Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fear of Failure

What is one thing you would like to do that you have never done? What are you afraid will happen if you try it and don't succeed? What is the worst that could happen? What is the best thing that could happen?

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  1. 11/11/12

    The one thing I want to do that I have NEVER done in my whole life is, to go parachuting. I might chicken out at the last second. That is why I have never done it. The worst thing that could possibly happen is the chute not coming out or I can not find the string that forces it out. The best thing that could happen is everything goes smoothly and I am fine in the end.This is the thing I have never done but what I want to do.

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    1. Dear Ethan,
      I am terrified of parachuting also! In that moment before you jump, you can't help but think about what would go wrong, chicken out, and look like a fool. If you manage to leap out without much thought about what could go wrong, you might get scared while you're in the air and not know what to do. If you learned properly how to do it and had the confidence though, everything will go smoothly.
      From, TannerB

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  2. One thing I would like to do that I have never done before is water ski in the lake. I think I will be depressed if I try it and don’t succeed. I think that because all of my friends and family know how to and have at least tried it before. And for me I have never ever tried it before. I think the worst that could happen is that I will fail, and all my cousins will laugh at me because I wasn’t able to get up. And when I try it I won’t be able to get up. I think the best thing that could happen is that I will at least get close to getting up or maybe even get up. I would be so proud of myself if that happened!

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    1. Taylor,
      Water skiing would definitely be a challenge, especially when the pressure of amounting to the skill level of sibling and friends is weighing you down. I think it is good that you acknowledge your fears of the bad things that could happen while in the process of completing this task. However, even if these awful things were to happen, I don't think that your family and friends would laugh at you, I think they would be proud of you for trying, and doing your best.
      Good Luck!
      ~Grant

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  3. I wanted to run for Student council but my mom didn’t let me and I was frightened from the competition. The worse could've happened is I lost, which was most likely, but if I won, that would so cool. Well, that’s my fear and what could happen.

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    1. Casey, I tried out for student council in third grade, and unfortunately I lost. However, I had a awesome time running, it was an experience that taught me how to handle losing and winning, and to keep on trying even if the road ahead had some ruts. All I'm really saying is next time there is an election for student council, go for it!!!
      I failed to keep on trying, in fourth grade, I didn't try out for student council. In fifth grade, I didn't go for it again. I am terribly disappointed in my self, and I regret that I didn't keep on traveling along the road

      ~Lizzy S.

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  4. I would like to try to do a bicycle kick in Soccer. I am afraid that I will injure my back really bad if I land wrong. The worst thing that could happen would be that I get a spinal injury and be out of soccer for a long time, or maybe I would even be disabled or paralyzed for a long period of time or even the rest of my life! The best thing that could happen would be if I scored a goal using a bicycle kick, (which comes very rarely that I score a goal, [and didn’t get hurt in the process.]) And that is why I would like to try to do a bicycle kick.

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  5. One thing I would like to do that I have never done is work as a vet. I want to work as a vet because I get to help a lot of animals. The worst thing that could happen would be that I couldn’t heal the pet and they would pass away. The best thing that could happen is that I would heal the pet and other people would like to come to me again if they have any problems.

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    1. Hi Valeri!

      If you want to be a Vet, go for it, normally, people overact if you persist and study what you need to study, you could be a great Vet. One thing I'm a bit afraid of doing is being a marine biologist, I love animals too! I think that the best thing that could happen would be discovering new species of fish or shark; and the worst that could happen would be being trapped on a deserted island with only my crashed submarine and a coconut tree. But after thinking about it, what are the chances of that? Anyways, you can be whatever you want if you work hard, and persist.

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    2. Dear Valeri,

      Don't worry about failing, normally, everyone overreacts, if you really work hard, than you definitely can be Vet. Something I might want to be would be a marine biologist and work with aquatic animals, I love animals too. The worst that could happen would be being trapped on a deserted island with only my crashed sub with a radio that doesn't work, and a coconut tree on the island and the best would be saving a discovering a new species of turtle, fish, or shark. Anyways, if you work hard, than you can be a Vet.

