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The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change Paperback – February 3, 2015
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"For anyone with a big dream to transform the world, this book will show you how to get it done." (Sir Richard Branson)
“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)
About the Author
Adam Braun is the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning for-purpose organization that has built more than 200 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and delivered over 30 million educational hours to children in poverty. PoP was founded with just $25 and has grown under Braun’s stewardship with his unique approach that blends nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. He has been a featured speaker at the White House, Clinton Global Initiative, and United Nations. All proceeds from The Promise of a Pencil will go to support Pencils of Promise.
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It all started with a pencil. That's right...a pencil. Each country that Adam visited during his travel, he asked one child "if they could have anything they wanted, what would it be?" The results were quite different then what he expected and then the arresting answer from this young boy - a pencil.
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary by Adam Brauan is a touching story of love and passions for finding your life's work. Adam worked for Bain Consulting and was on the fast track to all of his hopes and dreams or so he thought. For some time, the young boy's words haunted him and during a night at the symphony, Pencils of Promise was born.
Education was a gift given to him by his parents and he wanted to give the gift back by helping children all over the world receive an education. His goal was to build schools in the remote villages of the world, and that is what he does. It started with $25, a birthday party and life-changing message of hope.
Adam wants to see children educated and he will find the best advisers possible to help revolutionize the education movement. You will be shocked and amazed who Adam connects with to help him spread the message of education.
Each face has a story. All 250 million faces have a story and that story is the lack of education. Adam Braun is setting out to change that story...one face at a time.
This story is gripping and exciting. You can feel his passion. His desire. His heartache and his frustration of not being able to change circumstances fast enough.
This book is about life-change...both in Adam's life and lives of young children everywhere. This is his story...told from his perspective...as only he can do. Pick up a copy today and be prepared to experience a man with deep conviction and passion to change the world.
The book is highly recommended for those who need motivation to make the first steps of creating an extraordinary change in the world. It is also suitable for college students and fresh graduates who are dreaming to change the world and living a meaningful life. Personally, I could easily relate to the advices and stories shared by the author in the book as they are really inspiring. However, in my opinion, the title of the book could be better. When it says, ‘How an Ordinary Person can Create Extraordinary Change”, I would imagine a guy who comes from a decent family background creating a change in the world when actually Adam Braun himself actually come from a very privileged background and has a lot connections with many influential people. Therefore, for me I think the title is a little misleading.
The book itself has a little more than 200 pages which I think a very optimal number of pages. For me, with that number of pages, anyone can read it and you don’t have to be a book lover to read the book. After all, it is an amazing masterpiece!