When this was first announced I thought it would kill the ebook market. But then again, books have always been free at the library and for some reason Barnes and Noble and Amazon do extremely well selling books. Also, the same day that checking out ebooks from a library was announced, I bought an ebook…go figure.
So far, I’ve checked out four books from the library and I have to say its pretty sweet. I’m trying to read 52 books this year (one a week) and if I were to buy 52 books, that would add up pretty quickly (If an average book is $10 for the kindle then I’d be out over $500 on the year.). And while it’s extremely convenient to check out a book from my living room, its’ oddly frustrating because there is still a wait to check out books!? how does that happen exactly? Does the library not have enough digital copies of the book? Why in the world would you put a restriction on this? I’m sure there is some sort of limitation that requires them to do this but it was a bit of a shock to me and somewhat frustrating when all the books you want to read are checked out or have a hold on them.
Regardless, I found a few books that I checked out and the process is incredibly easy. The hardest part is navigating the library site and actually finding something you want to read (and something that is available). After you have your selection, you are a few clicks away from reading a free book on your Kindle. This is all kinds of awesome.
On a somewhat relevant topic, Amazon does let its Prime members ‘rent’ books for free through its Kindle Lending Library. Not just old stale books that everyone has read or the ones no one wants to read. They are letting users read current books that are on the bestsellers list. Very nice! The only caveat to this is that Amazon only lets you ‘rent’ one book per month. Not bad, but if you read a lot you’re still going to have to buy some books or see if they’re available at the library. So pick and choose which you buy and which you rent. Happy reading.
This book interested me for a few reasons, one of which is that I love travel and the author is a travel junkie…so while reading, I’m also living vicariously through him. The other is that at it’s core, its really about finding something you love and creating a career from it.
Aside from all of the travel portions of the book one thing that I really enjoyed was his take on money and how he addresses it. Its nothing new but he quotes a study that says after you earn roughly $40k a year, you really don’t become more happy with more money that you earn. So then what do you spend your money on? In Chris’s case its travel and life experiences. I can’t argue against this but it made me think about what I spend my money on and what I want to spend money on.
One of the non-conformists views in the book that has been shared by lots of people is that you shouldn’t be waiting for retirement to have fun. Instead if you can find something that you love, maybe you’ll never ‘have’ to retire and you can simply ratchet down how much you work…and if you work for yourself, you determine how much time you want to work and how much time you can spend on other things. It sounds like a crazy idea but as the thinking goes, if you really enjoy your ‘work’, why would you want to retire?
I’ve always been a big saver with the goal being retirement… I think? But in today’s world you here more and more about people not retiring and working well into their golden years. What if I become that person who finds their true passion and wants to work well into retirement years? Then what am I saving for? There are some obvious answers to that question but reading this book can definitely make you take a close look at why you do some of the things you do.
I think what resonates so well with this book is the idea that you should be looking for something that makes you happy and you CAN make that a career. Whether its a job or your own gig that you love, find something that you are truly passionate about. When you find that something, saving for retirement might become less important as you feel less pressured into having to retire to enjoy your life.
The hard part then becomes….what do you do to make you happy and how can that sustain you? Admittedly I’m dragging my feet with this (partly because I like my job) but I’m always keeping my eyes open for that opportunity.
What is you’re passion and do you have any plans to turn that into a career?
Learn more about Chris and his mission here