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    One thing that I would love to do and have never done before is go skydiving.I would want to skydive because it seems like flying and I bet it’s just a thrill. I am afraid that if I ever go skydiving I may not pull the cord for the parachute in time and crash to the ground. Probably the worst to happen would be that if I don’t succeed I may fall and hurt myself. But the best thing to come out of it if I accomplish would be just the fact that I did it. Not many people may want to do it or people may not succeed. I would feel proud of myself and confident to try other things.

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    1. Alyssa,
      I never thought of skydiving before. I like how you said how you would feel if you went skydiving. Skydiving does sound like a lot of fun, but I would be scared to go skydiving too.

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    2. Alyssa,
      Skydiving sounds like a lot of fun, but really scary too. I like how you put how you would feel if you actually went skydiving. If I ever went, I would be really scared. I think it would be pretty fun to go skydiving because I bet it does feel like you're flying, it does sound like a thrill too. I really never thought of going skydiving or how it would feel, but it sounds like fun.
      KateS

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    1. One thing that I really want to do is make a game winning or a buzzer-beater shot in basketball. Usually I just either don’t take the shot, somebody else does, or I pass it up. I fear that if I try it and I don’t succeed is that my teammates and my coaches will be disappointed. The worst thing that can happen is that the game winning/buzzer-beating shot could be blocked or not go in. The best thing that could happen is I make the shot and the whole gym fills with emotion.

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    2. Doing a buzzer-beater shot would always be a challenge because sometimes in situations like that I also get scared for the same reasons. I also think that if I fail everyone will hate me. I know in reality that if I try this and fail, it will be OK, because if people on your team are your friends, they will know that you tried your hardest to do it. I think the worst thing that could happen if you really do miss the shot the least people could do is say "Boo," yet I do not think people in our sports teams, which have kids on them, are THAT competitive, especially in basketball because people are very empathetic and understand that you tried hard. Good Luck!

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  9. Fear of Failure
    One thing that I would like to do that I have never done is to skydive. I’m afraid that if I try I might get hurt really bad or maybe even die by flying into something,hitting the ground really hard, or by not being able to breathe because of the pressure in the air. The best thing that could happen is that I could do everything right and have tons of fun.

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  10. Something I would like to try that I’ve never done before is snowboarding. I’m afraid that if I try this that I might not like it at all and I’ll never want to try it again. The worst thing that could happen is that I could get badly injured. For instance, if I was trying to do a dangerous stunt I could fail and get badly injured. The best thing that could happen would be that I could really like it and get pretty good at it. I really want to try this even though some bad things could happen.

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    1. Patrick,
      I wanted to play hockey and i won every game cause i tried and i did not always do good but i did my best.


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    2. Patrick, I think that if you try the stunt and if you don't get it right the first time persist keep trying and you will do it.

      For example, on my skis was going for the black stunt park and hit the biggest jump and first I almost made it but I fell from going to fast. I kept on trying and finally I did it! Try that. It will work.

      From Mason C.

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    3. Patrick, you should try your trick on something smaller and if you do that you can move bigger and bigger. If you don't get the small right keep persisting. Do it again and move up. Once your ready to do the trick, go for it and you should be able to do it.

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    4. Patrick, you are going to get hurt let me tell you said the wise man. I personally just have fun try hard and live life free but i love hockey and i like to play and i get hurt all the time playing the game but never give up and try. never give up.tryyyyyy

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  11. right now I play soccer but there is one other sport that speaks out to me, football. I’ve done football camps but I have never done the competitive sport in a league. I've heard of it being sooooooooooo fun from all my other friends that play it. But the thing that holds me back is how dangerous it is. I heard of this kid that broke his back playing football and he is having a ton of trouble in school as of moving around the place or even being able to go! I’m mostly afraid of that happening to me and maybe I am paralyzed forever or maybe I could even die from suffering. but the thing that amazes me that I’m such a good athlete and that I know I can do it. Maybe I’ll turn out to be an amazing football player. But for right now I am going to choose the safest option and stick with soccer.

