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The 67 Steps by Tai Lopez (REVIEW)

Health, Mind, Social


What is The 67 Steps Program?
The last couple of months Ive stumbled upon something Ive never come across before
on the internet..
Its a video course where Tai Lopez (An investor, entrepreneur and author) talks about
67 important lessons he learned throughout his life.
By balancing your health, your wealth and your social life youll reach a state of
eudaimonia. Which is a fancy word for excellent life quality or as Tai calls it; The
Good Life
Tai illustrates each topic with personal stories from his life or insights he picked up
from reading books.
And he has read quite a few (5000+ )

The course is was completely free and you even got a additional copy of Managing
Oneself by Peter Drucker to discover your personal strengths.
This course is gold
It this review Im going to share the most important lessons Ive learned from the course
and how I plan to implement those steps into my life (the ones Ive found relevant at
least)
At the moment Im at 16 19 21 different key lessons.
Note: These are my personal interpretations of what his 67 steps mean. Different
conclusions are always possible.

Lets go.
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1) Be Worth A Damn

To deserve the life you want, youll have to do the actions that are necessary.
He says most people are delusional. We somehow think were entitled to the good
life without putting in the effort required to actually get there.
When you look at your life today, would you objectively say you deserve a higher life
quality than others according to the work youve put in? Are you better than your
competition?
Look around in your life, who would you bet on to make a million dollars? Would you
bet on yourself? If not what needs to change?
Application & Thoughts
Take on an attitude of full responsibility for your own life. If you want a higher life
quality there will be things youll have to do and things youll have to give up. This way
youll increase your chances of attaining the life you desire (duh).
How?

This made me look at my life and compile a list of essential habits that are required to
build a great life. Then I proceeded to break these down into actionable steps to
implement gradually.

2) Be Adaptable
This step is based on the theory of evolution which states that the person whos bestadapted to his environment is the one thatll survive. The good life doesnt go to
people who dont notice the change of seasons.
The person with static skills will never thrive in an dynamic environment. Look for
changes & trends and use those to your advantage. Make choices on a long-term basis.
Application & Thoughts
Be aware of your current actions and surroundings. Check up on your habits and see if
the way youre living is an ESS (evolutionary stable strategy) meaning you quantify
your decisions based on long-term thinking.
Devise a survival strategy for your life.

Is eating at McDonalds a maintainable strategy?

Is spending money on clothes and dinners a maintainable strategy?

Is working a 9-5 job without added entrepreneurship a maintainable strategy?

The way I do this is by staying aware of political, social, economic and technological
trends. I wouldnt watch the news (solely) since they are heavily biased towards
ratings.
Subscribe to different websites who keep you updated of occurring events that may
impact your life.

3) Be Humble
Everyone has a piece of gold that we can extract from them. We find humility in what
we learn from others, even the ones we think cant provide us any value.
Be teachable by people who achieved far greater results than you have. Look for deep
domain expertise (does he/she actually have the knowledge?) and references (does
he/she have the results you desire?)
Many people are unhumble know-it-alls, unable to listen to people who know
more than they do.
Application & Thoughts

Spend more time learning from the ones that came before you and less from your own
mistakes. Spend your money on books & seminars. Spend more time tracking down and
networking with mentors.
This will enable you to avoid a lot of mistakes by standing on the shoulders of giants.
It allows you to tap into the collective wisdom of great minds that have come before
you.

4) Get A Mentor
Mentors will shave years of your learning curve and I recommend you to get one.
Whether this is in books, seminars or real-life.
Mentor others too. Tai talks about the law of 33%, which states that you should spend;

1/3 of your time with people below you (the ones you mentor)

1/3 of your time with people on your level (close friends, brothers in arms)

1/3 of your time with people above you (your mentors)

Find people who arent full time teachers but are actually making money with the things
theyre preaching about. Keep in mind that;

Good mentors are busy (He mentions a story in which a man tried 17
times before he got mentored)

Some are burned up

Build the relationship slowly (Establish contact over a 18 month period)

Dont be a leech, provide value by using the concept of reciprocal kindness.

