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Achieving Your Dreams Through D.U.M.B. Goals

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Achieving Your Dreams Through D.U.M.B. Goals

Yes, you have all of your goals written down, for the year, in your notebook. You have even gone as far as to make them S.M.A.R.T. But you are stuck.

You are perpetually updating your goals and making little to no progress on those goals. So you sit there at your desk staring at the monitor waiting for the perfect moment to be inspired. I totally get it. I was in that situation not too long ago. I was stuck in the planning stages. I would tell myself that before I began attacking my goals, they had to be perfect.

Unfortunately, perfect is nothing more than fear dressed in designer clothing. Perfect is the story that you have fabricated to keep yourself from committing to the work that needs to be done. They are excuses for delaying your journey until… “the perfect moment or the perfect place or the perfect situation.“

The “experts” will tell you that setting goals and making them S.M.A.R.T. is the surest path to achieving your dreams. While there is truth to that statement, it’s incomplete. In all honesty, that is backwards. You write down your goals and then spend the next 365 days checking off what you have accomplished.

First example: By the end of Q3 2015 I will have written 18 blog posts on my site, that will be focused on leadership and making ideas happen. This content will showcase me as an authority. Yes, there is the accomplishment but so what, you wrote a few articles to demonstrate your authority. But now what? Do you rinse and repeat for Q4? If the answer is yes, then your strategy is not only boring, it’s short-sighted. Why? Because as entrepreneurs part of our job is to dream – unrealistically.

Second example: I want to build a multimillion-dollar online information business that: 1. can continue to generate revenue without my repeated involvement and 2. focuses on teaching hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to make ideas happen through various mediums, such as – podcasts, books, speaking, videos, online training, monthly workshops and yearly conferences.

This dream is huge. It’s scary. And this unrealistic dream will now inspire the how of making this vision come true. You just don’t start formulating some perfectly crafted plan that will bring you to your dream. It’s a journey peppered with chaotic experiences.

Your dream is a trek where how you respond matters more than what happens to you.

But more importantly you should map out the tools necessary to obtain your dream. You will need to master new skills for this journey, perhaps:

  • Content Marketing
  • Public speaking
  • Personal Finance
  • Learning Spanish

So by creating your dream you are developing an ecosystem of goals that are exciting and motivational.

“We are here to put a dent in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

D.U.M.B. Goals

Brendon Burchard, the author of The Millionaire Messenger, explains that the S.M.A.R.T. goal will not get you to your dream. Burchard recommends that if you want to achieve your dream then your goals must be D.U.M.B:

Dream-driven

Let’s start with building a big dream. It’s when you get to tap into what most adults have forgotten to use, their imagination. So be a child and dream without fear of self-oppression and doubt.

Uplifting

Your goals should have a prerequisite of being positive. Your goals should inspire you to not simply accomplish them, but they should produce an abundance of joy, as the goals are being worked on.

Method-friendly

In pursuing your goals, you need to build methods of obtaining them. Your focus should be on building habits or micro-habits that move you move closer to achieving your goals.

Behavior triggered

Behavior is one of the most important tools in achieving your goals. When you set a goal, you need to create triggers that remind you to keep chasing them.

In essence, by implementing D.U.M.B goals you are focusing on the dream first, and the goal second.

“You start with the dream. The how will come later.” – Brendon Burchard

I love the story of Scott Harrison, founder, and CEO, of Charity: Water.

Harrison was an NYC club promoter who made a good living promoting nightclub and fashion events. But Harrison soon came to realize that he was desperately unhappy and was facing “spiritual bankruptcy.” So Scott left NYC and become a photojournalist for Mercy Ships and headed to West Africa. Harrison was devastated by the degree of poverty, human suffering and diseases born from poor water supply sanitation. ”I wanted to reinvent charity. I thought it had become stigmatized. The word means ‘love,’ and I truly believe that giving time, talent, money is wholly redemptive.” – Scott Harrison

Scott became emotionally invested and decided to help fix the poor water supply issue. But he didn’t just create a few goals, Scott had a dream of helping the 2.5 billion people with poor water sanitation – get access to clean water.

Harrison had no clue how he was going to accomplish this unrealistic dream. But Scott never let the how define his vision. Today Charity: Water has funded more than 16,722 water projects in 24 countries.

 

You will never know what you are capable of until you remove fear and allow yourself to dream recklessly. You have a calling, someone that you are meant to be and something you are supposed to do for others, it will not be easy, but the journey will be amazing.

How will you put a dent in the universe? Share your answers in the comment section below!

