5 Motivational Quotes That Will Get You Through a Frustrating Job Hunt

Another day, another rejection email. Job searching is exhausting! One minute you’re excited for an interview and the next you’re getting a rejection letter. It’s easy for your confidence to dwindle and for you to lose all motivation.

Here are 5 motivational quotes that have helped me regain confidence during my job search.

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“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” Aisha Tyler

 

 

 

 

2) “The price of success is hard, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best ourselves to the task at hand” Vince Lombardy

 

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

 

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” Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”  Nido Qubein

 

 

 

 

5) ” Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds” Marta

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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Top healthy foods you can add to your diet to increase your energy level at work

Suffering from low energy level at work? Not able to deliver your best performance because of lack of energy and motivation? The problem might not be the job itself. In fact, your lack of energy at work might be directly linked to the type of food you are putting in your body.

You can experience way more energy simply by changing what you choose to have for breakfast, by ditching your coworkers asking you to go to MC Donald’s for lunch and making more healthy choices.

Here are a few foods that will help you boost your energy level at work.

SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are a great source of carbohydrate. They contain iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin D – all of which help to increase energy levels and stop your from feeling tired. Sweet potatoes come in different types and colors and can be consumed boiled, steamed or baked. Always feeling tired at work? This might be something to consider adding to your healthy diet.

BANANAS

Thanks to their high dose of potassium, bananas are great to boost your energy level. They are almost an ideal food for athletes and those who regularly exercise because of their quick-acting carbohydrate’s effect on our energy levels

LEAFY GREENS

A lack of iron can result in a lack of energy, so it’s important to eat plenty of the foods that provide a healthy dose of this important nutrient to ensure that energy levels stay high. Broccoli, spinach, collard greens and other dark, leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of iron.

Spinach is extremely high in iron, magnesium and potassium. Magnesium plays a vital role in producing energy, and paired with potassium enables effective digestion in the stomach and the regulation of nerve and muscle function. Did you know that a lot of our energy is spent trying to digest our food? So adding foods that will make it easier to digest will help you feel more energized as your intestines do not have to do all of the effort anymore.

ORANGES

High in Vitamin C  and natural sugars that will raise energy levels, a glass of fresh orange juice is a great way to start your day right before heading to work. Oranges are a natural energy boosting fruit and a great way to fight flu and different types of viruses.

STRAWBERRIES

Don’t be fooled by their color. Strawberries are actually richer in Vitamin C than oranges! Very effective to combat fatigue and lack of energy, strawberries are a great add to your smoothies, salads and oatmeal.

 

Do not forget to drink plenty of water and to get enough sleep. Remember that they are a mandatory part of a healthy lifestyle that will leave you feeling great and full of energy.

Also read:

How to feel relaxed and energized at work?

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3000711/Revealed-10-best-foods-boost-energy-levels-without-expanding-waistline.html

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/4-foods-that-will-give-you-natural-energy.html

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5 Quotes that will help you love Mondays more

Even though we all wish we could stay home on Mondays from time to time, I think that most employees dread Monday morning simply because they do not like what they do or do not know how to motivate themselves enough. what if the only thing keeping you form enjoying Mondays was simply a question of perspective?

Here are 5 quotes that will encourage you to enjoy Mondays more and start the week on a happier note.

 

 

 

 

When people go to work, they shouldn’t leave their hearts at home. – Betty Bender

This is a gentle reminder that, whatever we do, we should always put our whole heart into it. Doing what you love is what makes all the difference… most of the time, employees simply hate Mondays because they do not find any passion in waking up and going to work.

 

 

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. – Pearl S. Buck

This quote speaks for itself. Do what you love and you will feel like a kid again! Always filling your eyes and mind with wonder.

 

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work – Aristotle

The more you find pleasure in what you do, the more you will be willing to put in the necessary effort to perfect it. It is not enough to simply try to get by. When your heart is also in it, you will aspire to grow and learn.

 

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours. – Ray Kroch

 

You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy. – Bob Ross

Related: Reasons why you should love Mondays

Always keep in mind that one of the best ways to be motivated is to find purpose and joy in what you do. I understand that it is not always easy but if you can just surround yourself with positivism, you will learn to see the bright side of things.

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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5 Lies all women entrepreneur should never believe

Having women in the workplace presents many benefits. However, when women are not empowered, can they truly reach their goals? When these women start falling under the false beliefs that they always have something to prove, that their opinion does not matter or that the whole world (especially men) is after them, it distracts them from reaching their full potential.

