DON’T BRING YOURSELF DOWN.

If you claim to really love yourself, your dreams, and your future, why do you again pull yourself down at every opportunity? Stop what you’re doing; let’s briefly think together!

Our Ugandan team at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast did very well, surprising sceptics with gold and silver medals! It reminded me of two weeks ago at the Inspired Leaders International office in Kampala, when M/s. Agnes Nabende – a calm, composed and collected lady – said: “I may not be UP there, but I don’t want to bring myself DOWN.” I immediately wrote it on the white board at office as the quote of the day.

You may quickly say, “I am not among those who bring themselves down.” Well, that can be determined by where you stand on the following ways how some people do it:

  1. Speaking negatively of their ability, calling that being honest with self. (“I know I am very weak.”)
  2. Volunteering to discourage themselves under the guise of being “realistic”. (“I can’t manage that.”)
  3. Cancelling private prayers with public declarations. (“I don’t give a damn if you don’t like my products” – after praying, “Lord bring more customers.”)
  4. Frequently associating with voluntary discouragers whose major “strength” is being negative and sceptic about every idea.
  5. Always editing dreams downwards, calling it “adjusting to new realities”!
  6. Isolating yourself from others who are swinging into positive action.
  7. Refusing to believe other people’s positive and genuine compliments, pushing away comments such as “You’re smart”.

Now come to think of it: why do some people bring themselves down like that?

I volunteer some 6 possible answers below:

  1. They have a mountain of low self-esteem and don’t believe they deserve “UP there”. So whenever they rise, their heart whispers: “Bring yourself back to where I think you belong.”
  2. They’ve been hit on every side by other people’s disparaging remarks that centred around “toning down on ambition”. So whenever they aspire for greater, they remember the verdict of their company.
  3. They’ve had a storm of painful experences and allowed those situations to punch their morale down to zero. So when they take a step forward, they take two backwards to avoid the possibility of more pain.
  4. They’ve received a technical knockout from several failed attempts and now believe they shouldn’t dare try again.
  5. They’ve often compared themselves with others who seem to be doing better, looking better, and worth more. So the negative self-consciousness keeps them afraid.
  6. They think they’re being humble by pulling themselves down. They’ve been told not to tell others that they’re well. So they cut their reality into half to look humble!

Here therefore, are 3 quick issues for you to really think about from today:

  1. Building self-confidence and having a high self-esteem will protect you from internal insecurities and external exploitation.
  2. Past failed attempts have no power over your current aspirations unless you allow them to.
  3. Other people’s words are neither prescriptive of how you should live your life nor descriptive of the colour of your future.

In conclusion, let’s listen again to the words of Agnes: “I may not be UP there, but I don’t want to bring myself DOWN.” Remember, no one (I repeat: NO ONE) can step on your back unless YOU bend it. While you may not yet be “up there” where you want to be, be glad you are no longer “down there” where you used to be, and thus do not pull yourself down where you don’t deserve to be.

Fantastic day!

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker / Panel Moderator, and Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:

  • Leadership & Management Consultancy
  • Organizational Staff Trainings and Team Building
  • Mentoring Programs / Schemes
  • Inspirational Speaking / Panel Moderation
  • Personal Development Coaching

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Happy New Month? Really?

Another month is gone and a new one is here. I have three questions, three challenges and three suggestions to make this a great month ever.

The Three Questions:

Before you celebrate ENTRANCE into the new month, I invite you to first do serious reflection about your EXIT out of the past month by answering these three simple questions:

  1. What have you done in the last month that you can call fruitful and productive?
  2. Who (or what kind of person) have you progressively become as a result of your engagements in that period?
  3. What have you achieved that you truly proud of as the fruit of your labour, the work of your hands?

The Three Challenges:

Okay, so as you say HAPPY NEW MONTH these two to three days or so, allow me kindly pose these three challenges:

  1. Is “Happy New Month” just a mere WISH for the gods to swing a magic wand or a DECISION by you to make it a month worth celebrating, enjoying and cherishing?
  2. Are you just wishing things get better or choosing to make them better? If all wishes were horses…!
  3. Are you hoping that the month somehow brings good news or it is a commitment to make right things happen rightly? Remember, hope is not a strategy.