Interview people you admire on a self-created platform

Buy and read their books

Application & Thoughts


Make a list of 10 mentors and contact all of them. A great way to create a networking
spreadsheet is by using the free ebook from John Corcoran Ive found it to be
invaluable.
I dont necessarily believe the law of 33% is that relevant/practical. Learn from the
great and teach it to others (to improve your memory)

5) Ignore The 99%

Most peoples opinions are simply reflections of social bias. Look for references and
signs of expertise before taking advice.

Dont trust health advice from a personal trainer thats overweight.

Dont take money advice from someones whos constantly struggling


financially.

Dont listen to relationship advice from someone who doesnt have a


(girl)friend(s)

Select the people you listen to carefully.


Many people think they know what theyre talking about yet rarely do me included.
Go straight to the top of people that can give you advice and cut out the average.
This is a BIG reason why Im so fond of books. It allows us to learn from the greatest
and copy their relative successes by adopting their thinking patterns.
Application & Thoughts
See the difference between your rich friends and poor friends in each area. The
friends who are rich in health;

How do they think?

How do they eat?

How do they train?

Same goes with financially rich people;

The way they manage their money

Their spending habits

How much they read

What they talk about

How much tv they watch

Same with people who have great relationships;

How they treat others

How they behave in company

Their body language

Invert their behavior and see how it pays off.


Overall be careful who you imitate. Through observational learning its possible to
instill bad patterns in you that you remain stuck with for a great while (e.g. your dad
that smoked, your splurging habits of your friends, ) We admire status and prestige in
others and are sometimes blinded by the way theyve acquired it.
Find highly concentrated knowledge and not just random people who dont know what
theyre talking about.
Observe and select the ones you learn from carefully. Cut out the average.

6) Grind It Out
All (sustainable) success comes from the grind. Process over events.
You have less chance of winning the lottery than you have of;

Getting hit by lightning

Being eaten by a shark

Being hit by a piece of scrap metal from a plane

Yet how many people buy lottery tickets each day?


Look at your life as one big piece of marble and everyday you grind away one small
piece of imperfection. Tai calls this the sculpture approach. Choose the general
direction you want to go and adjust accordingly. Most people are looking for events
as opposed to grinds.
Health, wealth and love dont come in events but by carefully selected actions every
single day. Dont think others have it easier than you they dont.
You often come to the conclusion that other peoples good fortune is derived from a
factor outside of their control, that their favorable achievements can be attributed
to circumstances. This is because youve never seen the hard work, doubts and pain
involved that gave birth to those successes.
We dont observe the inner workings of another and are therefore more inclined to
ascribe their successes to outside forces.
Tai compares this to observing the passing seasons.

We only observe people who are in the fall (harvest) of their life. Forgetting about
the longs months of planting in the spring and cultivating during the summer that
preceded
Most are delusional as to how much time itll take to get the results theyre looking for.
Theyve never planted nor cultivated their crops yet hope to harvest in the fall.
Application & Thoughts?
Set a realistic time-frame itll take to achieve expertise. Focus on planting and
cultivating good actions instead of hoping for events.
A mind shift from events towards processes.

And dont ever buy lottery tickets, that makes you a fool seriously.

7) Escape The Salary Mentality


We have been conditioned all our lives to feel helpless and dependent on others. By
being constantly provided by our school, our parents and later our jobs with secure
income we have become learned helpless meaning we have hardwired our brain
to need a steady/regular income.
Get away from this. Stop getting paid for the time you spend in a certain place but start
wiring your brain to get paid for performance.
It will make you responsible for your own financial support by actively searching new
opportunities you can turn into a profit. If youve hardwired your brain in this salaryslave-mentality you become blind to new opportunities.
Application & Thoughts
Ask your employer to get paid according to your performance instead of your time. Tell
him your reasoning and ask him how you can improve your performance. This is a winwin.
Secondly analyze your strengths (see step 12) and skills you can combine to create
value for others.

Are you good at repairing? Repair some stuff from people you know

Do you know about health & fitness? Make a training program and sell it to your
friends

Initially its not about the profit you make but about the re-wiring of your brain to avoid
downward spirals of bad habits.

