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Artist Builds Tank to Distribute Free Books in the Coolest Way Possible

Artist Builds Tank to Distribute Free Books in the Coolest Way Possible

What does one do with a 1979 Ford Falcon and 900 books? While we’re not sure what the average person would do, eccentric Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff builds free book tanks. He refers to his makeshift tanks as “weapons of mass instruction,” meant to combat ignorance and encourage literacy. Lemesoff lives in Buenos Aires, a city that has experienced tension in educational reform in recent years.

In honor of World Book Day on March 5, 2015, 7UP commissioned Lemesoff to build one of his renowned tanks. According to BoredPanda.com, his latest tank features a “swiveling turret and a non-functioning gun,” showing off the artist’s builder skills as well as his humorous imagination.

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    Those who know Lemesoff couldn’t quite tell what he was up to at first, but they knew that whatever it was, it would be quirky and innovative. They described him as a poet, as well as “crazy and great.” After extensive labor and concentration in his mad-scientist-esque workshop, Lemesoff emerged with a revolutionary creation – a functioning vehicle that could hold up to 900 books. He then cruised through the streets of Argentina, passing books along to anyone who would accept them.

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    Lemesoff engages with passersby, encouraging them to take a book and joking with them. He targets kids specifically, and regularly tosses out science books, poetry, and novels to young people on the streets. His only condition? That they promise to read them.

    So why is Lemesoff inspiring so many people? It’s not just his innovative idea, or his heartwarming efforts to battle ignorance and illiteracy. More than anything else, the endearing artist’s project proves that if we have a willingness to work hard and an idea that truly serves humanity, the world will support it. Hopefully, Lemesoff’s success will serve as a reminder to us all, that following through on your passions is crucial – no matter how crazy you might seem in the process.

    Featured photo credit: pixabay public domain via pixabay.com

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    Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

    Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

    The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

    If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

    The Need for Change

    Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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    We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

    Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

    This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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      Signs It’s Time to Redefine

      “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

      So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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      In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

      “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

      The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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      When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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        Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

        And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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