Can I Get a Witness? — Testimonials for Passion Saving

Set forth below are testimonials written by early readers of the Community Discussion Edition of my book Passion Saving: The Path to Plentiful Free Time and Soul-Satisfying Work.

“Your Enthusiasm is Infectious” — by Ruth N.

Testimonials for Passion Saving

I think you have good titles for the chapters. If I was browsing through your book at a bookstore, the first thing I would do is read the back. Then I would look at the Table of Contents. Based on your contents, I would buy this book. I especially liked the sub-title in Chapter Two (“Three Reasons Not to Put Money Aside for Your Old Age”) titled “Reason #1 — It’s Boring.” I got a good laugh out of that and thought “that is true!”.

My first impression was that this is a common sense and very practical approach to saving money, which is a breath of fresh air considering all the dry and boring books out there (which is why I never finished any of them). Those books, by the way, were all based on “Sacrifice Saving.”

I really liked your first three sentences (of the Introduction). These made me say, “Now this is the kind of person who is making sense!” Suddenly saving didn’t seem like something that was out of my reach. I think other readers will feel the same way.

This book is very well-written. You make things clear and interesting. I have no trouble wanting to read this book, and for someone who is as uninterested in saving as I am, you have accomplished a big feat. I am actually excited about reading more.

You did a good job comparing and contrasting the attitudes held in Sacrifice Saving and Passion Saving. This makes the reader aware of their old ways of thinking and opens their mind to a new way of thinking.

I like your personal story because it helps me, as the reader, relate to you. Your situation was similar to my current situation (for example, the $5,000 in your checking account). For me, it’s easy to relate to you because of this, and I am guessing there are a lot of other people out there in the same boat….

Overall, I really like your approach to writing. It is clear and easy to understand….

I think people will want to read your book because you understand human nature. For example, you mention that it is easier to focus on the short-term rather than the long-term desires….

You pointed out that people need to save for their own dreams. That was when I started wondering “What would I buy at The Freedom Store?” So I found this section to be the one that started me thinking about why I would want to save, because “so I don’t have to work” isn’t motivating enough for me….”

While I was reading this chapter (Chapter Four), I was thinking that you make the book clear and easy to understand and entertaining enough that I haven’t lost interest in it yet. I also thought that you would make a good motivational speaker….

I never thought of spending money at The Freedom Store. It sure does give me an entirely different viewpoint on saving. I actually find myself cooking at home instead of eating out because I think “I would rather spend some money on the “Get the Job You Want Instead of Settling for One You Have to Have In Order to Bring Home a Paycheck” package at The Freedom Store.

I think your greatest strength is summed up in the word “Passion.” Your enthusiasm is infectious. Now I am enthusiastic about it. I would venture that others will become motivated to save after reading this book, as I am. It’s all about the perception of saving, and now that my perception has changed, it has made a big difference and I find that my desire to spend has decreased. That’s never happened with any of the Sacrifice Saving books I’ve tried to read. I say “tried” because I never was able to finish one….

Passion Saving: The Path to Plentiful Free Time and Soul-Satisfying Work

You’re right about 10 percent being boring as a saving guideline. I used to calculate 10 percent to save each year and how much it would add up over a few years and it didn’t even seem worth it because 10 percent just doesn’t add up to much in the short-term. So your recommendation for saving more than 10 percent (which I hadn’t considered) made me run to my calculator (just to see if there is a difference) and it’s a lot more exciting because I can see the results faster.

I also found your humor refreshing. It’s the humor, I think, that maintains the reader’s interest the most….

As I was reading what you wrote under the section title “Where Have All the Productivity Dollars Gone?” I couldn’t believe what you were saying about saving for 13 years and then being able to retire (because it sounded too good to be true), so I had to get out my calculator and find out how much I could save by setting aside 30 percent for 13 years. I admit that I was impressed with what I found. I am a visual person and I like to see how the numbers add up…. If people would work through the numbers, they would be impressed and inspired with the results. I know I was. I didn’t think that I could ever save that much in so little time.

Overall, this is a wonderful book and it has great potential. I hope you experience success with this!

“When You Want More Freedom,…You Buy Some” — by Christina M.

