

I wanted to take this time to say Thank You for being part of this with me, and for helping me realize my dream while stumbling upon my passion.

 

What Now? Q&A

 

Q: Now that you’re a pro-blogger, will you be working on your blog fulltime?

A: I don’t view myself as a professional blogger, since in my mind, I love this so much that I would pay money to experience it. Having said that, my main focus will be to follow my heart and do what feels right. There are many things I plan on doing, blogging is just one of them.

The following are a list of things I plan to do and incorporate into my life:

  • Morning Routine – Establishing a healthy morning routine can be a powerful way to start your day. Mine will include: rising early, drinking plenty of water, exercising, meditation, & reading something inspirational.
  • Reading – I love to read, but never found that I had enough time to do so. Now’s my chance to ramp through books I’ve always wanted to read. I have a large reading list with new books and old books I plan to re-read. My plan here is to read at least 2-4 books a month. I tend to crack open several books at the same time, so we’ll see how I do. I will be sharing what I’m reading with you all. Check out the section “What I’m Reading Now” along the side bar. I will be updating it as I progress.
  • Yoga – Learning yoga.
  • Meditation – Establish a regular daily meditation routine. My plan is to meditate twice a day, between 10-45 minutes each session.
  • Exercise – I can count the number of times I’ve exercised in the last year on one hand. True story. It’s an area of my life that needs improving for the sake of my long term wellbeing. I randomly picked triathlon as a goal, since it will be a tremendous challenge, and poses as a goal to whip myself into shape.
  • Public Speaking -I feel a draw towards motivational speaking and life coaching. While I’m not set on becoming a coach or a public speaker, I would like to explore in that direction. I will be joining a local Toastmasters group, and train myself in becoming a more engaging speaker and effective leader.
  • Travel – My love for traveling comes from a desire to experience cultures that are vastly diverse from my own. Some places on my list are: Mongolia, Arabic China, Bali (Indonesia), Peru and South America, Ethiopia and other African countries. I would also like to live in Paris for several months.
  • Writing – I will continue to share life lessons I’ve gained, and write about issues that we all experience as humans. My central theme will remain the same: Personal Happiness, Fulfillment, Clarity and Wellbeing.
  • Personal BlogThink Simple Now posts have always been in the format of in-depth articles on personal development. As such, I don’t consider it a blog, but rather a free web publication on personal wellbeing. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a more personal blog called Simply Tina, where I’ll be posting much more liberally and casually. The topics will consist of a larger range of subjects: updates of my progress in this new lifestyle, traveling, business lessons, blogging, passive income, the 4 hour workweek lifestyle, startups, empowering mindsets, and useful resources.(Coming Soon. Subscribe today.)

 

 

Q: Holy crap, you quit your job? Tell me more. How are you paying for your expenses?

A: Two years ago, I had set a clear date for when I’d be leaving my job to pursue my passions fulltime. At that time, I only had a small amount of passive income from investments that paid for small bills. So my plan was to save enough money so that I could quit my job to freely pursue my passions fulltime for two years.

I believed (and still believe) that when we are doing that which we are completely passionate about, money will come. The plan was to explore my passions freely, living on my savings. I was confident that before the end of year two, I would be generating income doing what I love, without needing to get a job.

This transition was a difficult one, and was really, really scary initially knowing that I would lose my safety blanket: stable job, regular income, and benefits. But once I got over that initial scare, I realized that I was trapped by social conditioning and social pressure that I needed to get a job. The fear eventually passed with time when I focused on what I wanted: to be location independent and have complete control of my time.

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Steps for How I Did It

I’ve learned many lessons along the way prior to leaving my job. Here are some major points and steps that have contributed towards where I am today. I hope they can be helpful to you.

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1. Clear Vision of Result

Many of us don’t get the results we want, because we don’t know what it is we actually want. Not knowing what we want is like jumping on a random train, blind-folded. It might take us to a city we’ll enjoy, but it might not. It is completely random and we have no control over where the train goes.

Alternatively, many of us talk about wanting to be rich. But we don’t know what “rich” means, or understand why we want it, or map out a plan towards obtaining it. This pattern is equivalent to a person in London wanting to be in New York, but hops on a random train in Europe, blind-folded. The ‘wanting’ alone will not get us there.

To get what we want, we need to first have a clear vision of what that thing is. The vision needs to be defined using measurable attributes, along with dates for when you will get there. Once you have a clear measurable goal for what you want and when you want it, you can start to work backwards and map out a plan. As the saying goes, “What gets measured, gets managed.”

