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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Michael H.
I got tired of reading about how successful John is. I admire the work he has done, but I think I would get tired of hearing all his self- promotion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret O'Brien
I had the pleasure to read this book when it was a galley copy, and the story is personal and heartwarming. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. G. Cline
There's no non-profit in the world like Room to Read. The founder's story behind it all reveals a great deal about the heart and soul of this amazing cause.Published 5 months ago by ocd survivor
The best nonprofit management book on scaling and sustainability. This story lays out the solution for Global Literacy & Gender Equality in Education. What a great read! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leora Langs
This book is one of the most inspirational and challenging books I have read. It will increase the size of your dreams and spur you on to work harder to accomplish them! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joey Jenkins
Finished this book earlier this month and was very moved by everything that John Wood has done. The book shows how he started from an idea thrown out by a man in the remote reaches... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Homer
The author does an excellent job of describing his moment of discovery of the fact that where you are born can, and probably will, determine your opportunities in life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Furlong