I have gained many valuable insights that will help me to live a life of freedom. I am glad that I have read your book now as a college student. Now, I have more years to save and have a foundation to save the right way. One of the lessons I learned from reading your book is that those late night $3 cups of coffee while studying do make a difference in your financial freedom.

This book can benefit people of all ages, from the student in high school trying to save enough money to buy a used car to the retired gentleman trying to provide financial freedom for him and generations to come. One lesson from your book that all people can use in their everyday lives is the lesson in Chapter 3 that one must have the desire to save. One shouldn’t force one’s self to save, he or she should want to save and save happily.

In addition, the most important element in the book was, “When you want more freedom to live the life you want to live, you buy some financial independence, you make a purchase at the Freedom Store” (page 21). This was a key point for me and something I will carry with me forever as I spend my money; I have to also “spend” my money at my new favorite store, “The Freedom Store”.

Overall, an enjoyable read for the most part. Although I did think there was going to be more stories of how people left jobs they were unhappy in to find “soul-satisfying work”.

“We Do Need to Question the Conventional Wisdom About Money Management” — by Joe V.

Rob Bennett’s Passion Saving develops a great analogy of saving money to weight management. Successful weight loss depends on changing your lifestyle to incorporate healthy eating and regular enjoyable exercise, rather than continually denying yourself. Likewise, successful money management depends on changing your financial habits to make wise choices an enjoyable part of your life, rather than always “gritting your teeth” and “just doing it”.

I’d disagree that “willpower doesn’t work” – a single act of signing up for payroll deduction for a 401K, or an automatic investment program can have dramatic long-term consequences.

Passion Saving is full of contrarian statements, like “It’s Spending That Makes You Rich”, “Willpower Doesn’t Work”, or “There Is No Such Thing as Financial Independence”. These statements are deliberately provocative. However, once the author has grabbed the reader’s attention with these statements, he demonstrates that we do need to question conventional wisdom about money management. In particular, he shows that many of us need to change our motivations for why we save. Rather than simply making sacrifices for a retirement which is decades away, we need to realize how our saving can help us meet shorter term goals.

The Magic of Achieving Financial Independence Early in Life

Some of Rob’s statements are overly materialistic – “Purchases of luxuries define you in ways that purchases of things you need to buy to live do not.” Although I certainly enjoy a few luxuries, I am “defined” by my relationships to my friends, my volunteer work, my relationship to God, NOT by what I own.

Rob Bennett’s writing about planning for retirement is quite helpful. Rather than blindly accepting the usual advice that you’ll need 80% of pre-retirement income, he suggests carefully considering what you really need to live on, and exploring whether being willing to live on less could allow you to partially retire much earlier.

“Makes the Subject of Saving Edgy and Fresh” — by Maxine F.

Rob Bennett’s book Passion Saving hits the nail on the head for people like me who have always wanted to save more, but found it difficult to do so without knowing why. Saving doesn’t work until it becomes gratifying and fun in its own right, just like spending is. Passion Saving makes the case that sacrifice saving works against itself. Once you get passionate about the project of saving, everything falls into place.

Bennett’s program is exhilarating because it gives us permission to save not only for retirement, but for the fun, life-enhancing things we’re going to want along the way. Saving is not just for the far future, but also for today. Because these nearer goals are the things we get passionate about, Bennett says, we can use them. They’re an excellent spur to saving.

The author’s most resonating argument for me is his discussion of luxury. While middle-class ennui continues to engulf us in spite of our expensive cars, espresso makers and home theaters, the new luxury has become something other than the accumulation of more non-essential stuff. Bennett’s definition of this new luxury is free time. A financially independent person has the privilege of a self-directed life free of energy-draining money worries, and the power to pursue the things he or she is really passionate about. This kind of independence–not looking rich or having gadgets–is true wealth.

Bennett’s engaging, clear-eyed approach makes the subject of saving edgy and fresh. His witty use of opposites puts the concepts into high relief: passion saving, spendthrift misers, the present value of future happiness, it’s spending that makes you rich. I welcomed the personal element in the author’s description of his own money struggles and discoveries. His personal tranformation from a Clark Kent of money management to a Superman of saving is convincing and inspiring. Passion Saving clearly works.

