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Indeedians around the world express their gratitude as we celebrate Indeed's 16th birthday...
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Celebrating Indeed’s 16th birthday with gratitude

November 26th is Indeed’s birthday. It also happens to be Thanksgiving in the US this year. With that, Indeedians around the world express their gratitude as we celebrate our 16th year of helping people get jobs.

2020 has bought its share of ups and downs as the world continues to adjust to life in a global pandemic. Indeed is no different, but as trying of a year as this has been, we believe there is still so much to be thankful for. These are our stories of gratitude.

 

People first

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Simon Kelly, Director of Client Success – Sydney

“I am so grateful to Indeed for so many different things, but above all, the most important thing is that the company, Senior Leadership and Indeedians all live and breathe a culture of ensuring our employees are the number one priority,” says Simon Kelly, Client Services Director based in Sydney, Australia. 

“The benefits that Indeed provides are second to none, especially when I speak with friends about health insurance, paid time off, YOU days, working from home stipends, bonuses and parental leave. It leaves them in awe.” 

The relief our benefits provide came in handy earlier this year when Simon had to take medical leave to have surgery. 

“During the process, I needed flexibility to meet with my surgeon, get scans prior to surgery and I was provided this opportunity by management without any hesitation. It was a relief and made me feel very at ease to know I had that flexibility,” he tells us.

Simon also welcomed a new baby boy to the world recently and explains how much he appreciates Indeed’s paternity leave benefits. 

Simon poses in nature with a deer“We are so excited to have Ben join the family. He has made a couple of zoom meetings already! Parental leave at Indeed is one of the greatest benefits we have. From speaking to a lot of people at other companies, it is one of the most amazing perks provided.”

Explaining how leave works, Simon shares, “There are two options, 6 weeks leave in one chunk or broken up or if you are a primary caregiver, you can take 4 months paid paternity leave. The latter option is what I will be taking in March/April of 2021 as my wife goes back to work after 6 months.

I’ll be able to spend a solid 4 months with Ben. This is such an amazing benefit as being from Ireland, but living down in Australia thousands of miles away from family, allows Ben to be just that little bit older before he will have to go to daycare.” 

Read more about Simon’s move from Ireland to Sydney.

 

Unplugging to appreciate the important things

Chris and child dressed as characters from The Hangover

Chris and his mini-me

IT Senior Manager, Chris Powell, shares a similar sentiment about how Indeed has supported him as his family has grown during these complicated times.

“In the middle of everything going on throughout the world, my wife and I welcomed our first daughter, Waverly Love Powell,” he wrote in a post on Instagram. 

“I am incredibly thankful for the six weeks of parental leave and have entirely unplugged from work! While that is harder than I thought it would be, having my accounts turned off makes it easier as having a newborn keeps you plenty busy!”

Waverly Love Powell reaches for the stars

Waverly Love Powell reaching for the stars

He also appreciates the little gestures to congratulate him on welcoming Waverly to the family.

“We have received messages and gifts from coworkers and, most recently, an Indeed newborn box that had some great gifts for Waverly. I am very thankful and fortunate to be a part of a company that cares for its employees the way Indeed does!”

In May, Chris celebrated his fourth anniversary at Indeed and he says he’s never been more excited about the future here!

 

Supporting each other through good times and bad

Stephen poses in Indeed sweatshirt

Stephen Clair, Sales Director – Dublin

Sales Director, Stephen Clair in Dublin also  took the time to show his appreciation on social media as he celebrated his seventh year at Indeed, talked about the growth of the company and his career as he’s grown into a leadership position.

“A lot has changed since my start here back in 2013 when Indeed Dublin felt like a start-up with about 50 people! Since then we’ve built a high-performing culture together and helped build the foundations for the Indeed UK & the Ireland business,” he recalls.

“There have also been so many highlights, including the business supporting me on my journey into leadership!

It hasn’t all been plain sailing though as I was diagnosed with cancer in mid-2019. I am so thankful for the support Indeed has shown me in this time that has allowed me to fight this illness. 

I would like to give special thanks here to all my colleagues in the UK sales team for their support and I’ve learned that there are more important things in life than work and I am grateful to work for a company that also lives this!”

