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The Motivational Millennial Podcast co-hosts, Ivy LaClair and Blake Brandes, speak with leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, altruists and other Millennials living life with a sense of purpose and achieving their dreams. We explore the discovery of their passions, the beauty in the pursuit of their dreams, and how they overcome challenges on their paths.
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Dec 26, 2017

Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Marc Guberti; who has written over 18 books and is the host of the Breakthrough Success Podcast where he’s had guests like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, and Ray Edwards. It was while he was speaking about some of his most successful guests and how they all have systems in place, that our interests were particularly piqued.

It was a great reminder of how important systems are, not only in business, but also in our general lives. It’s that concept of having internal and external systems in place that we’re diving more into today. Enjoy!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Blake dispels the myth that you must wear hard work like a badge of honor to be successful
  • The irony of saying you don’t have time to put systems in place
  • The importance of realizing you deserve to be supported
  • Ivy’s takeaway from Marc’s interview about a book that is sexist but also powerful in a positive way
  • Why we shouldn’t just focus on external forms of support
  • How “acting as if” can help you manifest what you truly want
  • The mindset you must have to be adaptable and successful
  • How we constantly set ourselves up for failure
  • The road trip that caused Ivy to change how she goes through life
  • How Blake’s productivity has increased 50% since he gave up his to-do list


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Dec 19, 2017

As a young child, Marc Guberti survived a life-threatening illness. As a young millennial, Marc has written 18 books, and thousands of blog posts, educating millions of people on how to build their own digital marketing empires.

Marc is also the host of the Breakthrough Success Podcast, where he’s had guests like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, and Ray Edwards. Marc believes that age is not a limit to success and that you can never be too young, or too old, to pursue and capture your dreams.

In this episode, Marc discusses how the Boston Red Sox got him started down his online career path, his favorite personal and business development books, the common traits he’s noticed all his most successful podcast guests have, and much more. Enjoy!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Why virtual summits are the next big direction Marc’s taking his business
  • The main thing Marc has learned from doing virtual summits
  • The balance Marc has found between celebrating his successes and pushing himself to accomplish more
  • How the Boston Red Sox started Marc’s blogging career
  • The main challenge Marc faced at the beginning of his online endeavors
  • The common traits Marc’s noticed all his most successful podcast guests have
  • Marc’s favorite personal and business development books
  • Marc’s advice for other millennials on their own path towards success
  • Why it’s critical to be aware of what you’re feeding your subconscious


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Dec 12, 2017

Last week, we spoke with Anna Nti-Asare who is a writer, teacher, counselor, a PhD student at Cambridge University. We were really inspired by Anna’s transparency in talking about all the times she wasn’t able to obtain the goals she set for herself and how she valued those times since they made her work harder and appreciate her successes even more.

It’s that practice of gratitude that we’re diving into today and how is applies to our humanness and the global desire to obtain happiness.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The main takeaway Ivy had from the conversation with Anna regarding a global truth and Buddhist psychology
  • How we can reduce our suffering by becoming grateful for it
  • Blake’s recent unpleasant experience that ended up being a great exercise in practicing gratitude
  • Why radical acceptance doesn’t mean resignation
  • Ivy’s belief that happiness is the motivator for why humans do everything they do
  • Blake’s belief that reducing suffering takes a higher priority for humans than seeking happiness
  • The power loss aversion has over human behavior and emotions
  • Why you can’t forget to have gratitude for your moments of gratitude


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Dec 5, 2017

Anna Nti-Asare is a writer, teacher, counselor, a graduate of both Stanford and Cambridge, and soon to be a PhD student at Cambridge. Anna focuses her efforts on gender and race issues in the United States with an emphasis on how those issues relate to the country’s youth and pop culture.

In this episode, Anna opens up about her own struggles in her educational journey and personal life and how she feels it’s important to look past a resume and see all the times a person wasn’t able to achieve their goals because, only when doing that, can others learn their failures aren’t actually failures at all.