Ramon B. Nuez Jr. studies leadership. Ramon interviews leaders across a broad range of disciplines such as CEOs, entrepreneurs, and founders — to uncover what makes them exceptional leaders. Ramon writes about leadership in world famous blogs like the Huffington Post,  Addicted2Success, Lifehack, and Business2Community. He has also been an editor for the World Wide Web Foundation and Crowdsourcing Week. Ramon is working on self-publishing his first book; tentatively titled “The Growth Journal | a notebook for living with impact.” Ramon is endlessly conducting research on entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, behavioral psychology and leverages the investigation to help high achievers become so valuable that they can’t be ignored. Visit him online at www.ramonbnuezjr.com.

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  1. Charlene Rhinehart

    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Great post! This is a very creative and inspiring way to approach goals. Best of luck achieving your goals this year!

  2. Elita Torres

    Aug 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I love this idea of D.U.M.B goals. I think the first step is in choosing a goal that is truly important to you and reflects your personal values. This is what Dream-Driven is all about.

    I love the quote from Jim Rohn, “Make a goal to be a millionaire. Not for the million, but for what it will make of you to achieve it.”

  3. Don

    Aug 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with Yura….I’ve seen it (and am guilty of it) wheree we have these dreams and goals and map everything out. The problem is we never take that first step. If we don’t take that first step, how do we ever expect to reach them? For me, I’ve found that the sooner I act, the better. I can over-analyze things all day long and never take action. But if I just jump in and modify my plan along the way, I am more likely to achieve my goals.

    • Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

      Aug 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Don, this is a very common case when we set goals. The issue is that goal setting is more often the by-product of inspiration, i.e. My New Year’s resolution is to lose 30 pounds. And while you might keep up with that resolution for a few weeks’ studies shows that we eventually give up on that resolution.

      Why because inspiration is fickle, and it does very little in the way of sustaining the hard work that needs to be done in order to achieve the goal.

      What’s the solution – adding the “why.” If you attach a why to your goal of losing 30 pounds you are now committed to that goal because you have made it personal, i.e. My New Year’s resolution is to lose 30 pounds. “Why” — because it will allow me to make love to my wife like a porn star.

      By adding the why — the goal becomes a mission. And the best way to attack a mission is one step at a time or in our case building on small habits, every day, so we can lose that weight and keep it off.

  4. Alex

    Aug 4, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Great post Ramon! The biggest misconception about goal setting is people just think all you need to do is write down your goals,visualize and you will achieve what you want,we all have limiting beliefs that’s like being a chain holding us back from manifesting what we want,we’ve gotten these limiting beliefs when we were young from our parents,friends,relatives ,e.g if you’ve always been told by your parents “money doesnt grow on trees” and that becomes a deep rooted limiting belief ,its going to be hard to visualize and attract money into your life unless you get rid of the limiting beliefs.

  5. Dotchamou Zakari

    Jul 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Hello, your post is very inspirational . I think that our dreams are probably the voice that God uses to tell us what is our true purpose on earth. When we listen and obei to that voice, we are happy and we make the world better. I want to share these two inspirational quotes with you:
    “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
    ― Albert Einstein
    “You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
    ― Tom Hiddleston

    • Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

      Aug 1, 2015 at 1:56 am

      I am happy that you enjoyed the post. And I love those two quotes.

      Yes… I do agree that your calling is always reaching out to you in many ways. But the one that hears the calling is the one that is listening for their calling. So always be listening, my friend… always be listening.

  6. otang

    Jul 31, 2015 at 10:22 am

    the first day i read this i was so move with joy inwardly.thanks for this an i will always pray for God to expand your cost.

  7. Yura Bryant

    Jul 31, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Great post Ramon.
    The second paragraph is very correct. People make all these goals and plans of action but they forget to put the action part into motion. Rather it be fear or inability to produce a focused mindset, people have anxiety when it comes to the process of success.
    You have to become obsessed with your dreams to the point that they drive your actions. I don’t believe most people are at this point yet. When you get to the point where your current state disgust you and only living within your desired lifestyle will make you happy; then you are at the point where all actions and thoughts are focused on creating your desired success.

    • Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

      Aug 1, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Thanks for your kind words. And yes, obsession is a key for making ideas happen.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

Ashley Hann

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Where do you desire to be 10 years from now? Joel Brown, founder of the well-known website and podcast Addicted2Success, breaks down exactly how to gain clarity in your life and create a powerful 10-year life vision. The vision process that Joel teaches has transformed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people who use it.

You can listen to the full podcast interview here with Joel Brown or head over to my website AshleyHann.com for more inspirational podcast episodes.

