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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Adam Braun

Narrated By: Kirby Heyborne

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2014

Duration: 7 hours 34 minutes


Adam Braun 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 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 twenty-four. 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 two hundred 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 fifty 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 readers 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 readers 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.


  • Kathy Keil-Rogers

    Every young person should read this story for inspiration and every older person should read this story for humility. Awesome

  • matthew matthew

    More of us need to embrace these ideals , we have so much in this country . Adam is a great inspiration !!

  • Ryan Morgello

    The actual content of the book was amazing and i absolutely loved it. Any aspiring entrepreneur or person remotely interested in philanthropy should listen. I did not like the narrator at all though.