The Three Questions:

As you ride on, what if you thought of acting on the following three suggestions?

  1. See what has NOT worked in the previous month(s), genuinely reflect on the possible causes, and carefully restrategize how to win in the new month. This needs to be in ALL aspects of your life such as financially, intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, professionally, to mention but a few.
  2. Specifically take another sharper look at your circle of friends. What kind are they? For example: Do they encourage or discourage you? Do they inspire good manners or model reckless living? Are they progressing in their own lives and flying higher like eagles or are they teaching you “The 5 Steps to Being a Duck”? Please take radical decisions in this area this month.
  3. Reconsider your time commitments this month. Are you going to invest your time or merely spend it? Is there going to be a high Return on Investment (ROI) on those meetings, parties and conferences you’re planning to be engaged in or it’s going to be a waste of precious time? Time is the greatest, non-renewable and most defiant resource. Lose this minute and it’s gone forever!

So, happy New month to me as I make it a happy New month through my deliberate actions, intentional choices and specifically planned moves. Happy month to you too if you have laid strategies for making strides forward and touching other lives in the process.

Otherwise this month will just be “The Month of Nothing” however much someone encourages you that it is going to be a month of whatever: Exponential Growth, Double Blessings, Financial Abundance, Marital Bliss, Social Impact, 3 Miracles, Academic Wonders, Unexpected Promotion, or Instant Turnaround!

Things don’t just happen; you go out there and make them happen. You can do that this month. Like the title of one of my books says, YOU WILL MANAGE.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker / Panel Moderator, and Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Team Building
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking / Panel Moderation
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Anything POSITIVE today?

First, a problem once shared is half solved. Not so? Or is it? Well, it depends on who you share it with and what they do about it (if any). Even then, bottling up your problems doesn’t make you any better. Secondly, sharing your problems doesn’t make you weak; it only shows the trust you have for others. However, ALWAYS sharing only PROBLEMS is not a trust issue; it shows your corrosive appetite for negativity.

My friend and fellow trainer Joan Mugenzi said, “There are people whose [social media] walls seem like there’s nothing positive happening in their lives. Positive begets positive and the reverse is true.” This was in response to my question: “Why allow people force you to remember and share your problems with them just so you don’t look like you have none?”

Here is an important truth: There are many problems all of us have gone through and we all handle them differently. But it is amazing how at times you’re just under pressure to “share your problems too” so that you fit in a culture / club / association that believes in everyone sharing their PROBLEMS.

While some of us often step on our problems and focus our eyes on the opportunities, you find that many in those environments are visibly not interested either in knowing which opportunities you see, or stepping forward to utilize any of them. But they’re waiting for you to “please share YOUR problems too”.

Of course some people have gone to an extent of saying do NOT share your problems with ANYONE because while some don’t REALLY care what you go through, others are glad you’re going through it — and even the remaining percentage is busy thinking about their own problems! This statement doesn’t represent my own position at all, but I think it has some point to think about!

Personally, I strongly believe that sharing is caring. I share and allow others to do so. My only issue is this: Must every sharing be about PROBLEMS? Why can’t we, for example, start to share the blessings we’ve got, the opportunities we’ve seen, and even the food we’ve harvested from our gardens?

I will make this disclaimer again: This is neither about burying problems as if they don’t exist nor about being too secretive to let other people into one’s life. No. But having seen what our past has been, time has come to force our minds to “think on THESE things” (see Philippians 4:8 for THESE things) and only pick out one or two that are worth ruminating about.

So here is my verdict: Have people in your life with whom you share deep issues in your life but please do NOT allow them to put you under pressure to share problems always!

The underlying principle in all this is: WHATEVER YOU FOCUS ON WILL EXPAND FOR YOU!

  • Focus on problems, and you will get a good bundle.
  • Focus on opportunities and blessings, and your eyes will be exercised enough to spot many more. Period.
  • For once, endeavour to be positive today or else try your level best to keep your mouth shut. It may save your destiny better!

