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A Personal Story on Turning Fear into Freedom

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Feeling scared just means you're making progress. Fear's your friend. So turn it into fuel.

As you pursue the highest version of your largest vision, it’s so very easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re the only one who deals with self-doubt, faces endless obstacles and the icy fingers of a thing called fear…

…but you’re not…

scared is the price brave people pay to enjoy lives that make history

…and the feeling of fear just means you’re making nice progress. And being a hero to every single one of us watching your rise…

I feel frightened too. I’ll admit it. I confront–and walk with–fear all the time. Pretty much every day, actually…

Why?

…because I relentlessly hold myself to a standard higher than you could ever imagine (yes, that standard is an ideal and I’m far from where I want to be–I’m a work in progress, like every human).

…because I push for better endlessly, move toward my discomfort daily and am viscerally devoted to spending the rest of my life realizing my potential. And giving everything I have to lifting others up with me…

…and because in my mind, good enough (even when everyone around you thinks you’re uber-successful) isn’t very good. The whole game of life is to leverage every day to become more, create more and give more, no?

Just one example…from my own life…and one of the icons of our world…

…last year I made a dream come true. I’d always longed to create and then deliver a world-class 4-day business and personal change event that not only created revolutions in peoples’ lives but allowed them to make friends with people at the highest level of success, wealth, decency and service to our world.

…I put together an elite faculty of top experts on peak performance, business mastery, health and longevity and social impact that included Seth Godin, Darren Hardy, Verne Harnish, James Rouse, James Victore and Kevin Harrington.

…I called the gathering The Titan Summit: The Ultimate Mastermind for Ultra-Successful Performers.

…I limited the the group to just 100 seats so it was intimate, transformational and unforgettable…and my team and I poured our hearts into making it epic.

…it turned out to be one of the single greatest experiences of my 18 year career.

…some called the event “poetic” and have used what they learned to build fortunes. Some took the insights and advanced tools and raised their personal lifestyles to the point where they feel true freedom for the first time in decades. Some left the event and rewired their mindset for deep gratitude, daily happiness and their finest health of their lives. The success stories still pour in…

Ok…

…it would have been so easy for me to repeat what I did last year and see similar results…

…but I need to push myself 100X. Always. So I came up with an idea…it was dramatic…and it scared me

…what if I reached out to Sir Richard Branson, widely considered the most famous entrepreneur on the planet, a veritable Titan and asked him to join us for this year’s gathering?

…look, I come from very humble beginnings. My parents are immigrants. I grew up in a town of 2000 people. No silver spoon in my mouth…so this was a reach…

…those in my inner circle told me it was impossible. He was too busy with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, philanthropic ventures and unleashing all his other big ideas on the world.

…those around me said that even if I could get to him, he would say no.

…but the impossible is mostly just the untried. And so I set about on a fierce mission to make my dream happen. I made phone call after phone call, sent email after email and did whatever was in my power to get my goal done.

…I was scared (of rejection, of success, of being laughed at). But forged forward anyway knowing that the more we practice being fearless, the more fearless becomes our way of being

…after relentless effort, I was connected with the person at Virgin who is responsible for Sir Richard’s engagements. And after more calls, communications and interactions, we got the job done.

…Sir Richard Branson will be at The Titan Summit 2014 LIVE along with my all-star faculty who will show the Titans in the room how to create EXPONENTIAL growth within their business and personal lives.

…I’m now turning my focus and drive to bring a hip-hop legend to the event. Who knows whether I can get to him and if he’ll come. But I need to give perfect effort to see what can be. And it never hurts to ask :)

If you’re interested in getting one of the very limited seats to The Titan Summit 2014, please check your inbox this Wednesday. I’ll open registration then.

Watch this short video trailer about the event.

With much respect and appreciation,

P.S. Kindly note I’ll only be offering about 100 seats to The Titan Summit 2014 with Sir Richard Branson (the rest of the spaces have already been sold to last year’s participants and clients at T48T this past June)…

…so if you feel you belong in that room, watch for my “registration open” message this Wednesday.

…and watch this video now.