“A Great Read” — by Greg A.

The mechanics of where we invest our savings (stock mutual funds, bonds or real estate) will never matter unless we can first find the motivation and desire to save without a sense of deprivation. Bennett lights the path to saving and investing with joy and passion for a better life. For those who of us who never quite found the joy of saving and investing, this is a great read.

“My Husband and I Have Spent the Whole Weekend Talking” — by Kara D.

Financial Freedom Fireworks

My mind is on fire. I must admit to never thinking about saving money as a ticket to freedom, as a step closer to my true self. Now I understand the title, find what it is you are passionate about and saving for that dream becomes a welcomed exercise rather than a chore in self denial.

My husband and I have spent the whole weekend talking about how we could save in order for him to take a leave of absence from work and we could travel around the world with our children in ten years time- somehow reading your book helps me to feel that perhaps this is within our ability to do. It is mind blowing to think this dream is not some far flung idea that everyone (including myself) knows will never come to fruition. Most days I am hesitant to even put breath to this dream for a myriad of reasons but your book has provided some hope and completely blown the lid off the box that contained my dream for travel and family and quality time.

My husband is currently reading your book and I plan to pass it on to my brother as well.

Until reading your book I truely did not think it was worth my while to look at the numbers involved in financing my personal dream, my passion, but your message has brought me hope and encouragement that becoming a Passion Saver can indeed help my dreams become a reality. Previous to reading this book I didn’t realize there was a Freedom Store at which I was eligible to shop. As a middle class American struggling to make ends meet, I assumed pursuing my passion was a luxury I couldn’t afford- what a false assumption! I never thought a book shelved in personal finance could be so inspiring and speak so strongly to my authentic self struggling to be freed. This book is about identifying your passion and mapping out the way to actualize that vision- sooner rather than later.

Passion Saving reads like a casual conversation with a likable guy who wants nothing more than to help others experience the same joy and happiness he has found through utilizing the tools of a Pasison Saver.

If quality of life is important to you, if fulfillment in your work matters, if you want to spend more time doing and being with those you love and you can’t quite seem to shake the dream you’ve always carried for your life, then you can not afford to pass this book by.

Rob, this book gave my husband and I so much to think about, thank you. I am going to check out some of the titles in the recommended reading list too. I feel like I just realized there is a whole different way of living – am I the last one to figure this out?

“My Usual Skepticism Went Out the Window” — by Blane

I just received Rob Bennett’s book titled Passion Saving. I had stumbled on his web site from a link in another article, and after only a few moments reading, knew this was surely something that I had been looking for. My usual skepticism went out the window, and I ordered my copy in just a few minutes.

Delivery time was exceptional, and in a couple of days I had devoured the entire book. I was encouraged by the ideas presented. As a baby boomer in his early 50’s, I know too well the feeling of having saved too little, too late. I also know the feeling of spending my entire working life in an occupation that I had turned from not liking to actually hating.

I will give this book a definite two thumbs up, especially for a younger reader looking for ideas on early retirement. The ideas presented are a totally different approach from merely saving for old age, and give a new possibility for enjoying your money wisely now, as well as using it to pave the way for a comfortable future.

I will say that as an older worker who has managed to save only a fraction of what would be needed to pursue Rob’s ideas, that a bit more information would be welcome. I actually sent an e-mail to Mr. Bennett about this. I was surprised to get a quick response with an invitation to be an active participant in the blogs, and gather more information there. Also, I understand future books are in the works.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh approach to finances that can make a difference in how we view our saving and spending. My advice, especially to younger people, is to look at the suggestions in this book as a new possibility for your financial future. By all means visit passionsaving.com and get a good overview of what to expect from this book.

“Preach It, Brother!” — by Janine Bolon, author of Money — It’s Not Just for Rich People!

The points that have me the most excited are the ones discussed in the sections entitled “Save the Way You Spend” “Retire Now!” and “Three-Paycheck Analysis.” All of these points hit home with me. I remembered the path that my husband and I took to financial independence and how each of these issues were hit, worked on and then resolved as we moved toward our goals. So, good work! You’ve done an excellent job explaining and bringing your own frustrations to the reader as well. This is so important when explaining the path to others.

