I am Adam Braun, bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil and founder of Pencils of Promise, the org that started with $25 and has now built 250+ schools around the world.
I was born in New York City, but have been a traveler nearly all my life. I grew up dreaming of riches on Wall Street, eventually playing college basketball at Brown University while studying economics, but when I was 21 I went into the developing world for the first time and had a series of experiences that changed everything in my life.
First off, I was on a ship that was struck by a 60 ft rogue wave about 800 miles from land (more crazy details about the certain-death experience in my book if you want the full story here). Then, while in India I met a young boy begging on the streets who told me if he could have anything in the world, he would want "a pencil."
This led eventually to the founding at Pencils of Promise with just $25 on my 25th birthday, and an amazing journey through more than 50 countries across six continents. It's all chronicled in my book which comes out in paperback today, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change. The book is built around 30 simple mantras that provide the guiding steps to a life of success and significance, enjoy the read and ASK ME ANYTHING!
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