All green lights! :)

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The Last Days of Average

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

You were born to win. Built to wow and designed to inspire. Live that potential today.

You were constructed to win.

You’ve been designed to wow.

And you’ve been built to inspire.

As we get you to your NLWC (Next Level of World-Class), I wanted to run you through some of the core distinctions between those who operate at average…

…and those who have the guts and acumen to aim for ICONIC…

Fair Warning: This piece is a little longer than usual. We live in a world where too many people have given up the ability to go deep and read intensely, preferring dancing cat videos and short bursts of cotton-candy content designed to entertain versus educate…

…my heartfelt encouragement is stay with this post until the end. Reflect on the insights I’ve worked so hard to share. And most key, live the message

And so

#1. Average performers love to talk about others. Iconic producers are obsessed with discussing their dreams.

#2. Average performers adore leisure. They know the hot tv shows, spend their finest hours playing video games and are first among friends to secure the latest gadget. Iconic producers are vastly different…their addiction is learning. They invest in books, go to conferences, mastermind with masters and do whatever it takes to make their tomorrows better than their todays. Please remember: the more you know, the more you can achieve. Knowledge is the greatness creator.

#3. Average performers resign themselves to mediocrity, thinking that the elite are somehow smarter, faster and cut from a different cloth. I call this The Myth of Genius. Don’t buy into it. Iconic producers have a different perception. They get that genius and legendary is not the result of divinely-orchestrated talent. Nope. It’s a lot more about focus, discipline, sacrifice, suffering, stamina and ridiculous amounts of hard work. They get that rising to world-class is never easy. But it’s always worth it.

#4. Average performers disrespect time. You’ll see them waiting hours for a great table in a cool restaurant. They buy groceries when everyone else buys groceries. They are often late and known for procrastination. Iconic producers understand that time is a blessing. They use their best hours for their most important pursuits. They have a clear written plan for the next 10 years, 5 years and this year. They schedule their days, knowing that structure is the doorway into freedom.

#5. Average performers use victimspeak. Everything is “a mess” or “trouble” or “a problem”. But the words you use drive the energy you feel. And to rise to exceptional, you need to tap into your natural reservoir of massive energy. So iconic producers leverage their words to raise their games. Their language inspires. And reveals the fact that–deep within–they view themselves as captains of their fate versus powerless little pawns.

#6. Average performers stop when they’re scared. Iconic producers press ahead when stricken by fear, understanding that persistence is the DNA of becoming a game-changer. And that bravery is the result of practice versus a natural gift.

#7. Average performers follow the crowd. Their dominant focus is to fit in, be liked and receive tribal acceptance. Iconic performers care not what others think. They’ve developed the confidence to think for themselves. They set their own dreams, run their own values and march to their personal drumbeat. That not only causes rare-air success. It produces enduring happiness.

#8. Average performers are pleasure-driven. Everything they do is about fulfilling their desires and feeling good in the moment (often done as an escape from the pain of potential betrayed). Iconic producers are purpose-driven. They are fuelled by their Mighty Why–that singular and gorgeous vision of a bigger future that keeps them up late and gets them out of bed early. They viscerally understand that the secret of passion is purpose. And that once you articulate your why, the hows automatically present themselves.

#9. The average performer is pure consumer. It’s all about buying and having things. Their self-identity is based on the brands, labels and badges of the moment. Iconic producers care very little about stuff. What stokes their fire has less to do with being a consumer and a lot more to do with being a maker. For them, their compelling cause is all about using their creativity, energy, talents and time to produce value that not only delivers their personal dreams but makes the world a greater place.

I sincerely hope these nine points inspire, help and serve your rise.

Your time really is now. My respectful suggestion: release all excuses, reasons, rationales and resentments. Today’s a fresh canvas. A new beginning. And your beautiful opportunity to step into the life you ache to live…

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

…And for everyone who loved the video I sent out the other day and has been asking me to open up registration for The Titan Summit 2014 this December, please note I’ll do so next week (so check your inbox for my message so you get one of the limited seats)…

THANK YOU for the interest. It’s been overwhelming

If you missed my video, definitely watch it now.

