MINDSET ZONE All Episodes Directory

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Happiness & Self-care
May 27, 2022Happiness & Self-care | Melinda Cohan interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D.

“Often, people don’t take the time for self-care because they feel selfish, so they are always in the last bit of patience and the last piece of energy. When they start to recognize that by taking care of themselves, they have much more to give others, that is when the magic really starts to happen.”Ana Melikian In this episode, Melinda and I talk about how happiness and self-care go hand in hand. I point out that if we do not prioritize ourselves, we will never be our best selves, nor will we have enough to give others. We explore the research-based idea that the path to happiness is not sacrifice and self-denial. We point out that, as coaches, we need to lead by example and practice what we preach, and prioritizing ourselves, and our needs is at the top of the …

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Mighty Networks & Community Mindset with Gina Bianchini
May 20, 2022Mighty Networks & Community Mindset with Gina Bianchini

“A community sits at the center of how we do this: how we go through life together and how we learn from other people’s stories, experiences, and ideas; how we tackle things that we didn’t think were possible; how we find meaning and purpose from being a part of something bigger than ourselves.” Gina Bianchini Today, Gina Bianchini joins me to talk about how to create thriving and successful communities. She explains why social media isn’t a community and offers her insight on how to identify a real community. She shares an example of a thriving community and explains why just about everything can be traced back to community. Gina discusses what it really means to be a social animal and talks about Mighty Networks, explaining what it is and why it’s needed. She points out that human beings aren’t one-size-fits-all, and neither should be communities. She also talks about the community …

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Beauty, Humanity, and B Corp with Jennifer Norman
May 13, 2022Beauty, Humanity, and B Corps with Jennifer Norman

“Every company is in the wellness business, whether they know it or not.” Jennifer Norman Today, Jennifer joins me to talk about beauty. She defines what it means to be beautiful and explains why she started The Human Beauty Movement. Jennifer notes the importance of creating good role models and safe spaces, and she emphasizes the power of self-care. She offers her thoughts on B Corp and shares the triple bottom line of running a business well. She also shares the story behind her SuperCaptainBraveMan series, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and the need to encourage asking …

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Fighter Pilot Mindset with Kim “KC” Campbell
May 6, 2022Fighter Pilot Mindset with Kim “KC” Campbell

“It’s not the fear that matters; it’s what you do when you are scared that matters.” Kim Campbell Today, Kim joins me to share her story and what she’s learned from it. She shares why she decided to become a fighter pilot and talks about her experience as one of the few female fighter pilots at the time. Kim talks about when her airplane was hit by a missile over Baghdad, sharing what it was like in the moment and what she took from the experience afterward. She talks about the importance of a wingman and explains why we need a wingman culture. She defines the fighter pilot mindset, and she shares her thoughts on the power of small acts of courage. She points out that it’s easy to blame an individual when someone goes wrong, but it’s the leader’s job to set the precedent of tracking down and learning from the problem’s root cause. She also discusses the importance of showing the human side of …

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Decluttering Your Mind with Harriet Stein
April 29, 2022Decluttering Your Mind with Harriet Stein

  “Mindfulness is not about stopping anything. There’s no stopping. It’s just noticing our thoughts—with compassion, with non-judgment.” Harriet Stein Today, Harriet joins me to share her story and talk about what she does. She explains why mindfulness is for you—even if you don’t think so. We talk about the concept of monkey mind, and she urges you to take control of your mind. She emphasizes the importance of avoiding multitasking, and she discusses why your relationship with the past is probably determining too many of your actions and perspectives. She explains what beginner’s mind is, and she distinguishes between planning and worrying. Finally, she notes the hallmarks of …

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Online Learning Post-Covid19 with Danny Iny
April 22, 2022Online Learning Post-Covid19 with Danny Iny

“[Information] is a great way of expanding your horizons of what’s possible…but it’s not very good for developing competence.” Danny Iny Today, Danny joins me to talk about the different ways to learn. He discusses his love-hate relationship with formal education and talks about the different powers and limitations of information. He notes that formal education is a misfit for more people than we generally suppose, and he shares his definition of learning. He lists the three steps of a learning journey and talks about the pros and cons of online learning. He explains why not to disregard online learning as ineffective right away, he talks about the hybrid approaches to learning, and he offers his insight on succeeding (and not just trying) outside of your comfort …

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Becoming More Resilient with Vered Kogan
April 15, 2022Becoming More Resilient with Vered Kogan

“Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world.” Vered Kogan Today, Vered joins me to talk about resilience. She shares practical tips for resilience and explains why we resemble batteries. She notes that, when your battery is depleted, you can’t be at your best. She shares her practical tips for keeping your battery full and stopping leaks. She notes that any change involves grief, emphasizes the power of labeling how you feel, talks about the four domains of resilience, explains the meaning and importance of coherence, and guides us through a Quick Coherence …

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The Happiness Pie
April 8, 2022The Happiness Pie

“We cannot force positivity. Yet, we can create conditions that facilitate positive emotions to happen.” Ana Melikian In The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky introduces the concept of the Happiness Pie. She explains that, while research suggests that 50% of our well-being is determined by our genetics, only 10% is determined by life circumstances. The remaining 40% can be determined by intentional activity—what we think and what we …

