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The Promise of a Pencil

How An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

By Adam Braun

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.




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Format: Book
Author: Braun, Adam
Title: The promise of a pencil : how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change / Adam Braun ; with Carlye Adler.
Publisher Date: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Subject: Braun, Adam. Pencils of Promise (Organization) Schools -- Developing countries. Education -- Developing countries. Nonprofit organizations. Social action. Social service. Community leadership.
Isbn: 9781476730622 (hbk.) 1476730628 (hbk.) 1476730628 9781476730622
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: 370.91724 Bra
Oclc: 869367476
Bib Id: 522180

Format: Book
Author: Braun, Adam, author.
Title: The promise of a pencil : how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change / Adam Braun ; with Carlye Adler.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Description: xii, 254 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Subjects: Braun, Adam.
Subjects: Pencils of Promise (Organization)
Subjects: Schools -- Developing countries.
Subjects: Education -- Developing countries.
Subjects: Nonprofit organizations.
Subjects: Social action.
Subjects: Social service.
Subjects: Community leadership.
Other Author: Adler, Carlye, author.
LCCN: 2014000425
ISBN: 9781476730622 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1476730628 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1476730628
ISBN: 9781476730622
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 370.91724 Bra