What you'll here in this episode:

  • The type of guidance Anna provides a counselor to recent high school graduates
  • The elements of Anna’s personal journey that resonate the most with her students
  • How Anna’s resilience helped her receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • The importance of talking about the times we don’t get what we want out of life
  • How Anna keeps a narrative going with her students about self-worth as it relates to gender and race
  • How Anna convinced a highly traditional university to let her continue her research and work around black feminism
  • The profound reasons behind what having a PhD means to Anna
  • How Anna’s international travels in her younger years helped shaped her views on social justice
  • The importance of shifting our numbness to social injustice displayed on social media to letting be a motivation for change


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Nov 28, 2017

In this episode, we’re reflecting on our conversation from last week with the incredible Julia Price. One of the main things that stood out to us as Julia was talking about her experiences in the music industry was how she felt more doors open when you follow your passion and purpose.

Today, we’re diving more into this by connecting Julia’s perspective to the Law of Attraction and discussing why you can’t always rely on the universe to do all the work for you. Take a listen and enjoy!

What you’ll here in this episode:

  • Ivy explains how the theme for today’s show relates to the Law of Attraction
  • How science proves we should have gratitude journals
  • Finding the middle-ground between using hope as a business strategy and not having any at all
  • Why Blake and Ivy feel grit is a requirement for entrepreneurs and why they believe Julia is a perfect example
  • How trying to maintain a positive attitude all the time is a form of denial
  • Why you shouldn’t hide what you care about


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Nov 21, 2017

Have you ever experienced something so emotionally painful you weren’t sure you could come back from it? We all face our own challenges and our guest this week, Julia Price, is no exception.

Julia is a musician with millions of YouTube views under her belt, was a top-rated Viner, and has been a featured artist on Good Morning America. She also speaks at conferences and workshops in the self-development field motivating audiences to turn their pain into power.

While Julia is currently living her dream life, it wasn’t always that way and, in this episode, she’s talking about what she’s learned from her challenging experiences and how they’ve shaped her perspective and purpose in life.

What you’ll here in this episode:

  • Julia’s shift from just making music to understanding her deeper purpose
  • The moment in a recording studio that made Julia feel powerless
  • Why new generations of creatives should trust their instincts and be confident more opportunities will come
  • Julia’s viral experience of a little boy standing up for her when she was sexually harassed
  • The importance of having male allies
  • Julia’s advice for others on their own path to finding their purpose
  • How a painful health scare helped Julia realize the power of connecting with other people
  • Julia’s perspective on the challenges millennials face
  • How the death of Vine shifted Julia’s perspective on life
  • Blake and Julia’s freestyle rap


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Nov 14, 2017

In last week’s episode, we spoke with Caleb Arring and Matthew VanHorn who are successful business mentors for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

During that conversation we talked about the medical scare that completely changed their perspective on their career paths, the unique challenges LGBTQ entrepreneurs face when starting and growing a business, why entrepreneurs should switch to outcome-based planning instead of to-do lists, and more.

While talking with Caleb and Matthew we were particularly fascinated with how they were able to change their perspectives and see a direct result in their business. So often we convince ourselves we’re not capable of accomplishing the things we want when there’s actually nothing stopping us but ourselves. In this episode, we’re going to dig a little deeper into this topic.

What you’ll here in this episode:

  • Ivy’s biggest takeaway from their interview with Caleb Arring and Matthew VanHorn
  • Blake’s biggest takeaway from the interview
  • Using gratitude to switch to a “now that” perspective instead of an “if-then” perspective
  • The difference between Blake and Ivy’s views on life purpose
  • How Blake used gratitude to get through his CrossFit class


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Nov 7, 2017

Caleb Arring and Matthew VanHorn are a dynamic power couple who are also successful business mentors for LGBTQ entrepreneurs. After struggling to get enough clients to survive they’ve finally found success to the tune of over $20,000 per month collectively. Now, they’re passionate about helping other entrepreneurs in the LGBTQ community find fulfillment through self-employment.

