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

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Best reading of 2016 so far. Inspiring stories from a man of action.

Young, smart, enthusiastic and passionate, Adam Braun started with an idea, then came to live his dream and changed the world. What he experienced during the journey was beyond his imagination, he made the world a better place, getting to associate with a lot of great people, doing things he loved and becoming a person he wished to be.

I like his humble and neutral way of expressing himself, not a narcissistic personality we see a lot nowadays among talented people, those just try to impress people and get more followers. From what he writes, he shows us just a normal person daring to do what he loves and sharing his stories along the way. And we can learn a lot from his stories. And we know we can do the same. If we really want.

The world need more people like that.


The riveting story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life.
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Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His story takes readers 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 you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling.

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 1

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 2

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 3

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 4

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 5

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 6

The Promise of a Pencil - Part 7