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The Promise of a Pencil : How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change - Adam Braun

The Promise of a Pencil

How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

By: Adam Braun, Carlye Adler (As told to)


Published: 1st April 2014
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Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “A pencil.”

This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of twenty-four. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than two hundred schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey through more than fifty countries to find his calling, as each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passion and potential. His trailblazing story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give readers the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery.

If you have ever wanted a more purpose-driven life, if you have ever felt like you could become more than your current circumstances allow, it’s time to ask yourself, “What do I want most in the world?” And through the lessons shared in this book, turn those ideas into reality.

About the Author

Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has built more than 150 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and delivered over 10 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. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.


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      This was a gift to my boyfriend. He has a kind, generous heart and when I saw an interview with the author I knew I had to get him the book. He has recently expressed that he wants to "do more good" with his time and I could see he struggles with knowing where to start. He loved the book. It was inspirational and gave him an insight into how to start and one person CAN make a huge difference. He has since passed on the book to others who have also found the book moving. He highly recommends the book. It increased his gratitude and willingness to step outside of his own problems to want to help others. It has a message worth spreading.

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      "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!

      ISBN: 9781476730622
      ISBN-10: 1476730628
      Audience: General
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 240
      Published: 1st April 2014
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.7  x 3.0
      Weight (kg): 0.43