Joel Brown is the real deal. He travels the world coaching thousands and thousands of people to stand in their vision so they can turn their dreams into a reality. He has been featured in the Think and Grow Rich movie, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and more. He has sat down with well-known thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Jay Shetty, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, John Assaraf and the list goes on.

This is a MUST LISTEN episode all about gaining clarity, creating harmony in your life and creating a powerful 10-year vision so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

Joel breaks it down for you step by step. In this episode, we go over:

  • The 3 key questions you must ask yourself in order to live a fulfilled life and master your 10-year vision
  • How to define success for yourself and discover what you really want
  • The 8 areas of life to include in your 10-year vision
  • The top, prevalent patterns successful people share and why you should adopt them too
  • The 3 main limiting beliefs and bullsh*t stories that hold people back from achieving their dreams and goals
  • Why dropping perfectionism is so important and what to do instead
  • …and so much more!

If you’re more of a visual person then you can watch my video interview with Joel Brown here:

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Joel Brown is the 10-year vision expert and teaches his vision process all over the globe to thousands and thousands of people. You’ll want to make sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take notes and action on the strategies he shares with you.

You can connect with Joel Brown @iamjoelbrown on Instagram and Twitter.  Make sure you also check out his popular motivation account @addicted2success on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

You can listen to the full episode on SoundCloud,Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

OR you can watch it on my YouTube Channel:

RESOURCES:

His event: www.elevatetribe.net

The #1 motivation website he built from scratch: www.addicted2success.com

His Circle of Influence online mastermind: www.iamjoelbrown.com/applynow

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5 Ways You Can Utilize Information Properly and Think More Efficiently

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The mind is a complex system of facets, of which some have yet to be discovered. Still, in spite of all this, there has been enough information to help us gain a rudimentary understanding of it. Thinking is what we all do, although what differs is the efficiency and levels at which we do it.

A lot of things influence the way you think, and most of these factors vary from person to person. However, there are some foundations and basic laws that can help you move from just filtering information and utilizing it to think efficiently.

Below are a few ways you can utilize information properly and think more efficiently:

1. Be quiet and listen

We’re constantly bombarded with information, and the nature of this information determines how we respond. Are you the type of person who doesn’t handle bad or even good news well? If so, learn to take a step back, evaluate things, and look for the way forward. It’s something that stock market traders do all the time, and it works like a charm with practice.

2. Never neglect what your emotions tell you

While a lot of people might not know this, it is true that the conscious thoughts we have only represent a small fraction of the events going on in our heads. At any given point in time, you have the unconscious aspect taking in massive amounts of information, most of which we don’t even know are being processed.

Your brain makes conclusions, good or bad, and starts to generate feelings that rule our emotions in the long-run. So, whenever you have a subtle feeling that points you to a certain course of action or thought, don’t ignore it. At the end of the day, that feeling gets its way somehow, and it’s better you come face-to-face with it and understand its nudges better.

“When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

3. Never think while under pressure

Pressure can be good, but a lot of the time, it tends to yield counter-productive results. Regardless of what you’re doing, there are times when you feel pressure. What this pressure does is force you to rely less on the part of your unconsciousness that functions like a trained autopilot system (from all of the training and experiences that you’ve had in the past). Essentially, it forces you to overthink things.

You begin to analyze every aspect of what you’re doing, and you end up using parts of your brain that have no business with the specific activity. So, whenever you take the time out to develop a certain skill, make sure you learn to have faith in your instincts as well.

4. Never focus on one viewpoint

Bluffing is something that professional poker players do almost every time. It’s become an art. However, instead of just bluffing on a whim (which also works at times, by the way), most of them employ a simple trick while playing; they think about how the opposing players would act if they weren’t actually bluffing.

In most cases, the brain tends to search the world for filters in order to confirm the beliefs that it holds. However, the problem with this is that it tends to limit you. At the end of the day, you could be dealing with facts that are just not wrong.

“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

5. What do you love doing?

According to studies, a lot of people tend to have moments of insight and solutions to problems when they’re not even aware of the fact that the problem is being analyzed by the brain. These are usually moments when you take a stroll, listen to your favorite track, brew your favorite coffee, take showers, and read blogs; when you feel relaxed and comfortable.

This is because insightful thoughts are usually generated by an influx of neural activities that occur in the right hemisphere of the brain. The best time to plug into the mind is when you’re stress-free, so make sure that you engage in activities that relax you more often.

How do you go about maneuvering around and making decisions in a world constantly bombarding you with information? Let us know your thoughts and advice below!

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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Bring Out the Successful YouTuber in You

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YouTube is a social media platform that has turned many a normal person into a celebrity. With over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube every month, it is a hugely popular platform that is being actively used by people who are leveraging its reach and popularity for reputation building, increasing visibility, creating and driving brand reach and last but not the least, earning money.

