The Promise of A Pencil

The Promise of A Pencil

How An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Book - 2014 | First Scribner hardcover edition --.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2014]
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition --.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781476730622
Branch Call Number: 370.91724 BRA
Characteristics: xii, 254 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Adler, Carlye


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Aug 29, 2019

I would recommend this book to someone from a well off background who is in college looking for a calling, but not for someone from more modest backgrounds or for someone looking for a guidebook on starting a nonprofit.

This was a great read full of riveting personal stories, and I don't regret reading the book for that reason. However, this is someone who has vacationed with Justin Bieber, has worked at Wall Street, and has connects that will swing him a million dollars just to try out an idea...all while he was still just getting started.

On the other hand, all of those things were true and yet he still pursued the less lucrative path that made real impact on a large number of children's lives. I enjoyed this book and it was an easy read, I just didn't get out of it what I was hoping to

dragonrabbit Jan 20, 2016

It is inspiring to see what a person's potential can be when they set out to do good in the world. The author leads an exceptional life, though sadly this book is not as engaging as it could have been. It lacks, I believe, the nitty gritty details that would have made it a great inspirational book.

Jun 13, 2014

A story of a 24 year-old who decides to leave a well paying job to begin a non-profit to build schools. Each Chapter tells of his experience in the process of forming the non-profit. He includes success as well as failures.

May 26, 2014

Inspiring account of what an immense difference a single person with a personal ideal or interest that sets him/her on fire can accomplish. This is an important book, in my mind, and one I intend to purchase so that I can share it with friends and family. In addition, on the web-site, this non-profit gives complete financial records, so that you're not just crossing your fingers that everything is on the up and up. It's also highly readable from the point of view of a very likable man. Highly recommended. Highly recommended that you read it, think about it, mention it to others and share the whole shebang with them.

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