Here are a few lies women in business believe that keep them from being great

IF I ASK FOR HELP, THEY WILL THINK I AM TOO WEAK

It is clear that society puts pressure on us (especially with many feminist movements) to prove ourselves all the time. We want to show the world that we are not weaker than men and oftentimes, we tend to take way too much on our shoulders. As women entrepreneur, it is important to learn how to let go and ask for help when necessary. It is impossible to get everything done on your own. It is not that you are not good enough but, by surrounding yourself with the right people, you will be able to build strong partnerships that will increase your business’s chances of reaching success. Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help or to ask to be mentored. True strength is shown in your ability to recognize your weaknesses.

 

HAVING CHILDREN (A FAMILY) WILL DECREASE MY CHANCES OF REACHING SUCCESS

Many women are afraid even desire a family life while pursuing their career. As women, we have he right to be successful AND have a family. One does not exclude the other. It is important to stop believing the lie that having a baby or being a wife will make you less of a business woman. Whether you are employed and pregnant or thinking about enlarging your family, you need to know your rights and not allow anybody to make you believe false information. Being a woman with responsibilities at home might even make you a better leader, listener and organizer. Of course this is not the case for everybody but it does give you qualities that can be beneficial in the workplace.

FEMALE COLLEAGUES ARE MY ENEMIES

Society has trained us to see people as competition. Whether it is in the workplace or on the market, women often see other women as competition instead of potential partners. This idea that every other woman is after you is false. If we learn to work together instead of against each other, we will become stronger and reach higher goals.

IF I VOICE MY OPINION, I WILL BE PERCEIVED AS BEING Bossy

I have heard a saying once while reading Girl Boss By Sophia Amoruso. It said: “When a man takes control he is the boss. when a woman does, she is seen as being bossy.” It is a lie to think that you cannot voice your opinions because you fear what others will think of you. If you have been placed were you are for a purpose, it means that you are fully equipped to add value to the company you work for or the one you own. If you know an idea will benefit your team, do not keep it to yourself. You have the right to share your greatness with the world.

I ALWAYS NEED TO BE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE

While it is a great thing to give it your all and challenge yourself, it is not a good thing to always feel like you have something to prove. Because women have been seen as “less then enough” for so long, I understand that you might feel like you need to push the limits all the time. However, this is only a source of distraction. When you believe the lie that you always need to be the best at everything, you fail giving your full attention to the things you were always meant to be doing. You start wanting to fed your ego more than you want to make a positive impact and truly feel fulfilled.

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Things every entrepreneur can learn from Robert Kiyosaki

You probably heard of Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad.Kiyosaki grew up with two father figures: “poor dad” his real father who died with bills to pay and “rich dad,” who started with little before becoming one of the richest men in Hawaii. Both of his “dads” were successful. His poor dad worked for the government and was highly paid each month while his rich dad, who dropped out of school at 13, became the richest man in Hawaii. While both dads presented characteristics that should guarantee a successful life, there was a major difference: Their way of thinking.

His poor dad, even though was gaining a significant amount of money, did not have the mindset that would guarantee him long term success. To make it short, he worked for money and did not allow money to work for him! While his poor dad, had the mentality that, true success was measured by the position/job you had and the amount of money on your paycheck. He also believed that money was “not important” and that working hard to make a living was where true value really resided.

Robert Kiyosaki is now a successful business owner and author who strives to share his experience with the world.

What are the main lessons we can learn from this book? And how can you, as an entrepreneur can apply it to your daily life?

It is not how much money you make but how much money you keep

Oftentimes, we focus on the wrong things. Yes, it is very nice to see multiple digits on your bank statement but how well do you manage this money? Robert Kiyosaki tries to make us understand that true wealth is not about the amount of money that comes in your pocket but about the amount that is left after your expenses. If your cash-flow only goes downhill after your paycheck comes on, then it is a sign you need to rethink the way you manage your money.

 

Related: 5 reasons you are still poor in 2017

 

Debt is not always our enemy

In this day and age, getting out of debt seems like it should be our main focus. However, it is important to know that there is bad debt and healthy debt. One of the best ways to truly identify the nature of your debt is to know your debt-to-income ratio. The debt-to-income ratio is calculated by dividing your monthly debt (loans, credit cards etc.…) by your gross monthly income (the amount you earn each month before taxes and other deductions are taken out).

The lower your debt to income ratio, the healthier your debt is. Whereas a high debt to income ratio signals that you might have too much debt compared to the amount of money you are making.

