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January 24 2011

The Blue Monday Top 10.5 Great YouTube Videos About Thought, Ideas, Thinking, Brainstorming and Masterminding

Did you know it’s Blue Monday today? What’s Blue Monday you ask? Blue Monday is the name given to the most “depressing” day of the year which supposedly falls on the Monday of the last full week in January. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.org by typing in “Blue Monday” but we thought today we’d give you some thoughts to help you not be so blue.  Here’s some humor and inspiration for you … It’s our top 10 and a half Great YouTube Videos about thought, ideas, thinking, brainstorming and masterminding!

10: A brainstorming commercial from Bud Light:

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9: Perhaps you might like to try thinking grenades:

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8: A funny thing happened on my way to a business meeting:

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7: A Classic Seinfeld brainstorming session between Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld:

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6: A thought provoking commercial about smoking:

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5: Commercial featuring a brainstorming session for a vending machine problem

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4: An inspirational product for assistance with brain power.

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3: A unique exercise from Dr. Steve Robbins for Thinking Outside the Box

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2: Flight of the Conchords – A funny song about Issues called “Think About It”

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1: Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

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Extra Bonus: Expanded Ted Talk by Steve Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From

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January 21 2011

Video: Episode 13 is now airing on Shaw TV and Vimeo

Episode 13 is now airing …

This episode is running on Shaw TV on the following dates: Thursday January, 20th at 8PM, Saturday, January 22nd at 5PM and Sunday, January 23rd at 5PM (Moved from 3PM)

If you can’t catch it on Shaw TV in the local Kamloops market you can check out the entire episode here on this website through our Vimeo channel in full HD by following the link at the end of this post!

In this episode:

  1. BIZ APPS:  Great applications for mobile smart phones and devices. Dean and Peter do battle to see who has the better application. Who do you think better this week? We’d love to hear from you. Vote for your favorite in the comments section of this post!
  2. BIG IDEAS:  Bryan Wickham from Dragon’s Decorative Concrete joins us in the studio for a segment we like to call BIG IDEAS. Where we talk about one of his former inventions called the Umbrachipin… A Golf Umbrella that doubles as a putting and chipping practice tool.
  3. PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:  Local Realtor, Mike Harrison, from Team Alpha joins us in the studio for a participant spotlight.
  4. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:  We head up to Aberdeen Mall and interview Trish Baldwin to talk about the mall, its connections to the community, and why they became a Race to a Million sponsor.
  5. RACE UPDATE:  We tune into to watch Team Genie, Team Alpha and Team TRU with a race update. Team Genie works on their marketing for the Kids Coffee and Tea Company while Team Alpha and Team TRU team up to “pitch” the Kamloops SPCA on a great business idea which can also help the BCSPCA with a great fund-raising program.

Check it all out at the following page:

http://www.racetoamillion.ca/sponsors/full-shows-on-shaw-tv/

January 19 2011

Video: Business Tips – Creating a Vision for your company – Ep. 12

Some people know about visions and some don’t, whatever the case it’s always good to have a solid understanding of where you want to take your company. There is value in visualizing where you want to be, to set a time frame of when that’s going to happen, and to write down exactly what you want. It’s important to do these things not only from a business stand point but also from personal one. If you don’t know what I’m talking about yet then check out this video to learn more about efficient ways to take your business to where you want it to be.

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January 15 2011

Video: Episode 12 of RTAM – 1st Show of 2011

In this episode we feature the City of Kamloops as a great place to live, play, work and do business in our first segment titled “Why do business in Kamloops?”. We took our cameras to the offices of several influential decision makers in our area including the Kamloops, Chamber of Commerce, Venture Kamloops, The North Shore Business Improvement Association, The Downtown Business Improvement Association, Thompson Rivers University, The Kamloops Airport, and The Provincial MLA’s office for Dr. Terry Lake.

In the second half of the show we head up to the Kamloops Convention Centre for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Christmas Business Trade Show and Social. We interviewed people about the benefits and value they receive from being members of the Chamber of Commerce and find out what some local business owners think of the Race to a Million.

We finish off the show with a segment about creating a vision for your business. How do you create a vision and why is it important?

Watch the full show we air on Shaw through our Vimeo channel by following the link to our video page for watching full shows … link: http://www.racetoamillion.ca/sponsors/full-shows-on-shaw-tv/

December 30 2010

Videos: Team Matrix Race Updates from Episodes 7 and 8

Here are a couple of videos you may not have yet seen from Team Matrix. In Episode 8 Gregg Murray from Venture Kamloops came into the studio to give us an update on Team Matrix! In Episode 7 we head over to Qforia to visit John Woolner from Team Matrix to get an update on their new team members, as well as what they have planned in terms of business strategy!

