Overcoming the “IF” Factor

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Have you ever found yourself thinking: I’d be happy when ____________or if ____________?  I too have found myself in this place.

I have said things aloud such as, Whoo! I can’t wait until the Summer” (like experiencing the Fall isn’t a blessing.) Or “My goodness it’s hot out here, I can’t wait until the Fall!”

No seriously….
I’ve even had real conversations with myself such as, “I’d be happier if I were married.” Or “I’d be happier once I left my 9 to 5.” One thing I’ve learned about life is our inner peace should not be determined by outside circumstances. What lies within you is far greater than anything that could ever happen around you.

Here are 5 steps to overcoming the “IF” Factor:

  1. Be grateful for your NOW!
  2. Embrace what God has for YOU!
  3. Develop a pre-determined mindset of intentional living!
  4. Look at others long enough to be inspired but turn away when tempted to covet
  5. Live life abundantly!

Following the above steps will position you to living a life of “WHAT NEXT GOD!?” Rather than “WHAT IF?” The first one operates in faith & the other is led by fear. Which will you choose? You have what it takes to overcome the IF factor! Live in your NOW & begin to thank God for His many blessings and name them one by one!

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Why Healing is Essential to Your G.R.O.W.T.H.

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In the world we live in today we all have encountered hurt and pain as well as experienced betrayal and disappointment. However, the key to living a successful life full of healing, wholeness and prosperity is learning to release and let go!

Number one, we must learn to release people who have hurt or disappointed us all while not forgetting to release ourselves in the process. To release someone can also be viewed as forgiving them and releasing what they did to you. Too many are bound today by people who are either a.) no longer among the living or b.) have moved on with their lives. One of the greatest tragedies is to allow the issues of life to put you on pause and keep you from living the purpose filled life you were predestined to live.

We must also learn to love ourselves while we are in the process of becoming who we were originally created to be. Refuse to allow your current dilemmas, setbacks or addictions to cause you to love yourself even less. Know that God chose you before the foundation of this world and He never expected you to be fully qualified for He has that portion covered.

Remember this: God doesn’t call the qualified but He qualifies the called!

 

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Number two, we must learn to let go of the people who hurt us. This includes family members and friends as well as teachers, coworkers, church family; etc. Whatever they did is not worth holding on to and by harboring the offense or un-forgiveness you will end up with a sick soul.

I want to encourage you through this acronym of G.R.O.W.T.H:

G- rab ahold of God’s vision for your life. Vision comes from God not man. No  matter how many prophetic lines you stand in, or $100 lines you are manipulated into, vision can not be bought, but only birthed through prayer and communion with God.

R- come into the REALIZATION that you are enough and God chose you! Release feelings of unworthiness knowing that you are  joint heir of Christ and you are forgiven and you are worthy of being the child of THE KING!

O-pen your heart and let God and people in. Trust God to protect you from perpetrators. Sure, guard your heart but do not gate it. When we gate our hearts nothing can come in and nothing can go out. Life is all about relationships. Aren’t you tired of appearing connected when you really are disconnected? Relationships and friendships take work but God is all about them both. Refuse to allow the pain of your past to cause you to trust again. Not everyone is out to hurt you.

W-in others over with love! We must get back to sharing the love of God on a consistent basis. We don’t have to beat people over the head with our Bibles but we love them back to Christ. It is by loving kindness that we are drawn unto Him.

T- ell the devil NO! When he wants you to use your pain as an excuse to disconnect and become isolated; tell him NO! It’s a set up and a trap to get you alone so he can attack you! Solitude is when you are in a place with God but isolation is when you are all alone. Choose to enter a place of solitude but be careful not to shut down and shut others out due to pride or fear of being hurt because that enables the adversary to have an upper hand on you. For where two or more are gathered in the name of Jesus, He shall be in the midst! We are not designed to make it in this world alone. We were created to need one another!