In this episode, we’ll discuss the medical scare that completely changed their perspective on their career paths, the unique challenges LGBTQ entrepreneurs face when starting and growing a business, why entrepreneurs should switch to outcome-based planning instead of to-do lists, and much more!


What you’ll here in this episode:

  • How Caleb and Matthew started working together to help LGBTQ entrepreneurs
  • Caleb and Matthew’s experience being both romantic and business partners at the same time
  • The medical scare that changed Caleb and Matthew’s outlook on their career paths
  • The unique challenges LGBTQ entrepreneurs face when starting and growing a business
  • Why Caleb and Matthew are the perfect examples for their clients
  • The importance of knowing your weaknesses and finding support as an entrepreneur
  • The one thing that’s helped Caleb and Matthew work more efficiently
  • Why entrepreneurs should switch to outcome-based planning instead of to-do lists
  • Caleb and Matthew’s advice for millennials who’re on a path to fulfillment
  • The danger of falling into the “if, then” trap
  • Caleb and Matthew’s thoughts on the unique challenges millennials face in today’s world
  • How LGBTQ millennials have had a different experience from previous generations


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Oct 31, 2017

During our conversation last week with Loren Trlin, in which we talked about how she helps young people figure out their purpose, we realized a common theme in that process was trial and error.

This might have stood out to us because we’ve both used trial and error, whether intentionally or not, to figure out our own purposes.

In this episode, we explain how trial and error led us both to where we are today, how our unhealthy relationships with money have had a ripple effect on various aspects of our lives, and why our issues with feeling unworthy of success kept us from realizing our true purpose.

Oct 24, 2017

Loren Trlin figured out her life purpose after burning out as a lawyer, launching 3 unsuccessful businesses, and embarking on a "Find My Why" experiment.

In this episode, Loren talks about her transformative journey, how she responds to people who push back against the idea of having a true purpose in life, and how she was able to tap into her warrior spirit.


What you’ll here in this episode:

  • The layers Loren had to peel back to reveal her true purpose
  • What did Loren’s “Find My Why Experiment” entail?
  • What Loren finds most exciting about what she’s doing now
  • Loren’s response to people who push back against the idea of having a life’s purpose
  • The most common challenges faced when trying to discover your purpose
  • The major a-ha moments of Loren’s life
  • The role alchemy plays in Loren’s value system
  • How vision boards factor into Loren’s workshops
  • Loren’s advice for millennials who are on a journey towards success
  • Are you a worrier or a warrior?


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Oct 17, 2017

Welcome to the first official stand-alone after show episode!

If you listened to our interview last week with the ultra-spiritual JP Sears, or even if you’re just familiar with his hilarious videos, you know that JP has found the balance between being funny and making some very important observations about our society.

One thing that really stood out to us as we spoke with JP was how he’d been using humor to mask his pain and heal his wounds ever since he was a child. This is something we both have a lot of experience with as well and that’s why we wanted to dive more into this topic in this week’s episode. Enjoy!

Oct 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be ultra-spiritual? This week’s guest, JP Sears, can absolutely guide you.

JP is an emotional healing coach, YouTuber, author, international teacher, speaker, and world traveler, whose work empowers people to live more meaningful lives. JP is the author of How to Be Ultra Spiritual, and is very active with his online videos where he encourages healing and growth through his humorous and entertainingly informative videos; including his hit Ultra Spiritual comedy series, which has accumulated over 100 million views.

Thanks to JP’s desire to be ultra-spiritual, he’s currently living in beautiful Costa Rica; which explains all the wildlife noises that can be heard during this interview.

Those that know JP only from his comedic videos, will get to experience another side of him in this thought-provoking interview as he openly discusses the wounds of his past, the dragons we must all face, our dysfunctional use of social media, and several additional compelling topics.


