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Instead of being the antidote to the rat race, that trip convinced John Wood to divert the boundless energy he was devoting to Microsoft into a cause that desperately needed to be addressed. While visiting a remote Nepalese school, Wood learned that the students had few books in their library. When he offered to run a book drive to provide the school with books, his idea was met with polite skepticism. After all, no matter how well-intentioned, why would a successful software executive take valuable time out of his life and gather books for an impoverished school?
But John Wood did return to that school and with thousands of books bundled on the back of a yak. And at that moment, Wood made the decision to walk away from Microsoft and create Room to Read-an organization that has donated more than 1.2 million books, established more than 2,600 libraries and 200 schools, and sent 1,700 girls to school on scholarship-ultimately touching the lives of 875,000 children with the lifelong gift of education.
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles John Wood's struggle to find a meaningful outlet for his managerial talents and entrepreneurial zeal. For every high-achiever who has ever wondered what life might be like giving back, Wood offers a vivid, emotional, and absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to one of the world's most pressing problems: the lack of basic literacy.
I read John Wood's book while on a business trip eight years ago. Seated facing my division's SVP on the corporate jet for a cross-country flight, I lost myself in Wood's story... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pea Dot
John Wood's book is inspiring. Indeed one person who is focused can change the world! We need more people like him!!!Published 5 months ago by Mimi Cristall
I started reading this book for a class but it has completely open my mind to the possibilities that hard work, dedication, and a strong vision can transform the world we live in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ohemaap
Following in the authors footsteps. Left Microsoft to start a non-profit. Though I could relate to most everything he was experiencing, I felt the book didn't cover the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ray
Loved it. Very encouraging. Amazing to learn that he started this organization with his strong vision yet with almost no understanding of how NPO works. Great book to read.Published 9 months ago by papapanda
John Wood is truly an inspiration, like so many who pursue passion, but doing so for a cause that no one had really looked into on a large scale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael H.