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December 28 2010

Video: Race To A Million 2010 Year in review Ep. 11

Since you’ve been inviting us into your home for the last few months we thought we’d invite you into one of ours.  Join us at Peter’s home, decorated for the holidays, as we talk review what has happened with the teams so far in the Race To A Million.

It’s been quite an adventure so far in the race and since we are switching the calendar over to 2011 we thought we’d share some of our candid thoughts on some of the strategies employed by the teams so far and what we think, straight shooting from the hip.

Where did the idea of the Race to a Million come from? Who is watching? Where are the teams at? What are they doing? Do they have a chance of getting there?

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December 24 2010

Video: Business Tips with Natalie Peace from Booster Juice Ep. 11

Local entrepreneur and just a generally inspiring person Natalie Peace joins us in the studio to talk about her business Booster Juice. Natalie shares some great advice for young entrepreneurs and talks about her motivations to make a difference when starting her company.

Natalie is a graduate from Thompson Rivers University who has followed her dreams in spite of the likelihood of success and challenges she faced. She found a franchise that was aligned with her own personal values and hasn’t looked back since. She’s worked hard to run her business while still attending her classes and eventually achieved her goals. It’s been four and half years now and Booster Juice now employees over 50 people in Kamloops.

Natalie measures her success not only through having a socially responsible business with healthy products but also how she is able to help her employees grow and how she can impact her customers to also participate in changing the world one random act of kindness at a time.

Natalie finds it rewarding to see her efforts over the last four and a half years have a lasting effect on over 350 people she’s had work for her. Many have gone on to become great leaders themselves and she’s very happy to have played her part. The random acts of kindness challenge that Natalie started has now generated over 44,000 random acts of kindness not only through her staff but also throughout the community and is now growing internationally.

Natalie shares with us that her success is due to three things: hiring the right people; being creative; and measuring her success on multiple bottom lines.

You can check out Natalie’s website at www.nataliepeace.com

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The Face of Business is Changing and This Could Change the World

When Dean and I started the Race to a Million we did a little research. We wanted to know what the average person thought about business and entrepreneurs. We knew that people, including ourselves, have a tendency to socialize and interact with like minded individuals who think like they do..  We needed to know what other people thought about business that were not necessarily like us, others who were not part of our sphere of influence.

Boy, did we get a shock! We managed to find a lot of people who were neither business people nor entrepreneurs. But we thought they should be. These people, like us, love to be creative. They care about their friends, family and community. They are enthusiastic. They like to have fun. These people work tirelessly on school PACs, cadets groups, card making and scrap-booking groups, and fund-raising committees for children’s sports groups. What we learned from many of them contained some surprises for us.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was that many of these enthusiastic, creative, and caring people truly believe that you can not succeed in business without being ruthless, cutthroat and self-centered. They had stereotyped business people according to the negative and sensational examples of the heartless, cold and calculating millionaire celebrities we all love to hate. I heard time and again that these people wouldn’t want to enter into business because they wouldn’t like the person they would have to become.

95% of our economy is driven by small business entrepreneurs.  What would our economy look like if these people didn’t feel like this about the prospects of starting a business? They’re the creative backbone of our society! They care about people! They’re the business owners that every potential customer and every potential employee is looking for! If we could find a way to show these people that nice people don’t have to finish last – it could be a game changer.

This is one of the reasons why we started the Race to a Million and also the reason why we chose our slogan, “Nice People Can Finish First”.

Yesterday, I was a little disturbed with a related sentiment posted by a reader on our website. It was in reference to Team Genie’s project which they have apply named the Kids Coffee and Tea Company. Here’s what the comment says:

  • Are they using sympathy for children to cash in? Boo. What a sick program all together. Shame on all of you sick people. Money is your god.”

Here was my response:  (click here if you want to see the full dialogue – it’s at the bottom of the page when you follow the link)

  • In my opinion I believe Team Genie has chosen a good avenue to align and promote their brand of coffee. They have chosen to support causes for children in three different ways: 1) in support of children from farming families where the coffee comes from … 2) in support of Make-A-Wish foundation (Team Genie’s primary charity of choice) in order to grant wishes for children with a terminal illness and 3) as a fund raising opportunity for kids school, sports and recreational groups. Are they using sympathy to cash in? I don’t think so. Rather I believe they are giving consumers a choice to support a coffee brand that does more than just line its shareholders pockets with money. Money is not their God. They are making a difference and I for one am proud to be associated with what they are attempting to do.

