The Promise of a Pencil

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1476730628
  • 9781476730622
  • 38,199

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"An honest, compelling look at what it means to take the road less traveled and the rewards you will discover along the way. "The Promise of a Pencil" is a vivid, heartfelt account of the power of education and the ability of one person to impact the world."--Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and Co-Founder & CEO of Teach For Allshow more

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"For anyone with a big dream to transform the world, this book will show you how to get it done." Sir Richard Bransonshow more

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