What you’ll here in this episode:

  • How JP incorporates his love of language into his many creative projects
  • The origin story of How to Be Ultra Spiritual
  • Why JP thinks so many people connect with his Ultra Spiritual series
  • The dysfunctional use of social media
  • Some examples of emotional healing JP’s experienced for himself
  • Why you can’t achieve your dreams without acknowledging your wounds and facing your dragons
  • Are business challenges really just personal challenges in disguise?


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Oct 3, 2017

We’ve made it! We’re officially back with Season 2! Did you miss us?

Thanks to the incredible feedback we’ve received from our amazing listeners, we’ve decided to change up the format of the show a little bit. Don’t worry, we’re explaining everything in today’s episode.

We’re also talking about the biggest ways we’ve grown since the end of Season 1 because you know we’re all about personal growth and transformation on this show.


What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • A change in the format of the show
  • What “secret perfectionist weapon” did Blake eliminate from his life?
  • The ways Blake and Ivy have each grown since the end of Season 1
  • Why our choices can help us stop being victims of our circumstances
  • How Ivy’s ongoing struggle with anxiety has helped her feel more empowered
  • The importance of acknowledging and evaluating your emotions
  • Why Blake doesn’t like Taylor Swift’s new song and Ivy’s annoyed by John Mayer
  • The power of being part of a community


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May 30, 2017

Welcome to the Season 1 Finale! Today we’re talking about how we’ve grown in the podcast, our lives, and our businesses---all around the theme of vulnerability. Let’s explore the topic together!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Recurrent themes for our guests and for us: vulnerability and authenticity
  • Why vulnerability does NOT equal weakness
  • What vulnerability really is and how it shows up for us
  • The irony of our goal for the podcast (sharing with people the human stories and journeys of phenomenal millennials who have had struggles) and how it’s helped us in the process
  • If you feel scared and “not big enough” . . .
  • Why a “to-do” list can be overwhelming
  • The vulnerability around trusting yourself and listening to your intuition
  • Moving forward from a grounded place and in alignment with your values
  • “Your business success is a function of how many uncomfortable conversations you have.” –Tim Ferris
  • Being supported, strong, and focused
  • Why it shows vulnerability to care about something
  • A look ahead to Season 2 in the fall

Resources: (Find our newsletter, a free gift, and our e-guide, Motivating Your Millennial Mind)

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May 23, 2017

After a life-threatening hospitalization in 2011 from an unforeseen development of Type I Diabetes, Latisha Di Venuto decided that life was too short to not live for her true passions: The Arts and humanities.  Since taking classes, pursuing auditions and doing stand-up shows, Latisha has become a professional actor with appearances on HBO’s Girls, Orange is the New Black, and Street Behavior.  In addition to acting, she loves music, dancing like nobody is watching, and doing marathons... of TV shows.


You can read the full show notes at


May 16, 2017

Do you ever feel like you aren't where you are supposed to be in life? Do you feel like the world has left you behind? It's during these times that we need faith the most. Listen to hear how career coach Evangelia Leclaire is navigating a season of faith while balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship.


Evangelia is an expert career coach at The Muse, and the Founder of Career Ready Set Rock, an independent consultancy for millennial women, moms and moms-to-be who want to make more moves, money, and meaning in their lives and careers.


Evangelia has gone from a Fortune 100 company career to a start-up called Dream Careers that she helped grow globally. There she helped young people discover and pursue their career dreams.


Although Evangelia is a career strategist who swears by strengths assessments and action plans, at heart, she believes that the greatest life blessings and lessons come from being present, surrendering and having faith.



What you'll hear in this episode:


  • What Evangelia is up to right now
  • How Evangelia’s career identity shifted since becoming a mother
  • What it means to Evangelia to be authentic 
  • Helpful tips to guide people in their journey of self-discovery 
  • One of Evangelia’s greatest accomplishments
  • The biggest challenge Evangelia has faced
  • What it's like to be in a "season of faith"
  • How Evangelia balances motherhood with entrepreneurship
  • Learn the challenges that the millennial generation faces
  • How to support millennials 



The Success Principle by Jack Canfield 

Evangelia LeClaire

Motivational Millennial Free Gift 

Motivational Millennial  


May 9, 2017

Is there something that you loved as a child and never stopped loving? For Coyote Peterson, his love and connection to animals has never left him. In this episode, we are interviewing Coyote about his how his passion and the support of his team have led him to success. Tune in to listen to the incredible stories that have shaped his journey.