8) Life Long Learning


Survival machines that can simulate the future are one jump ahead of survival
machines that can only learn based on trial and error
Tai recommends to learn from the failures of others instead of only relying on your own.
Trial and error takes times and energy frequent errors can even be fatal. Simulations
(derived from books) are both safer and faster.
How?
Learn from books!
This is invaluable. Weve been conditioned by school that learning is boring and
unrewarding but this is simply not true.
Its not enough anymore in our current information-society to be a mere expert let
alone a generalist.
Tai recommends everyone to become a so-called renaissance-man or polymath.
Become highly specialized in one particular field and develop conversational level
depth in all other subjects. Become so good at one particular field they cant ignore you.
Be impressive beyond belief in one thing
This will allow you to stir & combine more ideas in your mind which will blend to form
great opportunities. Tai recommends learning about science, music, language, history &
culture (literature, art & poetry)
Application & Thoughts
Life-long continuous learning. I recommend to master health, social and your area of
expertise first before spreading out since those are most practical. Learn from others
mistakes first.
Heres how to read a book;
1. Read non-fiction books that help improve your life quality.
2. Ask yourself; How will I use this information to improve my life quality/move
me closer to my goals?
3. What questions will this material answer?
4. Dont read everything! (20%ofthebookyoure reading has 80% of the content;
Its you job to find it/filter it out. See yourself as a gold-miner)

o Read cover, back, contents, introduction and conclusion first then select
chapters that help you answer the question you had in step 3
My Guide To Optimal Learning

9) Be Tough
Tai recommends everyone to take on a more stoic view on life. Meaning you should
sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. We as a society have become too soft. Too
YOLO.
Adversity makes men and prosperity creates monsters.
Spartans used to go through the agoge learning stealth, cunning, fighting skills and
mental resilience from the ages of 7(!) till 21.
Nowadays? Theres nothing like that.
We suffer from a lack of role models, an estrogen inducing diet, media propaganda, too
much comfort and more stuff that is making us a shade of our former selves.
Application & Thoughts
Heres some I do;

Take a cold shower every morning

Eat a ketogenic or paleolithic diet high in fat to increase testosterone

Wake up early (between 5-7 AM) every day

Do deadlifts, squats and bench presses

DO NOT watch porn nor masturbate

Monitor your body language and self-talk

Its not about what you do that really matters but about the the mental resilience that
discomfort builds.
Read My Post On Being A Man

10) Master Your Mind


Our brain is mal-adapted to the times we live in. It is human tendency to move away
from pain and into pleasure. Our limbic system is still geared towards instant

gratification based on instinct whilst our newer neocortex makes more intelligent
long-term decisions
Your neuroprogramming doesnt understand the complexities of the modern
world.
For Example;

Fast Food

Drugs

Alcohol

Narcotics

Sugar

Frivolous spending

They all create dopamine highs (pleasure hormone) you become addicted to.
But as many studies have proven time and time again these habits are not good for us in
the long-term. Over-indulgence has led to many of the recent problems in our modern
world.
Application & Thoughts
Dont trust your own brain
See your brain as a divided entity: one being your instinctual craving for instant
gratification the part thats holding you back. The other being the real you (e.g. your
neocortex) which makes intelligent decisions.
GREAT quote Ive stumbled upon recently;

Our brains are battlefields between our nature and


our nurture Carlo

11) Build On Strength


People leave school without knowing the things they excel at nor in which industry they
can thrive. This skipping from job to job disables them to really develop deep
domain expertise which is a requisite for making it big.

A person can only perform from strengths, and cannot build performance on
weakness.

Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for
opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their
values.

It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does
to move from incompetence to mediocrity. Peter Drucker
Application & Thoughts
Read Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker or Download The Summary. Find answers
to the underlying questions, they are indicators of strengths.

In what did you grow up around?

What do strangers compliment you on?

What did you want to become as a child (what were the underlying trends?)

What have you been doing the last 10 years?

What can you effortlessly talk about without losing drive?

What are the things you effortlessly excel at? What comes easy for you?

What are the things that make you feel energetic when you do them?

In what areas do you learning quickly?

Who do you envy? Who are your mentors?