H- elp and build- Life is all about helping others along this journey called life. Extend grace to others that was once extended to you. This is how Women of Standard was birthed out of my desire to be encouraged and in helping others God was helping me. It was in operating in what I now know was purpose that caused my healing process to begin. Choose to help others and build them up where you may even have been torn down.

Know that healing is essential for G.R.O.W.T.H.!

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How to Know Who’s Voice is Assigned to YOU

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In a world where so many people have a platform, microphone, books, opinion, title and a calling how do you know who’s voice is assigned to you?

The simplest and less complicated way I can share this is to emphasize the scripture: John 10:27 that says, “My sheep know my voice, and I hear them and they follow me.” When a voice is assigned to you their message will be congruent with the Word of God for your life.

Meaning when they speak your baby will leap (spiritually; read Luke 1:41 for a deeper revelation) as a sign of agreement and this is what happens when purpose meets destiny. Often times when people follow me on social media I am often reading comments that say, “My pastor just preached this!” or “My girlfriend and I were just talking about this!”

When a voice is assigned to your life and your particular season there will be a spirit of agreement in your spirit. Now agreement doesn’t mean you will be comfortable. We all need to be connected to people who challenge and provoke us to change, show up bigger and dig deeper as we continue to passionately pursue purpose.

However, there is a severe danger in following the wrong voices. Many people that listen to my “Making BOSS Moves” broadcast when I am sharing about book writing and launching your business and pursuing your God given dreams while being a Kingdom Entrepreneur, those who tune in repeatedly are those who feel my voice is assigned to them because they:

a. Have already been feeling the unction or desire to write a book

b. Currently sense there is more to life than what they are currently doing.

c. Currently in pursuit of these things and may find themselves stuck.

Always look for confirmation when you are listening to people whether on social media, attending events and even in your personal relationships. Listening to too many voices can drown out and deter you away from the voice of God.

Simply put I encourage you to pray about the people you “follow” on social media, church services, conferences and even workshops you attend because the wrong word in the wrong season can destroy your life BUT the right word in the right season can change the very trajectory of your life and thrust you deeper into purpose!

For one on one spiritual coaching visit https://carlacannon.com/trailblazer-1-on-1-coaching/ and schedule your session today! I look forward to helping you UNLOCK hidden potential, UNLEASH you into greatness and ACTIVATE you further into purpose from the pulpit to the marketplace!

 

Setback for a Comeback!

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On yesterday millions tuned in worldwide to watch the Superbowl where the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcon were fighting for the crown! Up until the third quarter it appeared the Atlanta Falcons were going to take home the big win. Never in NFL history had a team at that much of an upper hand on its opponent and not taken home a trophy.

The Atlanta Falcons kicked off the game literally blazing trails as they scored one touch down after another. Upon arriving to the third quarter the score was 28 to 3! However, I’m sure Atlanta fans were screaming and thought for sure this was their year to finally bring one home.

But then something happened. New England Team member, Tom Brady began to come in and literally take over the game! It was as if he had waited for this moment and was not moved by the scoreboard for he had assured his time that tonight was their night. New England showed up with a new energy that had not been witnessed until now.

Little did we know the Atlanta Falcons would not score again. The game ended up tied and went into overtime. With Falcons’ fans sitting on the edge of their seats the Patriots were all over the field. They were hitting interceptions and touch downs right and left. Now I am no true football fan however, I was watching the entire game last night with someone who is and I was tuned in as I watched this championship team being setback for what at the time seemed to be a takeover. But little did we know they were simply set back for a comeback!

History was made on last night for no team has ever been that low and recovered. New England Patriots took the trophy home with a win of 34-28. It was the highlight of their life and many of the team mates showed extreme emotion as reporters flocked to them and they all hugged and jumped around to celebrate their victory.

Why am I sharing this? You may appear to be down for the count. You may appear to have lost. Your opponent may appear to have won. But a second wind is being imparted into you now and I dare you to receive it! Open up your heart and mind and release the spirit of fear, doubt, unbelief and defeat and in exchange receive confidence, faith, assurance and victory!

