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

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

by Adam Braun

Scribner | March 18, 2014 | Hardcover |

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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.

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.

*All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476730628

ISBN - 13: 9781476730622

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

by Adam Braun

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476730628

ISBN - 13: 9781476730622

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The Promise of a Pencil INTRODUCTION On a sunny autumn afternoon just before my twenty-fifth birthday, I walked into a large bank in my hometown. At the time, I had everything I thought would make me happy—the job, the apartment, the life. My closet was full of impressive corporate clothing, and my business card carried the name of a prestigious company that garnered respect in every room I entered. I looked like a guy on the right path who was most likely walking into the bank to deposit his monthly paycheck. But deep down inside, I was no longer enamored with the life I’d created. The only purpose I was serving was self-interest. While I rarely showed it to outsiders, my happiness waned day after day. A restless voice kept me up at night, telling me that until I found meaning, the money wouldn’t matter. It told me that I’d find far more fulfillment if I measured my life in purpose, not profits. And that I didn’t have to keep waiting, that now was the perfect moment to start chasing my biggest dreams. It’s strange how you can sometimes feel a yearning that seems bigger than your actual body. That’s how I felt that day. I wanted to be a part of something that extended far beyond my two hands and the possessions they could hold. No matter how scared I was of getting off my safe path, I needed to see what would happen if I finally stepped into the uncharted territory where unbridled ambition and opportunity reside. The scariest part was
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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.

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.

*All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.

About the Author

Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was sixteen years. He graduated from Brown University and worked for Bain & Company. While traveling abroad, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he answered, "a pencil." This experience became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would start with just $25 on his twenty-fifth birthday. He is the CEO of Pencils of Promise, which has broken ground on more than 200 schools around the world. His first book, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, was published in 2014.

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