Then I hit page 106 where you say something most important. “To be middle-class almost by definition means to be on a quest for more meaningful work.” Preach it, brother! That is the single greatest message we can deliver to folks trying to become wealthy. Many people have lost sight of their particular meaning of life. We all need to ask ourselves: “Why am I here?”

“Made Me Want to Raise the Bar a Bit” — by Anson O.

I finished reading your book today. I bought it online last month from your website.

It was an enjoyable read. I really liked the layout of it, which made it very easy to read. I find it difficult to find a lot of time to read (one of my passions I would like to make more time for) and it made it great to read for hours or for 10 minutes if that is all that I had.

It is a great philosophy on saving and I will adopt some of the ideas that are in it. In a way, it is kind of what I always felt and it is nice to see it written down to get motivated by it. It also filled in a lot of the gaps that were missing in my saving strategy.

Over the last couple of years I began to worry about retirement — I am only 31!

I have been reading financial books on investing, trying to learn more about this world we live in, to find out how to make a living in it so I can retire the Sacrifice Saver way. Reading your book made me want to raise the bar a bit and see how much sooner I can start enjoying The Good Life.

Thank you for your motivating words.

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Customer Reviews of the Secrets of Retiring Early Report

The Secrets of Retiring Early report, published at Soapbox.com in June 2000, was an early exploration of the themes explored in greater depth in my book Passion Saving: The Path to Plentiful Free Time and Soul-Satisfying Work.

Secrets of Retiring Early -- Customer Reviews

Secrets of Retiring Early was was the #1 best-selling report in the history of the Soapbox.com web site. It wasn’t an expensive publicity campaign that caused this report to sell 5,000 copies in less than six months. The report sold because of word-of-mouth advertising by middle-class workers like yourself. A few aspiring early retirees who knew of my writing on discussion boards bought the first few copies, and then wrote customer reviews encouraging later Soapbox.com visitors to give the report a try.

Here is what the true experts–the middle-class workers who read this report to gain the freedom that comes with early retirement–said about Secrets of Retiring Early in customer reviews posted at the Soapbox.com site. The names used (with the exceptions of John Greaney and Bill Sholar) are the screen-names that purchasers of the report used in posting their reviews at the Soapbox.com site.

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #1 — “Seminal”

“One of the seminal works on the subject.” — John Greaney, owner of the RetireEarlyHomePage.com site

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #2 — “I’ll Save My Copy to Reread Every Few Months”

“Don’t look here for a cookie-cutter approach. Hocus talks about the opportunities available when you change your outlook on work and life, not a “get rich quick” scheme. He provides equal parts of discussion about what might motivate us to seek early retirement (or financial independence), guidance on what financial and non-financial issues we need to think about, suggestions for where to find more information, and realistic examples showing how seemingly tough situations can be tamed….I’ll save my copy to reread every few months! “ — Bill Sholar, owner of the Early Retirement Forum

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #3 — “Organized in Logical Blocks of Thought”

“When I got your report, I thought, “Now that is how a report should be.” Your report is utterly brilliant and aesthetically beautiful. The layout is orderly and the 10 chapters are organized in logical ‘blocks of thought.’ The content is both easy to read and thorough. The most appealing part of your report for people like me (30s, professional, educated, and starting to make $$$) is that we can apply your philosophy towards orienting ourselves to investing, that we don’t need to want to retire yet to be able to acquire substantial savings.” — Aekin

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #4 — “Lots of New Information”

“I’ve had an interest in early retirement for 15 years but was pleased to find lots of new information and references in Rob’s report.”–maokeefe

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #5 — “Caused Me To Undertake Some Introspection”

Early Retirees Tell Their Stories

“Bennett’s report caused me to undertake some introspection. Why don’t I, as he asks, take my financial life as seriously as my job?” — jimwarner

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #6 — “Might Have Changed My Life”

“Much of what he said I knew already, because I’ve been considering retiring early for a long time. But what I didn’t know –wow!…. You might have changed my life.” — phantomdiver

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #7 — “Fresh Perspective”

“This report offers a fresh perspective that is rarely found in other financial literature.”–BondBelle

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #8 — “All That Has Changed”

