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The promise of a pencil

how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change

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.

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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.

The promise of a pencil

how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change

First Scribner hardcover edition.

This edition was published in


Edition Description

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.

Table of Contents

Why be normal
Get out of your comfort zone
Know that you have a purpose
Every pencil holds a promise
Do the small things that make others feel big
Tourists see, travelers seek
Asking for permission is asking for denial
Embrace the lightning moments
Big dreams start with small, unreasonable acts
Practice humility over hubris
Speak the language of the person you want to become
Walk with a purpose
Happiness is found in celebrating others
Find the impossible ones
Focus on one person in every room
Read the signs along the path
Create separation to build connection
Never take no from someone who can't say yes
Stay guided by your values, not your necessities
You cannot fake authenticity
There is only one chance at a first impression
Fess up to your failures
Learn to close the loop
Change your words to change your worth
A goal realized is a goal defined
Surround yourself with those who make you better
Vulnerability is vital
Listen to your echoes
If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough
Make your life a story worth telling.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
370.91724
Library of Congress
LC2605 .B723 2014

The Physical Object

Pagination
xii, 254 pages
Number of pages
254

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26883271M
Internet Archive
promiseofpencilh0000brau
ISBN 10
1476730628
ISBN 13
9781476730622
LC Control Number
2014000425
OCLC/WorldCat
869367476

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