I think this is another example of people assuming that making a profit and running a business is dirty. We should not be shying away from realizing our dreams of supporting our families and making a difference in the world. We should be embracing it! While the concepts of socialism and communism are noble; it’s a proven fact that they just don’t work! Communism has been a cause of oppression and hardship for millions of people generation after generation.  I think where people go wrong with capitalism is the idea behind what a business is and is not.

Look at Natalie Peace in the business tips interview we recently did. She started Booster Juice because she wanted to make a difference in the world! Who says you have to wait to become a successful millionaire before you can become a philanthropist? Why can’t we find smaller but consistent ways of making a difference as we progress in our businesses and give back to social and environmental causes as we’re on the journey? Why does everyone have to assume that our motives are bad?

The good news is not everyone feels this way. The face of business is changing in the world… it’s becoming social… it’d becoming about more than the bottom line… as Natalie says… it’s about multiple bottom lines. I invite everyone to join us! As Shaw TV’s campaign recently said “Together is Amazing!” … Together we can make a difference… contact us if you’d like to find out how you can help. We’d love to hear from you.

December 21 2010

Videos: Custom Roasted Coffee – Behind The Scenes with Team Genie and Kids Coffee and Tea Company

Smooth coffee with no bitter after taste … there’s a great reason why one of the brands for Kids Coffee and Tea Company is called the “Time Out”. Team Genie takes you into the Roasting Room and a little further behind the scenes with their custom blending and roasting process. Get acquainted with their Roastmaster as he introduces you to some of the steps. Organically grown Kenya, Guatemala and Sumatra beans are roasted individually and then blended together to create this unique taste. But, according to Team Genie, it’s more than just custom roasting and a wide variety of blends… it’s also more than the environmentally conscious packaging… but it’s nothing without you. With you Team Genie says “together we can provide the support that the Make-A-Wish foundation really deserves”.

Get to know Team Genie and their Kids Coffee and Tea Company by watching these three great videos:

Video: Team Genie Launches Kids Coffee and Tea Company – Race Update – Ep. 7
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Video: Behind The Scenes with the Kids Coffee and Tea Company – Custom Roasting

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Small things can make a huge difference

I’m going to clean my office today and I’d like to share with you the reason why.

Things like clearing the recycling cardboard out of the office hallway, cleaning our offices, cleaning off our computer desktops and keeping our software up to date, properly greeting our coworkers, and washing the dishes are so insignificant and small…

Having your staff decide whether to leave or stay in your company, needing your team to come up with great ideas and solutions to big business problems, customers choosing to trust and increase their business with your company, caring for your coworkers, friends and family … these are the BIG things!

If we can’t take care of the small simple things how can we take care of the big ones in business?

I recently read a book called the “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. I referred to it in an earlier post on the Race To A Million website.  You can read it here.  In the book Mr. Gladwell tells a story about the New York subway system and a man who was charged with cleaning up the crime that had plagued New York’s transit authority for far too long.  He was facing the challenge of dramatically reducing what seemed to be an insurmountable number of major felonies and murders. He was almost dismissed over his decision as to how he was going to clean it up. He decided to focus on the smaller less significant crime of graffiti. He reasoned that if criminals saw that New York cared about something as simple as graffiti in a big way then it would make a large impact on the more significant crimes without having to do anything directly. Turns out, he was right.

Last night I read another great illustration of small things making a significant difference in a book by Sir Richard Branson. The book is aptly named “Business Stripped Bare” and in it Branson shares many great business insights.  Yesterday evening I read how the Virgin group of companies is concerned first and foremost about people, their staff and their customers and how the two are inseparable and so closely related. Virgin often considers and protects themselves from the potential to mechanize people and turn them into machines or at least into just another cog in the wheel. With all of their success, fast paced business environments, and expensive machinery (planes, trains, automobiles and even a “space ship”) one would think that they might have a tendency to dehumanize their staff and customers, at least a little.  But this is not the case. They go as far as actually humanizing, instead, their machinery.  Every car on every train, every plane, every vehicles in fact has a human name.  This make seem very funny but it is brilliant. Pure genius. Their level of attention and safety record has increased dramatically as a direct result.  People relate more to the machinery and take better care of it, they actually “relate” to it because it has a personal name.

This morning I had a great conversation with my business partner Dean. He told me a story of a recent disagreement between Richard Branson and Stephen Colbert where Mr. Branson ended up apologizing by naming one of his planes after Mr. Colbert.  Wow! What a great way to make a huge impression with something that is so insignificant.  Does it cost Branson anything to name a plane after someone. No, in fact it probably makes him money through the value of the publicity alone AND what a huge impact it can make on a person!

Taking care of the small things – the little details – makes all the difference in the world.