This is a relief for people who have spent their lives thinking that they should immediately get rid of credit cards and any kind of debt. Remember that knowledge is key. If you have the right information and learn how to manage your money properly, you will take wiser decisions when it comes to getting out of debt.

 

Related: 4 ways to be debt-free in 2017

Your money is supposed to work for you

If you do not learn the difference between assets and liability, you will always have to work for money.

“An asset puts money in my pocket. A liability takes money out of my pocket.”

The key to success is to invest in things that will generate more cash in the long run:

  • Putting a part of your home up for rent
  • Owning lands

In order to reach financial freedom, you must ABSOLUTELY make your money work for you! Your assets are what will help you get there.

Surround yourself with smart people

If you know how to do a task well, you will always have a job. If you can come up with ideas and find the right people to execute them, you will always be the boss. There is a famous quote that says:

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”

― Confucius

It is not about being the smartest but being able to surround ourselves with smart people who will be able to make our ideas come to life.

Patience and motivation are key

Success is not made overnight. Robert Kiyosaki spent a few years of his life sleping in a car with his wife…You must learn to fail in order to get better and stronger. Failure is an important part of the process. It is in the way that you get up after a failure that your true strength lies.

Related: 3 things to do when nobody believes in you

Do not be afraid of wealth

Depending on the way we were raised, it can be easier to see money as something evil that will cause us to lose our principles and values. However, this way of thinking will only keep us poor, settling and probably unhappy. Money has power and is necessary to survive here on earth. It is important that you do not become a slave to money but it is also crucial that you recognize that money is important and that it is more than OK to desire it.

Your mindset is your strongest weapon. The second your way of thinking shift, you will be able to accomplish things you never thought possible.

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Wondering if you are too young to start your own business? Here are a few steps to take before you jump.

 

Is there a perfect age to start your own business? How do you know you have acquired enough maturity? These are questions many go-getters ask themselves as they are thinking of taking the leap of faith and launching their startup. Truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect age. Each entrepreneur is different. Some start at 18 and others are not ready until they are 40.

But there are a few things you should think about before jumping

Make sure you have explored all the possible options

Make sure the decision to start your own business is not a fruit of your personal frustrations: not being able to express yourself at work, not finding a job you love… If this is the case, you might simply need to find a job that suits you better. Starting your own business should help you solve an issue that bothers you in your community, your country or the world. It is not a way of escape to your own personal issues and frustrations. If you do not feel comfortable working a 9-5, maybe working as a freelance could be a better option for you, or finding a career that allows you to work from home. The important thing is to make sure you have explored all the possible options and that you are sure that starting your own business is really what you have found to be best for you.

Make sure you have acquired enough experience

Making sure you have acquired enough experience doesn’t mean that you need to work 10 years before starting your business. However, having past experience allows us to better identify what we are good at and what we would rather die than do. It also helps us have a better understanding of the workplace, how to treat employees and more. Having some past experience also increases your chances of having the right contacts. There might be a boss you look up to, people who have been satisfied with your work in the past that can help you with launching your business idea and even mentor you through the process.

Make sure you are passionate about what you do

Make sure you are following your passion. Have you taken the time to study yourself? Sometimes, while we are young, we rush through life, only to discover later on that we took too many decisions based on the person we taught we would always be. Take the time to know yourself and make sure that the decision to start this business aligns with your vision in life, your purpose and long-term dreams.

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Be willing to learn at all times

Being young, we might lack wisdom and think we know better. As passionate as you might be about your ideas, be willing to learn at all times. Do not rush the process and  do not be afraid to change your mind about certain things. The good thing about starting young is that you have more time to learn from your mistakes and start over. Be willing to make your own researches, to take classes if you need to and to ask for help. We can never be over-educated.

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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Is job hopping the best option for you? Things to consider before changing jobs

Millennials are often looking for “the next big thing”. Rather than climbing the latter to build their career like our parents did, most of us want to escape the routine, discover new things and touch multiple things. However, while this is not something bad in itself, job hopping can actually hurt your career. If you are one the numerous millennials sitting behind a cubicle, unhappy and planning your next move. Here are things you must consider before leaving your current job:

 

Make sure you have acquired enough experience to guarantee you another position elsewhere

As millennials, it is important to be careful not to make impulsive decisions when it comes to changing jobs. You might focus on factors like the fact that you “do not see any opportunity for growth” or that “your opinion is not valued”. While these are all good reasons to consider changing jobs, you must also ask yourself if you have spent enough time at this company to constitute valuable experience. When you leave one job, do not forget that you will apply elsewhere and that they will take a look at your past in order to determine if they will offer you the position or not. You might have the necessary skills but is your resume able to show it through your past experience? – Ask yourself: “Have I built up enough experience so I can effectively market myself for another role?

