The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change Hardcover – Mar 18 2014
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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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Loved that a young man gave up financial wealth for himself in order to create wealth of knowledge to so many people.Published 4 months ago by michelle m
A truly inspiring read! Have a Kleenex on hand and be prepared to be moved.Published 9 months ago by Mishka Alarcon
Great stories and messages given with the book, very motivational as wellPublished 16 months ago by Alexander Trifiro
This is an inspiring book that everyone should read young or old as it will demonstrate how kindness and passion can impact the world.
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