I’m going to clean my office and desk now.

What small thing can you do today to make a difference to someone else?

Cheers.

Peter Cameron-Inglis

P.S. If you’re looking for an inspirational idea of something small you can do today that has a potential big impact, check out our Thanks A Million cards.

Thanks a Million cards allow you to say ‘thanks’ – and pass it on! From person to person and place to place, each card’s progress is tracked online, taking with it a rich collection of inspirational stories of sincere gratitude. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of a journey like that? They’re definately one way I’m ‘paying it forward’ this holiday season.

You can read more about the Thanks A Million cards at http://www.racetoamillion.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/RTAM-release-thanks-a-million.pdf

Top 100 Canadian wealthiest entrepreneurs – What do they have in common?

Do you ever looked at the world’s successful entrepreneurs and wondered how did they amassed that wealth and success? Most recently I certainly had one of those moments and I am sharing my observations.

I was reading the Canadian business special edition featuring The Rich 100 successful and wealthiest business people. I normally start reading the opinion column by Sir. Richard Branson but this time I have skipped to page 39 featuring the Canada’s 100 wealthiest people.

I read about the top 5 wealthiest people then started wondering how these successful business empires were built? There are so many questions going through my mind, here are some I managed to write them down,

  • How the Canada’s #1 wealthiest person David Thompson created a business worth $23.36 billion?
  • What motivated these people to work on their ideas?
  • What really sparked their ideas to explode into billions of dollars?
  • Do they ever think of becoming rich and successful when they started their first venture?
  • How the family reacted when they are working hard 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year?
  • How did they hire their first employee?
  • How did they make their first sale? How long did it take them to break even?

I was completely lost in my thoughts and I heard my son asking for his Lunch. I promised him some fries earlier, now it’s time to wealthiest canadian businesseskeep my promise. So I made some fries and PC gourmet pasta. For the whole time I was thinking about how businesses can succeed against all odds. Looking at the fries reminded me a conversation that I had with Peter Cameron-Inglis, it was about McDonalds. It may be a burger or a coffee McDonalds has a process for everything they do behind the counter. This tells me that having the turnkey business plan with full operational processes in place is the key to a business success. Can this be applied to an entrepreneur success?

I started researching around these successful business people and found some key elements in common in all businesses, you are welcome to add some of your experiences in the comments below.

  • As you may have expected, they have processes in place to build team work and productivity
  • They developed successful business relationships and trust with partners, employees and most importantly their customers
  • They added value to the products and services offered when compared to competition
  • Most of the company executives had a well organized work – life balance.
  • Admitted and learned from their mistakes and were quickly adaptive to the new challenges
  • They are passionate about their company products and persistent in getting more sales year on year.
  • They are willing to take risks; this reflects the leadership qualities in entrepreneur.
  • They have clear communication structure in the organizations to reduce the gap between front end staff like customer services, admin and executives. They encouraged staff to be part of their company vision.

In conclusion for an entrepreneur it requires lot of courage and determination to start up a business from scratch. An entrepreneur has to make quick and timely decisions on what will sell and who should he hire or fire. He / She is a vision maker, a true leader who risks to gain the high rewards.

December 17 2010

Alpha Sells The Car

Team Alpha has just added another $740 in profit to their bottom line with the sale of their Mazda Millennia S. This brings their total to $2,382.78 just $458 behind the leader, Team TRU.

December 14 2010

Video: Business Tips with Bob de Wit

Peter sits down with Bob de Wit, an Angel Investor and Executive Director of the New Ventures BC competition to discuss the New Ventures BC competition both regionally and provincially as well as business tips and advice for business start ups and entrepreneurs alike.

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December 08 2010

Video: Why should you join the Chamber of Commerce?

Why should you join the Chamber of Commerce? Deb McClelland the Executive Director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce joins us in this video to share the answer to this question and several others. Whether you’re looking for business networking opportunities, business mentorship, educational opportunities, money saving benefits such as group insurance benfits, or government advocacy for your business the Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start. The Kamloops Chamber also offers a 5 Month course called Power Hour for business building strategies twice a year. Chamber advocacy programs work on behalf of business to affect a positive change for everyone. Let’s face it … business affects everybody not just business owners, it affects consumers, employees and the whole community. Check out the video and consider supporting the great work that the local Chamber of Commerce does.

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December 07 2010

Can small things really make a difference?

I recently read a book that has been on the National Bestseller list for quite some time.  It’s called “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell… The subtitle reads “How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”. The book does a great job of explaining some of the psychology and mechanics behind the creation of trends in the marketplace. The book’s focus is on the moment in time when an idea or behavior becomes “viral” and spreads like wildfire.