 

Reflecting on growth and hope for the future

Rick’s progression through Indeed

On his 6 year work anniversary, Sales Director in Amsterdam, Rick Peters adds perspective on our mission and those who live it every day.

“When I started in 2014, I could never imagine that we would grow from 4 people in the Amsterdam office to the 100+ nowadays. I learnt so much and got to manage the best team I’ve ever worked with. Together, we’ve built the foundation for inside sales in the Amsterdam office. So many memories and even more people (both colleagues & clients) to thank for where I’m at today,” he explains. 

“I’ve been blessed to work at such a great company with a powerful mission. And if it’s up to me, it’s not the end. It’s not even the beginning of the end… yet the end of the beginning. On to the next 6 ;-)”

 

Staying Connected and Included with a Global Team

Domenique Onishi, Product Manager - Tokyo

Domenique Onishi, Product Manager – Tokyo

Domenique Onishi, Product Manager in our Tokyo Tech Tamachi office, says she is most grateful for the people she gets to work with across the globe. 

“Working in an organisation whereby the culture is very much people driven and supportive. In addition, the openness to help one another cross function and location is something I am thankful for.” 

Domenique is based in Japan and recently joined a team that is based in the United States. While working with teammates across the world obviously presents challenges, Domenique explains how Indeed helps the team stay functional and cohesive. 

“Understanding and flexibility are two words that come to mind. I have appreciated the support from my Manager amending times of meetings to ensure I felt included especially with a 12-13 hour time difference. With this flexibility, what I have found is that my colleagues will record meetings, take very detailed meeting notes to ensure a cohesive team environment.”

And while she continues to navigate working with a global team, she remains grateful to Indeed for always offering resources to help her continue growing. 

“As someone who has lived away from my home country for nearly 10 years, learning about different cultures, working styles and practices is something that Indeed has supported me on my learning journey.” 

Read more of Domenique’s story of moving from Sydney to Tokyo

 

Succeeding with Indeed

Hillal Julien Mostefaoui, National Account Manager

Hillal Julien Mostefaoui, National Account Manager – Paris

Hillal Julien Mostefaoui is a National Account Manager located in Paris, France. He was working for a competitor in Italy when he applied to Indeed through a referral. Getting the job allowed him to relocate to Dublin where his journey in sales began. He attributes the growth he’s seen in himself to his experiences at Indeed.

“Today, I have to say that Indeed gave me the opportunity to grow, I’m not the same Hillal that I was 3 years ago,” he says. “ I’m so grateful for the people I met. In Dublin HQ, more than a thousand people are part of your daily life, it’s such an amazing experience. 

Honestly, I feel safe at Indeed, I’m not afraid of losing my job, I’m not afraid of being in a bad situation. It helps me a lot and helps me to help other people (family, friends, customers, and many others).” 

Hillal's team

Hillal’s team

His hard work was rewarded with a trip to what is known at Indeed as Top Gun, a trip to a beautiful location for top performing sales reps around the world to celebrate their success. 

“Last year, I had the honor to be a regional winner for this prize. It means that I was one of the 10% best sales in EMEA,” he shares, “It was a real pleasure because a large part of my French team won this prize and we were so proud and happy to share that moment. We won a trip to Morocco, but sadly, COVID-19 decided that it wasn’t for us in 2020.

Instead, Indeed surprised us and decided to give us an extra bonus on our pay to replace the trip.”

 

The freedom to be you

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Shannon Banks, Americas co-chair for iPride Inclusion Resource Group

Shannon Banks appreciates how Indeed’s dedication to Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging helps him be his most fabulous self. 

“Indeed consistently goes above and beyond, top down from Senior Leadership, to make it explicitly known that Inclusion & Belonging are part of our core values. Learning the stories of our SLT and hearing how and why Inclusion Resource Groups (IRG) matter has empowered me to be the signal booster for my community,” he says.

“Where else could a 30 something, gay Black male from the South pull off the baddest Lizzo Halloween costume and be celebrated by the entire office?”