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Investing Mindshift with Marcia Dawood
April 1, 2022Investing Mindshift with Marcia Dawood

“Are you really solving a big problem, or do you have a solution that’s in search of a problem?” Marcia Dawood Today, Marcia joins me to share her story and her advice. She talks about why most companies don’t make it and shares how she minimized the risks associated with startups. She shares the questions you should be asking yourself about your startup, as well as tips on what investors love to see. She emphasizes the importance of a flexible mindset, explains why an investor’s “No” doesn’t always mean “No,” and shares why you should ask for advice if you want money, and vice …

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The Courage Mindset with CB Bowman
March 25, 2022The Courage Mindset with CB Bowman

“My intent is not to shame or blame. My intent is to create awareness.” CB Bowman Today, CB joins me to redefine courage. She explains that our classic understanding of courage is too lofty and unattainable and that the real thing is much more down-to-earth. She gives examples of everyday tasks that take courage and defines courage as the ability to act despite adversaries and despite supporters. She notes the importance of creating awareness, and she posits that everyone holds responsibility for how what they say comes across to others. She also introduces her 6-step process of …

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The Howard Stern Show - How to Show Up and Create a Best Selling Book: A True Story by Debbie Allen
March 18, 2022The Howard Stern Show – How to Show Up and Create a Best Selling Book: A True Story by Debbie Allen

“You’ll never have it perfect. You just have to jump in sometimes with as much knowledge as you have, and go from there.“ Debbie Allen Today, Debbie returns to the show to share her story—in particular, the story of how she got on the Howard Stern Show. She talks about how to toot your own horn and stand up for yourself and shares the story of how she challenged Howard on the air. She notes the value of asking: what do I have to lose? She also shares what she learned about entrepreneurship with and from her dad in his successes and …

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A Woman's Mindset Development with Clementina Esposito
March 11, 2022A Woman's Mindset Development with Clementina Esposito

“Not everybody is willing to do that work, but until we really stand for ourselves and for what is real-unconditional love-all the other changes will be very hard-pressed to stick.” Clementina Esposito Today, Clementina joins me to share her story. We discuss the no-win situation many women find themselves in, talk about the power of dress, and explore how to create a space to talk about gender equality. We note the importance of getting rid of shame and blame, discuss the power of curiosity, and emphasize the importance of being patient and accepting when stories are …

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The Art of Supportive Confrontation with Flip Brown
March 4, 2022The Art of Supportive Confrontation with Flip Brown

“You can’t grow your business without growing yourself.” Flip Brown Today, Flip joins me to talk about supportive confrontation. He notes that, contrary to popular belief, confrontation can be a good thing. He points out that no one can make a person feel anything, and he distinguishes between happiness and other similar states such as contentment or fulfillment. He defines business culture and explores what’s behind the Great Resignation. He shares what James Taylor said about the secret to life, and he discusses the importance of taking care of our …

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Beyond Optimism & Resilience with Janice Perkins
February 25, 2022Beyond Optimism & Resilience with Janice Perkins

“Authentic optimism is a deep-seated mindset and a daily practice that, over time, means that I face things looking for something good to come from it, even when it’s a setback or a trauma. And I think all of those things come from that deep well of hope.” Janice Perkins Today, Janice joins me to talk about optimism versus hope. She talks about what authentic optimism really means, noting that it needs to be founded in a deep well of hope. She notes that hope can coexist with trauma and sadness, and she shares her BRIGHT acronym. Janice explores what makes a good support system, observes the importance of stubbornness, and points out that your legacy will be the impact you leave on people. We discuss the difference between “critical” and “urgent”, and she notes the importance of figuring out how you personally define …

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Change is a Messy Journey: From Wall Street to New Hope with Irma Jennings
February 18, 2022Change is a Messy Journey: From Wall Street to New Hope with Irma Jennings

“It’s these magic moments that drop in and say, ‘It’s time to go left now.” Irma Jennings Today, Irma joins me to share her story. She talks about how she got involved in Wall Street in the first place and gives an insight into what it was like to be a woman on Wall Street in the 1970s. She notes the power of curiosity, talks about being a good parent while working, and discusses handling the messiness of life. Irma also shares how she pivoted from trading to identifying food as medicine and the ensuing lessons she …

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From Fear to Greatness with Izabela Lundberg
February 11, 2022From Fear to Greatness with Izabela Lundberg

“For me, there was no option of ‘Can I? Should I?’ I just did it.” Izabela Lundberg Today, Izabela joins me to share her story, discussing how her experience escaping the war zone of the Yugoslav Wars with her sister helped to prepare her for the work she does with organizations and leaders today. She talks about the turning point that occurred with her father’s dying words, notes the power of following your instincts when it comes to defeating fear, and emphasizes the importance of embracing change. We talk about the problem with directly comparing your struggles to others’, and Izabela discusses how to overcome the fear of being …

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Spiral Dynamics Leadership Mindset with Natasha Todorovic
February 4, 2022Spiral Dynamics Leadership Mindset with Natasha Todorovic

“Defining a belief is filling in the gap between knowing and not knowing.” Natasha Todorovic-Cowan Today, Natasha joins me to talk about Spiral Dynamics®. She explains what it is and why it’s important, sharing clients’ stories. She discusses relationship systems, explaining why they’re important for mutual understanding as we change, evolve, develop, and grow. Natasha shares her experience and memories of former Yugoslavia. She offers her tips on navigating the change and disruption caused by Covid-19, notes the importance of asking how other people hold their beliefs and shares her 5 Point Model of …

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Cultivating Innovation with Libba Pinchot, Ph.D.
January 28, 2022Cultivating Innovation with Libba Pinchot, Ph.D.