Perhaps one of my favorite analogies from the book is when the author asks the reader, “if it were possible to fold a standard piece of paper 50 times how thick would it be?” … As thick as a yellow pages directory? As tall as a table? As high as a refrigerator? A House? A Skyscraper? … Without doing the math my mind was reasoning that it might  be as tall as 10 feet but I would never have never guessed what the correct answer was. It would reach from the earth to the sun. It’s amazing to think about such a small and benine thing like folding a piece of paper 50 times actually reaching such significant and epidemic proportions of exponential growth in such a short time. Truly amazing!

I’ve been a fan of viral marketing on the Internet for many years, particularly around messages of affecting a positive change in the world and making a difference. I especially love YouTube video trends like the “Free Hugs Campaign” and “Where’s Matt Harder?” (The Crazy Happy Dance Guy). I’ve often thought that it would be a neat experience to start, or at least be part of launching, a “viral marketing” trend or phenomenon like these examples. The only thing I wished is that someone could show me how much of an impact my contribution or participation could made to the effort. Can my small effort really make a difference? In a world of billions of people does one person really count for anything? It’s seems so easy to become apathetic and complacent today.

When we started the Race To A Million we wanted to prove that one person (or a few people working together) can make a difference. We believed that we could make a change in how people view the world of business and entrepreneurship. We want to help people achieve success, help them with ideas and give them permission to succeed. We’re excited about seeing great people become successful and we refuse to accept that you must be ruthless, insensitive, and dishonest to get ahead in this world. That is why we chose the motto, “Nice People Can Finish First” which adorns everything from our website to our t-shirts.

As a result of all of the inspirational ideas and excitement around here we have embarked on an additional experiment and we’d like to invite you on the journey. This is your chance to be part of making a difference in the world by doing something very small AND we’ve found a way for you to track and see the impact your contribution can actually make. It’s called the “Thanks A Million” card. we want you to find someone who has made a difference in your life and thank them by giving them one of these cards. Then they can “pay it forward” and you can both watch as more messages of thanks and inspirational stories spread around the globe from person to person.

You can read more about the Thanks A Million program at http://www.racetoamillion.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/RTAM-release-thanks-a-million.pdf

Here are a few great stories from the early stages of this great program that may serve to help you think of someone from your life to whom you would like to say “Thanks A Million”…

  • For Kathy – There’s no way I’d have been able to commit as much to my career as I have without the support of my wife Kathy. For 16 years and counting, she’s allowed me to pursue my goals and dreams…and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
  • For Laura – Even though we live a great distance apart, and have for many years, I still feel very close to you. I love that no matter what, I can pick up the phone and talk to you as if no time has passed and as if there was no distance between us. Thank you for always being there.
  • For Mark – I remember our very first conversation on the phone before we met, and remember liking you right away. Since then you have become someone very important to me, and appreciate that we’ve remained good friends through the years. No one can fill a room with their energy the way you do, and I always enjoy your company. Thanks for making my world a better place.
  • For Heather – you make us constantly proud to be your parents. We want nothing but the best for you which is why it may seem that we are sometimes hard on you. But, we are extremely proud. You work very hard, you’re smart and you have a huge heart. Quite often your mother and I find ourselves aspiring to be like you. You are an inspiration to us and many others. Don’t ever apologize for who you are because you young lady are GREAT! You are one in a million!
  • For Travis – Travis is always there when I need help. Thanks man. Not sure I would have made it through this semester with any sanity if it wasn’t for your help and support.
  • For Al – he has not only impacted my life, but the life of so many others. Being a continuous giver he is, this man never stops. He has always been there for my family and I and I would like to Thank him a million for this :)
  • For Teri – I love that the words fall out of me when we talk, unedited and raw, and that each thought is taken for what it is, and nothing more. My world is a better place because you are in it.
  • For Sue – We haven’t spoken in years, and that’s okay. I’m sending you this card because no matter the reason why, or what happens in theh future, you’ve been a light in my life and I will always appreciate you for it. Thanks.
  • For Janet – Janet is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. Her loving and caring personality created an excellent home to grow up in. It’s through her work with CBC that my passion for broadcasting was ignited. Her wisdom and support in our family has kept us all on the right path and we can’t thank her enough for everything she has done. You are one in a million… so thanks a billion!
  • For Vic – I just want to say I am truly grateful for having known you and having been in business with you. If anyone deserves a “Thanks A Million” it is you my friend. Your belief and trust in me at a time in my life when I didn’t believe in myself meant the world to me and it still does. No matter where the years take us I will always consider you a true friend. Thank you.

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