 

Lucky, Indeed

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Finding gratitude

Through the trials and tribulations of 2020, Indeed has been committed to putting the physical and mental health of its employees first. From benefits such as open PTO and work from home stipends to spruce up our home office spaces to helping our careers and families grow, there is so much to be thankful for. We are lucky, Indeed!

For more Indeedian stories, visit our #insideindeed culture blog. Find more information about Indeed benefits in your area here.

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3061Indeedian Stories

Working remotely at Indeed amidst the Melbourne lockdown

What is it like working remotely prior to the pandemic? Senior Client Success Specialist, Som shares his story and his experience working remotely amidst a lockdown in Melbourne.

Som Viswanath is a Senior Client Success Specialist at Indeed Sydney but works remotely from Melbourne. He has an extensive variety of work experiences ranging from being a qualified architect, to a lecturer and a Digital Media Executive. 

These days, working from home has given many of us a preview of what it’s like to work remotely. But what is it like working remotely prior to the pandemic? 

While taking a career break, Som was approached by a friend who was working at Indeed at the time. She sold him the dream – to work for a global brand, the #1 job site in the world and work remotely. “It was too good an opportunity to pass up and my dream became a reality,” Som shares. 

Som has been working out of Melbourne since he joined and is one of the first people working remotely at Indeed in Australia.

In this Culture Matters podcast, Som shares his experiences, challenges and some of the ways he overcomes the challenges he faces while working remotely. He also shares what it’s like working amidst the Melbourne lockdown in recent times.

“The first things people usually ask me is, do you actually do any work? I do have KPIs, I do have targets, and if I didn’t do my job, I wouldn’t be hitting those targets,” Som said.

While walking us through his experience during the lockdown in Melbourne, he also shares one of his biggest struggles, “We were restricted to a 5km radius from where we lived and we had to work from home. The one thing that changed before the pandemic was that I used to travel for work; I used to travel to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane to meet clients… I used to travel quite a bit and that got taken away from me. That was a real struggle for me.

Som also explains how he manages work having one work office at home, while living with his partner who also shares the same workspace. 

To find out more about Som’s story and tips to manage remote working, listen in on this episode of our Culture Matters podcast.

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How a Frenchman ended up an engineer, father and Indeedian in Tokyo

André Boivineau is a Tokyo-based engineer at Indeed shares his story about how his career began in Asia, and the milestones so far… including starting a family in Japan.

André Boivineau is a Tokyo-based engineer at Indeed shares his story about how his career began in Asia, and the milestones so far… including starting a family in Japan.

Although I just celebrated my first anniversary with Indeed, I have been working in Japan since I graduated 12 years ago. 


I arrived in Japan as an exchange student for my last semester before graduation. I had an idea to start my career here but was far from expecting I would build such a long and strong attachment to this country. Now I’m settled in with two adorable kids.  

When I started my career in Japan, I had a preconceived notion that this would not be compatible with raising a family, especially coming from a country with a different culture.  

My first job was in a Japanese company, and really there weren’t a lot of resources customized for a new grad joining from aboard. I’m deeply grateful to my Japanese friends who helped me to figure out most of what I needed to know back then.  


My perception started to change as I got to make connections with more and more foreigners who had been successful in this experience.

I was able to see how they solved the questions that arise when planning for a family life: choice of an employer to support work-life balance, housing, place of education for kids, administrative questions etc…

When I got lost in procedures to put together my PR application, a former colleague shared with me detailed notes they documented on how to prepare an application.

When I struggled to understand the subtleties of savings and loans in Japan, an alumni of my university living here for years ran me through the details.  

Practical answers to such questions gave me confidence I could sustain and enjoy a long term stay in Japan.

Showing off Indeed’s newborn swag

In Indeed Tokyo we’re lucky to already have a large and supportive community, including “veteran” expatriates, always here to answer each other’s questions. The one thing I regret is that Indeed didn’t have a Tokyo office back in 2008 !

By the time I joined Indeed, my first kid had just turned 3 years old, and I was two months away from becoming the happiest man on earth for the second time.

I was quite worried about how this new birth would interfere with starting a new job, but Indeed’s combination of open-PTO and protected parental leave made it a harmonious experience. 