So, anything positive today?

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker / Panel Moderator, and Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Team Building
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking / Panel Moderation
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Information feeds Passion for Action.

Do you know that you’re just an article away from your greatest idea ever, just a chapter away from your next biggest opportunity, just a book away from your wonder-filling breakthrough today? In this season of expanded capacity, I hope you and I have overcome the laziness in not reading anything more than two short paragraphs! We claim to not have time for reading, but the truth is that THAT is just a Self-Management Statement (SMS)!

  • That SMS indicates where our priorities are.
  • That SMS is a confession of how much we want to grow.
  • That SMS depicts how deep we want to understand.
  • That SMS exposes how much we really want to learn.
  • Time is not an issue of resource, but of priority.

“Whatever you take as priority in your life will ALWAYS find time in your schedule. Priorities are always scheduled.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

If you’ve even read this far on a post that doesn’t immediately promise 5 steps to ‘hot sex’ or 3 top secrets to too much money or the 1 thing you must not forget to win a political race: ● There is nothing that will stop you from succeeding in life. ● You’re one in a million — maybe one in 700 million. ● You’re going to change this world by all means. I would have said, “Write ‘UNIQUE’ below this post if you’ve read this far” and you would see how many would do! But I won’t because anyway, many don’t come this far in reading… and thus don’t go far even in life. Almost all other hitherto well-known “keys to success” have changed padlocks but reading has remained in its own paddock as a masterkey for success according to many wealth masters’ personal confessions — be it Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Patrick Bitature, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Aliko Dangote, even Mark Zuckerberg — and Samuel A. Bakutana! It is time to consider and act upon such resolutions as below: ● Please CREATE TIME to read, re-read and read again — today! ● Understand that action comes from passion. ● Realize that that passion often comes from an increase in relevant knowledge and a making sense of one’s daily experiences. ● Increase your knowledge to feed your passion and watch your action soar to the summit of achievement. Inspired leaders are inspiring readers, #YouWillManage | Live . Love . Lead | SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA Senior Leadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker / Moderator, and Author Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International, Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya P.O. Box 12844, Kampala 📞 +256782163416 📧 deltacu11@gmail.com Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations” Solutions Offered: 🔖 Leadership Consultancy 🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings 🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes 🔖 Inspirational Speaking and Panel Moderation 🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Secret to Enhancing your Looks and Building a Happier World!

Did you ever know that you have the power to make yourself more beautiful/handsome without spending any single coin? How about you making the world a bit happier everyday without spending any money?

Today, a brother wrote a piece titled, “A smile never hurts anyone.” Indeed, it never hurts anyone (unless you smile at their misfortune)! The smile is the priceless, non-tiring secret…

Please consider the following two issues now:

First, a smile is therapeutic.

The availability of a few more smiling people on earth is the reason for some hope that is still left in our world today!” – Samuel A. Bakutana

One evening 6 years ago when our daughter Petra was about one and a half years old, she randomly smiled at a very gloomy middle aged man passing by and he suddenly broke into a hillarious laughter outburst as he walked away. Lovely and refreshing!

Now, I too yearn to be refreshed daily with smiles of those around me. But I have chosen to focus on the opportunity to refresh others with my own smile. I’ve come to a conclusion that since I don’t see my own smile whenever I smile, it’s not meant for me but for those who see it. I’ll thus gladly gift the world with what belongs to it.

Secondly, a smile is aesthetic:

“Your beauty is enhanced when you genuinely deploy your smiling equipment.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

I remember a gentleman in a marriage forum I once spoke at who said, “No smiling woman isn’t beautiful!” You can imagine the discussion that ensued from such a statement. I believe he had some point and that point applies to men too. All of us. Smiling enhances our looks! And at times I can’t imagine some people without their smile!


The only warning here is to please keep it genuine, authentic, true. Otherwise the effect may be the opposite! Plastic smiles produce cosmetic results!

So try to always remember the line from Kirk Franklin song “Smile” which says, “You look much better when you smile.”