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    1. Zachy,
      I can empathize for you. I have always wanted football but when I watch the game on T.V I don't want to do it. Football is violent I admire your will to try it though I understand why you would not like to. I play it with my friends at school but I don't wan to sign up for I football league. I also think there going to make fun of my size because I am so small. I think you are brave putting these words out into he world. It is really hard to do what you just did.
      Sincerely,
      Ben R

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    2. Zachy,
      I have empathy for you. I would like to play football but when I see when they do o T.V I am like no way hozay. Football is a violent sport many a injury happen and when I see that happens I wonder why I even wanted to play football. I also wonder if they will pick on my size. I admire your will to play football and I understand why you won't.
      Sincerely,
      Ben R

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  12. One thing that I would like to do that I have never done is to see if I could be like in the movie Home Alone and see if I could really take care of the house, buy groceries, and make sure that everything is safe alone. Honestly I always want to either do things by myself, so I can be the boss, or I try being a leader of the group when my team does a project. So I think that this would be fun for me because I can sort of be the boss of myself. I think that if I don’t succeed that it won’t be a very big deal because it is a little thing in life. But I would want to try it because it could be a great experience. “You don’t know how it is until you try it.” Like the great explorers of the world. If they didn’t try, a lot of our world wouldn’t have been discovered. I think that the worst thing that could happen is that it could be very unsafe if I were to buy groceries alone like Kevin in Home Alone. I would have to be very careful. I think that the best thing that could happen if I got to do this is that I could get to cook alone, do chores alone, and get things alone to see if I could pass the test. What is a thing that you have never done but want to do?

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    1. Laurel,
      I think that it would be interesting to stay home like Kelvin. But you never know what is going to happen, good or bad. It would be a a real obstacle but I am sure it you were home alone for a couple of days I am sure you could do it. And what is the worst thing that could happen? The best thing am sure would be having everything under your control and being able to take over and be the leader.
      Like Kelvin I bet that anybody who knew what they were doing could do it like him or even better. Back to your question at the bottom, one thing that I have always wanted to do would be able to have a big group of kids younger than me and be able to teach them for a day like a teacher.
      ~GraceA

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  13. Something that I would like to do that I never have done is bungee jump from a bridge. Something that I am afraid of happening if I do this is I get dizzy and throw up. This would mean that I couldn’t participate. If there were no refunds and my parents or I would have to pay a lot of money it would suck. The worst case scenario is that the cord snaps and I fall to my death. The best thing that could happen is that I have a great time and conquer my fear of heights.

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  14. In my life, I would like to skydive. I don’t want to attempt, and fail, because then I could hurt myself big time, and then I might not be able to do things that I can do now. The worst thing that could happen, is that I could fall to the ground, and break a bone. The best thing that could happen is that I could see a great view from the whole nice state of Colorado.

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    1. Jack,

      Skydiving sounds like a very fun thing to do, though I have never done it. I would also be scared to fall from thousands and thousands of feet to break many bones like you. I would be petrified to even jump out of a plane at that kind of height, and for you just to do it would be very brave of you. I hope if you do, do it you enjoy it...and don't get hurt.
      Sincerely,
      Michael

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  15. Something that I would like to do that I never have done is bungee jump from a bridge. Something that I am afraid of happening if I do this is I get dizzy and throw up. This would mean that I couldn’t participate. If there were no refunds and my parents or I would have to pay a lot of money. The worst case scenario is that the cord snaps and I fall to my death. The best thing that could happen is that I have a great time and conquer my fear of heights.

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  16. One thing that I have never done and would like to do is travel out of the country to go to Cozumel, or Costa Rica and go scuba diving . I would like to go diving because my dad and step mom always go and they bring back the most wonderful pics and the best stuff like dead coral or shark teeth from the ocean floor. I'm afraid to do this because I might run into a shark or a Lion Fish and it will get really mad and hurt me. The worst thing that could happen is that my oxygen tank would run out of air then I would go to the top of the ocean and then find out my boat is a mile away and have to swim with a shark on my tale because it thought I was a baby seal. The best thing that could happen is that I am diving and find some kind of rare fish or some long lost treasure that scientist have been looking for forever. So , I really wish I could go diving sometime.