“The antidote is action.” Dr. Libba Pinchot Today, Dr. Pinchot joins me to talk about how we can help people cultivate innovation. She defines innovation, explaining why it’s not top-down. We discuss the mindset of innovation and talk about the different types of failure, noting that some failure is good and acceptable. We talk about the price of disengaged employees and share some statistics on the mindset of today’s youth. Dr. Pinchot notes the need for integrity in companies, emphasizes the importance of avoiding blaming and shaming, and posits that people are basically …

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From Resistance to Embracing Mel Robbins #5SecondRule
January 21, 2022From Resistance to Embracing Mel Robbins #5SecondRule

“You were inspired by somebody and you have a request? Make it! That's why you're here! Experiment with it, and I think you'll be shocked about what happens.” Mel Robbins Sometimes we humor our knee-jerk reactions of resistance too much. In this episode, I talk about Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule, explaining why and how to listen more to our good impulses before doubts have a chance to creep in. I summarize Mel’s thesis that, if you don’t physically act on an impulse within five seconds, you kill it. I explain why I initially resist her message and why I’ve been converted. I note the power of counting backward, explaining why it’s effective, and I explore the different ways to use the …

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Success is Easy with Debbie Allen
January 14, 2022Success is Easy with Debbie Allen

“Every business I’ve ever started, I knew nothing about…it just shows, if you’re passionate about wanting to learn something, you can learn it.” Debbie Allen Today, Debbie joins me to share her story. She talks about the importance of the learning journey, shares why she moved from entrepreneurship to coaching and mentoring and notes the importance of putting one foot in front of the other. She discusses why she decided to write her most recent book, explaining why success is easy and noting that all you need to do to succeed is be willing to learn. She emphasizes the power of coaches and mentors, and we discuss growth mindset. She notes the importance of having a backup plan, explains why failure is a lesson, defines success, and shares how to know if you’re on the wrong …

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January 7, 2022Life is Two Days…

Tommy Acierno Interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D. “Life is two days, and the first we spend waking up.” Ana Melikian, Ph.D. In this rebroadcasted episode, Tommy and I have a conversation about how our mindsets influence our relationships, career, and success. We note that to create real, sustainable, and lasting change, it’s up to us to align our mindsets with a sound strategy and take actions to implement it. We note a line from a Portuguese song, discussing what it means to wake up, why we have multiple “wake-ups” in our life, and what to do about …

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Networking Fixed and Growth Mindsets with Joe Apfelbaum
December 31, 2021Networking Fixed and Growth Mindsets with Joe Apfelbaum

“The process of networking means doing the work of connecting with people. Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, you like connecting with people.” Joe Apfelbaum Joe joins me to talk about his book and how to overcome the fear of networking. He tells the story of his first failed experience with networking and shares what it taught him about the real meaning of networking. He explains why networking doesn’t have anything to do with being introverted or extroverted, and he notes that there are many shades of mindset between fixed and growth. He issues a call to stop making excuses, and he shares the three facets that make up a mindset. He notes the power of consistency, explains why being in business for the money doesn’t work, and notes the importance of self-knowledge and doing what brings you joy. He also gives an overview of what you’ll find in his book, “High Energy Networking: get anything you want in life while building meaningful relationships that last a …

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How to Change Our Mindset
December 24, 2021How to Change Our Mindset

Don Hutcheson interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D. “We have to learn to be forgiving [towards ourselves]–that is part of the process. And by persisting, mainly in the beginning…that is what allows us to transform and then create a new habit.” Ana Melikian In this episode, we are rebroadcasting a conversation where Don Hutcheson interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D., the host of the Mindset Zone podcast. We talk about how to change our mindsets, what mindset is, Carol Dweck’s work, and glasses as a mindset metaphor. We note that the capacity to change is especially important when circumstances demand more flexibility, resilience, and innovative solutions. I also share advice on what to do when you’re finding it hard to change your mindset, emphasizing that, though it is difficult, it’s worth …

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How to Be Flexible & Resilient
December 18, 2021How to Be Flexible & Resilient

Vered Kogan interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D. “Try not run to fix it. Listen. Ask questions. Be more coach like.” Ana Melikian In this episode, we are rebroadcasting a conversation where Vered Kogan interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D., the host of the Mindset Zone podcast. Vered starts by asking Ana about her professional background and hobbies, and then they quickly dive into the mindset topic that both are passionate about. Ana starts by explaining how she defines mindsets. She goes on to explain her conceptual model that sees mindsets as one side of a triangle, that is complemented by the other two sides, strategy, and implementation. They explore how mindsets can help us to be more flexible and …

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From Affirmation to Powersong
December 10, 2021From Affirmations to PowerSongs with Lowry Olafson

“It's your life. Make it sing.” Lowry Olfson Lowry joins me on the podcast to talk about his definition of mindset. He talks about the importance of being aware of your mindset and we discuss what makes a good mindset. We talk about managing your energy to avoid burnout. He explains what PowerSongs are, sharing the story of how he stumbled onto them and explaining why they have the power to transform a mindset. He tells the stories of different people he’s worked with to create their own PowerSongs, and he shares how you can reach out to write one with him …

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Is It Mindset or Is It Action?
December 3, 2021Is It Mindset or Is It Action?

