A purchase under $100 that most positively impacted my life: Kindle Paperwhite

In my previous post, I wrote about books. Now, it’s time to answer the next question of Tim Ferris’ book: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World:

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?

In the last six months, I’ve been purchasing mostly big items, like a new laptop, and still saving my money to invest into other “big” things. But I have one item under $100 that has most positively impacted my life ever: my Kindle e-reader.

I still remember when I first read about a new device called “Kindle” abut ten years ago. It was new on the market (introduced in 2007), and I was preparing for my very first presentation in English with a private teacher. One day, he brought me an article to read about this awesome new thing which could change the way people read. He was very skeptic about it — but I got excited.

If I had a Kindle, I could buy any book of the world, from the comfort of my home.

If I had a Kindle, I could bring dozens of books in my bag.

If I had a Kindle…

Then, a few months later, I purchased my first Kindle, which I upgraded to a Kindle Paperwhite a few years later.

Reading with a cup of latte in Orlando, FL

The reason I consider it as the best purchase under $100 ever?

Because now I can buy (almost) any book of the world, from the comfort of my home. According to Wikipedia, the Kindle Store has nearly 5.9 million e-books available in the United States.

And because I can bring dozens of books in my bag — or even hundreds if I want. Since I travel as well as read a lot, this one a really big thing.

As of today, my Kindle is part of my everyday’s routine. I read it at bedtime every day. I read when I commute. I read when I fly. I read when I want to relax. With a cup of tea or latte, listening background music or the ocean’s waves, I read. — Thanks to my Kindle.

Reading at the beach in Cape Cod, MA, USA

Further questions I’m going to answer in this series

What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore? What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)

(From Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss.)