If you can’t answer this question by the affirmative, it might mean that you need to stay a little longer at your current position and acquire more experience before you consider changing jobs.

 

Look at other parts of the company to see if there is room to fulfill the need to explore and grow

Sometimes, while you think you need to switch jobs, all you really need to do is switch departments. Many companies like to hire internally. Do not be so focused on leaving your job that you forget to consider all of the other options available to you inside the company. If you are bored at work, maybe you simply need your manager to modify your task. You do not always need to wait for them to promote you. If you are unhappy and truly think you are ready to take on more responsibilities, just take a chance and ask. This will show your superiors that you want to grow inside the company and find new ways to work for them.

Find someone inside your current company who will be able to recommend you elsewhere

Make sure you’ve had enough time to make a good impression on your current supervisors. This will be beneficial in the long run, as they will be able to recommend you to other employers. Do what you can so that you can put your abilities out there while you work at the company. One thing you will learn as you grow is that one good impression can go a long way. When you do your job well and get recognized for it, it will open many doors for you in the future.

 

Make sure you will have another position waiting for you in the field you are interested in

If you choose to quit a job, don’t do it without having another job lined up first. Test the waters before you take your leap of faith. Do not leave your job before you have a plan B. While you consider leaving your current position, take the time to do your research. List all the reasons why you want to change jobs and also think about what you are looking for in your next position. Then, look for a job that fits your expectations and start applying. Give yourself enough time to find what is best for you.

 

Most importantly, take some time to yourself to really see if you are not making an emotional decision. Sometimes, you might feel overwhelmed simply because you need a vacation or because you are dealing with other difficult things in your personal life. It’s better to resolve the issues now than to carry them to your next job. Also keep in mind that changing jobs too often will not look good on a resume. Consider all of these questions listed above before making your big move.

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5 Questions to ask yourself before giving up on your startup

The road to success is not easy. When starting a business, you will experience setbacks and discouragement along the road but it is important to keep going with your eyes fixed on the prize.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself when you feel like giving up:

Are you following your dreams?

Did you start this business with a purpose in mind? Is this purpose linked to the core of who you are? If you started this because you wanted to follow a dream deep inside you, then you should remind yourself of this when times get hard. List the reasons that motivated you to start in the first place, put them somewhere you can see them and read them every day.

Will it be worth it in the long run?

Sometimes, we are just too impatient when it comes to starting a business. We want quick results when we should really be focused on putting in the work and waiting patiently for harvest season which comes in due time. Even though you might not see quick results, the work might bear fruits in the long run. Ask yourself if you’ve given your business time to grow. Did you invest wisely in your startup? Do you see potential for the long run? If you do, then you should not give up. Instead, focus on the big picture.

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Can you change your strategy?

Maybe you are doing something wrong. Do not be so focused on one way of doing things that you close your eyes to other possibilities. A businessmen needs to be flexible and open. The market changes, trends changes and sometimes, your idea might just need to use a different strategy to penetrate the market.

Have you given it your all?

Good things rarely come easy. Have you really given it your all? Are do you need to try one last time? Do you know how many times Thomas Edison felt discouraged before coming up with the electric light bulb? How many time Michael Jordan felt like a looser before becoming one of the world’s best basketball player? Sometimes, what it takes is just someone who refuses to give up.

Is it costing you your well-being?

If this is costing you your well-being, ask yourself what you could do differently to make the situation better. Maybe you need to delegate a little, or maybe you started too many things at once. It is important to have a work life balance even when starting your business. Yes, starting a business requires work but you also need to stay healthy in order to do the work!

RELATED: 3 THINGS TO DO WHEN NOBODY BELIEVES IN YOU

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints.

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Why you should actively search for a job right after the company your were working for has downsized

Loosing your job is no fun. Not only can it hurt our ego but it can also make us depressed. However, life does not stop after this. It is important to get back up. Instead of wasting time or taking time off after your company decides to let you go, it is crucial that you actively keep searching for a new job. Here are the reasons why:

There are still open positions waiting to be filled

The world did not end because you lost your job. There are still jobs available, waiting for you to apply! Searching for a job will help you focus on the bright future ahead. Do not let great opportunities pass you by by staying inactive.