In our analogy, say we are living in London but want to be in New York by December 15th, 2008. We have 4 months to get a travel visa, buy a flight ticket to NYC, look for an apartment or hotel in NYC, take time off work, pack our bags, and ask friends to take us to the airport. Before the end of next week, our plan is to have researched flights and have one purchased.

2. Understanding Why

Let’s say that you too wanted to quit your job and have complete freedom of time, what will you do with the extra time? If you don’t know, you’ll be better off staying at your job, since you’ll likely be bored and will start looking for a job soon. Make sure you understand the drive behind the vision.

List out all the reasons why you want to fulfill your vision. How will achieving that contribute towards your life? How can you use that new found freedom to help others?

3. Write It Down and Date It

I prefer to write down my goals along with a date for when it will happen. Writing it down forces you to clearly articulate the thing you want. Writing down your goals also helps by clearing them out of your mind and onto paper.

It feels just that much more real and doable once it’s in ink and down on paper.

4. Plan

If the steps toward achieving your goals aren’t clear, start listing out ideas for potential roads that can take you there.

Treat each potential road as a separate project, and work on one project at a time. Pick the project that feels the best for you and your interests.

With each project, list out the major steps you need to achieve in order to reach your goal. These steps are large milestones that are measurable. Make sure you set a target date for when each step will be completed.

For each step, break it down further into actionable tasks that can be completed in a few hours. Set a target date for each task. Adjust the target date for completing the step, if necessary.

5. Take Action

Once you set a goal, wrote it down, and planned it out, take one action immediately. Regardless of how small that action is, you are one step closer to your goal, and in doing so, it will start the momentum you need to follow through.

Let’s say that your goal is to run a website offering information on gardening that makes you $200 a month in advertising revenue. The first small step you can take immediate action on is to brainstorm for a domain name, or call a friend who knows about running websites to give you advice, or outlining content ideas, or researching demand by checking out existing gardening websites.

Make a commitment to yourself to take action every week, following the action items from your plan.

6. Adjust

Don’t be afraid of failure, if something isn’t working, so what! Just keep adjusting until something does work. Be bold and courageous, try different things. What’s the worst that can happen? If it doesn’t work out, you’ve eliminated another way that something does not work and you now have a higher chance at finding something that does work. Plus you’ve learned a ton along the way.

7. Emergency Fund

If you’re thinking about quitting your job at some point in the future, make sure that you are building an emergency fund now. Heck, you should be doing that anyway even if you’re planning to stay at your job.

If your goal is to quit your job to work on your own thing, make sure you map out exactly what your monthly costs are. This way you’ll know how much money you’ll need monthly. This also helps when building your emergency fund – how much savings you’ll need and how many month you’ll have before burning out your reserves.

 

 

8. Mentors & Models

You can jump into a new field and eventually reach your goals by trial-and-error, or by modeling after a person who is already achieving the kinds of results you want. This person is a mentor. Modeling means to do things that your mentor is doing, and taking the steps that he or she took. Most often than not, you’ll get further following a working formula that’s already proven to work for your mentor.

A mentor could be someone who you interact with in a mentor-mentee relationship, someone you don’t know or someone you casually interact with. Remember, having a mentor does not mean you need a one-on-one formal relationship with them, in fact, many potential mentors are busy people, so don’t waste too much of their time.

Be smart when contacting them. Ask clear, short, conscious questions that are quick to answer, and don’t ask too many questions. There’s nothing that will turn off a potential mentor more than sending them an essay of an email. If you’re a blogger, don’t send them emails asking what they thought of your latest post. Be considerate and respective of their time. Become an excellent observer, and observe what works and what doesn’t.

 

Parting Words

My purpose for this article isn’t to advocate that you should quit your job. This article was written for anyone with a dream that may have somehow pushed it behind the back-curtains on the stage of life. My message here is that achieving your dream is possible if you want it bad enough and are willing to take action for it.

Regardless of what our dreams are or what our current life story consists of, we have the choice to live deliberately, consciously and purposefully.

Keep learning, for it will give you personal growth. Keep serving others, for it will give you compassion and a sense of connectedness with others. Together, growth and contribution hold the keys to lasting happiness and riches far beyond what money can buy.

Find your passion, and then look for ways to use your passion to provide massive value for others. Try different things until you find your passion. When you find it, you will know, for you will feel it in your heart. It’ll be like breathing. Never give up.

Forget about the fast lane. If you want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.

~ Oprah

 

What is it that you want? What first step can you take? When will you take it? Share your dreams, goals, or thoughts with us in the comment section. See you there.