 

Both my wife’s family and mine live far away, and open-PTO allowed me several times to take care of the kids when they were sick, attend their school’s events or plan trips with my kids to meet their grand-parents in France.

Not to mention flexible working hours which I benefited from as early as my very first day for an unexpected early pick up at the daycare!

To anyone settling in Japan with family and children or would plan to do so, my piece of advice may sound trivial yet is I believe paramount : make sure your professional activity will allow for some sort of time flexibility. 

Using open PTO to attend a school event

The unpredictability of a family life will be amplified by the challenges of living aboard, but can be managed just fine and become a wonderful experience with a supportive professional environment.

When I was approached by Indeed, I remember I was in a phase of my career questioning myself and the sense of purpose I was longing for. Indeed’s mission immediately resonated with me: We Help People Get Jobs.

I believe that, from this mission, results in a lot of Indeed’s success: attracting genuine and motivated people with a strong sense of ownership, which means they can be fully entrusted to make decisions. 

Every team is expected to come up with ideas and plot their own course. Knowing that I will be able to influence many aspects of my work is a strong motivation driver, and I’m even more excited to see what great ideas my colleagues will come up with.

The same way I spent a decade in Tokyo I hope I can spend another decade with Indeed (or more!!) as I feel extremely lucky to have found this rare combination: a fantastic employer in one of the best cities in the world.

 To learn more about Indeed Tokyo, click here.

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2963Marquise Holbrook Indeed Brand AmbassadorIndeedian Stories

My journey as a Brand Ambassador inside Indeed

Marquise shares why he got involved in the Brand Ambassador program at Indeed and how it changed the trajectory of his career.
Marquise Holbrook We Help People Get Jobs

Marquise Holbrook pictured while visiting teammates in Austin, TX

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, Marquise Holbrook manages Indeed’s Brand Ambassador program globally. He shares his journey through the employee advocacy program and what it means to Indeedians around the world. 

My journey at Indeed began in August of 2015. It was my first time working for a big company with a beautiful office and I found myself immersed in a fun, innovative, diverse, and caring company culture. 

I was learning more and more each week about my new role in Client Success while working with hundreds of employers to help them find their perfect hires. In the midst of this I was being showered with exclusive Indeed swag, attending in-office happy hours, was taken on an overnight employee development team retreat, and for the first time in my young professional career had a manager I felt truly cared about my professional advancement and career path. 

Needless to say, I was beyond convinced that I had found the perfect place for me. I began sharing my journey and love for Indeed on all of my social networks, raving to my friends and proudly wearing our “I Help People Get Jobs” shirt any place that I could. 

When I learned Indeed had a Brand Ambassador program, it was a no-brainer for me to sign up.

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Marquise Holbrook on set of Inside Indeed interview, March 2018

As a Brand Ambassador, I was able to help behind the scenes with various company events, participate in exclusive contests and projects, and most notably be interviewed for one of our Inside Indeed office videos produced by our Employer Brand team.

In March 2018 I braved a snowstorm to get to our Stamford, Connecticut office to meet Bryan Chaney, Director of Employer Brand, who would eventually become my manager. The film crew finished setting up the lights and cameras, and Bryan interviewed me about my journey at Indeed as well as my involvement with the Brand Ambassador Program. 

I was enamored by the whole experience and set a goal to be a member of the Employer Brand team. Little did I know in December of that year my goal would become a reality. I went from a Brand Ambassador in our Stamford office to managing the entire Brand Ambassador program globally.

What is the Brand Ambassador Program?

The mission of the Brand Ambassador Program is to engage passionate Indeedians to cultivate a fun work environment, build community partnerships, and share their story about life #insideindeed.

Ambassadors posing in Sydney

Ambassadors posing in Sydney

The Brand Ambassador program was created in March of 2014 under our Marketing team to assist with brand activations. 

Over the next few years, the program evolved and was handled by several other teams at Indeed before finding its home with Employer Brand in 2018. It was relaunched with a new emphasis on social media and also given a reward system. 