You have what it takes to thrive in the midst of what is going on currently in America or better yet what may be taking place right now in your marriage, on your job or even with your children. You were simply setback for a comeback!

Now dust yourself off and walk with your head held high as the champion you are!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Develop a Positive Self Image

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How to Develop a Positive Self Image: Steps to Rebuilding After You’ve Been Torn Down
In order to operate successfully as a BOSS one must possess a positive self image. How we think of and view ourselves is usually embedded into us via our childhood. Whether it was your father who validated you, or failed to do so; your mother who protected you,or failed to do so; a teacher who saw the best in you and encouraged you to dig deeper; or failed to do so; etc. Each of these interactions helped shape our mentality (how we view ourselves) as well as our individuality (what sets us a part from others)
Perhaps you were like me in which you had teachers who doubted you and declared over your life that you would never be anything. Or maybe you had family members who doubted you or counted you out because of your issues. Or loved ones you violated you instead of protecting you. Been there? I have too.
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But the great news is it’s never too late to overcome even our deepest childhood hurts and lingering wounds.
I want to ask you the following questions and I want you to be honest with yourself:
1. How do you view yourself? -Do you see yourself through the lenses of others and your past or the lenses of God’s word in regards to your future?
2. What do you say about you? – When you fail at a particular task or activity do you then label yourself as a failure?
3. How do you care for YOU? – Do you care for your temple by monitoring what you eat, watch and who you surround yourself with?
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Repeat this after me and fill in the blank:
– I forgive _________ for doing ___________ to me. – Now is the time to release those who have held you captive due to you not releasing them wholeheartedly.
– I forgive myself for ___________________.- We all make mistakes and now is the time to forgive yourself and stop holding yourself hostage due to previous mistakes.
-I give myself permission to __________________. – Greatness is within you! It simply needs to be UNLOCKED, UNLEASHED & ACTIVATED! Guess what? You have the keys! Utilize them!
– I will passionately pursue my dream of becoming a __________________. -Life is full of possibilities and endless opportunities make a decision today to get out of your own way and passionately pursue purpose.
After you have went through the above self-coaching activity I’d like to leave you with a few things:
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Steps to Develop a Positive Self Image:
1. Refuse to accept what was spoken over you. – You are NOT who they say you are but who God says you are! Embrace it and accept it as your reality.
2. Renounce all negative words- Detox your mind and spirit of every negative emotion. Journal it out if you have to; as long as you release it.
3. Declare Gods truth over your life despite your reality – God’s word is the final authority for your life.
4. Recondition your mind- Do this by reading books that will restore your spirit. Start with the Word of God and then inspirational books that provide strategies to restore your self esteem and increase your confidence. Your true identity is found in Christ, not in the opinions of others.
5. Develop a healthy attitude about yourself which will be a contributing factor to how u view and relate to others.- How you feel about yourself is a reflection of how you treat others. Remember this.
6. Be strategic & intentional about WHO you spend your time with.- Who speaks over you has access to your soul. Soul= mind will and emotions. What we hear effects how we feel and how we feel influence what we do and say.
Doing the above will make you confident in your call, clarify your identity and teach you the necessity of celebrating others.
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Are You Executing or Making Excuses?

Do you often find yourself daydreaming about the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s? You know what these are. Perhaps you say to yourself, “I should of hired a coach!” “If I did I could be much further than I am now.” Or maybe you have said, “I would do _______ if only I had _____________.

The three things I have witnessed so many women fill that last line with is: support, time and money. As a business coach I often hear women say, I would pursue my dreams but I don’t have a good support system. Or I would work out but I just can’t seem to find the time. Or I want to hire you as a coach but I do not have the money.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who watch things happen and those who make things happen. The word “make” here doesn’t mean that these individuals hold all power in their hands but what it does mean is they take intentional steps and make intentional sacrifices in order to make their dreams a reality. This is what I want to encourage you to do today. Refuse to allow another year to pass you by while others make time to pursue their dreams which in turn helps them provide a better quality of life for their family.