“Retiring Early was a concept I did not entertain. I was going to retire at 65 after putting in 40 years. Now I am glad to say that all that has changed.”–TrueWizDumb”

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #9 — “Thanks So Much”

“Thanks so much for sharing your experience and knowledge. I only wish this paper had been available when I began my research.” — Rosalita

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #10 — “Very Well-Written”

“This report is very well written in terminology that anyone could understand. As I was reading, I was highlighting the good parts that I wanted to be able to quickly review in the future. Now my report is more orange than white!”–Draggon

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #11 — “Down-to-Earth But Nevertheless Eye-Opening Insights”

“He offers down-to-earth but nevertheless eye-opening insights about the why and the how of early retirement.”–PatientRunner

Secrets of Retiring Early Customer Review #12 — “Like Magic Tricks”

“Sometimes your “secrets” look exactly like magic tricks: once revealed, they look so simple, yet you need somebody to show you how it works.”–kramerizio

The Book I Wrote

This section of the PassionSaving.com site provides articles on and excerpts from the book Passion Saving: The Path to Plentiful Free Time and Soul-Satisfying Work. It also provides information on how to order a copy of the book.

How to Place an Order for Passion Saving
The price of the book is $24, plus shipping. Payment may be made through use of the PayPal service or by writing a check.

The Money, Mission and Meaning Podcast on Passion Saving — Part One
Mark Michael Lewis said during his one-hour-long interview with Rob that: “I think you’ve accomplished something radical with your idea of Passion Saving. From my perspective, you’ve really created not just another ‘how to’ money book, where you show people how to invest, or a motivational book that just has people do the things they already know to do. You actually offer a whole new way of thinking about saving money that taps into our human psychology and desire. Now, I am going to have you highlight each of the key ideas in Passion Saving for my listeners so that they can have their minds blown like mine was.”

The Money, Mission and Meaning Podcast on Passion Saving — Part Two
Mark Michael Lewis said during his one-hour-long interview with Rob that: “It’s just amazing to me that in all of the years that I have been studying this, I have never heard this particular way of putting it and how much it opens up…. I was in the financial planning business…. I probably read 50 books on finance and money and saving and investing, and I can count the number of them on one hand for which I said, “well, there is something really new and important in here”, and your book is definitely in that category. I just want to thank you for that because that’s a gift to me.”

Radio Interview on the Passion Saving Concept

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This 15-minute interview with Rob (in five parts of three minutes each) was conducted by Maxine Frost and aired from October 7, 2001, through November 4, 2001, on the Sunday Morning Update program on Newsradio KEX in Portland, Oregon. It provides a good overview of the ideas explored in depth in the book.

Network Abundance Radio, Interview with Rob re the Passion Saving Approach to Money Management

 

Text of the Introduction
“Passion Saving is saving to enhance your enjoyment of life in the years that come before you turn 65 as well as in those that come after. It’s viewing saving as a means to “buy” the true luxuries of today–plentiful free time and soul-satisfying work. It’s the financing of a different sort of retirement, one you achieve in stages as you acquire over time an increasingly enhanced ability to call the hours of the day your own.”

Text of the Glossary
What’s a “Middle-Class Millionaire”? What’s Rob getting at when he refers to “Compounding in Reverse?” And just where does “Mr.Budget” fit into all this?

Customer Reviews of “Secrets of Retiring Early” Report
The Secrets of Retiring Early report, the #1 best-selling report in the history of Soapbox.com, offered an early exploration of the themes explored in greater depth in my book. Read customer reviews by John Greaney (“One of the seminal works on the subject”), Bill Sholar (“I’ll save my copy to reread every few months”) and 10 other community members.

Can I Get a Witness?
Testimonials by early readers of the Community Discussion Edition of the book Passion Saving: The Path to Plentiful Free Time and Soul-Satisfying Work.

Review at WritersHelper.com Site
Juicy Excerpt:Passion Saving is the Diets Don’t Work of the financial world….Rob’s expertise both in training and life shine through every page. His voice of authority creates trust. Every detail, including the look and feel of the book, shows Rob’s respect for his information and his reader.