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  17. One thing that I would like to do but have never done is kumite in a karate tournament. Kumite is when you spare one on one for two minutes. I am afraid that I will lose or hurt part of my body when I try to punch or kick. It rarely happens but, I am still afraid. I normally do kata, which is a series of arranged movements that are like what you would do if you did kumite, but without an opponent. The worst that could happen is that I could hurt my foot or arm on a punch or kick, like I said before. The best thing that could happen is that I could win two medals instead of one if I try hard enough, which would make me very proud.

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    1. Ellery,
      I certainly can empathize with your reticence in trying something new, and I think that it is admirable that you are still willing to try sparring one on one in a karate tournament when you clearly are more familiar with kata. It seems that part of the preparation for taking on something new like this is preparing for what the worst that could happen. I know that as a mountaineer, as I run through worst case scenarios for an upcoming trip or adventure, I am preparing myself both physically and mentally. I can see that clearly you have gone through this process. The only point that I would like to bring up is that I feel that you could be proud no matter if you win or lose - just the fact that you stepped out of your comfort zone and tried something new and challenging is outstanding! Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor!
      Ms. Falcone

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  18. I am scared of failing at a soccer game.The worst that will happen is that I will get an own goal.Or that I could get a red card.And I could let my team down by missing something or miss kicking.The best that could happen is that I could get a goal.I could get an assist.Or I could make a good defensive play.

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    1. What is a red card? I don't play soccer.

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    2. What is a red card? I don't play soccer.

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    3. Dylan,
      I play goalie and can feel empathy for you, once I got hit in the ear so hard I almost got concussed, I stayed on the field until they scored the first goal on our team, and then our coach noticed that i was in pain, and in a few minutes they pulled me out and started to to see if I was concussed by covering and uncovering my eyes, luckily though I got back into the game and played right wing ( Which isn't my favorite position), on the downside we lost that game, it stunk a big one. Sincerely, Jude

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    4. Dylan,
      Remember to do 1 space after a comma and 2 spaces after a period. Also, remember to say what a assist and a red card. So people who don't play soccer (like me) get the point. Try to lengthen it. I believe you can do it! All you need is a good plan! With five paragraphs! hook & Thesis! A! B! C! Conclusion! that's all you need. I learned that the hard way.

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  19. In my life, I would like to go skiing. I have never gone skiing because of all of the sports I play. If I go skiing, and I don’t succeed, it may be because I got hurt. Getting hurt could affect me from playing all of the sports I play. The worst possible thing that could happen while skiing is I crash or hurt my ankle. Those things could harm me from playing sports. The best thing that could happen to me while skiing is that I finally get to try something that I have never done. Skiing has some ups and downs. One day, I would enjoy trying it!

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    1. Susie,
      Growing up in Colorado, involved in a zillion sports, leadership, and family endeavors, I can empathize with you in your niggling doubts about going skiing. I would first like to applaud you for even daring to dream of trying something new. I found that your thought process of the possible outcomes seems to have channeled positive energy and thoughts towards feasibly skiing in the future. In my opinion, it is your positivity and open-minded thoughts that will inevitably lead you to successfully one day slip-slide down slippery snowy slopes ... smiling and shining with pride.
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Falcone

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  20. One thing I would like to do and have never done before is snowboard. If I try and don’t succeed I am afraid that I will get hurt and may never be able to go skiing or snowboarding again.The worst thing that could happen to if I tried and failed is I could get seriously hurt and may never be able to ski/snowboard again. The best thing that could happen is I would become really good at snowboarding and maybe one day even become famous!!!!

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  21. Fear Of Failure

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    One of the things I fear that if I do it and fail, is jumping a very high fence. One reason I fear of failing is that I am worried that I will disappoint my riding instructor.A consequence of failing is falling of. If I fell off, I could hurt myself very badly. Also, I could hurt the horse by not getting out of the saddle. One last thing that could happen if I were to fail is I would feel very disappointed in myself. I would feel disappointed because, whenever I fail at something, I feel bad. (I have no idea why.)