From January 2018 to January 2019 the program grew from 400+ Ambassadors to 600+ Ambassadors globally. 

Today, we have over 800 Ambassadors located in 29 offices around the world.

Singapore Ambassadors during Ambassador event

Singapore Ambassadors during an Ambassador event

The Brand Ambassadors team with our Employer Brand, Employee Experience, GoodDeeds, and many other teams to help support company initiatives and events as well as community outreach activities and fundraising opportunities. 

How Does the Brand Ambassador Program Work?

Every Brand Ambassador team has one or two Lead Brand Ambassadors. The Leads organize local team meetings and help Ambassadors create and execute their own initiatives based on their specific needs and interests. 

There are also global initiatives that all teams take part in including Black History Month, Earth Week, Pride, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Movember. The Ambassadors are instrumental in helping spread the word via in-office events and social media. 

In December 2019, Brand Ambassadors in the US partnered with the company Daymaker for a fundraising event to provide holiday gifts to children in need. Ambassadors were able to use an online platform to read personal stories about these children and purchase gifts for them from their wishlists. By the end of the campaign, we were able to purchase 1630 gifts for 1038 children. 

 

Each month the Ambassadors participate in a social media challenge with a specific theme. This past August the Ambassadors were asked to post on their social media illustrating which of Indeed’s five core values resonates with them the most. 

Kelly Percic of Austin, TX

Ambassador Kelly Percic showing off her Indeed swag.

Kelly Percic of Austin, Texas shared: “At Indeed we know how badly people want to get back to work, so we do everything we can to empower the job seeker. #JobseekerFirst is our first core value for a reason. We breathe it, we wear it, we live it.”  

As a reward for their hard work, Ambassadors receive points for all of their activity. Each month those points are transferred to our Indeed Employee Store where the Ambassadors can shop for exclusive Indeed swag. Being a part of the program also allows the Ambassadors to meet and work with other Indeedians from different teams and get exposure to departments and roles they were not familiar with prior. 

How Working from Home has Affected the program

In March of 2020, Indeed moved all employees to working from home. This presented a new challenge to the Ambassador Program as it is founded on a sense of community and being together. 

Indeed has provided weekly virtual experiences that cater to our physical and mental health so Ambassadors are able to still connect virtually and learn tips and tricks to create their own virtual events. We have relied heavily on our own Ambassador’s skillsets to create fun and helpful events from at-home mask making, coffee breaks, guided painting workshops, and much more.

Indeed Brand Ambassadors

Indeed Brand Ambassador pride!

In September 2020 our Stamford, CT Ambassadors created a fundraiser to purchase back to school supplies for a local school. Through employee donations, they were able to provide the school with many essential classroom materials. With much of the world working remotely for the past months we all have our own unique experiences, trials, and tribulations. The Ambassadors have been able to use Instagram Stories as a tool for sharing their own stories and keeping the Brand Ambassador spirit alive. 

The Importance of Brand Ambassadors

Employer Brand teams are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to share employee experiences. 

Our Ambassadors are amazing sources of content because their enthusiasm for Indeed leads to creative ways of sharing their unique and personal stories. 

It is very important to keep Ambassadors engaged with the program through virtual team meetings and monthly contests because it keeps our brand alive, and when shared externally, helps us hire more talented and passionate Indeedians. Being an Ambassador has allowed me to travel the world, make friendships that transcend past the office, and learn new skillsets I wouldn’t have imagined. Every story an Ambassador shares is an opportunity to connect with someone they may not have before and foster relationships that can benefit them on both a professional and personal level. 

For more Indeedian stories, check out our #insideindeed culture blog.

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2941Career Growth

From Nigeria to Texas: How I Became A… Product Scientist at Indeed

In this 'How I Became A....', Adesewa Adegoke details her journey from University to Integration Engineer and what led her on the path to being a Product Scientist at Indeed.

Adesewa Adegoke is a Product Scientist at Indeed Austin. She uses numbers to help deliver products, and ensures that they launch and run smoothly. She’s a twin, and loves listening to music and imagining doing really cool dance moves, but says she’s not a good dancer.

