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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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“A compelling and singular story filled with universal truths everyone needs to hear.” (United States Senator Cory Booker)
"A remarkably inspiring story that shares the essential lessons to creating a life of meaning, passion and purpose." (Deepak Chopra, Founder of The Chopra Foundation)
“A vivid, heartfelt account of the power of education and the ability of one person to impact the world.” (Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and Co-Founder & CEO of Teach For All)
“Braun takes you on a mesmerizing round-the-world adventure, while sharing the concrete steps necessary to turn your own ideas into reality. He has his finger on the pulse of what's next and when he speaks you should be listening.” (Keith Ferrazzi, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back)
“A perfect step-by-step guide to building the life you've always wanted on your own terms. . . Start reading and don't put the book down until you're finished.” (Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia and New York Times bestselling author of Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook and Crush It!)
"Braun's lessons are memorable, accessible, and powerful. This is a must-read, and a must-re-read, and a must-keep-in-view-on-bookshelf kind of book." (Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder of Kiva)
"[An] exuberant testimony to the power of idealism. . . Braun’s story forcefully presents the advantages of silencing the head andlistening to the heart." (Publishers Weekly starred review and Book of the Week)
"[Braun] skillfully weaves together his personal memoir and the professional challenges he faced... Informative and inspiring." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Braun combines his laid-back storytelling style with simple yet sage advice….The Promise of a Pencil is engaging, instructive and inspiring reading for anyone who wants to change his or her life, change the world, or simply feel better about humanity.” (Success Magazine)
"Braun shares his story of how he started Pencils of Promise, what he learned from Wall Street that has helped him...how he’s leveraged social networks to generate donations, and his best career advice." (Forbes.com)
"[A] page-turning debut." (MTV Act)
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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!
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".
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Page turner. Makes you wonder how you can help the world more. I started with just a small donation to his organization.Published 6 hours ago by Jessica
It was a wonderful experience in reading this book. Adam has created a global institute for the education of children. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Promise of a Pencil was actually a really incredible book to read. Adam Braun writes it in a way that really focuses on his development and his reactions or feelings in... Read morePublished 8 days ago by BreatheInBreatheOut
This story was pretty inspirational for me as I am an aspiring teacher. The only thing that gave me pause (that I have to agree with) is that I liked the story/outcome more than... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Inspirational and encouraging dreams to become reality with just a step in faith.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
An inspiring story that shows that one person can indeed bring about remarkable positive change. An extraordinary book about an extraordinary charity!Published 16 days ago by Al DeCesaris
When I first picked this book up this book, I had a feeling it would resonate with me. However, it affected me much more intensely than I could have expected. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jake Heilbrunn
Really sweet and inspiring book. Adam Braun really stands for what he does, and I applaud him for establishing Pencils of Promise. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Best of Luck
Working in fundraising - this book was inspiring to see the hard work and community it takes to make a real impact. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer