The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
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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ARC provided by NetGalley Adam Braun seemed to have it all. At 16 working summers at hedge funds, a job with Bain & Company after graduation, and well on his way to a successful Wall Street Career ... Read full review
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The founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pencils of Promise explains the secret of his success: reliance on social media and "cause marketing."In 2008, Braun left his career as a management consultant to ... Read full review
Create separation to build connection
Never take no from someone who cant say yes
Stay guided by your values not your necessities
You cannot fake authenticity
There is only one chance at a first impression
Fess up to your failures
Learn to close the loop
Change your words to change your worth
Embrace the lightning moments
Big dreams start with small unreasonable acts
Practice humility over hubris
Speak the language of the person you want to become
Walk with a purpose
Happiness is found in celebrating others
Find the impossible ones
Focus on one person in every room
Read the signs along the path
A goal realized is a goal defined
Surround yourself with those who make you better
Vulnerability is vital
Listen to your echoes
If your dreams dont scare you theyre not big enough
Epilogue to the paperbackMake your life a story worth telling