Oh–and the BIG announcement everyone’s been wondering about is…

Sir Richard Branson will be on the stage with me live at this year’s gathering of people from across the planet coming together to share, learn and build epic businesses + legendary lives.

…I’m going all out for those who get in…

…my faculty is all-star, global experts on creating EXPONENTIAL results in your business, mindset, health, finances and impact on our world.

…I should mention that this 4-day event is not for everyone. Only people who get the value of world-class information and who understand the awesome value of spending 4 days in a room with billionaires, industry legends and ultra-successful human beings should come.

…so save December 9-12 (at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto) on your calendar and watch for my message next week signalling that registration is open (I’m limiting seats again this year to keep the gathering ultra-exclusive).

See you in December. Tons of respect and appreciation,

P.S. Go ahead and watch my video now

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Make Victory Your New Normal

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

I gave my heart and soul (and countless hours) making this new video for you

Those within my inner circle are saying it’s the single most life-changing video they’ve ever seen…

…but it’s taken a lot out of me…to share so much information, inspiration and visceral passion…

So in a few weeks, I’ll say goodbye for a while. It may be for a week or two. Or it may be longer. I just need time for myself…to renew, refuel and rethink…

Watch this video that I made with such devotion to awaken the bravest and best part of you

At my very core is my highest belief: that you are made to astonish, built to wow and designed to live a life that makes history.

This video will fuel your rise

With a ton of respect and true appreciation,

P.S. This epic video will expire soon so please watch it now before it comes down

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The Man Who Lost His Face

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

The place where failure happens is also the place where courage lives

Heroism is less about “pre-installed bravery” and more about what you do when you’re petrified.

The women and men we see as heroic are mostly good, ordinary people who found strength they didn’t know they had in moments of difficulty, threat or danger.

We all have untapped courage within us. You absolutely are much stronger than you know.

Which brings me to Niki Lauda, the past Formula One racing world champion…

…and what he experienced on August 1, 1976.

It was early in the race, at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. As Lauda made a turn at high speed, he lost control and hit the wall, his Ferrari exploding into flames.

Lauda was trapped in his car for nearly a minute at temperatures that neared 425C.

His scalp and face were dramatically burned.

“Another ten seconds and I would have died,” says Lauda.

At the hospital, a priest was called in to deliver last rites.

“When I came into the hospital. You feel like you are very tired, and you would like to go to sleep. But you know it’s not just go and sleeping. It’s something else. And you just fight with your brain. You hear noises and you hear voices, and you just try to listen to what they are saying and you try to keep your brain working to get the body ready to fight against illness… I did that and that way I survived,” Lauda explained to a reporter at History Versus Hollywood.com.

He added that when his wife at the time first walked into his hospital room, she fainted. “So I knew it could not have been good.”

Yet…

remarkably, Lauda–with bloody bandages covering his damaged scalp–put on his racing helmet to compete only 6 weeks later at The Italian Grand Prix.

He placed fourth.

Lauda is now an aviation entrepreneur and successful ‎businessman.

And he rarely appears in public without his famous red cap. That covers his scars.

Our Takeaways:

#1. You’re Stronger Than You Know

Inner strength and personal toughness are not natural traits. No. They are character elements that get forged in the fire of hard conditions.

You really are stronger than you know. Difficult situations allow your power to express itself. And pushing yourself well past your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual limits only serves to expand them.

#2. Get Back into the Car Fast

Lauda admitted he was frightened to race again.

And to get back into the seat only 6 weeks after his near-collision with death strikes many as an act of insanity.

But Lauda knew that the longer he waited, the more his fear would become his way of being. And so he felt the pain, confronted his demons and got back into the game.

Same for you and I. When we fail, fall and stumble, get back up and keep on going as quickly as possible. As you know so well, the place where failure happens is also the place where courage lives.

#3. Never Stop Accelerating

Lauda kept on racing–even after he left the track.

After retirement, he started two airlines. He wrote a book. And he just continued his winning streak.

You see, for the epic performer, there is no top end.