It is the perfect time to re-evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

A new start is an opportunity to re-evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. When a company decides to downsize, you might still get cut even if your performance has nothing to do with their decision. However, loosing the job might be a great opportunity to really think about what you like. As soon as you get laid off from your job, take the time to update your resume by truly identifying what you are good at. It might also be the motivation you needed to choose another career path. By signing up on Shortstints, you will be able to learn more about job opportunities in the field you are interested in, get job tips and more.

Too much time off won’t look good on your resume

You may want to take a break and nurse your wounds, but it’s important to keep busy and not let the gap in your resume grow. Recruiters are always a little hesitant when it comes to hiring people who have spent time off from working. Unless it is for health reasons or more serious issues, it is crucial that you do not leave blank spaces between your work experiences. We all know that job search can sometimes be a long process so it is important not to waste any time. You can use a temp agency’s services to help you with the process and increase your chances  of finding the right job for you. If finding a new job takes longer than expected, it might be a good idea to enroll in an academic course that will help you add more value to your resume. The important thing is to keep your head in the game.

You might have old bosses who still think highly of you

One bad experience does not eliminate the positive ones. Take the time to remember your best work experiences and reach out to your old bosses to let them know you are now in the job search process. Even though your old boss might not be able to immediately hire you, he will be able to confidently recommend you. Having current references who can talk about your strengths and skills will greatly help you as you start your search for a new job.

 

Of course, it is also important to remember that you are human. You might need a little time to let your emotions come out. Acknowledge your feelings instead of repressing them. Cry if you have to and spend a day in bed if you need to. Yes, there is a time to wipe away your tears and put your chin up but it is also very important to give yourself some time to be true to yourself and be OK with it. Loosing your job can be embarrassing but it is very important to talk about it so you can feel better. Find a friend or family member who can listen and cheer you up. You can also seek professional help if you feel like you are sinking into depression. Do not let your emotions build up inside. You might even find people who went through the same thing and who will be able to give you some valuable advice and life lessons. Volunteering is also one of the best ways to take your mind off of bad things while doing something valuable. While you are searching for a new job, why not find ways of helping your community by painting an orphange or helping your church clean the park? There are so many things you can do instead of waiting in front of a computer screen. Get some fresh air, go out there and serve!

Life goes on, even after hurtful events. Do not stay on the ground but find ways to get back up and keep moving.

 

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How to make sure you pick the career you love?

Making a career choice can be such a hard decision. Many people find themselves lost and confused and therefore, find themselves rushing or settling. Life is too short to be miserable and your career choice should bring you joy and not only an income. How can we really know if our career choice is the right one?

Identify what makes your heart pump

In order to do a job without going crazy, it is necessary to have at least a minimum of interest for what we do. In order to wake up almost every morning excited about the work, it is crucial to Have a passion for what you do. It is common for people to think about money when graduating college or when picking a major. However, many graduates who only choose their career based on the amount of money they can make, find themselves regretting their choice in the long run. Truth is, the paycheck that comes in will not be able to bring passion where it is non existent. As you step into your career, take the time to ask yourself what you really like. What is it that you can do every day without getting bored? What comes to you naturally? Is it cooking, writing or  financial planing? Turn your natural passions into a career and you will never wake up wanting to disappear.

Seek help from a professional

Sometimes, identifying our gifts and passions is not easy. Some people find it difficult to know what they like and that’s OK. This is where counselors and Career mentors come in handy. Do not be afraid to approach a professional to ask for guidance. They might be able to ask the difficult questions in order to help you find your path. Many colleges offer this service so you might as well take advantage of it. Temp agencies can also guide you in that sense. They will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses and suggest you some positioms you might consider applying to.

Test out different things

Many people get caught up in the myth that they should have everything figured out once they get to college, which is completely false. You won’t have things all figured out. This is why it is ok to test out, to make mistakes, to get back up and change your mind. This is why it is so important to Travel to get new experiences, to Volunteer, to intern and try different things. Do not fall under the pressure that life is a straight line and that you should necessarily get a full-time job after college.

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Get out of your comfort zone

Comfort zones are safe but nothing ever grows there. Sometimes you find your passions while accepting a job in a field you had never considered before. If you are unsure, take a chance. This, by no means means that you should settle. Rather, it is an encouragement to not limit yourself to what you think you are good at. Many people found their calling when they accepted to help out somewhere for some cash.

Opportunities are everywhere. Do not make a poor career choice just because you think there is nothing better for you out there. You might want to start as a Freelance and then figure things out! The options are not as limited as you think.

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