In our next installment of ‘How I Became A….’, she walks us through her incredible journey of becoming a Product Scientist and how her hard work and preparation met opportunity to bring her to Indeed.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Adesewa was never particularly drawn to computers as a kid. The little interaction she had with computers was in high school for an arts class where she got to do simple designs using Corel Draw, but to her this was more work than fun.

“It was my Dad who encouraged me to major in Computer Science, because he said it was the future. I just knew I had to do it well,” she explains.

Even though Adesewa was a bit unsure, she knew she had to give it her best effort. She went on to study Computer Science as an undergraduate at Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria, and later began to actually fall in love with her programming classes. She was fascinated by the concept of writing code, and the fact that you can watch the code do what you’ve laid out for it.

After graduating, she worked as an Integration Engineer for the next 4.5 years. It was during that time she started hearing more and more folks talk about opportunities in “big data.” She was curious, and after doing her research, soon realized it was something she wanted to pursue.

Adesewa decided to take a big leap towards her dream and moved across the world to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There she received her Masters in Information Systems Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. 

“I loved certain aspects of business intelligence and data analytics, but knew that I didn’t want to just solely focus on the numbers,” she recalls. “I wanted to use those numbers towards delivering tech products.” 

While in grad school she spent a lot of time on Indeed.com searching for internships. In fact, she visited the site so often she was inspired to develop an Indeed mobile app as a way to practice her skills, not knowing an opportunity was approaching around the corner.

Her university soon hosted a career fair for students where Indeed recruiters would be in attendance. She had the opportunity to bring up the backstory of how she developed the app in her spare time as a personal project. 

At the KDD conference in Alaska

“It was definitely the best conversation I’ve ever had with a recruiter. They were actually interested in what I had to say,” she says.

Her proactiveness paid off. It was at the same career fair where she also got the chance to meet some of the Indeed Business Intelligence team, and it wasn’t long before she received an opportunity to join the team as a Business Intelligence Analyst. After just a few months of showcasing her skills, she was able to move into her role now as Product Scientist.

“A lot of Product Scientists are proactive people, they’re not people who lay back and watch things happen, but rather stand up and look for that opportunity and go for it,” Adesewa explains in a video about her team and what makes them successful.

As a Product Scientist at Indeed, her role supports product owners and product managers from ideation, product strategy, execution, as well as experimentation, to the actual launch of products. To sum it up, she ensures that Indeed products will launch and run smoothly. She focuses on statistics and machine learning.

Learn more from Adesewa and other Product Scientists at Indeed about building the team and what makes them successful in the video below.

But even though she’s found success and solid footing at Indeed, it wasn’t always easy. Early on, she struggled with an internal battle she now identifies as imposter syndrome.

“You’re surrounded by so many smart people, and sometimes you forget that you’re smart, you’re there, because you’re smart. Imposter syndrome is a real thing,” she says.

Bike riding with a part of the Product and Data Science team in 2019

“There have been times when things were not so great and I just told myself, I’m at that low point. But just give it some time, a month from now, a few weeks from now, things will definitely not be the same.” she recalls telling herself.

In spite of the need for some internal pep talks every now and then, she loves that her role is not monotonous and that she gets the opportunity to work on many different projects using different tools, solving different problems.

She looks back on her journey so far and feels proud that she worked on so many different projects that she’s always wanted to do, while staying on her toes and continuing to learn and grow. 

She’s also come full circle as she’s currently mentoring a PhD graduate student on a similar path she was on years ago. It’s super meaningful to her because she can now share knowledge and help others walk the path that she helped blaze at Indeed. 

“Providing the help you wish you had, makes someone else’s journey a whole lot better. You’re equipping them for a better journey to make the right decisions,” she says.

“If I could do something differently, it would probably be to doubt myself a lot less.”

 

Some advice she has for others is to be open to information and stay curious about what’s happening in your industry. She believes information is power. Use your research to guide your job search, to identify what job titles/roles to go after and what companies align with your ambitions. 

Fun times bonding with the Product Science team (pre-covid)

“Remember that life is indeed about ups and downs, but if you try not to be short sighted and know how to look toward the future, things will work out!”

 

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