Build up an array of intangible and tangible skills that are highly desired and difficult to
learn suited to your strengths.
If youre more of an introvert and dislike unstructured/chaotic environments, dont
place yourself in those. If you find you thrive in stimulating environments or need to
work with people, go for that.
Read My Post On Finding Your Strengths

12) Find Something You Like Not


Passion
Look for work you can sustain for a long time. Your work is going to fill a large part of
your adult life therefore its imperative you put yourself in a position you can excel at
(by knowing your strengths).
Tai states that if you have a job where you need vacation from, you should never go
back to it.
A life you need vacation from is a pathetic life.
He goes on to say you shouldnt look for your passion either, looking for that illusive
pot of gold that feels just right. It will send you on a wild-goose chase blocking you
from building up deep domain expertise in one area.
Find something you like instead.
Never do something you love, once you do it for work you wont love it anymore.
Do what you like Allan Nation
Its ok to have an eb and flow of work and play but your end-game shouldnt be
vacation. It should be as he calls it tapdancing out of bed. Meaning youre excited
and motivated to start your day and feel competent at what youre doing.
Application & Thoughts
Dont look for passion but build on strength. Were often told to follow our passion
but thats rarely adequate. Position yourself in areas you like and are good at and after a
while youll learn to love it.
Find work you have an natural advantage in and use that to your own benefit. Itll
become your passion after a while.
Again, read managing oneself.

13) Be Prepared

Our life is the combined result of our knowledge and our ignorance. We achieve what
we understand deeply but lose that what were ignorant about.
Ask yourself how many tools you have in your tool-belt to deal with your problems.
Are you well-rounded enough?
If you dont have it in your head, youll have it in your heel.
(meaning ignorance is costly)
Application & Thoughts
Ask yourself the worst case scenarios that can happen in each area of your life; what is
necessary to prepare yourself for the future? Do you know;

Basic physiology & nutrition to eat well?

Psychology to improve your mindset?

Accounting to maintain the money youre having?

Investing to grow it?

Social skills to build strong relationships?

How to build attraction with the opposite gender for intimate relationships?

14) Adopt The Investor Mentality

Its not enough to merely make money, it has to be maintained and grown into larger
quantities. Adopt the investor mentality and start spending money on things that bring
you a return in profit over time.
Most people buy things that rust, rot or depreciate as Tai says; New furniture, latest
technological gadgets, fancy cars they cant afford and so-on. These are consumptions
not investments.
See you dollars as little seeds you plant to generate and grow a better future.
Many people are frivolous in spending. Not only money but also time, energy and
health. He recommends calculating the real cost involved of something instead of just
taking into account the price.

How many hours do you have to work to pay for this item?

How much of your health are you sacrificing by eating cheap food?

How much energy will this purchase cost you?

Application & Thoughts


Information is your most valuable asset.

Invest in books, seminars & mentors

Invest in good food for a clear mind (I recommend paleo/ketogenic type diet)

Study investing before trusting-off your money to others!

Spend money on events over material possessions to create what Daniel


Kahnemann calls memory happiness

Sell all the stuff you dont use

15) Be A Social Chameleon


There are different types of people with different sets of personalities. Tai Lopez
recommends becoming a social chameleon and shifting to a communication style
suited to the person youre talking to.
He has developed his own personality system to categorize 4 different people. (A bit
like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.) He calls it the P.A.S.E.-system: Practical,
Action, Social & Emotional. Representing 4 styles people embody.

Practical people are slower. They like to plan their work and need a lot of
structure. They are unmalleable.

Action-takers burn through stuff. Theyre more hands-on kind of types. They
start a lot of stuff but dont really finish it.

Social people are more go-with-the-flow kind of people. They are more
gregarious and people oriented. They can be flaky at times.

Emotional people are comparable to deep oceans. Theyre sensitive and


intuitive.

Application & Thoughts


I dont like his system but I like the purpose it serves. Im convinced some personalty
traits are inborn and its important to speak other peoples language and adapt to their
way of thinking. Being a social chameleon like Tai says.
I personally like the MBTI test for categorizing people.

Talk quieter and more deeply with introverts

Be more sensitive/caring around emotional people and more rational/to-the-point


around logical ones.

Read How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie (GREAT
book)

16) Be A Truthseeker

Life is never black or white. Its not enough to see through your own eyes but you
should see the world through truths eyes.
What does this mean?
Never become adamant in any set of beliefs before heavy experimentation.
Dont be blinded by others. Much common knowledge is simply a reflection of social
bias. Document YOUR reality by reading the obvious signs.