Josh Patrick interviews Ana Melikian, Ph.D. “There are times when action needs to lead mindset.” Josh Patrick In this interview previously aired on Josh’s podcast, we ask the question: which comes first, action or mindset? We define mindset and discuss the difference between worldview and mindset. We discuss the glasses analogy and talk about Carol Dweck’s distinction between growth mindset and fixed mindset. We share how to tell when to improve your strengths and when to improve your weaknesses, and we discuss the importance of a capacity to learn. Josh notes the need to be honest with yourself when assessing your strengths and weaknesses, and we talk about what it means to live your values while running your …

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Leap Into Your Best Self with Katie Peuvrelle
November 26, 2021Leap Into Your Best Self with Katie Peuvrelle

“Listen to the still quiet voice in our mind.” Katie Peuvrelle Katie Peuvrelle joins me to talk about what it means to leap. She discusses mindset as a belief system and explains why she believes “growth mindset” is a dichotomy. She talks about her book and shares the numerous reasons that skating is an apt analogy to taking a leap in life. She defines multi-dimensional leadership and notes the physical aspect of …

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November 19, 2021Ana talks Mindsets with CB Bowman

“In a very bizarre way, I was lucky to experience the racism because, to me, it made me a whole person.” CB Bowman CB Bowman joins me to share her story, noting the power of a mindset of undefeatability. She discusses how this mindset brought her through everything from her experiences with extreme racism to the time she took an unplanned, seemingly unrealistic trip to Panama to visit her father unannounced. We discuss the flexibility of mindset, and she notes the difference between diversity and inclusion. We also discuss the importance of bringing distinctive perspectives to the …

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The Other Side of Mindset Limitations
November 12, 2021The Other Side of Mindset Limitations

In a previous episode, I spoke about “mindset limitations” as some of the beliefs, conscious or unconscious, that constrain the way we see, think, and feel the world around us. I explore some of my own mindset blind spots around the pursuing happiness fallacy.  Here, I want to focus on the other side of mindset limitations. The term “mindset” in itself has become very popular. If we google the word, we get more than 150 million results. In Amazon’s books, more than 50 thousand results for “mindset” come up – 20 thousand in book titles. On ListenNotes.com, a great podcast search engine reveals 2,432 with “mindset” in the show title. And I’m thrilled to inform you that at the time of this recording, our very own Mindset Zone, is number two on that …

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Mindset Limitations: Pursuing Happiness
November 5, 2021Mindset Limitations: Pursuing Happiness

When we hear the words “mindset limitations” we often think about our beliefs, conscious or unconscious, that constrain the way we see, think, and feel the world around us. These beliefs affect our present reality and also impact what we can envision for the future and the possibilities we chose to explore. Often, we are not aware of these limitations. They are mindset blind spots and as such, they are hidden. Sometimes, others can see them, but we don't. It often takes many painful life circumstances to expose them and give us the impetus to change. Visual blind spots are great metaphors for our mindset …

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Life is two days, and the first we spend waking up
July 4, 2021Life is two days, and the first we spend waking up

Life is two days, and the first we spend waking up. This phrase from a Portuguese song I loved to listen to in the 90s sums up one of my favorite mantras, and like any good chorus, it's worth repeating: Life is two days, and the first we spend waking up. When we become aware of this, what do we do? Do we finally express what we believe and start writing our own scripts, or do we  keep trying to meet other people's expectations? How can we live more fully and more positively  in this world? These are the kinds of questions I ask …

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Shift Your Mindset With Music
April 23, 2021Shift Your Mindset With Music

All you need is love. You hear these words and you think of the famous Beatle's song. Relax, I will not start singing it. I have many talents but singing is not one of them. Yet I love to sing when I'm alone. It makes me feel alive and it can change my mood quickly. You probably have songs that make you smile, others that make you sad, others that energize you or relax you. Music is powerful, and often it affects us without our awareness. When we are watching a movie, we are not necessarily aware of the soundtrack but it totally makes the experience. Back in the day, I bought many movie soundtracks to replay some of the emotions and feelings of the movie. “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky…can we even count how many workouts that song has …

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Negative Emotions Are Good
March 19, 2021Negative Emotions Are Good

Are negative emotions always bad? What are negative emotions? When something stirs us up in an unpleasant way, we can call it a negative emotion. We feel sad, fearful, mad. Let's think about situations that cause us to be fearful. Usually, it's something that can put us in danger. I remember many years ago, in a group adventure, we went rock rappelling. For those of you who don't know or who have never tried rock rappelling, you lower yourself down the side of a cliff using ropes. If done with care, it's quite safe. Anyway, we ended the day at this natural pool that you could jump into or rappel down …

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The Power of Restart!
March 5, 2021The Power of Restart!