The whole game is the process. For A-players, the end of one victory is the beginning of the next.

You just never want to coast. Never want to rest on your laurels. Never want to slow down, stagnate and base your self-identity on the trophies you won 20 years ago.

And so with sincere encouragement for your greatness, I wish you all green lights.

Your fan always,

PLEASE NOTE…

If you’re really ready to develop the mindset of a champion, the habits of a top producer and create an exceptional life, I’d LOVE to help you…

So please note…

…only a very limited number of seats remain for my annual LIVE event The 48 Hour Transformation this June.

…‎this is widely considered one of the best personal development and self-mastery weekends in the world.

…the way you work, behave and live will never be the same after this event (can you really afford not to be in the room with us?)

as with all my events, we’re headed for a completely sold out program.

So if you want to make quantum leaps in your mindset, discover how the most successful and happy people in the world get their results and raise your life to the highest level (versus letting your greatest potential remain dormant)…

definitely claim one of the remaining seats now before it’s too late

We’ll spend two full days together where I’ll walk you through my breakthrough insights, models and tools on peak productivity, elite confidence, superachievement and constructing a life that you can truly be proud of.

I probably won’t do this event again given the demands on my time these days so I really encourage you to make the choice that will change your life by joining me and all the other amazing people you’ll meet at this event.

Snap up your seat now

Hesitate and you’ll miss this opportunity.

Really looking forward to meeting you in June and helping you do some aw‎esome things with your life.

Be great.

P.S. Here are all the details on The 48 Hour Transformation along with testimonials of wowed past participants who made changes they never thought they could make.

I truly want to meet you personally and help you make your dreams come true.

Speak soon. Bye.

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How to Keep a Journal

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Keeping a daily journal has not only changed my life – it saved it.

During my hardest and most painful times, I’d write my suffering out on a blank piece of paper. And I’d reconnect with all the simple blessings in my life – along with my highest dreams. My journal kept me going…

Groundbreaking research on elite performance and ultra-achievement is now confirming that keeping a journal on a regular basis boosts mental focus, increases self-confidence, elevates your mental attitude and increases the levels of happiness that you feel.

For YEARS, people at my seminars + those following me on Facebook + Twitter have been asking me to record a practical training video on why + how to keep a journal.

So in my hotel room in Luanda, Angola I did it. It’s a GREAT little video that explains the game-changing value of journaling in easy steps.

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Hope you’re getting a ton of SUPERB value from all this free training I’m sending over to you. I really wanted to do something special for you.

Let’s get you + your life to a completely new level of productivity + success + happiness. Actually, let’s help you shatter your limits, doubts and excuses so you become “one of the Great Ones.” Life’s just too short to play small.

Your success partner,

P.S. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A YEAR, I’m making a limited number of memberships to my famous 21-day online program for ultra-achievement and living a life you love available. The Robin Sharma Success System has helped THOUSANDS of people just like you defeat their fears, achieve giant goals and enjoy more happiness than they could ever have imagined.

If you’re ready for some DRAMATIC and LASTING improvements in your mindset, energy levels, productivity, performance, financial life and overall happiness, then – seriously – you truly cannot afford not to try this 21-day online Success System.

It comes with 100% money back guarantee so you have absolutely nothing to lose and the life you have always wanted to live to gain.

I’m not ready to make any of the limited memberships available as of yet, but to get onto the priority access list (PAL) to get advance chance at one of the limited memberships, go here.

Ok. That’s it for now. Go do something great today. Please.

Begin Video Transcript:

Hi. It’s Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title. Welcome to my hotel room here in Luanda, Angola.

I just finished a Lead Without a Title presentation for about 500 leading executives here in this amazing country with incredible opportunity. Businesses from around the world are pouring into Angola. And I had a great presentation, a great time with them.

I’ve got my water filled with some vitamin C, one of my secret weapons on the road. I’m on this 10-country tour. I’m getting ready to go down to the gym to have a nice work out where I not only get my cardio going and do some resistance training, but also put on my iPod and go through audio books.

