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The Promise of a Pencil Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just 16 years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil."

This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of 24. Using his unique "for-purpose" approach, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than 200 schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey through more than 50 countries to find his calling, as each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passion and potential. His trailblazing story takes listeners 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 listeners the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery.

If you have ever wanted a more purpose-driven life, if you have ever felt like you could become more than your current circumstances allow, it’s time to ask yourself, "What do I want most in the world?" And through the lessons shared in this book, turn those ideas into reality.

©2014 Colleen Hoover (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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    A.Hewit 01/12/2015
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    "Great book with great life lessons!"

    Absolutely loved this book. It highlights the way in which one single person can change the world for the better. Definitely worth a read and stick with it!

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    Lyra Culverhouse 07/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly inspiring"

    Adam Braun takes you on a journey that is full of amazement and heart warming inspiration. What he achieved through an unrelenting belief in a purpose and slit of hard work is nothing short of incredible.

    I dare anyone to read this and not be touched and driven to want to join the movement!

    Thanks Adam, you have helped me see what it possible when you believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Colchester, United Kingdom 12/05/2014
    Lee Colchester, United Kingdom 12/05/2014
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    "A personal passion became an life changing charity"

    A very engaging book following the full journey of PoP from conception to establishment. Nothing is left out from the initial feverous motivation to get PoP off the ground the the honest growing pains of realising maybe the idea is bigger than you.
    This book should be in any small business owners toolkit. The lessons of not being afraid to see help and advice is honest and heartfelt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    04/04/16
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    "Ignore negative reviews"

    This book was such a great listen. I would easily say it's one of my favorite biography to have read

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    United States
    12/02/16
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    "Promise of hope."

    Engaging, insightful and hopeful. I wish all people had the drive passion and determination to create this kind of change in our world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Keisha Alexander
    Lexington, KY
    20/03/16
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    "Ready to change the world!"

    This inspiring story raises the bar in the readers to reach for their dreams and anyone can make a difference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    21/01/16
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    "Life changing"
    Would you listen to The Promise of a Pencil again? Why?

    I've already listen to the book twice, there's always some wisdom or just some complement of information I like to get on the second read. This book has resulted in a life change for me because it made me realize further more that you make your dream job, it does not come to you. Also it's another example that you don't have to be only one thing, you can be more than a teacher, an economist, a lawyer...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is definitely when the author sits down with his grand mother to tell her about the first school.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew J Clark
    Valencia, CA United States
    01/02/15
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    "Great premise, okay execution"

    We often hear about the plight of people in developing regions of the world, but seldom do people actually do something about it. Braun, to his credit, did something and launched Pencils of Promise, a charity dedicated to building schools in impoverished regions of the world. He takes readers from New York to Laos to Central America to Ghana and back again as he grows his charity. A hybrid of memoir, travel and business writing, the book tries to cater to multiple audiences.

    I had a couple of issues with the book. First, the subtitle usage of 'Ordinary Person' is a huge stretch considering Braun previously worked at Bain and Company as a business consultant before starting PoP and was Ivy League-educated at Brown. He may have started very small, but he used the business management skills he learned from Bain to rapidly grow his charity to where it is now. Second, the book has multiple sections that can come across to some readers as self-congratulatory.

    Despite the noted flaws, it's a good book about getting people involved in a cause. If it motivates people to donate to charities that operate in developing countries, than I'm thrilled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kelly clutter
    10/12/17
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    "Chills the whole way through!"

    This is a hero’s journey all the way through. Beautiful story. This is my most favorite book, I had goosebumps the entire time. I too have been struck with my own purpose and the synchronistic events organized by what I feel and see is the divine trying to help it come forward, just as it seemed to do in Adams story throughout. Thank you. I’m telling everyone about this book!

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  • Sonja Gibson
    03/09/17
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    "inspirational"

    vVery inspiring and engaging story of how one man's passion changed the lives of so many friends, colleagues, family and the children he is helping to educate. Loved the honesty about his learnings...we are all human and make mistakes.
    Thanks for sharing your story Adam

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devi Priya
    10/07/17
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    "Passion changes everything!"
    What did you love best about The Promise of a Pencil?

    Loved everything about this book! This book touches on a whole lot of topics - ranging from integrity, entrepreneurship, intuition and best of all giving back to the world, all when living your best life yet! A book that leaves you inspired and motivated to do more, be more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelsi Sluyter
    18/04/17
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    "Inspiring!"

    I loved this book because it is not just an inspiring story, but also full of practical and useful advice. I cannot wait to see where the ideas from this book take me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    16/04/17
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    "Quite interesting"

    My opinion...
    I am not going to say the narrator was "weak". I will say the narrator was "miscast" for this book.
    It is an interesting story of a man finding his mission and a greater value in his life, but I feel the narrator did not fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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