Just an ordinary person with a passion – Pencils of Promise

I recently listened to Pat Flynn interview Adam Braun (Pencils of Promise) on his Smart Passive Income podcast.  I immediately bought Adam’s new book – The Promise of a Pencil: How an ordinary person can create extraordinary change –   and added it to my reading stack.  Since Joanne and I are in Florida for a few days following Michael Hyatt’s Launch Conference I picked the book up – and couldn’t put it Promise of a Pencildown till I finished the last page.

The Promise of a Pencil is the story of how Adam’s life was changed when he asked a little boy, begging on the streets of India, if he could have anything in the world, what would it be?  The little boy thought about it for a few seconds, then responded confidently: “A pencil.”

Here are some random thoughts pulled from this book about finding and living out your passion:

  • Asking for permission is asking for denial.
  • The biggest of dreams often start with small, unreasonable acts.
  • When confronted with two good options: Pick the one you love.
  • Stay guided by your values, not your necessities.
  • “Here’s my best advice: Make the little decisions with your head and the big ones with your heart.  Do that and you’ll be just fine.”  From Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi
  • You may be safe, but I am free.
  • “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”  African proverb

Pencils of Promise now breaks ground on a new school every 90 hours.  I found myself newly inspired to do what I love, to not make compromises and to stay focused on my mission.

Incidentally, Adam started Pencils of Promise with $25.  More ideas on inexpensive startups can be found in

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Has there been a defining moment in your life that put you on the path to live out your passion?

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