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Tina Su is a mom, a wife, a lover of Apple products and a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) for our motivational community: Think Simple Now. She is obsessed with encouraging and empowering people to lead conscious and happy lives. Subscribe to new inspiring stories each week. You can also subscribe to Tina on Facebook.

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213 thoughts on Dream to Reality: How I Quit My Day Job

  1. Colz

    Good for you Tina, I too found this incredibly inspiring, you’ve got me thinking hard about where I want to be and how I want to get there. Turning 40 in two years so it’s probably a good time for me to start planning.

    To the people who are whinging about not having the luxury of a high paying job for 6 years, you are totally missing the point of what Tina is trying to get across. Know yourself, know what you want and start taking steps (even baby steps) to get there…. do what you can.

    The blog is called Think Simple Now…..not Dwell on the Complex & Negative.

    Tina, may your future be filled with avacados….French ones.

  2. Vanessa L

    Hi Tina,

    Thank you for this. I’m a first time reader of your blog, and I really appreciate you sharing your story. I’m 22 and by the end of the year I will hold a degree in engineering and management. I’ve made it this far and I should be loving it right? Actually, far from it. I hate it. I’m finishing to please my parents, then after that I am going to pursue my own business. In my search for an alternative, I found something that is going to secure me financially and ultimately free me up to pursue the things that I love. Having the finances (or not) is beside the point. Having the desire and the plan outweigh anything else.

    It is so true that is it better to pursue what you love to do. This was an article for the people who often think about what’s on the other side. What if I did this instead? What do I want? How bad do I want it? What am i willing to give up? I give you a lot of credit for getting out of you comfort zone. You didn’t like where you were heading so you got out.

    Thank you again,

    Vanessa

  3. Hi Tina,

    Thanks so much for this article. I read you from Caracas, Venezuela and I totally fell in love with your blog.

    I was recently fired from my job. I was waiting for this to happen, to the point I think I manifested it. Now I’m a freelance photographer, with a small bussiness in Desing, Event Planning, and about to open a Café, in Caracas.

    I have decided though to move to Margarita Island, an amazing place on he rise, here in Venezuela. I dream of living on the beach, so I am persuing what my wife and I really want. I feel unhappy in Caracas, and long for a new beginning.

    This is the only thing I want. And I will succeed at doing it. Thanks for giving me inspiration.

  4. Ken

    I wish you all the best in your pursuit of happiness. I admire you for your courage and thank you for your inspiration. I too would like to follow my passion and dreams. All of the pieces are starting to comes together and I really feel like what has happened to me over the past six years of my life have prepared me for embracing tomorrow. My two baby nephews have also accelerated my dreams. I want to spend more time with them instead of behind a desk in front of a computer. TMI…I know, so good luck with everything.

  5. Congratulations Tina! I’m so happy for you and the success you have earned and attracted. I would love to read something from Simply Tina so I’ll stay tuned.
    My husband and I are also on this journey of financial freedom and passive income. I have yet to write about it but we have been on this path for about 4 years. Currently we both are now able to be at home with our daughter.

    We both know that being free of the repetitive demands of life will give us the opportunity to express ourselves fully. It’s been a spiritual practice because we are learning that the only way to really be free is to offer service and value to others. There is an unlimited supply when you step away from competition.
    Wishing you success and abundance.

    ps…I’m an avacado-a-holic!

  6. Tina:

    I’m so happy for you. It is always inspiring to see people doing well at what they like to do. I wish you all the best with your latest of challenges.

  7. Another great post! Keep ’em coming!

    David

  8. I decided to quite my job as a manager for a major business. I have enjoyed my time off with many accomplishments since that day. After much consideration I am now employed, starting next week, with a major box store with substantially less pay, but much more of what I really want. I will be on my feet, running and interacting with my community. I will not be stuck at a desk dealing with hard core issues and employee situations. I find it hard to believe that I am really excited to start my new adventure, but I am! I feel I will make a positive difference in my ‘not so powerful positon’ and truly look forward to being a real person. Bottom line here is, money really can not buy happiness, do what makes you and yours happy. Life is to short to be miserable!

  9. tngeorgia

    I see you have placed a paypal account in your blog for donations….no mention of YOU donating anything or doing anything for someone else as part of your personal fulfillment. Ah Grasshopper, you are a young, modern-day hippie. I hope I can spur you into action for the benefit of others. Until you do, you will still be unsatisfied. The donations you receive will diminish your feelings of independence and self-realization. Rethink that decision and you’ll make faster progress.

