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

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 18, 2014 - Business & Economics - 254 pages
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The riveting story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life.

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 he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His 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 you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling.

*All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.
 

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User Review  - katsmiao - LibraryThing

It's probably been said a million times, but the only way to describe this book is with one word: inspirational. I was so inspired, and so in awe of Adam's drive, determination and passion, that ... Read full review

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User Review  - katsmiao - LibraryThing

It's probably been said a million times, but the only way to describe this book is with one word: inspirational. I was so inspired, and so in awe of Adam's drive, determination and passion, that ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Why be normal
5
Get out of your comfort zone
15
Know that you have a purpose
21
Every pencil holds a promise
31
Do the small things that make others feel big
41
Tourists see travelers seek
49
Asking for permission is asking for denial
59
Create separation to build connection
141
Never take no from someone who cant say yes
147
Stay guided by your values not your necessities
155
You cannot fake authenticity
161
There is only one chance at a first impression
171
Fess up to your failures
177
Learn to close the loop
185
Change your words to change your worth
193

Embrace the lightning moments
67
Big dreams start with small unreasonable acts
75
Practice humility over hubris
85
Speak the language of the person you want to become
93
Walk with a purpose
103
Happiness is found in celebrating others
111
Find the impossible ones
115
Focus on one person in every room
121
Read the signs along the path
131
A goal realized is a goal defined
201
Surround yourself with those who make you better
211
Vulnerability is vital
219
Listen to your echoes
229
If your dreams dont scare you theyre not big enough
237
EpilogueMake your life a story worth telling
247
Acknowledgments
253
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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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