The Promise of A Pencil

How An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Braun, Adam

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Promise of A Pencil
Baker & Taylor
One of Wired Magazine's "50 People Who Are Changing the World" recounts how he left a lucrative career to found the award-winning Pencils of Promise nonprofit, describing his travels through dozens of countries and the evolution of his "for-purpose" combination of nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles.

& Taylor

The author describes how he left a lucrative business consulting job to found the nonprofit Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for building schools for the poor in developing countries around the world and which recently completed its two hundredth school.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2014
ISBN: 9781476730622
Branch Call Number: 370.9172 BRAUN BRAUN
Characteristics: xii, 254 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 13, 2014

A story of a 24 year-old who decides to leave a well paying job to begin a non-profit to build schools. Each Chapter tells of his experience in the process of forming the non-profit. He includes success as well as failures.

May 26, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Inspiring account of what an immense difference a single person with a personal ideal or interest that sets him/her on fire can accomplish. This is an important book, in my mind, and one I intend to purchase so that I can share it with friends and family. In addition, on the web-site, this non-profit gives complete financial records, so that you're not just crossing your fingers that everything is on the up and up. It's also highly readable from the point of view of a very likable man. Highly recommended. Highly recommended that you read it, think about it, mention it to others and share the whole shebang with them.

Apr 30, 2014
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I so wanted to like this book, but just can't say it is a good read. Adam Braun is a young entrepreneur type who, while backpacking in India, discovers his calling. He ultimately decides to launch a non-profit (or rather 'for-purpose') organization to build schools in remote and impoverished parts of the world. It's a great cause, and rather inspiring, but as a book it's much more like a business study than a personal narrative. I'm disappointed because the obviously genuine challenges are treated too superficially to be really engaging. Don't get me wrong - it's a great cause and worthy of attention, but as a book, it's not very compelling.


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