  10. Hi Tina,

    Very inspiring stuff. Following your dreams is not easy but it feels right. Timing is everything and so I think that people that rush into something sometimes can be let down if they didn’t plan properly. I have been blogging for a little over a year and I’m finally starting to see positive results so that I can stay home and work while my husband has an employer (and our benefits too…thank goodness) so I’ve been fortunate to leave the corporate world behind after about 10 years.

    The learning process is what I enjoy the most along with connecting with people. Spending my time (as you mentioned) determining what I want to write about and how I can provide information to my readers is the best feeling in the world.

    I am so happy for you that you followed your dreams, made a plan and actually followed through with it. Now you are an inspiration to so many of us out here in cyberspace and beyond.

    Sophie

  11. Thank you :)
    I’ve read Self-Help books, hid my head under the blanket, screamed into a pillow, basically everything psosible trying to figure out my life.

    I know what I want. But I always thought somethings, in life, we can’t have what we want.

    I live in Singapore, a society that doesn’t tolerate/accept individuals who pursue their dreams. Once we’re of a certain age, the pressure of being a responsible adult is inevitable. As the poor gets poorer, it’s only responsible for a 20 year old adult-to-be me to think rationally and have a job to 1. Lighten the burden of my parents 2. Start saving up for further education (really important in Singapore to have a certificate even though nothing you’ve learnt are etched in your mind let alone be put into practice) 3. Start doing my part to build a family so my children (if any in future) will break this ‘middle-class cycle’

    See my dream, my passion is to work in the Singapore Zoo. I did pursue it a few months ago for three weeks which turned out to be the best three weeks of my life. But then my mind took over and decided to quit the job for something else that pays almost twice as much.

    Life has never been the same. Something always seem to be missing…

    But after reading your article, I have hope.
    And that may be all I need to have.
    Thank you.
    :)

  12. Marjan

    Good luck, f#$%er! :) Will be doing the same in four months.

  13. Marjan

    P.S.: Sorry, thought you were a guy. :) Good luck then, miss. :)

  14. Tim

    It’s funny how hard it has been to come up with a clear visualisation of the life I desire – it’s a simple vision and, I have it now after many years and again, it’s funny how sychronicity works, so thanks for the post!

    may the road rise up to meet you,

    Tim

  15. Wow. Great article.
    I too made this leap several years ago when opening my own business. Eventually though I realized that I was investing all of my free time back into the business. Whether you are “dropping out” to open a business or to pursue art as a career, I think it is critical, as you point out, to focus on the parts of life you really want to enhance. Just having time means almost nothing–you have to work hard to get out of the work mode. You need to know what it is you want to accomplish in life, or you will just end up working more.

  16. Tony

    @tngeorgia There are more ways to give than just money. You can give value to people in many ways at any time. Showering a stranger with love is giving. Teaching someone is giving. Tina mentioned empowering herself to become a motivational speaker and life coach. To many, her blog provides the kind of creative and potential value and giving that money can’t touch.

  17. Man this is such a inspirational story. I hope to be there some day so wish me luck. Good luck to ya.

  18. Angela

    Tina, I am very happy for you…and proud of you. I think the feedback you’ve received thus far to this post just demonstrates just how sensitive and universal a nerve you’ve struck. And I think the negative feedback is just as indicative as the positive feedback is.

    When we’re kids, we’re a lot braver about attempting physical feats. We’re not as afraid of falling. For some reason, we get older and taller, and the fear sets in. Ever watch six-year-olds blast down the ski slopes (with no poles) around and past stuttering adult newbie skiiers?

    The same is true when it comes to change. I quit a very lucrative job a year ago, and I have no regrets. I have friends who smile and mutter under their breaths, “Must be nice,” or “The things you can do when you don’t have children,” et cetera. The thing is, none of them has walked in my shoes…or driven behind my steering wheel. 20 hours a week commute time was part of my job. I slept plenty of times overnight in my office to meet deadlines. I don’t miss it. Not for any money in the world.

    I don’t think the “haters” need to be dismissed or chided. I think they need to be sympathized with a little. They’re simply afraid of change. Some of them to the point of absolute terror. I have friends working in jobs they absolutely *hate*, to the point they turn red just talking about it. “Why don’t you apply for another job?” I ask. “Well, I know what to expect with this one.” That makes me sad.

    I think the important thing is to know that all you can do is pursue your dream and hope that you can inspire others to make the changes that they *know* deep down are necessary. Most folks don’t make life-altering decisions without planning. I saved a set amount of money, lined up alternate means of income, and set a date. It’s not a matter of being “lucky” to have a good job. I went into a field I knew was lucrative and didn’t require years of education (court reporting). It’s not a matter of being “lucky” to not have others to support. I have a husband and now our first baby on the way.

