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. Using his unique "for-purpose" approach, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than 200 schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.
The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey through more than 50 countries to find his calling, as each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passion and potential. His trailblazing story takes listeners 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 listeners the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery.
If you have ever wanted a more purpose-driven life, if you have ever felt like you could become more than your current circumstances allow, it’s time to ask yourself, "What do I want most in the world?" And through the lessons shared in this book, turn those ideas into reality.
©2014 Colleen Hoover (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
What I like about this book is that Adam tells his own personal story with so many details, his faux pass and his wins, and how he experienced many people and places to find his life passions. I would recommend this book to millennials like me that can re-ignite their inner search for purpose in both job, family and affinities. I gave the 5 star rate because this book can be useful for both entrepreneurs, for purpose NGOs and local organizations as well for enthusiastic volunteers, boys and girls in high school and people who hasn't find their passion yet. I've been listening to it in the mornings in my drive to work and I always find a new angle to it.
I enjoyed all the cute personal stories that Adam included. It helped me see him as a whole person, not just the face of an organization. I am recommending this book to everyone!
This is the story of the founding of a great nonprofit organization with a great purpose. I really enjoyed the mantras from the chapter titles. I especially liked the story of his education that got him to the beginning of the foundation. I recommended it to my 17 year son who is listening to it now, about half way through and is liking it better than he expected. I really enjoy the business side of the story, but I'm afraid his interest will wane when he gets to the last quarter of the book where there are so many business details instead of human story. The business details are certainly part of the story, but probably not as interesting to my son. This is definitely a good organization and one I may donate to I the future.
Very inspirational book. Shows how one person can start a ripple effect and change the lives of many. I hope I can do something to help others like Adam has.
Very inspiring. Couldn't put it down. I would like to marry someone like that one day.:). And I never thought I wanted to get married. Lol
Adam Braun takes you on a journey that is full of amazement and heart warming inspiration. What he achieved through an unrelenting belief in a purpose and slit of hard work is nothing short of incredible.
I dare anyone to read this and not be touched and driven to want to join the movement!
Thanks Adam, you have helped me see what it possible when you believe.
"A personal passion became an life changing charity"
A very engaging book following the full journey of PoP from conception to establishment. Nothing is left out from the initial feverous motivation to get PoP off the ground the the honest growing pains of realising maybe the idea is bigger than you.
This book should be in any small business owners toolkit. The lessons of not being afraid to see help and advice is honest and heartfelt.
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