Health: Take of your shirt and look at your body in the mirror. Is it healthy? Do
you exercise? Do you eat right?

Wealth: Open up your bank account next or check your financial template. Is
your balance going down? Do you know you strengths? Are you taking
initiative?

Social: Lastly, check the relationships on your phone. Do you want more friends
and/or more meaning in your relationships (breadth/depth?)

The closer we get to the truth the better well do in each area.
Be a constant experimenter on yourself and track progress on the things youre doing.
Heres the process one should go through to adopt the experimenter mentality;
1. Ask a research question
2. Research & Form a hypothesis (Ask opinions of experts)
3. Test it (1-3 months) stick to it
4. Observe & record the process and the result
5. Make a conclusion
6. Implement/Discard
Application & Thoughts
The best way Ive found is to experiment by keeping a journal. Ive been writing one
since late 2013. Ive accumulated a lot of data and knowledge about my life. It allows
me to see recurring trends and the results of my experiments. This way I can adjust my
life to whats necessary.
Ive tried;

Eating 15 eggs a day

Doing frequent morning runs at 5am

Going out to nightclubs and approaching x amount of women in a night

Doing sleeping experiments

Keeping a dream diary for lucid dreaming

2-day fasting

Discard useless experiments and implement whats beneficial.

17) Define Your End-Game


Tai recommend doing the funeral test to see what you really want out of life.
Envision your funeral and ask yourself what you would want other to say about you and
your life. What will you have left behind? How will others remember you?
In your minds eye, see yourself going to the funeral of a loved one. Picture yourself
driving to the funeral parlor or chapel, parking the car, and getting out. As you walk
inside the building, you notice the flowers, the soft organ music. You see the faces of
friends and family you pass along the way. You feel the shared sorrow of losing, the joy
of having known, that radiates from the hearts of the people there.

As you walk down to the front of the room and look inside the casket, you suddenly
come face to face with yourself. This is your funeral, three years from today. All these
people have come to honor you, to express feelings of love and appreciation for your
life.

As you take a seat and wait for the services to begin, you look at the program in your
hand. There are to be four speakers. The first is from your family, immediate and also
extended children, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and
grandparents who have come from all over the country to attend. The second speaker is
one of your friends, someone who can give a sense of what you were as a person. The
third speaker is from your work or profession. And the fourth is from your church or
some community organization where youve been involved in service.

Now think deeply. What would you like each of these speakers to say about you and
your life? What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would like their words to
reflect? What kind of son or daughter or cousin? What kind of friend? What kind of
working associate?

What character would you like them to have seen in you? What contributions, what
achievements would you want them to remember? Look carefully at the people around
you. What difference would you like to have made in their lives? 7 Habits Of Highly
Effective People by Stephen Covey
Look at your role models and the life theyve build for themselves and ask whether you
want to be In their shoes. Most people drift aimlessly because theyve never really
analyzed the results theyre looking for.
Without this its far too easy to become trapped in the plans of someone else.
Application & Thoughts
Define for each area of your life what you exactly want. I personally use the 7 areas of
life approach to solve this problem but the visualization does help to figure out what
you truly value.
Off course youll want the nice car, off course youll want the wild sexual adventures,
off-course youll want to master your favorite instrument. But all thats inessential
simply burns away in contrast with death.
Read My Post On Setting Goals

18) Choose Relationships Wisely


The world is a competitive place where not everyone has you best interest at heart. The
only person who does is yourself (and maybe some of your family). Were selfish
animals by instinct, programmed for survival. Not everyone adheres to the same
moral laws you abide by.
Dont be a sucker by not understanding human nature.
Irresistible forces are always at work. So dont be fooled by outward appearances,
people arent always what they project to be.
Morality is the cognitive victory on our animalistic nature. An unwritten code for
effective living that can inspire trust and security. Yet it doesnt always win on our
instinctual war for scarce resources.
Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills
the animal nature of man is a product of genetic evolution; the urges of man are
therefore basal at best. Money, reproduction, happiness, sex, .
Overall: be careful who you trust, especially when it comes to money.
Application & Thoughts

