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Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change [Hardcover]

Adam Braun
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ATRIA BOOKS (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476730628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476730622
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 19 Mar 2014
By Charles TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book is written by Adam Braun. It follows his creation of the charity Pencils of Promise, which builds schools and increases access to education for children in the developing world.

His inspiration came from a child that when asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, "A pencil.". This inspired Adam to give up his job and start the charity with only $25. The book follows his trails and tribulations, successes and mistakes as Pencils of Promise growths to building over 200 schools.

The book is 30 chapters long, each chapter is quite short and is focused on one idea.

Some of my favorite parts would be:

Giving a speech but only one person turned up! But that person joined Pencils of Promise and played a very important part.

Getting out of your comfort zone.

Know that you have a purpose.

Importance of listening to other peoples' opinions.
"If an idea grows, it expands far beyond the confines of any one person's control. By limiting it to a single story told by a single voice, we strip it of its true potential. The role of the founder should eventually be to listen to the echoes of his or her initial words, and then encourage and amplify the most genuine among those you hear. The more I embraced this as my true role, the more I became inspired by the journeys of the individuals, families, and companies in our PoP community."

The importance of body language and speech

The greatest happiness comes from making other people happy.

Tips on speaking to large crowds.
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Great read. Fascinating, thought provoking and heart warming. It also achieves an extraordinary level of honesty for both the good and the bad times in Adam's life.

For me, however, it did not achieve what it seems to have set out to do. He talks about how 'anybody' can make a big change to the world and he focuses on how his bank account started with just $25. But, unlike his organisation's bank account, Adam's beginnings were far from modest. He was born in a wealthy area into a well connected, supportive family, which led him to be successful in sport, school, and work experience before he even started college. In following years he was lucky enough to have a variety of rare experiences through which he earned connections, skills, experience and insight into both the world's biggest problems and the world of big business (in my opinion the only entity with any real power to help).

Adam is a brilliant and inspiring man who has achieved an astonishing amount in his life for such a young guy. He just doesn't exemplify how 'anybody' can achieve great things since the book mainly describes his own successes and he had such an unusually great set of opportunities. On a more positive note, I believe there are many people in the world who do need to read this book. These people are skilled, hard working people with lucrative careers ahead of them who wrongly believe they can't have any meaningful impact on the world beyond themselves and their families. He brilliantly outlines how these people can turn their potential to help themselves into the power to change the world using his own life as a well-framed example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible journey 26 Mar 2014
By Lolly
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Wow, I don't really know where to begin! Adam is an incredible, brave and selfless man.

Adam started with an idea, borne from a passion to do good, and just 25$. In just a few short years he has created over 200 schools and more than 15,000 children have access to education that they would not have otherwise had! What an amazing achievement! PoP's journey really tugs at the heartstrings... I can't tell you how many times I cried reading this, out of pure joy and emotion at what one man has made happen. Adam talks from the heart and his honesty and integrity shine through. I love the way he cares about every single person involved with Pop, and how he recognises that it has become much bigger than he, just one man with a vision. He allows everyone to be proud and take ownership of what they have created together.

A truly inspiring story, which if it resonates with you as it did with me, you'll never forget it.... and you won't want to!

Well done to Adam and everyone at PoP... for providing the means and hope for a better world for all....
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PoP book is a must-read and an ideal gift to inspire others.I love the powerful lessons and the sincere encouragement.
Just want to say that how great it feels to have witnessed the selfless endeavours and success of a backpacker with an indomitable will and an unshakable faith in him that he could change the world at the most exciting time in the history of this beautiful planet earth.Your lessons help us shine brighter! We are grateful for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book
I am almost finished this inspiring book, I found it well written, honest and inspiring! Well Done to Adam and his team xx
Published 16 days ago by J. A. Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring reading
This book is an amazing read, it's really well written and the story is inspirational.

I've already given my copy of this book to a friend so it won't be long before I'm... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BigMAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and moving
One of the most inspiring book I have read in years. Story of PoP makes you think your purpose in life then everything you believe looks so big and so small at the same time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by osen11
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring!
I first came across Adam Braun in an interview with Marie Forleo and knew straight away that this book was a must read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kerry Jackson-Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I couldn't put this book down! Very wise words from someone so young! Truly inspirational! Buy it - it will change your life!
Published 5 months ago by Helen Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is incedible, it kept making me a good way!
Adam's honesty and vulnerability is so tangible throughout this book, it's easy to relate to him and his amazing stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Penelope Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book.
I loved this book. I thought it was incredible what Adam Braun has done and what he is continuing to do. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MISS S NAMBIAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Game-Changer!
Adam Braun is a truly incredible man who turned his dream and his $25 into a worldwide for-purpose organization opening over 200 schools in less than 5 years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rachael Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it.
This book is incredible. This charity is amazing. I'm running a half marathon in five months and all the money raised will go to Pencils of Promise - can't urge you enough to have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss Hollie P Tye
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
Really inspiring - a great message around doing what feels right, even if that means turning down lucrative and seemingly sensible job offers! Read more
Published 6 months ago by LyndseyInspired
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