What if I told you there was a way you could still spend time with your family or at your local church as well as pursue your dreams? What if I told you that the excuses you are making will only cause you to remain stagnant while others move forward in purpose tackling giants that arise in their life head on? What if I told you life is about choices and we can choose to make excuses or we can choose to execute!

Truth is everything you need to live a meaningful life has already been presented before you. What you have to do is experience a change in your perspective. You have the money you need to get started. You have the support you need to launch out. You have the time needed to create a legacy for your family but it’s up to you to realize it.

Choose today to no longer allow lack to be your portion. So often we say, “I can’t afford this” or “I can’t afford that.” Meanwhile, our hair and nails are done. We eat out with our co-workers on a consistent basis and we are always rocking the finest apparel. Truth is, we pay for what we want. The Good Book tells us that where your “treasure” is there your money will be also.

I can assure you that if it is coaching that you need or to hire a new graphic designer to assist with marketing a virtual event you want to host, you have the means to do so.

Coming to this realization begins with one thing: How bad do YOU really want it? Some things in life we simply do not want bad enough. Because when you want something bad enough you are willing to eat oodles and noodles, hot pockets, beanies and weanies for months if that’s what it takes for you to pursue your dream! Unfortunately success will cost us our time and money. Although it doesn’t take money to make money you can definitely generate ways to use what you have to produce the income you need.

Grab a pen & pad & answer the following questions:

  1. What are 3 things I can do without right now for the next 6 months in order to pursue my dream?
  2. What do I offer for free that I could and should be charging for?
  3. Am I willing to sacrifice picking up a 2nd job to pay for the coaching/training I need to position myself to live the life of my dreams?
  4. What is ONE thing I can do now that can change the trajectory of my life?

Take a moment and answer the above questions and answer them honestly. Next, I want you to pull out your check book or log into your banking account online and make a list of all of the unnecessary transactions you’ve made just today or the previous week, or last month. How much of that money could have been used toward having your website created? How much of that could have been used toward the creation of a new product?

Now put your pen down and reflect. Do you see how you have had everything you have needed all the while? You actually CAN afford to pursue your dreams. You CAN afford to hire a coach. You CAN go back to college to further your education. You DO have time to work out. You DO have time to spend with your spouse and your loved ones while doing what you love professionally.

Always remember, when you are serious about your future others will work with you but no one is handing out freebies. Matter of fact you shouldn’t even want a hand out! Statistics prove that individuals who invest in themselves tend to be more successful than those who are handed a free pass. If everything in life were handed to you and I we wouldn’t value anything.

So what is it that you need to do right now? Regardless of what it is or how much it cost, determine if it is worth the investment by asking: (1) Will doing this one thing help change my life? (2) Am I willing to do the work? (3) Am I really sick and tired of being sick & tired?

Once you answer these questions truthfully you will know if you still want to play around or if you are desperate for change and are willing to do what it takes to see it manifest in your life! To experience success it will cause you to have to experience temporary discomfort as you are creating the life you desire or deserve. All of the greats from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates even to Warren Buffett had to experience uncomfortable circumstances as they took the stairs to success.

Make a decision to minimize and even eliminate all excuses and position yourself to EXECUTE!

2017 is the year to UNLOCK, UNLEASH & ACTIVATE! You have what it takes you just need to get out of your own way!

*If you are ready to snatch back your life and get on a path to discover your purpose in the fullness of what God intended I’d love the opportunity to mentor you. Trailblazers Coaching Academy was strategically designed for individuals like you who are sick of self-sabotaging behavior and are finally ready to get out of their own way! If you are serious and in desperate need of permanent change visit http://www.trailblazerscoaching.org and sign up today!

Are You REALLY Doing What God Called YOU to Do?

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We are living in a day and time where the “busy” bug is biting so many of us. We are busy doing this and busy doing that without really making no true and lasting impact.

When in pursuit or discovery of our purpose it is vital that we return to our Source to receive clear instruction on what we should be doing during our short time here on this earth.

