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  • The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Adam Braun
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
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    (65)
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    (69)

    Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just 16 years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil." This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of 24.

    D. Goess says: "Brilliant and Inspiring!"
    "a must read/listen for everyone"
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    Where does The Promise of a Pencil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite audiobook so far. Very inspiring , well told and I could not stop listening to Adam's story. Combines 3 subjects I love: children, charity and travel. I am also getting a book version to give to my 15 year old niece to read. A book that all young people should read. Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and do good in the world. Walking away from the promise of a bright future and money to the uncertainty of the future. Believing in yourself and following your dreams of helping others. Powerful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had never heard of Adam Braun or his organization, Pencils of Promise before this audio. But I am definitely a fan of Adam and POP. I even went online to donate money for POP. And it is great that all proceeds from the book sales will go towards the charity!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many but Adam dedicating his first school opening to his grandmother(a holocaust survivor) and that she was his inspiration.


    Any additional comments?

    Kirby did a great job with the narration. The tone and voice was perfect! One of the best I've heard . After listening to this, you will ask yourself the following: Are you living your life with purpose, passion and meaning? And if not what's stopping you ? 30 chapters, each a mantra, a story to provide a road map, inspired to help start and turn anyone's dreams into reality.

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  • Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Matt Tenney
    • Narrated By Rex Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This three-part book begins with Matt’s story of going from selfish to servant while on his journey from prisoner to monk to social entrepreneur. The book shows leaders the connection between superior long-term results and serving their people and community. Matt Tenney cites numerous business case studies and research that demonstrate how servant leadership results in attracting top talent, increased employee engagement, and lower turnover, as well as a more innovative culture, better customer service, and a better ROI on marketing efforts.

    dee says: "more than a leadership book"
    "more than a leadership book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Serve to Be Great to be better than the print version?

    This audio exceeded my expectations. I pretty much listened to this in one sitting.Was not planning on that. Lots of great stories about leaders and companies whose success stems from not only serving the needs of their customers but also their employees. Some of the companies mentioned are Google,Southwest airline, Next Jump,Life is Good,Zappos and Ritz Carlton. Ritz Carlton allows their employees to spent up to $2000 per customer! Pretty amazing what these companies will do for their customers and employees, not because they have to but they want to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt Tenney was a US Marine, spent 5 1/2 years in military prison trying to defraud the US government of $2.7 million. During his confinement, he learned mindfulness practice and almost became a monk after leaving prison. He made a really bad decision and paid for it. And ultimately found his success by serving others.


    Have you listened to any of Rex Anderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Rex has a pleasant voice and I would listen to him again. A couple of words he pronounced sounded odd but other than that he did a great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Inspiring story of success that could be achieved through serving others. A book that everyone should read. It's about thinking less of yourself,your needs and more about how you can help others, creating a win/win situation for everyone involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm also getting the print version to share with others. If you enjoyed books by Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink, you will like this book. My other 2 favorite audiobooks that are 5 stars and I listened to in the last 3 months are 10% Happier by Dan Harris and Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun.

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