The Promise of a Pencil
How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
Publication Date: March 2014
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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.
"*All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise."
Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has built more than 100 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and delivered over 5 million educational hours to children in poverty. PoP was founded with just $25 and has grown under Braun’s stewardship with a unique approach that blends nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.