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The Promise of a Pencil Audiobook

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

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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

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    This book was such a great listen. I would easily say it's one of my favorite biography to have read

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    Keisha Alexander Lexington, KY 03-20-16
    Keisha Alexander Lexington, KY 03-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    This inspiring story raises the bar in the readers to reach for their dreams and anyone can make a difference.

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    Engaging, insightful and hopeful. I wish all people had the drive passion and determination to create this kind of change in our world.

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    Charlotte 01-21-16
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    Would you listen to The Promise of a Pencil again? Why?

    I've already listen to the book twice, there's always some wisdom or just some complement of information I like to get on the second read. This book has resulted in a life change for me because it made me realize further more that you make your dream job, it does not come to you. Also it's another example that you don't have to be only one thing, you can be more than a teacher, an economist, a lawyer...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is definitely when the author sits down with his grand mother to tell her about the first school.


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    powerful and inspiring. sure to find a message here that will guide you in taking a next step

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    This book can inspire anyone to move forward with their lofty dreams! What have you dreamed of doing?

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    Adams story of building schools for children was a joy to read! Very informative and engaging.

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    "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
    This book resonated with my restless heart.

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    Adam demonstrated the best we all would hope to have and to share. This was a wonderful story- held attention the whole time.

    His intelligence in developing a great business plan was inspiring too-- but for me, the most touching was his ownership of each failure and how they never undid him-- he just should ya all how to keep trying to do better and more importantly, to BE better!!

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    "How a visionary sees the world!"

    This was a detailed account of Adam Braun's journey to building an amazing and important organization. The impact of his dream and how he achieved it was intriguing. He reveals his inner character and exposes his imperfections. That took a great deal of courage! Some of those imperfect moments are great lessons for leaders. At times the story included details that seemed to be fillers. However, the gems were the lessons he learned and specific way he thought through business challenges. Thank you Adam for your perseverance and vision. You and your organization are truly inspiring!

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    "Great book with great life lessons!"

    Absolutely loved this book. It highlights the way in which one single person can change the world for the better. Definitely worth a read and stick with it!

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    "Truly inspiring"

    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.

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    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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