We each have an assignment and it is up to you and I to accept the call, submit to the process and fulfill our mission.

There are several ways you can know if you are doing exactly what God has called you to do but for the sake of time we will focus on one:

  • You feel absolute peace even in the midst of controversial or strenuous times.

Weighing all that you do on the peace scale will save you from having to take various medications due to anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.

Weighing everything on the peace scale is sure to not necessarily keep you in your comfort zone but even in the midst of walking on water you exude a confidence that literally takes over because it is not your strength or ability you are relying on.

This week focus on doing only what God has instructed you to do. Stop watching what everyone else is doing or how successful they appear to be. True success has nothing to do with wealth or money but more so with mindset and obedience.

Obeying God can bring about great peace in your life. Make a decision today to passionately pursue peace and refuse to overwhelm yourself with chasing dreams and goals. Seek the Master and He will enable all of your dreams to come true!

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Inner Circle, Outer Circle & Balcony Sitters

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We are the sum total of the individuals we spend the most time with.

As we prepare to enter into a new year it’s important to do what I call a ‘Circle Check.’ In doing a circle check people fall into two categories. Either those you are connected to are an asset or a liability.

If they are an asset they add to your life. If they are a liability they are taking away from your life. Either way it is up to you to give people proper placement in your life.

You have those in which you will grant direct access (these are typically your spouse, close friends, spiritual advisors), then there are those you have to deny certain access to (these can be mentees and those in which you are called to serve) and then finally there are those in which you simply have to place in the balcony (as my sister, Real Talk Kim categorizes it.)

Those in which you give direct access to you may answer their phone calls immediately knowing they will value your time because they respect who you are, what you are called to and are there to add to your life not deter you from your destiny.

Next, you have those in which you may have to deny personal access to however, you may be there for them professionally. These are typically clients or mentees in which you are called to however, you may have to develop boundaries and keep it professional to ensure you are respected for the role you are called to serve in their life.

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Finally, there are those in which you have to place in the balcony and they may be family members and even long time friends. They mean well but fail to respect your time, lack focus and tend to bring you down from your wall of building and becoming all you were created to do.

When inserting people in the proper place you in return upgrade your life because you have not only upgraded your circle but you become clear on the roles certain people are called to serve in your life as well as you in theirs.

Here are the benefits of placing people in their proper place:

  1. Frees you from clutter- It is time to get rid of space fillers. Become more selective by valuing who you are and who you grant access to.Never be so anxious for friends that you allow individuals to come in who do not share your core values.
  2. Expands your level of thinking- Fill your circle with individuals who are smarter than you.Don’t allow them to intimidate you but understand that your network determines your net worth.
  3. Prevents you from shrinking back. When you fill your circle with other visionaries and water walkers then the spirit of competition and jealousy is rare. You want to surround yourself with others who are productive are not only dreamers but also EXECUTERS. They don’t just talk the talk but they walk the walk!
  4. Positions you for greater: If you are the only one in your circle walking in favor and opening doors for everyone else and they are simply riding along reevaluate those relationships.Relationships/Friendships should be of a mutual benefit. Meaning I come into this friendship with x,y,z and you enter in with x,y,z.

    Develop a vision for the type of friend you desire to be and the type of friends you desire.

    1. Know the difference between friends, fans and followers. Bishop Jakes calls them comrades, constituents and confidants.Friends have your back and are what I call your “Ride & Live.” Having them around makes life so much better.

      Fans are those who follow from afar and simply love and are often amazed by what you DO not necessarily who you are.

       

  • Followers are those who support you but you don’t have them in your personal space or inner circle. They support your movement but aren’t necessarily those you would invite to your home (your sanctuary and only available for those in your intimate circle.)
  1. Increases your faith– You want friends in your life where great things are happening in their life to the point that it increases your faith as it relates to what God is doing for you!It’s no fun to be the only friend experiencing financial breakthrough while others in your circle are hooked on struggle which often originates back to mind set.