The power of restart! When your computer starts to misbehave or run slower, common advice is to shout it down and restart it. Many times we resist this advice. We have so much stuff open. We are afraid of missing something. It will take time. And we can go on and on with excuses. But we know that restart can be the most powerful action we can take. So, here I am restarting to record new episodes to the Mindset Zone podcast and rebroadcasting some of our most popular past content. Why did I take this long? What are my …

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July 17, 2015Blindspots, First Impressions & People Skills (with Jordan Harbinger)

When I was preparing to interview Jordan Harbinger, host of The Art of Charm podcast, I planned to focus this episode on overcoming blindspots. In fact, I begin by telling the story about my big blindspot in relation to the Top 50 iTunes podcast The Art of Charm that has more than 1.5 million downloads per month. Yet, the conversation with Jordan was so rich that I decided to rename the podcast. I changed it from “Overcoming Blindspots”, to “Blindspots, First Impressions and People Skills.” It’s about learning the art of charm with – the social dynamics expert and entrepreneur – Jordan Harbinger. We spoke …

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The Independence Continuum
July 5, 2015The Independence Continuum

I recorded this MINDSET ZONE episode, on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, in the US. We commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This was when the American colonies declared themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, no longer part of the British Empire. Independence can be seen as self-government, self-determination, self-sufficiency, autonomy, and freedom. These are certainly inspiring values to live for. For my father, who passed away 6 years ago, independence was one of his core values. He raised me and always reminded me about the value of being independent. I’m grateful for this. Without doubt, being independent has been one guidepost I hold dear. Yet, I have to admit that when I hold this value above everything else, I limit my possibilities. …

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Mindset Shifts in Productivity, Balance and Entrepreneurship (with Monique Y. Wells)
June 26, 2015Mindset Shifts in Productivity, Balance and Entrepreneurship (with Monique Y. Wells)

In this episode, I had the pleasure to interview Monique Y. Wells. Monique is a productivity expert, and loves to coach women entrepreneurs who want their businesses to support their ideal lifestyles. Monique writes regularly for the Huffington Post. There she published recently a three-article series where she interviewed several entrepreneurs in the “expert arena” – coaches, consultants, authors, speakers, online marketers – about their experiences of six or seven figure business growth. This interview focused on mindset shifts around productivity, balance and entrepreneurship (namely what usually happen for the solo-preneurs to be able to survive the start-up phase, and grow their business to the six or seven figure …

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Transitions–The Eagle and The Mouse
June 19, 2015Transitions–The Eagle and The Mouse

In episode 26 of the MINDSET ZONE podcast where the topic was “Do People Really Change?”, I spoke about a Greek philosopher called Heraclitus who said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus believed everything is in constant flow, everything always changes. I thought about this when I watched a short video from Martha Beck, a popular life coach and author. She shared her strategy to deal with major life transitions. Martha begins with the perspective that “all life is transitory” and if we accept that, we can better deal with unexpected …

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Essentialism by Greg McKeown
June 12, 2015Essentialism by Greg McKeown

To conclude my series of podcast episodes about the importance of “Focusing”, I was honored to interview Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times Best Seller Book – Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg has taught at companies that include Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Salesforce, and Pixar. He is also an amazing keynote speaker that I had the opportunity to meet at the ICON15– The InfusionSoft Annual Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. …

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Unfocus To Focus
June 4, 2015Unfocus To Focus

I can’t stop focusing on focus 🙂 First it was the interview with Omar Zenhom – episode 35 of this podcast titled “Focus To Succeed“ Then, it was last show – episode 36 – about “Focus Without Focus.” Today, I decided to speak about “Unfocus to Focus.” During my conversation with Omar, he spoke about an interesting phenomenon that happens when we are on vacation, and not thinking about our to-do lists. This situation creates space that allows us to see our priorities with more clarity. It also creates opportunities to see new ideas and revisit old ideas with new eyes. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for our next vacation to experience …

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Focus Without Focus
May 28, 2015Focus Without Focus

Last episode I interviewed Omar Zenhom about how to “Focus To Succeed.”  Afterwards, several ideas emerged for me that led to the topic “Focus Without Focus.” “Focus to Succeed” only works when we are focused on the essential projects that help us move forward. Our focus has to be on target. Moreover, if we take focus as the acronym F.O.C.U.S – Follow One Course Until Success – we should intentionally strategize about the “One Course” to be sure that it take us where we want to …

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Focus To Succeed (with Omar Zenhom)
May 21, 2015Focus To Succeed (with Omar Zenhom)

In this episode, I interviewed a fellow podcaster – Omar Zenhom. Omar is the Co-Founder of Business Republic, where he, and his partner Nicole Baldinu, started an alternative business education program called The $100 MBA – a culmination  of his years in business and education. They also offer daily, free 10-minute business lessons with their podcast The $100 MBA Show, that I highly recommend you subscribe to. In our conversation we spoke …

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A Conversation with Viktor Frankl's Grandson – Alexander Vesely
May 14, 2015A Conversation with Viktor Frankl's Grandson – Alexander Vesely