Coyote is an avid adventurer and animal expert who hosts the Brave Wilderness Channel and the Emmy Award-winning show, Breaking Trail.


Since childhood, animals have played a huge role in his life. Each one of them, from the bizarre to the deadly, have led him on countless pursuits to understand their true nature and develop an appreciation for the incredible habitats they call home.


His goal is to make animal conservation and education entertaining for the next wave of explorers and to further promote compassion and welfare for the natural world through the curiosity it provokes.

You can read the full show notes at

May 2, 2017

Do you feel like since you been doing something for so long that you can’t do something new? Feel like you can’t transition into a new vocation? You can achieve anything. You just need to know what you want to achieve and go after it. 

Lee Norris has been an actor for 26 years. He was on the television shows One Tree Hill, Boy Meets World, and the Torklesons and some movies: the Zodiac and Blood Done Sign my Name. Lee is currently transitioning into the business side of the movie world. After 26 years of acting, he is taking the connections and experiences and using them in a new way.

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Apr 25, 2017

Jules Schroeder is the founder of Unconventional Life, a podcast hosted on Forbes’ Under 30 Channel that profiles millennials who earn their living in non-traditional ways. Jules launched her first 6-figure company at the age of 18 and first 7-figure company at 22, while serving as a digital marketing consultant for many top companies.

You can read the full show notes at

Apr 18, 2017

What do you do on your time off of work? What if you could make that your living? Magician Ryan Kane does that very thing. Ryan got into magic tricks as a child and hasn't stopped loving it since. That could be you! Listen to this episode 48 of Motivational Millennial to learn more about how Ryan Kane has grown from card trick on the street to performing in large theaters in front of hundreds of people.

Ryan is a full-time magician and comedian thriving in San Francisco. When he's not performing for companies like Louis Vuitton, Wells Fargo, and Google, he is headlining his own monthly show in San Francisco for theater goers and helpless San Francisco tourists.

You can read the full show notes at

Apr 11, 2017

Do you feel connected to the wilderness? Maybe Wild Awakenings is for you! Skylar Wilson is working to make a wonderful experience for people who want to connect with the wilderness and lose themselves in it. Listen to episode 47 of Motivational Millennial to learn more about what Skylar is doing and how you can be a part of it. 

Skylar is the founder of Wild Awakenings, a conscious community of change-makers dedicated to the thriving of Earth, life, and humanity. He is a minister in the Creation Spirituality tradition, specializing in guiding sacred wilderness immersion experiences (also known as Vision Quests).

For the last 3 years, Skylar has directed transformational events and retreats for thousands of people around the country, including the Cosmic Mass, an intercultural healing ritual that builds community through dancing and the arts.

What you'll hear in this episode:

  • What Skylar Wilson is up to
  • What Skylar loves about his job
  • Was it challenging for Skylar to go back to normal life?
  • The things Skylar notices when he is coming back
  • The goals of Wild Awakenings 
  • When Skylar knew what he wanted to do with his life
  • Skylar’s biggest dream and how for he had to go to achieve it 
  • What the most significant challenge has been for Skylar and how he is working to overcome it
  • How Skylar brings the wilderness and his work into his day-to-day life
  • The challenges that some members of the millennial generation face


Resources: - for a reduced price coaching session

Wild Awakenings - Skylar’s website

The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos - Brian Swimme

The Universe is a Green Dragon - Brian Swimme


Apr 4, 2017

You always hear the phrase, “trust your gut” but have you ever heard from someone who lives it out choice by choice? It’s hard to trust anything with so many people breathing down your neck and telling you it isn’t a good decision. You forget what your gut said in the first place. Well, today’s guest is here to tell you how she trusts her gut in every decision she makes. Erin Mays doesn’t wait around; she goes where her gut leads.