    This is why you find rich people filling their circle with other rich people because statistics prove that rich or successful people think differently from poor or unsuccessful people.

 

REMEMBER: Law of Attraction: We attract what we are not what we desire.

Mistakes Small Business Owners Make on Social Media & How to Correct Them

6 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make Via Social Media & How to Correct Them

Being in business for the past six years I’ve seen and learned a lot. One thing I have noticed is that finding clients is a lot easier now than it was even three years ago.
We have various social media platforms that if used properly can get our message out to the masses.

The problem I see many emerging and established entrepreneurs make is (1) not being on social media at all and (2) not using social media effectively and appropriately. Today I want to share how you can use social media to take your business to the next dimension and expand your brand in the process.

Here are  6 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make Via Social Media & How to Correct Them:

1. Having an unclear brand: Take time to fill out the “About Me” portion on FB as well as the introductory characters on IG & TWITTER. This gives a clear picture of who you are & what you do at a glance. Be sure to post content that compliments or properly displays your brand.

2. Not identifying your USP (Unique Serving Proposition): As business owners our ultimate purpose for being on social media should be to accumulate more clients & connect with other bosses. We don’t care what you are eating or who your new boo is (unless its complimentary to your brand.) If it doesn’t increase your bottom line (lead you to being profitable) DON’T POST IT!

3. Being too salesy – I see people simply posting saying, “SIGN UP TODAY” or “BUY MY BOOK” instead of developing content that leads to a landing page, or sharing the results your program, product or event will produce.

4. Having way too much going on- A confused mind will NEVER buy. Focus on building ONE brand at a time & become known for that SPECIFIC area of expertise. Rid yourself of the temptation to be a back of all trades. Identify the ONE thing you do exceptionally well & capitalize on it!

5. Sharing too many personal posts- As public figures it’s natural to share family photos; etc. however, if you have a tendency to post out of your emotions this could discourage others from taking you & your business seriously. Post only things that compliment your business/brand OR create a personal page (or blog) to do to do so.

To learn more about brand expansion click here to watch my latest video. Also, feel free to reply to this email to learn how you can work with me:

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5 Ways to Turn Your Passion into a Lucrative Business

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SUCCESS TIPS BY COACH C “THE TRAILBLAZER:”

As an established entrepreneur I am living proof that it is possible to turn your passion into a profitable business. I can remember a time when I literally used to hate Mondays. I dreaded getting out of the bed in the mornings and going to a job to see people I hated working with (just being honest) and clients who got on my last nerves.

Finally one day I made a decision to take control of my life and pursue what I loved full time. That was helping people by hosting live events, writing books; etc.

By following these simple five steps below you too can develop your passion into a profit and position yourself to run a lucrative business. Success does not mean your process has to be difficult. Truth is success is quite simple but we as humans tend to over complicate the process.

What do I mean by this? We over complicate the process by (1) being in a hurry, (2) comparing our gift to others and (3) not following the blueprint left behind by many who have gone before us.

I encourage you as we prepare to emerge into 2017 to commit to keeping all things simple from your personal to professional life. Doing so will enable you to find more joy in your day to day activities. Doing so will enable you to enjoy the journey and not focus so much on the destination.

5 Ways to Turn Your Passion into a Lucrative Business

1. FOCUS on the problem(s) you solve for others. People always think, “WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME?” Whether its in hiring you for a service or purchasing your product,

2. MARKET results you provide & include testimonials of those you have helped! (Here is where you include the testimonials of all your friends who you have coached or helped before recognizing your gift & how to monetize it.)

3. BE transparent. Regardless of your selected industry your personal story/testimony is your #1 connector to your audience.

4. IDENTIFY your USP (Unique SERVING Proposition): No matter how saturated your chosen market is there is always a way to stand out & do what others aren’t doing on a CONSISTENT basis!

5. FOLLOW the blueprint: Learn from the success stories of others. Remember to duplicate their ethics & system but NOT their material! Establish your own voice!

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