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The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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About the Author
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"The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change" is his New York Times bestselling debut book, which shares his personal journey from high finance through more than 50 countries and explains the essential steps that every person must take to discover their own life of passion and purpose.
Richard Branson described, "For anyone looking to transform the world, this book will show you how to get it done."
You can find more information at www.adambraun.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Any one of the chapters - organized as stories telling 30 "mantras" - would be worth the price of the entire book- but together, well- this is a masterpiece, and a future textbook in how we can all make a difference in our short times on this planet. Two enormous likeable thumbs up!
The book is perfect for all ages in the sense that if you are a young person, it will inspire you to dream big dreams and pursue them with a relentless and undivided attention. If you are older, this book restores your hope in the current generation that is doing so much good in the world.
After reading this book, not only do I feel like I CAN do anything, I also feel like I WANT to go do EVERYTHING! Great Read!
Mr. Braun is anything but ordinary. He comes from a privileged background, had a high paying job at a young age and powerful connections through friends and family, including Justin Bieber, who he knew through his brother. I'm sure if more "ordinary" people had access to these resources, many of them would already be doing stuff like this and writing their own books on how to do it.
Maybe if the book had been positioned more as a how-to guide for starting a charity or non-profit it would sit better with me. But self-help is hot and the man wants to sell his book, so I guess I can't fault him for that.
Adam isn't "ordinary" by any definition of the word.
Adam could have ended up ordinary. He was on a fast-track to make millions in corporate America, but with no real impact on the world. He could have been ordinary. Rich and ordinary.
But Adam chose a different path.
He chose to matter. He chose impact. He chose, quite intentionally, to make a dent in the universe by founding an organization that has built over 200 schools and is bringing education to so many who desperately need it.
In addition to being an innovator and leader, Adam is a great storyteller. The 30 mantras in this book are lessons told through interesting stories. They are instructive, insightful and human. Adam shows the good and the bad. The successes and the bumps and bruises as Pencils of Promise grew.
This book is an invaluable resource. There's no single playbook on "how to change the world" but this book should be required reading for anyone who wants to make their own dent in the universe.
Adam may have started as ordinary but along the way he became "extraordinary".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this so much I made a contribution to the author's nonprofit organization after reading the last page.Published 2 days ago by T. Jones
i really change the way i think about money after reading this book, i did study finance aas Adam, so i feel kind of identify with his persona.Published 7 days ago by Andres Manuel Aviles Vargas
I was assigned to read this book for one of my entrepreneurship classes. Like any academically assigned non-textbook books I was hesitant. How glad I am that I read it though! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Brent Swann
Goethe once said “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”. The book is the manifestation of this quote. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mussie Zemikael
This is by far one of my favorite books. It inspired me greatly and reminded me of the importance about contribution & support for underprivileged communities in the world. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Are you desiring to make a difference? Do you long to leave a legacy? Adam Braun, a restless and rugged soul, didn’t stop until he did. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Wendy Brown
I did NOT like this book.
Basically, he says that if you are rich, have a big dream, and know people like Justin Beiber, Wall Street guys, or Shaq - you can do anything. Read more