Review at Dollar Stretcher
Juicy Excerpt: I found Bennett’s style very enjoyable to read and his ideas intriguing. I even experienced my own ‘aha!’ moment while reading this book! You could say that “Passion Saving” is the “Your Money or Your Life” book for a new generation!

Review at Early-Retirement-Planning-Insights.com
Juicy Excerpt: Each chapter comes with a new and powerfully explosive insight.

Norm Goldman Interview with Rob
Juicy Excerpt: If you start out by telling the people you are trying to persuade that they are dumb or that they lack willpower, you’ve lost them at the start line. That’s not the way to go. It’s your job as a money advisor to find out why people are doing things that seem dumb. That’s the job. Don’t blame the dogs if they cannot stand the smell of your dog food, you know? Try some different ingredients.

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Passion Saving — Introduction

Set forth below is the text of the Introduction to the book Passion Saving: The Path to Plentiful Free Time and Soul-Satisfying Work.

Stop putting money aside to provide for your old age.

Avoid sacrifice.

Don’t pay yourself first. Instead, pay yourself last.

A Saving Goal of Intense Personal Concern

It’s not the conventional advice on how to save money. But these are the three key rules of an approach to money management that helped me save more than I thought possible when I was following the usual strategies. I call it “Passion Saving.”

Passion Saving is saving to enhance your enjoyment of life in the years that come before you turn 65 as well as in those that come after. It’s viewing saving as a means to “buy” the true luxuries of today–plentiful free time and soul-satisfying work. It’s the financing of a different sort of retirement, one you achieve in stages as you acquire over time an increasingly enhanced ability to call the hours of the day your own.

The aim of this book is not to help you try to save as you always have, and succeed where before you failed. It’s to urge you to adopt an entirely new way of looking at money management. Passion Savers reject characterizations of spending and saving as opposites. They view the two money allocation options as alternate ways of achieving the same purpose–an enhanced enjoyment of life both now and in the far-off future. With Passion Saving, you don’t save just for what saving can do for you tomorrow. You save for what saving can do for you today and tomorrow. You save the way you spend.

Saving generates an income stream separate from the income stream generated by the work you do. Use it to cover some of the costs of staying alive, and you diminish your dependence on a paycheck. A host of exciting opportunities are thereby opened to you. You can spend more time with family and friends. You can pursue cultural interests. You can start your own business. You can shift to a line of work that pays less but which you find more meaningful or better suited to your skills and aspirations. Saving leaves you more free to live the life you want to live. What good or service obtained by spending offers a more exciting value proposition?

There is nothing inherent in the nature of saving that requires that the gratification it supplies be long deferred. The product of saving is financial independence–freedom. That’s something that just about everyone wants more of, both the old and the young. You have a great need for financial freedom when you are old, to be sure. But financial freedom provides even greater rewards when obtained early in life. The opportunities to pursue new lines of work that a second income stream opens up provide a big edge to those who have decades of work years still ahead of them.

Saving with a Passion

Saving is a far more appealing choice when you manage your money the Passion Saving way. Financial freedom is no longer a distant dream, but a current-day pursuit. Envision saving as a means of achieving your most important goals, your life’s passions, and saving becomes fun. When saving becomes fun, you don’t just try to save, or vow to save, or promise yourself that you will soon begin to save. You actually do it.

Passion Saving makes money management matter in a way that it never did before by integrating your life, work, and money goals. Become a Passion Saver, and you will no longer view saving as an act of self-denial. It will mean giving up some of the benefits of spending, to be sure. But there is no feeling of sacrifice when the net effect is to achieve a fuller, richer, freer life.

When saving is something you do out of desire rather than obligation, the “Just Do It!” approach typified by the popular “Pay Yourself First” maxim does not make sense. The idea is not to force yourself to save, but to elect the money allocation choice offering the greater benefit. That means paying yourself last, only after giving full consideration to as many spending options as possible and finding them wanting compared to the saving alternative.

I am passionate about the work I do. I am passionate about the time I spend with my family. I am passionate about running, reading, and exploring new investing ideas. Passion Saving has allowed me to pursue these passions in ways that otherwise would not have been open to me. That’s why, with my discovery of this new approach to money management, I’ve become passionate about saving money too.

Now it’s your turn.

 
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