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The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change | [Adam Braun]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    D. Goess New York, NY 08-17-14
    D. Goess New York, NY 08-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant and Inspiring!"
    Where does The Promise of a Pencil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the book that lured me in!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quick and easy read, very informative and heart felt. Truly inspiring!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it. I love how he labels each chapter with a mantra.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 06-27-14
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Good beginning, weak ending"

    When Adam was finding himself and his work founding and building PoP the story was engaging and interesting. It made you feel like you were participating in something worthwhile. The latter part of the book when he is established feels like a promo for his success in which he has to mention all his celebrity contacts on and on. It's like the balloon popped and when will this ever end. PoP is doing a great job and Adam is to be commended. It just sounds too self-congratulatory during the last third to fourth of the book.

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    Al San Francisco, CA 05-26-14
    Al San Francisco, CA 05-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    Great lessons on enterpreneurship, life and charity. A must read for everyone to read and measure one's life

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    Sandra Mora 05-21-14
    Sandra Mora 05-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "You say you cannot change the world? Read this!"
    Where does The Promise of a Pencil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Promise of a Pencil?

    All of the chapters (mantras) were extremely uplifting, inspirational and emotional for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Adam gave the first pencil to a little boy in India; The lighning moment when the idea of "Pencils of Promise" first came into his mind; Adam showing his grandma the first school he built in her honor... And so many others! I burst into tears of emotion so many times!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Promise of a Pencil?

    Anyone can change the world with small acts of kindness that can become massive game changers to improve the world and make it a better place.


    Any additional comments?

    Adam Braun is one of my heroes. Hearing his story it was clear for me that no one has a good reason not to follow their dreams and change the world. The "For pourpose" approach for social entrepeneurship blew my mind and got me actually defining my own project. The way he opened so many doors and inspired others to make his dream their own is totally awesome. I'm so thankful for him and for finding this great book.

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    Steve LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON, United States 04-24-14
    Steve LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This Audio story is great."
    What made the experience of listening to The Promise of a Pencil the most enjoyable?

    It connected with me where I'm at in life and it helped me with some of my personal doubts with founding a "for purpose business'!


    Any additional comments?

    Great things happen with small steps!!

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    Patty Flores Culver City CA 04-12-14
    Patty Flores Culver City CA 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it, very inspiring and Great Cause"
    What did you love best about The Promise of a Pencil?

    Basic, simple dreamer who went for it. I dont know much about his personal life, weather he was wealthy or not to be able to take this risk, yet the Cause is fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Coming from a 3rd World Country myself, I know the importance of a simple pencil and paper. Education is such a commodity in poor countries. When someone actually takes the change and gamble that Adam did, and start something as Incredible as POP, My Gosh, Where would society be. Bravo Adam! I applaud you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Adam travels to Guatemala and spends a few weeks with a local family to educate each other.


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

    When Adam goes back to Guatemala and learns that the family he had spent a few weeks with earlier, actually spoke fluent English. How the helping of each other inspired him and helped that family.


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    dee 03-29-14
    dee 03-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "a must read/listen for everyone"
    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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    "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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