5,000+ Five Star Reviews
"For anyone with a big dream to transform the world, this book will show you how to get it done."
Sir Richard Branson
The Promise of a Pencil: How An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change”, is a global bestseller that became the #1 book on the “What Corporate America Is Reading” list after selling out on Amazon in its first week of release.
The book has been translated into 8 languages and is frequently selected as the Common Read at companies, universities, schools and book clubs.
We all know how it feels when your future is uncertain. In those moments, I searched for a book that could help me find the way forward.

I sought out an unforgettable page-turner that combined vivid storytelling with actionable business learnings. But I couldn’t find what I was seeking.
So I went in search of authentic truths across more than 50 countries around the world. And I wrote what I discovered.
Book Reviews
"A riveting story that speaks to and enlivens anyone with a dream of impacting the world."
"This is a must-read, and a must-reread, and a must-keep-in-view-on-bookshelf kind of book."
Jessica Jackley
Co-Founder of Kiva
"Start reading and don't put the book down
until you're finished"
Gary Vaynerchuk
CEO of Vayner Media and 5X NY Times Bestseller

Chapter Titles

The chapter titles provide 30 actionable mantras that will enable you to unlock your own extraordinary journey.
1. Why be normal?
2. Get out of your comfort zone.
3. Know that you have a purpose.
4. Every pencil holds a promise.
5. Do the small things that make others feel big.
6. Tourists see, but travelers seek.
7. Asking for permission is asking for denial.
8. Embrace the lightning moments.
9. Big dreams start with small, unreasonable acts.
10. Practice humility over hubris.
11. Speak the language of the person you want to become.
12. Walk with a purpose.
13. Happiness is found in celebrating others.
14. Find the impossible ones.
15. Focus on one person in every room.
16. Read the signs along the path.
17. Create separation to build connection.
18. Never take no from someone who can't say yes.
19. Stay guided by your values, not your necessities.
20. You can't fake authenticity.
21. There is only one chance at a first impression.
22. Fess up to your failures.
23. Learn to close the loop.
24. Change your words to change your worth.
25. A goal realized is a goal defined.
26. Surround yourself with those who make you better.
27. Vulnerability is vital.
28. Listen to your echoes.
29. If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough.
30. Make your life a story worth telling.
100% of Author Proceeds go to Pencils of Promise
An exuberant testimony to the power of idealism. . . Braun’s story forcefully presents the advantages of silencing the head and listening to the heart.
Publishers Weekly
In addition to book writing, Adam has been a featured writer for leading publications including TIME and Forbes. He writes about the future of organizational innovation, leadership, sustainability, and how to build companies for where the world is headed next.
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