Set high criteria for the people you allow in your life. Stay away from the unfortunate,
unlucky, emotional unstable or otherwise untrustable.
Interview & judge people through recommendations and background checking. It takes
a while to completely trust someone, so let people be around you for a long time to see
all their sides

19) Spend Time Wisely


Life is long if you know how to use it, most people waste their time on useless trivia.
Were not given a short life, but were wasteful of it.
Seneca describes 8 ways in which people waste their life;
1. Greedy activities
2. Dedication to useless tasks
3. Drinking & drugs
4. Laziness
5. Worrying what others think of you
6. Self-imposed servitude to thankless people
7. Pursuing others people money (making others rich)
8. Having no clear direction
Heres another cool quote Ive compiled from several different sources;
Poor is the man never able to unshackle the chains of his instinctual conditioning.
Predestined for waste, indulgence and decay is he whos incapable to recollect
yesterdays events, utilize today and anticipate the wonders of tomorrow.
Blind of time we waste much of it.
Merely existing, not living.
Dont be without true pleasure or improvements of the mind to avoid weeping over
the days that will never come again.
Application & Thoughts
I think its best to divide your time between 80% stoicism and 20% epicureanism. I call
it the 80/20 YOLO-Rule.

Read My Post On Time-Management

20) Prioritize
Not everything is equally important. In your effort to juggle around all things everything
gets shortsighted.
There are six BIG lies when it comes to productivity (One Thing by Gary Keller)

All things matter equally. Not everything is equally as important. Theres


really only one thing that truly matters.

Multitasking is good & efficient. Multitasking is a myth its simply switching


back and forth between different tasks rapidly. Dont let you workflow be
interrupted by distractions (re-engaging in a project consumes considerably
more time and energy)

Discipline in everything is necessary. You have to be selectively discipline.


Success is about doing the right things right, not everything right. Become
selectively disciplined until habits are formed.

Willpower is always on will-call. Willpower is like a battery, it depletes over


time. This concept is called willpower depletion. Think of it like the power bar
on your cell-phone, it drains over time. Do your most important work first.

Balance is important. To achieve an extraordinary result, you must choose


what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting
extremely out of balance related to other life areas.

Big is bad. How big you think becomes the launching pad for how high you
achieve. Our results are directly related to the magnitude of our thinking. Think
big. Now double it.

Application & Thoughts

Do your most important activities first

Plan your 3-4 big rocks the day before

Dont multitask

Make habits

Read The One Thing by Gary Keller

Read my post on How To Focus On What Really Matters.

21) Shut The Fuck Up And Do


Something

Theres so much lost potential of woulda, shoulda, couldas. Its often not the ideas nor
capacity that holds someone back in life as much as his own mind.
Who needs enemies when you got yourself, right?
When in doubt just do something. Action will always lead to a result. Whether a bad one
or a good one. At least youre learning. Doing nothing gets you nowhere.
Be courageous enough to do things other people shy away from. Be bold. Theres
actually less competition for higher spots because nobody truly believes he is that
valuable.
Be a bit delusional about yourself and just throw enough shit against the wall until
something finally sticks.
If you lose at least you tried man. I failed is 10x more of a man than someone who
said What if? because What if? never went to the arena Greg Plitt
The doubt, insecurity and fear is a temporary price you pay for not being a spectator in
life. Not sitting on the sidelines watching your life ooze by no recollection of current
events.
That might be some motivational rambling without real content but in the end theres
only two options you can take after reading this post;

Action that might give you a chance for something better

Fear until death & suffering takes you

Take your pick.

Conclusion
I think the content provided is legit although Tai talks a bit (too?) much and therefore
doesnt always stick to the topic. He elaborates a lot about his personal life and repeats
different lessons throughout his program.
Another (maybe biased) reason I like this guy is because hes friends with Elliot Hulse
and Owen Cook. Two other men Ive learned a lot from.

67 steps review tai lopez elliott hulse

67 steps review tai lopez Owen Cook

I believe the advice Ive summarized in this post is the most essential to take away from
the 67 steps course.
Thanks for reading my review of the 67 steps. If you liked the 67 steps by Tai Lopez
Let me know in the comments below!