    It’s all a matter of choice. I’ve been in debt before. It was a choice. I’ve gotten out of debt. I’ve made good money. I went into a specific field. All these things have been a matter of choice, not luck. I think the comment about 90% of Americans are stuck in an unfortunate mire is inaccurate. I think that view would change upon examination of their spending habits and everyday choices in life.

    So you go, girl! It is refreshing and reassuring to know that there are such forward-thinking, brave young folks out there. Anytime I hear of someone casting away from the crowd to pursue their dreams, no matter what it is, it just makes me smile. This is what life’s about, my friends. Going for your passion. We’ve only got one life.

  19. Congrats on your transition to freedom! It was very inspiring to read your post, and I wish you all the best! (And, of course, I’ll be coming back to your blog to read more :)

  20. Hi Tina,

    What an inspiring story – I just sent it to my husband who thinks very much along these lines – how DO we achieve financial freedom? What does that really mean? And what are the steps we need to take to get there.

    I wrote some more about your post here – would love your thoughts!

    http://beta.intent.com/blog/2008/08/22/making-dreams-a-reality

    Sal

  21. Great article. I just happened to see it on Digg. The mentors and models you mentioned are so very important for getting up the courage to go after your dream. When you see someone who is already living it, that gives you tremendous confidence that what you’re pursuing CAN be real.

    In 2005, my wife Pamela Skillings, was in a similar spot as a VP of Marketing at Citi. It was a good job, great office and perks – but it was sucking her soul out.

    Her department had been using freelance consultants for a while, and after seeing that THEY could make a living without a corporate job, it really inspired her to start her own business.

    After she left, and her business was up and running, people kept asking her how she did it. After the while she realized people could really benefit from knowing how make a practical plan to quit their jobs.

    Fast-forward three years, and I’m proud to announce that my adorable Pam’s first book from Random House came out this past May! It’s called ESCAPE FROM CORPORATE AMERICA – LOL!!! (It has her story, and the stories of about 60 other “corporate escapees”.)

    Thanks for sharing,

    Alex

  22. If you follow your passion, the money follows … unless you have no talent — then it’s a hobby ;)

    I think if you live by your “why” and your “hows”, you play your best game whether in a corp or on your own.

  23. Charmed

    Hey Tina, your page is going straight on my bookmark list. I’m currently in a job that has principles and an ethos completely at odds with mine. While it has one or two aspects that are important to me, I’m increasingly finding myself living for the far-too-modest paycheck. Websites like yours are increasingly finding their way to my desktop. I’m at the early stages of a journey like yours, it’s terrifying and lonely but I know that staying put where I am is never going to work out positively.

    I’ve just read through all the comments and food for thought or what. Seems that one of the obstacles to self-fulfilment is the negativity at the heart of others. For example: you are upfront about money and how fortunate you were that you could build up a nestegg, so it’s beyond me how commenters here can take pot-shots at you for it. The phrase ‘to heck with the begrudgers comes to mind’.

    All the very best to you

    ********************

    REPLY:

    You are awesome! Thanks for the positive encouragement.

    I’ve learned that no matter what I write, there will always be people who really connect with it, and others who oppose it. And I’m okay with that, I’m at peace with it. Sometimes, I do wish that people can be more constructive instead of writing for the sake of hurting.

    Tina

  24. WOW! Thanks for shining a light back to us who are just starting on the same path!

    I treat myself to quarterly retreats in order to get away from all my responsibilities so I can dream/think/plan to have a happier life. I borrowed a friend’s lake house for free once, and today I am sitting in a 4-star hotel that I low-bid on Priceline. It takes more of a time commitment than a money one, so I hope some of your readers will try to carve out an hour, a day or a weekend to relax and renew their dreams.

    Reading your post first thing this morning was like a roadmap of what I am here to do this weekend! Thanks for making the steps so clear and for being my virtual mentor today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  25. I’m now on my third “job” since I accepted a package from a major Canadian financial institution. The word “institution” pretty much sums up the last couple of soul-sucking years there.

    I joined my partner’s small web-based business, which we sold last year for a handsome profit. I also had small investments, as you do, to help pay bills. I consider the care and feeding of these investments my second “job.”

    The third job is working with Trusted Transitions, and writing a blog on helping seniors move from their homes to a retirement residence. I pick and choose the work I do, and find working with seniors interesting, fulfilling, and eye-opening, as I’m a senior in training.

    I’ve never seriously considered going back to corporate life, and hope I’ll never have to return. I have been able to do everything I’ve wanted to … travel, major purchases, retirement savings … with a income less than I earned. And, I want for nothing.

    Life is good!

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