– Listen to this interview to find out how to win a copy of the documentary “Viktor & I”– Movie Trailer: Viktor & I, An Alexander Vesely In this episode, I spoke with Alexander Vesely about his grandfather, Viktor Frankl. Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. (1905-1997) is considered by many as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. He was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl is known by many via his best-selling book Man's Search For Meaning. Alex Vesely is an Austrian-born filmmaker and trained psychotherapist. His movie – “Viktor & I” – is an impactful documentary about his eminent grandfather, Viktor Frankl. For three years, he traveled the world to bring us this insightful look at Viktor Frankl through the eyes of those closest to him. In our conversation we …

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Your Body of Work (with Pam Slim)
May 7, 2015Your Body of Work (with Pam Slim)

In this episode, you will listen to an interview with Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation and the Body of Work. Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant who has been an entrepreneur for eighteen years. Pam is a passionate, engaging speaker with proven advice for building careers in the “New World of Work” – a world filled with economic instability, rapid change, increased demands on leadership, work-life balance pressures and 24-hour a day social media sharing. Our conversation focused on her last …

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Invisibilia – The Blind Can See
April 30, 2015Invisibilia – The Blind Can See

Today's episode goal is to invite you to go and listen to a different podcast – really 🙂 This is one of the things I love about the podcasting world. Like authors and professionals speakers, we know that people who read a book, listen to a speaker, or a podcast, will enjoy reading others books, listening to other speakers, and subscribing to other podcasts. We don’t see each other as competition. Cavett Robert, the founder of the National Speaker Association, said it best: “As speakers, we never fight over the size of our slice of the pie, we build a bigger …

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Non-Obvious: How to Think Different with Rohit Bhargava
April 23, 2015Non-Obvious: How to Think Different with Rohit Bhargava

In this episode, I have the pleasure to interview Rohit Bhargava, author of five best selling business books including Likeonomics and his most recent one calledNon-Obvious: How to think Different, Curate Ideas and Predict the Future. He had me at “how to think different”, because to have this skill is a wonderful way to give our mindsets a workout and open the doors to new possibilities. In our conversation we …

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Misattributions – Good Or Bad?
April 17, 2015Misattributions – Good Or Bad?

Today, I want to focus on misattributions, that is, situations where we attribute an idea to the wrong …

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The Second Arrow - Stories We Tell Ourselves (with Eric Zimmer)
April 10, 2015The Second Arrow – Stories We Tell Ourselves (with Eric Zimmer)

In this Episode, I interviewed Eric Zimmer the host of the podcast “The One You Feed.” “The One You Feed” podcast was named Best of 2014 by iTunes, and it's an amazing collection of open minded discussions of habits, wisdom, psychology, philosophy, and motivation. Eric starts his episodes with a short story that explains the title of his podcast: An old grandfather told his grandson: “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.” In this conversation Eric and I …

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Do You Have A Sandbox?
April 4, 2015Do You Have A Sandbox?

For many of you, last week's episode was very conceptual with no practical application. I want to celebrate that 🙂 It’s essential to have activities that don't seem to have practical applications, or use business language, with no tangible Return Of Investment – ROI. We know that children need to play to learn new skills and develop as people. Yet, as adults we forget that we also need to keep playing in order to better …

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Paradoxes – Give Your Mindsets a Workout
March 27, 2015Paradoxes – Give Your Mindsets a Workout

To provide a mindset workout is my goal for every episode of my podcast. I want to create a space where you come to exercise your mind, such as when you go to the health club to keep yourself healthy and in shape. In the last episode – 26: Do People Really Change? – I went back in time 2,400 years, to Ancient Greece to illustrate the point that the question “Do People Really Change?” is not a new one. There I spoke about philosophers who argued that nothing really changes. They reasoned that everything we perceive as changes are merely illusions of our senses. This is a true …

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Do People Really Change?
March 20, 2015Do People Really Change?

I’m fascinated by change – if you listen regularly to this podcast you may have noticed that. Change has been the focus of my professional life. When I started as a psychotherapist, I helped people overcome problems in ways that changed how they lived their lives. Afterwards, as a life coach, I focused on supporting people to reach their goals and potential. This also implies change. Now, as a business coach, I assist service professionals to change their mindsets to become more impactful change-makers. Yet, once in a while, I have friends who ask “Do people really …

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Learning and Change
March 12, 2015Learning and Change

The topic of this episode is Learning and Change  – and how can we learn from our relapses, and missteps. First of all, I want to correct a mistake I did in Episode 23: Understanding Change – and Why Is So Difficult to Change, where I spoke about a specific model to explain change that was developed by a team of psychologists in the 1990s: Prochaska, Norcross, and Diclemente. I said that according to this model, if someone wants to change a habit or behavior, they will go through a 5-Stage Process. My mistake was to describe this system with only 5 stages, when the authors speak of 6 …

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Stop Changing – Start Shifting
March 5, 2015Stop Changing – Start Shifting (with Whitney Hutten)

Last episode I spoke about why it’s so difficult to change, and I knew then that I had to bring Whitney Hutten to this podcast. Whitney believes that to stop changing and start shifting, is the best strategy to make what you want happen. Her mission is to help professionals to get 10 to 15 hours back every week, so they can focus on their health, relationships, and personal life – without feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or guilty. During this interview, you'll shift your mindset about change. You will …

