- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (18 March 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476730628
- ISBN-13: 978-1476730622
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,51,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change Hardcover – 18 Mar 2014
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"[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)
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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A simple request of a Pencil from a young Indian girl, changed the track, career and thinking of Adam Braun.
I had read a similar book titled, 'Leaving Microsoft to change the world' by John Wood. This is just equally inspiration story of an education dream, one pencil at a time.
The book is divided into thirty mantras and Adam tell his learnings in step-by-step through these mantras. The fact that the author has the courage to share his vulnerabilities, his mis-steps in the most candid fashion- makes you connect with his journey. Rarely have I accidentally come across a book with offers so much insight that makes this book so special. Anyone who has a big dream in life - this book shows you how it is done says Richard Branson and the first Mantra itself strikes a chord with you - "Why be Normal".
Adam doesn't share his dream with you, he takes you on a world-wide tour to show you how to achieve a goal that you always wanted to. From the high offices in the Wall Street to the mountainous region of Laos to the dusty streets in Cambodia, the ink that describes Adam's journey drips with passion.
This book is simply magical.
Again ***** for content...
None for material used...
I was so inspired after reading this that I started a small fund raiser Of my own for children