But this video is a very special one. First of all, I want to express gratitude to you for being with me on this video. I appreciate your time and I want to some great value. And this video is about a subject that a lot of people have been asking me about for a lot of years. Why keep a journal? And I talk a lot in my books about journaling.

From the stage I really evangelize the power of journaling to keep your mindset positive, to reconnect you with your goals every morning and your mission, to keep your productivity high, and to keep you nice and happy. And towards the end of this video I’m actually going to let you inside my own journal and show you what I wrote this morning, just to give you a really crisp and clear example of the kinds of things you can do in a journal.

But let me get right into it with why you should keep a journal. Number one, writing in a journal allows you to record your daily progress. There’s a lot of scientific research on the small win theory. And what it says is this, if every single day you record small daily acts of progress, you actually dump dopamine, a neurotransmitter, into your brain.

And that is a great source of motivation. You feel happy and you feel strong, and you feel inspired. So every single morning, in your holy hour from 5 to 6, take 20 minutes, record you’re wins of the previous day in your journal. It’ll keep you motivated, it’ll make you feel like you’re making progress, it’ll keep you inspired versus always feeling like you’re never achieving enough.

Second thing that you can do in your journal. Record daily insights. So every single day is a platform for learning more. I mean, if you just learn something but you don’t really record it, you really don’t deepen the learning into your mindset. So part of what I do my journal is I record daily learning in my journal. And that just increases my awareness.

So if I’m reading a book or listening to an audio book, by writing it down it increases the stickiness of the learning. And I can actually go back a week later and highlight the learning, so it becomes more powerful and I can act on it. Because you know this, ideation without execution is delusion. So you want to be executing constantly about what you’re learning.

What else? Writing in a journal is a great way to record gratitude. So you know, I think about that Persian proverb, I cursed the fact I had no shoes until I saw the man who had no feet. What am I suggesting to you? Well, the third reason to journal is so that you heighten your blessings, the good things in your life, in your mindset.

I mean, most of us have food on our table. Most of us have fresh drinking water. Most of us can breathe fresh oxygen. Most of us have people we love. Most of that us have work that matters. Most of us have all these incredible blessings that most people would never imagine having.

And yet we curse the fact that there’s too much traffic. We get upset about a difficult conversation with a hard customer. We stumble as we move towards closer our goals or our mission, and we get frustrated. And to make little things into big things and we start developing this mindset where little problems become problems. And as you know, a problem is only a problem if you choose to see it as a problem.

And what I’m suggesting to you is recording gratitude in your journal. Shift your mindset so you start to see things you didn’t notice around you. And everything becomes a miracle. And even this day becomes a blessing. And even if customer or a teammate or your child in front of you becomes this incredible blessing.

I mean, I remember when I was in South Africa on a previous trip that I was talking to someone driving a cab, who was driving us around from event to event. I said, where do you get your point attitude from? He was always smiling. And he said, every person in front of me is a blessing. I said, why? He said, because it’s not a dead body. He said, most of my life I’ve seen so many dead bodies around me. And he said, when I see a person in front me I smile because it’s life. It’s a human being in front of me. It’s not someone dead. And to me that’s the kind of thing that you could write about in your journal.

What else can you write about in your journal? Well, Bruce Lee, when he was worried, would dump his worry out onto pieces of paper and then he would light those pieces of paper onto fire. And he said, that little trick allowed him to clear out the worry from his mind so he could focus on what’s most important.

Now there’s a few lessons in that idea. I mean, first of all, creativity needs a space to present itself. If your mind is full of worry then there is no space for the muse, the creative goddess, to show up with your game changing ideas that you can then act on to get you to world class. So again, creativity needs space, but if your mind is so full of worry and different ideas, then creativity will not present itself.

The neurobiology, or neuroscience of it is alpha state. I know I’m giving you a lot of information here, but your brain needs to let go of the worry and relax so it can rise to the realm of genius, which is called alpha state. And that’s the state you have. We all have the realm of genius. But you need to create a space for those genius ideas to present themselves.

So writing in a journal allows you to release your worries, release all your mundane, trivial ideas that are swirling around your brain so then you can create that space to get those game-changing ideas that get your career, your business, you like, your fitness, your finances to world class.