Erin Mays is co-founder of Ebco and is a design strategist and researcher with deep expertise in innovation and product design.  Erin has worked with top clients such as SC Johnson, Ziploc, P&G, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Samsung, among many others. She specializes in leading comprehensive research programs using an array of methodologies including in-depth interviews, ethnographies, collaborative work sessions, and usability testing.

You can read the full show notes at

Mar 28, 2017

Are you struggling with paying attention and listening to your heart? Do you focus too much on what other people think than what you really want? Rob Reynosa is here to help. Rob is dedicated to helping people empower themselves and come face-to-face with their struggles and doubts. Rob has gone through the same struggles you may be dealing with. Today on Motivational Millennial, we will be talking with Rob about listening to your inner voice and following your heart. 

Rob Reynosa is the Founder and Creator of the #1 Conscious Lifestyle Brand There Is No Ceiling aka THINC. He is a Conscious Creator, an artist and a visionary who has dedicated his life to helping humanity gain clarity about who we truly are and to help humanity understand and use the greatest power known to Mankind - the Infinite Power of their Mind.

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Mar 21, 2017

If you love cutting edge performance and experiencing some of the incredible things that uniquely creative individuals  are able to do, using only their bodies, listen in to today's show, with Blake and Ivy's dynamic guest, Superdope Beatboxer and Theatrical Wizard, Kaila Mullady. 


Out of the box Kaila, who started beatboxing in the fourth or fifth grade, is the 2015 World Beatbox Champion, the 2014 America Vice Beatbox Champion,  three times Loop Station Champion and three times reigning Beat Rhyme Champion. She performs all over New York City, the rest if the country and in other countries, using beatboxing, singing, rapping, poetry and theatre to push the boundaries of creativity and to demonstrate just what the human instrument is capable of. Listen in today and get ready to be blown away!


Today, Kaila talks to Blake and Ivy about:


•What she was like as a kid.

•What she's up to at the moment.

•The fun she has, moving between being an individual performer and a collaborative artist.

•The craziest idea that she's managed to pull off.

•The unique show that she and her team put on in Switzerland.

•The biggest dream she's achieved so far.

•Her work with speech impaired children.

•How gender issues affect the her in the Hip Hop Community.

•How her accomplishments as an artist have surprised her.

•The biggest challenge she's faced so far and how she overcame it.

•Her advice to other millennials who are on a journey towards fulfilment and success.

•The most challenging thing she's had to practice till she could never get it wrong.

•Her take on the Growth Mindset.

•The unique challenges that Millennials face currently.

•Social Entrepreneurship- the way of the future.



Kaila Mullady on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Kaila and her crew's website:

Kaila and her crew on Youtube: The Beatbox House


Kaila recommends: 

Books: The Art Of Learning by Josh Waitzkin 


           Pedagogy Of The Oppressed by Paulo Freire


Mar 14, 2017

Step of out your comfort zone and get yourself where you want to be. Learn to love yourself enough to get out there, and keep leveling up to be the best you can be, so you can keep moving forward toward success. Grow your skills to better your lifestyle. These are just a few of the success tips that today’s guest shares. You can’t listen to this episode and not be changed!


Christopher Burns is an introvert turned extrovert and owner of Burn it Up, a company committed to coaching you to get you to the next step! He has learned the importance of self-worth and gratitude. Listen to this very his energetic interview with the Motivational Millennial team.


Chris, also known as "Mr. Heartfire", is dedicated to awakening the Power in everyone he meets, so they discover and experience the god within and ability to create their reality, leaving them embraced in joy, love, and transcendence. Chris helps leaders and high-achievers to connect with the soul of their message, career, and purpose in life, ultimately creating breakthrough results in freedom, finances, and fulfillment.


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