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Understanding Change - and Why Is It So Difficult to Change
February 27, 2015Understanding Change – and Why Is It So Difficult to Change

A quarter of 2015 has already past. I’m wondering if this year you did any New Year's Resolutions that implied a big change in your life. The reality is that for most people, even if they honestly intended to change some important aspect of their lives – from exercising more, losing weight, and so forth – probably, by now, they have gone back to their old habits. If what you want to change is really important to you, please don’t give up or wait until next year to try again. Start to understand: Why It's So Difficult To …

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Getting a NO can be your best goal (with Andrea Waltz)
February 19, 2015Getting a NO can be your best goal (with Andrea Waltz)

In this episode, I interviewed Andrea Waltz about the book she co-authored with Richard Fenton: Go for NO! YES is the destination NO is how you get there I spoke about this book in Episode 3 – Failure and The Way to Success. I was thrilled with this opportunity to speak with Andrea about some of the key concepts behind her …

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The Four Agreements - Always Do Your Best
February 12, 2015The Four Agreements – Always Do Your Best

This is the last episode around the book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz To summarize, The Four Agreements are: First Agreement: Be impeccable with your word Second Agreement: Don't take anything personally Third Agreement: Don't make assumptions Fourth Agreement: Always do your best Today, I’m going to focus on the last agreement: Always do your …

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The Four Agreements - The Assumptions We Make
February 5, 2015The Four Agreements – The Assumptions We Make

On the last episode, I spoke about “Don't take anything personally” – the second agreement from the book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. In this episode, I focus on the Third Agreement – Don't make assumptions. Don Miguel Ruiz summarizes this agreement as: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama Don't Make Assumptions Easier said than …

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The Four Agreements - It’s Not About You
January 29, 2015The Four Agreements – It’s Not About You

On the last episode, I focused on the the first agreement from the book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I spoke about “Be impeccable with your word” and reflected on the Power of Words. I even shared some insights from recent psychological research that can help us take this concept to next level, and avoid “The Inverse Power of Praise” Today, I want to focus on the Second Agreement – Don't take anything personally. Ruiz summarizes this agreement …

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The Four Agreements - Words Are Powerful
January 22, 2015The Four Agreements – Words Are Powerful

On the last episode I spoke about the book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I explored what Ruiz calls Self-Limiting Beliefs. I call them Mindset Blind-Spots because we are not aware that we hold them, and yet we filter our experiences through them. I even started a 7-day Awareness Challenge for myself. Just to become aware of some of my self-limiting beliefs, and to try to articulate them. The reality is that we all have many of these Mindset Blind-Spots. Don Miguel Ruiz suggests to replace these Self-Limiting Beliefs by The Four Agreements: 1. Be impeccable with your word 2. Don't take anything personally 3. Don't make assumptions 4. Always do your best Today, I want to focus on the first agreement “Be impeccable with your word,” and reflect on the power of …

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The Four Agreements and Mindset Blind-Spots
January 15, 2015The Four Agreements and Mindset Blind-Spots

At the beginning of the year, I like to re-read books that impacted me in the past. This year, I decided to read again The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a beautifully written short book that calls our attention to the many self-limiting beliefs we hold in our lives. The author, Don Miguel Ruiz, calls these beliefs agreements. I like to call them Mindset Blind-Spots, because we are not aware that we hold them, yet we filter our experiences through …

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Courage To Be Imperfect
January 9, 2015Courage To Be Imperfect

Perfection – I strive for perfection. I always did, and I still do. I like to do things as well as possible. I'm always looking for ways to improve. I know that perfection is an illusion. It's impossible to produce something totally flawless, but why not to try to create something as good as …

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Think Big Mindset
January 2, 2015Think BIG MindSet (with Michael Port)

During this episode, I interviewed my mentor Michael Port about the Think BIG MindSet. Michael Port has been called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, and a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal. He has written 5 bestselling books including Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, The Contrarian Effect, the New York Times Bestseller, The Think Big Manifesto, and Book Yourself Solid Illustrated Edition. He is also known as “The guy to call when you are tired of thinking small.” In fact, everything he does is inspired by thinking big about who you are and what you offer the world. Thus Michael is the ideal person to speak about this topic. In this interview …

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The Power of YET - A Growth Mindset Secret
December 26, 2014The Power of YET – A Growth Mindset Secret

The idea behind this podcast is that our mindsets determine the way we see the world. And, because it’s so easy to stay stuck in Fixed Mindsets, that prevents us from learning new things, it’s vital to intentionally cultivate Growth Mindsets. These concepts of Fixed and Growth Mindsets are based on the work of Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist. In her book–Mindset: The New Psychology of Success–she describes decades of research about why people succeed or fail, and how the Fixed and Growth Mindsets play a role in this process. Dr. Dweck's 10-minute TED Talk, “The Power Of Believing That You Can Improve”, gives a powerful introduction to these concepts. One of my favorite golden nuggets from her presentation is how she explains the Power of …

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How to Overcome the Fear of Running Out of Money (with Sarah Thompson)
December 18, 2014How to Overcome the Fear of Running Out of Money (with Sarah Thompson)

I had a thought provoking conversation with Sarah Thompson, a financial expert, on how to overcome the fear of running out of money. I invited Sarah, because she has a well of experiences, from working on the corporate world, to her own personal struggles with debt, finances, and …