And what I’m simply saying– this comes from the Ohio State University. They’re realizing that thoughts are almost like material things. And so when you write in a journal, you take these so-called almost-material things out of your mind, pour it out into paper, you’re then free to focus, to create, to relax, and to feel peaceful.

What else? In your journal you can write and record life’s daily progress. I mean, you have a great meal in a restaurant– I actually will take the business card, I’ll glue it in with my glue stick, I’ll put it right into my journal. And then I’ll write about the food, the space, the chef, the conversation, how I felt, when I learned.

I mean, Your life is worth living. Your life matters. Your life is legendary. Your life is epic. Record it every day. If you would have come into my home and walk into my study, you would see 10s and 10s of these leather bound journals, where I’ve recorded my days, my victories, my lessons, quotes that I love, pictures that I sometimes take on my phone and then I print out and put in here. I’ve got my collages in here of the places I want to ski, the places I want to visit, the things I want to have, the impact I want to have, it’s all in the journal.

Which brings me to my journal. I’m going to let you in it. This morning’s recordings, right now. OK. I promised I was going to take you right into my journal. So you can see, right here– and you can see I write things down all the time. This is my mole skin that I write– that I work out with. And I just get all these different ideas from audio books that I listen to or different influences.

So this is my journal. I’m letting you right into it. Today is Wednesday, February the 19th. I’ve written down [? Blessed ?] Luanda, Angola. You can see right here, daily gratitude. I hope you see this clearly. I’m just trying to be of service to you and let you right into my personal journal. And I’ve written down, I am grateful for my family, health– my family, they’re healthy, they’re passionate, they’re authentic, they’re loving and then they’re awesome.

Underneath that I put down I am grateful for my great health. Wealth is peak health. Health is the crown on the well person’s head that only the ill person can see. Right from my journal here in Luanda, Angola this morning.

And then I put down this thing, iteration. Because with better awareness you can make better choices. Better choices, better results. So leadership and excellence and world class is about iteration. So I’ve said, iteration– I want to start drinking four litres of water today, eat every four hours, which I try to do, and just stay clean. In other words, eating clean. By writing down your daily goals, research has shown you have a much greater ability to get the goals done. Daily goal setting is another thing you can do in your journal.

What else is in here? My daily gratitude. Well, my mission. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve 500 people today. To inspire, to uplift, to elevate, to educate, and to spread the Lead Without Title message. I hope this is helping you. Just trying to show you really practically– I’ve also written, I am so grateful to be out on this tour with Jason. Jason is our CEO. I so appreciate his excellence and commitment, and my team’s dedication, and our opportunity to do our part to change the world. Right out of my daily journal. Just to reinforce what’s most important. In this age of dramatic distraction, I come back to my mission every single morning in here and so can you.

I don’t want to bore you. Let me just keep on going here. I’m so grateful for the simple but beautiful meal at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria yesterday and the– oh, I can’t even read my own writing. Oh, the amazing audience at the event. And then, I am grateful for this day. My life in miniature. To pursue my craft, express my talents, and to have some fun.

And then what did I do this morning? I went, tour goals revisited. So daily goal setting. It just locks me in while the rest of the world is asleep, it locks me in to what this day is going to stand for so I can execute flawlessly. I put stay fit, strong, focused, and positive. Create content, ideate, and learn daily. That’s another one of my tour goals. It’s a 10-country tour. World class at every show. Serve the client. Proper rest, pacing, and be peaceful. Have fantastic meals, great– what is my writing here? Great conversation, have fun, increased experiences as a– increase my experiences as a global nomad and evangelize my message, Leading Without a Title, and being an inspirational force.

So there you go. I actually took you, for the first time I’ve ever done this, right inside my own journal and the notes that I made this morning here in Luanda, Angola. I hope you keep a journal. I hope you adopt this daily best practice that I’ve shared with so many elite performers from around the world. And if you’re currently already journaling, I hope you take the practice to the next level. I hope I’ve been of service to you. Bye bye from Luanda, Angola.

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