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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (March 18 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476730628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476730622
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

"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)

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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The promise of a pencil is written in such a beautiful way. Adam Braun has written it from his heart, every word in this book is coming from his intention: to change the world.

The book teaches teens who doubt: "Am I 'actually' able to change the world?" Yes, they're more than capable of doing exactly that because all it takes to live up that promise is giving a smile to a stranger. And living with your heart.

Adam lives with integrity, and that is shown in his writing. He lives with compassion, and that is shown in his everyday action, "how can I better the world?" Is something he asks himself daily.

This book is a must read for anybody seeking inspiration and guidance. READ IT! It changed my life. It left me thinking, "now how can I do the same thing, change the world, live up to my purpose", being someone who knows at such a young age that is my life's mission too.

It may give you the insight or answers you've seeking for a while. Enjoy it!

-Britt Krystantos
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Black on March 29 2014
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This is an amazing book for anybody seeking inspiration for the difference they can make in the world. Adam Braun's story showed me the impact each of us can make if we are willing to take a leap of faith. Highly recommend as a personal read or as a gift.
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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 somewhere in the middle of the book I looked up his website and donated.

I admire what he has accomplished, and I don't have that same passion in me, so I admire it in others and do my little bit to support great causes like this one. What can be better than providing education to someone who would otherwise not get that opportunity?
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The Promise of a Pencil provides a fantastic framework for anyone wanting to make a difference in this world. Adam brings his story of determination and hard work to the masses as he shares his journey of building a "for purpose" organization. This inspiring, well written book is a blueprint for those wanting to make an impact on others, locally or globally. Being a person who wants to make a difference, I walk away from this book with new insight and ideas of how to move forward on my "for purpose" endeavour.
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By Justyna Zarzeczny on May 16 2014
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This is such an inspiring story for a single person who changed the world and found his purpose. Adam brings you on a wild adventure and makes you realize that if your dreams don't scare you they are not big enough. We are all here on Earth for a purpose, we just need to find it. I would recommend this book to everyone. It honestly has great advice throughout the book not only for those who want to change the world, but for everyday work related or personal goals.
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By Brady Paron on March 31 2014
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Adam Braun has an inspiring story to share, and he always does so with a sense of humility and clarity that is unmatched. He pours his heart and soul into his work, which is evident from "The Promise of a Pencil". It's a pleasure to support Braun and the team from Pencils of Promise. I look forward to watching their organization build and evolve over time and would recommend checking out this book!
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