CONCLUSION:
A smile indeed never hurt anyone – either the one smiling or the one receiving it. In fact, that smile is both therapeutic and aesthetic. Give it to heal the world and to look better. Receive mine today! 😊

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Leadership Consultant, Speaker and Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Don’t Joke with Social Media!

Today, Inspired Leader and Advocate Mercy Kainobwisho, the Director Intellectual Property, Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), wrote a piece titled, “Never underestimate the power of social media.” In the Facebook post, she brought out the following key observations:

💬 Social media has increasingly become the main channel of communication, decision making , mobilization, rumors, real and fake news, marketing and more.

💬 Social media also enables people to follow mentors and spiritual /counseling platforms.

💬 Social media has also become a database [for] searching people’s details and determining their personality.

💬 It is also used to determine potential employees, employers, husbands, wives and business partners and has a lot of power and influence.

💬 Social media will get you hired or fired.

💬 Social media content can be used to generate evidence against you.

💬 Social media will also lead to cancellation of unfair court or administrative decisions.

💬 Social media also poses a security risk. She concluded saying:

How we use it shapes our actions and the actions of people towards us and society.

As someone who tries to make the best use of a number of social media platforms, I hereby add to Mercy’s thought the following:

  • Use social media to positively change the world.
  • Maximize social media to inspire multitudes.
  • Utilize social media to market transformationtransformational ideas, services and products.
  • Harness social media to connect, network and partner with change-minded agents.
  • Reactivate your social media account to be a man / woman on a developmental mission.
  • Clean up your social media platforms to reflect civility, humility and integrity.
  • Re-engineer your social media pages to be a crucible for life-changing information.
  • Turn your social media space into an exemplary life platform, an authentic love centre, and a relational leadership fountain.

I believe we can inspire and empower the world through the 21st century gift of social media. Thanks Mercy ‘Kaines’ for bringing this issue to our attention.

| Live. Love. Lead. |

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana

Chief Executive Officer,

Inspired Leaders International,

Plot 731, Mawanda Road, Kamwokya.

P.O. Box 12844, Kampala.

📞 +256782163416

📩 deltacu11@gmail.com

| The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. |

YOUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY THIS WEEK!

You can make the best use of this week and achieve what you’ve never achieved in one single week before. Today, my brother Dr Joseph Gavin Nyanzi (www.josephnyanzi.com) wrote:

“It’s a brand new day of a brand New week. It’s another opportunity to start a new page. Let’s fold our sleeves up and put on our working shoes. The GRIND is on; let’s make every minute count.”

As a family of the Bakutanas this morning, we had equally thought about the same during our devotional time. Here are critical thoughts for you to reflect on…

FACTS THIS WEEK:
🌅 Your first opportunity this week is THIS WEEK itself.
🌅 This week has NEVER been there.
🌅 This week is here for a SHORT season: this week only!
🌅 This week will be OVER by the end of this week!

HERE IS WISDOM:
⏳ Once this week ends at the end of this week, it will never come back; we will never see it again; it will be GONE FOREVER.
⏳ There are things that are supposed to be done THIS week. Beyond this week, they won’t be done successfully.
⏳ There are opportunities that will present themselves to us ONLY this week. Once they pass, they have passed away!
⏳ There is favour that will be activated as grace to enable our success in THIS week. Once we lose focus, we will operate below average and miss chances of high performance.

RESOLUTION:
Therefore, to get the best out of this week demands that we utilize TIME very well this week:
⏰ Every meeting must be run with precision.
⏰ Every conversation needs to be an “influence conversation.”
⏰ Every phone call should be to the point and focused on productive issues.
⏰ Every appointment needs to be on time, with a clear agenda, and end in time for other things too.
⏰ Every hour needs to be well accounted for: well INVESTED — not well SPENT!

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, REDEEMING THE TIME, because the days are evil.” – Paul of Tarsus (in his Letter to Ephesians, 5:15-16).

Have a Productive New Week!

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, International Inspirational Speaker and Prolific Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Enjoy Today By Choice

No one – and nothing – should/can take away your joy without your permission! Hey, today is not yesterday. It isn’t. So please:

● Don’t kill today with bad memories of yesterday.

