“Purpose is found when you stop thinking about how you exist in the world, and start trying to figure out why you are here.” – Adam Braun
After reading just a few pages of this extraordinary testament to the power of ideas and idealism, it’s clear that Adam Braun is not an ordinary person. Braun was raised in affluent Greenwich, Conn., by parents who didn’t allow him to develop a sense of entitlement. After graduating from Brown University and holding a prestigious Wall Street job, Brown struggled to reconcile the materialistic and spiritual.
In 2008, 25 year-old Adam Braun walked into his local financial institution with the $25 deposit needed to open a business account. The business he founded was Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools in communities of need around the world, trains the teachers, and is changing entire regions through the gift of education. Over the next six years, his fledgling nonprofit would grow to be an extraordinary organization that was able to build over 200 schools and impact the lives of students, teachers, community members and donors around the world. This story is told in Braun’s book, The Promise of a Pencil.
The book chronicles Braun’s journey through more than 50 countries to find his calling. Each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passions and potential. His trailblazing story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and hometown heroes, village chiefs and celebrities. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give readers the tools to unlock their own journey towards self-discovery.
It’s rare that a book is able to provide both detailed how-to perspective on launching a new business or social movement, and also insight into the often ignored emotional, physical, and psychological ups and downs of this process. Braun’s willingness to delve deep into his own experiences and really reflect is a benefit for the scores of people in this generation – and all generations who want to make the world a better place, but need to work hard to do it.