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  22. One thing that I would like to do is skydiving, what I’m afraid will happen is that my parachute(s) not working the worst that could happen is I could make water landing or a thin ice landing or the chute(s) won’t work and I’ll die. The best thing that could happen is that I have a camera and I fail and don’t get hurt.

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  23. Something that I would like to do that I have never done is surfing.Something that I’m afraid will happen if I try it and don't succeed is I’ll be embarrassed .The worst that could happen is that I get eaten by a shark.The best thing that could happen is that I am awesome at it and become a pro surfer.

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    1. Alex, I also want to go surfing one day, except I live in Colorado, just like you, not near the ocean at all. The only way you would really get eaten by a shark is if you are bleeding, so I would definitely be careful of that, otherwise you will most likely be OK. I also am scared of being embarrassed, but since we are just kids I think people would be proud of you for trying. If you really want to practice without being embarrassed, go to a beach where not many people go, and try to practice on small waves so you don't get crushed. Good luck!

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  24. Fear of Failure

    I personally always wanted to try to go on a mission trip to a different country to spread Christianity. It would mean the world to me to go on a mission trip and the whole world will be known to Jesus Savior. Having everybody know about Jesus is my lifelong dream and by going on a mission trip I will have a start to achieving it. Honestly, I am afraid the world will never be exposed to Jesus, and that going on a mission trip won't mean anything to the people we try to change. I also have a fear that I will never be able to afford to go on a mission trip outside the USA. To me, it is so important for other cultures to have God in their heart, and it breaks my heart to know that some people aren't with Jesus. I guess the worst that can happen is that I will never be able to go on a mission trip, and the best that can happen would be that I am granted 2,000 dollars to go to Ukraine with my community church on December ninth for 10 days, which would be totally awesome

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    1. Anna,
      Imagine that you might touch the life of even one person...and that...would be worth it. That person could even be someone right next to you...you never know. Your light touches everyone around you in some way, shape, or form.

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  25. On thing I want to do is survive The Amazon Rainforest for a year. I am afraid that when I try and don’t succeed is that I will get attacked. The worst that could happen is that I will die. The best that could happen is that I survive and become famous.

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    1. Wow! that's awesome! I really want to hear more of that! Could you write more about it? PLEASE????

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  26. One thing I want to do that I haven’t done is go indoor skydiving. I would LOVE to do this because I have always thought how cool it would be if humans could fly, but sadly they can’t. But, with indoor skydiving you can kind of pretend like you are flying! I think one thing I am afraid of if I don’t succeed is being made fun of. If I decided I didn’t want to do it right before I was about to, I might be made fun of. The worst that could happen is there is a malfunction in the system and I fall and maybe break bones, which, indeed, would be quite bad. The best thing that could happen is I fly up for a long time and do some flips and maybe some other tricks, which would be epic!!!

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    1. Aidan,

      Over Winter Break at Christmas my dad got me indoor skydiving and I was so scared I didn't know what would happen. I did it and it was one of the most fun things I have ever done. When you are in the vent place an instructor is right by your side and you get directions before. there is a fence on the floor that is nailed in so that if there is a malfunction you wont get hurt. I think that you will have the time of your life if you do, do it!
      Sincerely,
      Michael

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  27. One thing that I am afraid to do is joining student council. I’m afraid that if I don’t succeed at doing my job it will affect the whole school. The worst thing that could happen is I don’t do something right and I mess something up. But the best thing that could happen is that I will have a say in what our school does.

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    1. Matthew,
      Student council isn't that hard, I should know, I'm in my school's student council. It's a lot of fun, you should at least try out, you might win, and get to have a say in what your school does. I hope you do try out for student council, it's really fun!
      KateS

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    2. Matthew,
      Don't worry, Student Council is great. You do not have to worry about feeling like your decisions will make a bad impact on the school, for you are not the only one making them, and a whole board of students are helping the council decide what to change or improve on with the school. I know this for sure because I am the Peabody Student Council President.
      Good Luck!
      ~Grant

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