The Promise of A Pencil

The Promise of A Pencil

How An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Book - 2014 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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This the 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. The author 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 the author backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world's most prestigious jobs at Bain & Company to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world. This book chronicles the author'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. It is filled with compelling stories and shareable insights. All proceeds from this book support Pencils of Promise.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2014]
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476730622
Branch Call Number: 370.91724 BRAUN
Characteristics: xii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Adler, Carlye


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dragonrabbit Jan 20, 2016

It is inspiring to see what a person's potential can be when they set out to do good in the world. The author leads an exceptional life, though sadly this book is not as engaging as it could have been. It lacks, I believe, the nitty gritty details that would have made it a great inspirational book.

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

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.


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