Natalie (my younger sister) bought me a Kindle for my birthday recently, which was actually the best and most perfect gift ever. I have always wanted a Kindle. I always figured it would make me read more because I kind of have ADD and will get distracted by new books before finishing old ones. Therefore, I have never really finished any books but always read the beginning of A LOT of books. If you could have everything in one place you would be able to choose any book at any time depending on your mood! I never bought one for myself though.. because they were kind of expensive and I wasn't sure if I could stay focused enough to utilize it for how much it costs.
Well. Natalie got me one. Since then I have completed 2 entire books, from beginning to end in a matter of days. So, thanks Nat. I am now literate.
It also really applies to my current lifestyle because Kevin and myself have decided that 2017 is going to bring us a lot of adventure and travel. Making the Kindle the best gift ever because it is portable and will fit in my Osprey backpack and follow me to the ends of the earth.
The first book on my wish list was "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (I read in a few hours on the plane from beginning to end) is well worth its 10k good reviews on Amazon. I now want to purchase it for my entire family, including my mother who needs to throw things away (sorry Amma but it is true). It was funny reading it on the plane, because I really wanted to apply the theories to my life but I did not have a house or belongings anymore, so what I did was go through all the applications on my phone and decide if they bring me joy or not. Progress was still made. The five pages of apps I had were reduced to three. So I win right?
The other book that I completed, which has been my inspiration to write and blog more, is "Everybody Writes" by Ann Handley. She pretty much gives you shit for doubting yourself and tells you if you want to do something and do it well, do it everyday. Eventually you will become better and people will be interested in your shit (excuse my french). Her theories bring me back to Malcolm Gladwell's book "The Outliers" which states that you can become a master of anything if you had 10,000 hours to practice said thing.
There was a day in Bali, that I will never forget, that my sister was staring at a white frangipani she was twirling in her hand on our car ride home. She did not break eye contact with the flower as she said.. "can you image if I only had 10,000 hours with this flower". I wonder what she would have accomplished? Well Tony Greenhand had more than 10,000 hours with rolling joints and had made a living from rolling fancy smokeable joints!
I actually kind of forgot where I was going with the point of this story... but I will conclude with this:
1. If you travel and like to read, get a Kindle.
2. If you don't travel and like to read but have ADD, get a Kindle.
3. Pretty much, get a Kindle.
4. 10,000 hours is all you need to become a master at anything (approx 417 days). That is just over one year of your life, so go do something about it.