We keep hearing success stories of YouTube influencers who were nobodies when they started out and today run some of the most popular channels on YouTube and are considered reputed influencers in their niche.

There is absolutely no doubt that if done right, a presence on YouTube can be a massive boost for your brand (if you are a business) and ensure visibility of stratospheric proportions (if you are an individual).

But, at the end of it all, most people want to get onboard YouTube for the money. If your channel is popular enough, it can be a regular source of income for you. So, how do you become a successful YouTuber and establish a popular YouTube channel?

Here are ten great tips to help you on your way:

1. Identify your YouTube Goals

What do you want to achieve out of YouTube? Straight off the block, this is the question you must answer. YouTube can help build your brand, both business and personal, if that’s your goal. It will help improve your reputation and differentiate yourself from the competition. It could also become a revenue generation medium for you.

There are many reasons you might want to start a YouTube channel, and you need to zero in on the right one. Identifying your core goal or set of goals will help you plan your YouTube journey effectively.

2. Identify the Right Niche for Your Channel

Making videos is a resource-intensive activity. It also needs a rare degree of passion to make videos because you are going to put a truckload of effort into it. So, make sure to zero in on the right niche for your channel, meaning the kind of video content you are going to post. If you are an individual, the content must align with your interest, preferences, skill sets and knowledge.

If you are a business, it must align with your business’s services or domain. Think very carefully whether you will be able to keep making videos about a specific topic, subject or domain regularly. This will help you choose the right ‘content type’ for your channel.

3. Trust Yourself

There are some YouTubers who give up because they think they are not cut out to be successful YouTubers. There is absolutely no doubt, you will be wracked by self-doubt when you start, especially if your videos aren’t finding enough traction. The key here is to have confidence in your ability and pursuing your end goal indefatigably.

Don’t give up because of setbacks; some of the top YouTubers started off slowly and built their audience steadily. When it comes to YouTube, it is important to understand that success won’t come easily or quickly.

4. Be Prepared for Criticism

As a YouTuber, you have the ability to showcase your knowledge and skillsets to the world, but this also sets you up for criticism. There are people who are going to like your videos and there are those who won’t and will go a step further and criticize it through the comments section.

And very often, this criticism isn’t constructive and its only aim is to make fun of you and your video. Can you handle this criticism? You must if you want to be a successful YouTuber. Try developing a thick skin and don’t allow even the most virulent criticism to affect you.

5. Respond to Comments

Make it a habit to respond to comments, irrespective of whether these appreciate or criticize your video. Your response tells your viewer that you care and are prepared to listen to their views. This helps you build a relationship with your viewers who can then turn into channel subscribers. Don’t think YouTube videos are one-way traffic wherein you make a video, a viewer sees it and forgets about it. A video is a means of driving interaction and engagement.

6. Follow other YouTubers

You might have some great content ideas for your channel, but you must also keep track of what other YouTubers are doing. There is always a chance that you will get some inspiration from their videos as to how to make a video more interesting, get the lowdown on audience engagement tactics and find technical aspects as well including camera work, audio etc.

7. Attend Meetups

There are plenty of YouTube meetups, conventions and conferences happening all over the world; it is imperative that you attend YouTube events happening in your region. This way you will be able to meet fellow YouTubers in the region, and who knows, you might also meet YouTubers, you follow and want to emulate. If you get the opportunity to discuss notes or get tips, do so. This will help refine your channel content

8. Keep Measuring Your Performance

Start measuring your YouTube performance from the word go. You need to keep track of various performance metrics to know how well you have done. A metric like ‘views’ is super important but so is ‘watch time’. ouTube judges the performance of your channel on various metrics and uses these to rank your videos in search results. There are plenty of tools that can help you track and measure YouTube performance based on various parameters.

9. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly

Don’t set impossible standards for yourself. You are going to make mistakes and learn from them. No video is perfect and don’t think you can start making amazingly successful videos from day one. So, judge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t compare your work with people who have many years of YouTube experience behind them; this would be counterproductive and play havoc with your confidence levels.

10. Keep at It

If you want to bring out the successful YouTuber in you, you must keep at it. Plan a video publishing schedule and stick to it, irrespective of whether your videos are doing well or not. Remember, once you set cadence, you will get better at your videos, and this will drive more engagement.

A successful YouTuber is no different from a successful person. You need to work hard, learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn from others. And you must make use of all this learning to create better and more more engaging videos.

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

Do you prefer email or talking on the phone? Share your thoughts below!

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