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Who says you can't? It's time to get off the sofa and take your existence to the following point.
the first step: stand at the shoulders of geniuses
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Step : indulge in the glow of admiring enthusiasts
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* A starvation for greatness
* a few duct tape
* This book
you might have considered trying:
* Sidekicks and/or minions
* a powerful nickname
* an awesome outfit
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