● Don’t assasinate today’s opportunities with yesterday’s daggers.

● Don’t kill the joys this day brings with the pains that yesterday left.

“Whoever dwells on the past so much is surely bound to mess up his present — the very present in his hands today.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

So enjoy today. Yea! Drink every inspiration out of it. Yea! Squeeze every juice out of its fruits. Yea! Make your best of today. Yea!

Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have. Utilize it wisely.

Today is your present; choose to unwrap it and enjoy every bit of it.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, International Inspirational Speaker and Prolific Author (13 books)

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Result-focused Team Building
🔖 Mentoring Programs and In-house Institutional Staff Mentoring Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking and In-house Staff Public Speaking Empowerment
🔖 Life and/or Personal Development Coaching for leaders, professionals, speakers, etc.

The 5 words: Consultancy, Training, Mentoring, Speaking, and Coaching.

Welcome to:
💠 the arena of greatness,
💠 the incubation for awesome people,
💠 the chisel-centre for transformational, world changing leaders.

You’re loved. You’re believed in. It is known that you can make it.

Wisdom for Mistake-Makers!

Did you make enough mistakes this season? Are you troubled by some of them? Or are you fighting with nasty effects of some? Well, today, some friend sent me a piece that made great sense for me — and I hope it does for you. I call it Wisdom for Mistake Makers:

When I started using pen in my primary school, and I made a mistake, I would try hard to erase it before submitting to my teacher. Sometimes, I used chalk to clean my mistake but it later re-appeared. So I began to use saliva. It worked, but only to leave holes in my books. My teachers then used to beat me for being outrageously dirty. But all I tried to do was to cover my error.

Can you relate with story so far? Have you been trying to hide your mistakes or struggle to click the delete button without much success? Even me, there are things I wish were NOT written on any page in my book of history, but, well, I wrote them myself! So? So continue to read the story below:

One day, a kind hearted teacher who loved me so much called me aside and he said, “Anytime you make a mistake, just cross it and move on.” He further said, “Trying to erase your mistakes would only damage your book to nothing.” I told him in protest that I don’t want people to see my mistake.

That sounds like you. No, like me! I don’t want people to see my mistake. I now even own it: MY mistake! THEY shouldn’t see it. Very common, not so?

My loving teacher laughed and said, “Trying to erase your mistake will make more people know about your mess and the stigma is for life“.

Have you made some mistakes in life? Listen; cross it over and move on.

  • Have you goofed at your workplace? Cross it over and move on.
  • Have you erred in your marriage / relationship? Cross it over and move on.
  • Have you made a financial mistake in your personal life? Cross it over and move on.
  • Have you bathed in spiritual dirt? Whatever; just cross it over and move on.

Indeed, “Don’t expose yourself as a result of trying to cover your mistakes. Better things are ahead of you. Strike [this season’s] mistakes and move into [the new season] with a fresh note.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA

Samuel is a Senior Leadership Consultant, International Inspirational Speaker and Prolific Author (13 books). He is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya-Kampala. P.O. Box 12844, Kampala. You can reach him via 📞 +256782163416, 📧 deltacu11@gmail.com or Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead. He is running with the Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered at ILI:

🔖 Leadership Consultancy

🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Result-focused Team Building

🔖 Mentoring Programs and In-house Institutional Staff Mentoring Schemes

🔖 Inspirational Speaking and In-house Staff Public Speaking Empowerment

🔖 Life and/or Personal Development Coaching for leaders, professionals, speakers, etc.

The 5 words: Consultancy, Training, Mentoring, Speaking, and Coaching.

Welcome to the arena of greatness, the incubation for awesome people, and the chisel-centre for transformational, world changing leaders. You’re loved. You’re believed in. It is known that you can make it.

Lively Christmas. Inspiring 2018

I am here, on behalf of Inspired Leaders International (and on my own behalf), to wholeheartedly wish you a Lovely, lively Christmas and an inspiring 2018.

We will still be at your human capital development service in the new year.

Remember, in all, #YouWillManage

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