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Age is an Advantage
December 12, 2014Age is an Advantage

If you are trying to make a difference – with whatever you are doing at this moment in your life – do you see age as an advantage or a disadvantage? Today, in our western society, a common belief is that as we age, our opportunities to make a difference diminish. Often we rationalize our inertia. We feel we are too old to make a deep impact in the world. We want to make a difference, but can we really make it happen? We listen to the amazing stories of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. They started working in their garages as teenagers and changed the way we live, with companies they founded before they reached their thirties. If we are over thirty, it’s easy to think that we missed our chance. Many of us still keep trying to make a difference – yet, we “shrink” our goals, because we think that it’s too late to aim …

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How to Increase Your Positivity
November 28, 2014How to Increase Your Positivity

Take a minute to do this awareness exercise: Look around the room and count how many red objects you see. Write that number …

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What’s In a Name
November 28, 2014What’s In a Name

Why do we spend so long to decide about a name? The name of our children, the name of our pets, the name of our business. I spent a long time thinking about how to name this podcast. If you followed me from the inception of this show, you know that I started as the “Self-Employed Professional Making a Difference” Podcast. Yet, I decided to rebrand it as the Mindset Zone. I explained my reasoning in the new reloaded Episode 1 (click here to listen it). I now understand better some Native American Traditions on …

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The Power of Gratitude
November 21, 2014The Power of Gratitude

Most people agree how important it is to be grateful. Research in Psychology also supports the power of gratitude. In her book–The How of Happiness–Sonja Lyubomirsky, dedicates a full chapter to this topic. She uses a definition from a world’s leading expert on gratitude–Robert Emmons:  Gratitude is “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for …

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React or Create – Your Choice
November 14, 2014React or Create – Your Choice

Think about a time when you lost your car keys, and you are already running late. You know that they have to be somewhere in your house, and you almost sure that you left them in the kitchen, but you can't see them anywhere. You feel the stress build and know that doesn’t help, but it’s seems impossible to stop all your negative thoughts and emotions. Negative emotions are very strong and our body is wired for a quick response to …

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Searching for Meaning - Are You Aiming High Enough?
November 7, 2014Searching for Meaning – Are You Aiming High Enough?

One of my favorite books is Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning.” It’s a powerful book, divided into two parts. Part One is an account of Frankl’s experiences as a prisoner in several concentration camps during the Second Word War. His recollections are sad, moving, and inspiring. One of my favorite …

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Blind Spots - We All Have Them
October 30, 2014Blind Spots – We All Have Them

I received touching comments from Episode 4 where I focused on Carol Dweck's book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.” Here are a few: “If you ever wanted to make a difference in the world, you certainly did change my world with this podcast.” “What a great topic, Ana. I've read Dr. Dweck's book and it really had a positive impact in my life.” “I started believing something very different, that this is a skill set that I can build with practice and intention.” Learning about Growth and Fixed Mindset makes a difference, mainly when we realize that we have a growth mindset overall, yet a fixed mindset in certain critical areas. These fixed mindsets, of which we are usually unaware, stop us from being “So Good They Can't Ignore You” (could not resist the plug to Episode 5 about this other wonderful book ;). All of us have these blind spots. That’s normal. We are not aware of them until someone, or something forces us to see what we don’t see them. Did you know that you have a visual blind spot in your …

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Follow Your Passion - Worst Advice Ever?
October 21, 2014Follow Your Passion – Worst Advice Ever?

Not long ago, I read a book entitled: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love The author, Cal Newport, argues that “follow your passion” is bad advice. So often, we hear this advice “follow your passion”, that we don't question its validity. What I love about Cal Newport’s book is that it’s truly thought provoking, and questions that assumption that so many people have that “follow your passion” is the most effective way to find the work we …

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Growth Mindset - Yes, We Can Learn It
October 16, 2014Growth Mindset – Yes, We Can Learn It

The secret of success for self-employed professionals is developing a growth mindset. What does that mean? Let me define the opposite – fixed …

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Failure and The Way To Success
October 9, 2014Failure and The Way To Success

Last week I spoke about the Art of Repurposing and a new perspective from the Icarus Myth I learned from one of my favorite authors: Seth Godin. During that episode I said: If we want to succeed, we may fail many times. Now, I want to correct myself: If we want to succeed, we must fail many times. We must build a strong failure resilience if we want success. It took me a long time to internalize this maximum, and I have to admit it’s not always comfortable to follow. Two resources that help me build my failure resilience …

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Repurposing & The Icarus Myth Learned from Seth Godin
October 3, 2014Repurposing & The Icarus Myth Learned from Seth Godin

As Self-Employed Professionals, we have to wear many hats. When we start our business, we soon realize that we also have to be our own marketing director, bookkeeper, sales person, webmaster, editor, and admin. Of course, we can bring people on board to delegate some of this work. In any case, to learn the art of repurposing content is an essential skill to …

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Welcome to MINDSET ZONE
September 26, 2014Welcome to MINDSET ZONE

Listen to this episode to get a feeling of what  MINDSET ZONE is all about. This way, you can choose to subscribe and follow the MINDSET ZONE …

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